From a media release:
THE BESSIES: THE NEW YORK DANCE AND PERFORMANCE AWARDS
Hosted by Bebe Neuwirth
Monday, October 24, 2011 at 8 p.m.
at the Apollo Theater, Harlem
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New York's most renowned dance awards come to Harlem's world famous Apollo Theater for the first time! On October 24, the Bessies, which have saluted dance in the city since 1984, will honor outstanding work in dance performed during the 2010-11 season.
Host for the evening will be Bebe Neuwirth. The evening will include a dance performance by some of today's most exciting young dancers, videos of all of the nominated work, and award presentations by a stellar lineup of internationally acclaimed dance artists.
The Bessies seek to recognize work from all corners of the city's wide ranging dance world, granting awards for choreography, design, composition, and performing to innovative artists from many dance disciplines. The awards also honor those who have helped shape the dynamic world of dance in the city with awards for lifetime achievement in choreography and outstanding contribution to the field of dance. This is a not-to-be-missed event for any and every dance lover.
Special Awards announced
TRISHA BROWN to receive the Bessie Award for Lifetime Achievement
FREDERIC FRANKLIN, CBE to receive the Bessie Award for Service to the Field of Dance
VIOLETA GALAGARZA to receive the Bessie Award for Special Achievement in Dance
The Bessie Selection Committee made their final decisions and will honor these three legendary dance artists with special awards at this year’s award ceremony.