The New York Dance and Performance Awards (or, as dance peeps affectionately know them, The Bessies) are a pretty big deal: They’re basically the dance world’s Oscars, honoring artists from all different styles of dance.
Last night, the Bessie winners for the 2012-2013 season were announced at a glittery ceremony at the Apollo Theater—and the list includes some very impressive names.
Jazz legend Louis “Luigi” Faccuito was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award.
Bill T. Jones’ brilliant, joyous D-Man in the Waters won for Outstanding Revival.
American Ballet Theatre virtuoso Herman Cornejo won for Outstanding Performance for his work in pieces by Alexei Ratmansky, Mark Morris and Twyla Tharp.
The amazing Charles Riley, aka Lil Buck, and fellow jookin’ sensation Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles also won for Outstanding Performance, for their show at Le Poisson Rouge.
Congrats to all the Bessie winners! Here’s the complete list:
Outstanding Production: Michael Keegan-Dolan’s Rian for Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre at Lincoln Center’s White Lights Festival
Outstanding Production: Joanna Haigood’s Paseo at Dancing in the Streets & Casita Maria Center for Arts
Outstanding Production: Zach Morris, Tom Pearson and Jennine Willett’s Then She Fell for Third Rail Projects at Arts@Rennaissance and Kingsland Ward at St. Johns
Outstanding Production: Liz Santoro’s Watch It at Museum of Arts and Design
Outstanding Revival: Bill T. Jones’ D-Man in the Waters for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company at the Joyce Theater
Outstanding Performance: Sebastien Ramirez and Honji Wang in their duet AP15 at the Breakin’ Convention at the Apollo Theater
Outstanding Performance: Charles “Lil Buck” Riley and Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles at Poisson Rouge
Outstanding Performance: Jaro Vinarsky in Pavel Palissimo’s Bastard at La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival
Outstanding Performance: Herman Cornejo of American Ballet Theater
Oustanding Performance: Shantala Shivalingappa for her Shiva Ganga
Outstanding Sound Design: Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells for The Quiet Volume at Performance Space 122 and PEN World Voices Festival
Outstanding Visual Design: Fleur Elise Noble for her 2 Dimensional Life of Her at Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater