Oh What a Night: The 2011 Dance Magazine Awards

We were lucky enough to snag a seat at the Dance Magazine Awards on Monday night. The annual event honored five amazing members of the dance community this year, and what an awesome show it was--we laughed, we cried (multiple times!), we saw all kinds of dance celebs, and we came away feeling our love for this crazy art form renewed and strengthened.

Here are our top 5 moments, one for each honoree:

-The always-hilarious Mikhail Baryshnikov presenting to dance medicine pioneer Dr. William Hamilton: "Just my standing up here in front of you is the best testament to Bill's expertise."

-Lovely New York City Ballet principal Jenifer Ringerrevealing her baby bump--it's her second child with husband James Fayette, who presented her award. (Close runner-up: Fayette's story about the rather dirty joke Ringer told that won his heart.)

-Genius choreographer Alexei Ratmansky talking about seeing Balanchine's ballets for the first time: "They spoke to my eyes, my mind, and my heart." (Runner-up: His description of his dancer wife's gorgeous legs, which first inspired him to choreograph. Adorable.)

-Modern dance legend Yvonne Rainer talking about her early days studying with Martha Graham, who told Rainer, "You will only find your turnout when you accept yourself as a woman" (!!). Rainer then cracked: "Well, neither of those things ever happened."

-Broadway luminary Kathleen Marshall's giddy, pitch-perfect tap choreography for the title number of Anything Goes--we saw a video of phenom Sutton Foster (who presented Marshall's award) and the show's ensemble absolutely killing it. Perfection.

Want more? Click here to watch highlights from the evening.

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