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Winners Announced for New York Dance and Performance Awards, aka the Bessies

The 2015 New York Dance and Performance Awards, aka the Bessies, were announced Monday, October 19 at an event at the Apollo Theater in New York. The awards, presented by the organization Dance/NYC, were established in 1983 in honor of dancer and teacher Bessie Schonberg. Steve Paxton was presented with a 2015 Bessie for Lifetime Achievement in Dance, while Movement Research received a 2015 Bessie for Outstanding Service to the Field of Dance.

This year’s other honorees were:

Outstanding Production

- Dorrance Dance with Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely for The Blues Project at the Joyce Theater
- David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group for I Understand Everything Better at Abrons Arts Center and the Chocolate Factory
- Justin Peck for ‘Rōdē,ō: Four Dance Episodes at New York City Ballet
- Roger Guenveur Smith for Rodney King at BRIC Arts Media

Outstanding Revival

- Alexei Ratmansky for The Sleeping Beauty at American Ballet Theatre

Sustained Achievement in Performance

- Lawrence Cassella for his work with Ivy Baldwin
- Lauren Grant for her work with the Mark Morris Dance Group
- Amar Ramasar for his work with New York City Ballet

Outstanding Performance

- Ryoji Sasamoto in OQ by Kota Yamazaki at Japan Society
- Melissa Toogood for her work in the 2014–15 season with Pam Tanowitz, Kimberly Bartosik, Merce Cunningham, Rashaun Mitchell, Stephen Petronio, and Sally Silvers

Outstanding Sound Design

- Tei Blow for I Understand Everything Better by David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group at Abrons Arts Center and the Chocolate Factory

Outstanding Visual Design

- Geoff Sobelle, Steven Dufala, Christopher Kuhl, Nick Kourtides, Jamie Boyle, and Rachel McIntosh for The Object Lesson by Geoff Sobelle at BAM Fisher

Juried Bessie Award

- Pavel Zuštiak

Outstanding Emerging Choreographer

- Storyboard P