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The guide to the Bessie Awards

The New York Dance and Performance Awards, a.k.a. the Bessie Awards, are finally here! And we talked to the nominees.

Lane Harwell of Dance/NYC and Lucy Sexton speak at the Bessies
Photograph: Christopher DugganLane Harwell of Dance/NYC and Lucy Sexton speak at the Bessies

We are counting down to the Bessie Awards by talking to the performance nominees, a remarkably diverse group that manages to span the dance spectrum—with hip-hop and trance dancers, flamenco performers, modern dance stalwarts, longtime legends and exciting new faces. For a full list of nominees, check out Dance/NYC's announcement here, and whatever you do, don't miss out on one of the most exciting dance events this fall, the Bessies.

When are the Bessie Awards?

The Bessies take place at 7:30pm on Monday, October 19, 2015.

Where are the Bessie Awards?

The Bessies are at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

Meet the nominees for this year's Bessie Awards

Amar Ramasar
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Amar Ramasar

Andrew Champlin and Alexandra Albrecht
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Andrew Champlin and Alexandra Albrecht

Daniel Price, Ryan Haskett and Lil Buck
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Daniel Price, Ryan Haskett and Lil Buck

Ellen Fisher
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Ellen Fisher

Juan Ogalla
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Juan Ogalla

Lauren Grant
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Lauren Grant

Lawrence Cassella
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Lawrence Cassella

Melissa Toogood
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Melissa Toogood

Michelle Boulé
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Michelle Boulé

Robert Fairchild
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Robert Fairchild

Ryoji Sasamoto
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Ryoji Sasamoto

Talya Epstein
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Talya Epstein

Archive Bessie Awards coverage

The Bessies announces all nominations—and as for outstanding emerging choreographer? It's a tie
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The Bessies announces all nominations—and as for outstanding emerging choreographer? It's a tie

The Bessies announces nominees for outstanding emerging choreographer award
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The Bessies announces nominees for outstanding emerging choreographer award

The New York Dance and Performance Awards are held
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The New York Dance and Performance Awards are held

 The Award: NYC is announced, along with this year’s winners: Rebecca Patek and Jen Rosenblit

The Award: NYC is announced, along with this year’s winners: Rebecca Patek and Jen Rosenblit