MANCC Announces Partnership with the New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards

The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography is thrilled to announce a new partnership with the New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards, through which one Bessie-nominated choreographer for the 2019 Award for Outstanding Production will be offered a MANCC residency. This mid-career artist will be selected by members of the Bessies’ Selection Committee including a previous MANCC Residency Fellow, and will be invited to bring a group of creative collaborators to MANCC for a residency of up to two-weeks. During this residency, the collaborative team will have the opportunity to develop new work and make use of the extensive resources available at Florida State University.

Often considered the “Academy Awards” of the dance field, the Bessies were established in 1984 by David R. White at Dance Theater Workshop and named in honor of renowned dance teacher Bessie Schönberg. These awards highlight exceptional work across the dance field in choreography, performance, music composition, production, and visual design. Nominees for these prestigious awards are selected by a committee of artists, presenters, producers, and writers.

To learn more about this partnership, as well as additional Bessie Partnerships with the American Dance Festival, the CUNY Dance Initiative, and the New York State Dance Force, visit