The Bessie Awards The New York Dance and Performing Arts Awards Hosted by Bebe Neuwirth. Bebe Neuwirth will host the ceremony, and there will be award presentations by a stellar lineup of internationally renowned dance artists including Charles Atlas, Carmen deLavallade, Ralph Lemon, and Tere O'Connor. The night will also feature a performance by students from the Harlem School of the Arts' acclaimed dance program as well as videos of all the nominated work. The Bessies seek to recognize work from all corners of the city's wide ranging dance world, granting awards for choreography, design, composition, and performing to innovative artists from many dance disciplines. The awards also honor those who have helped shape the dynamic world of dance in the city with awards for lifetime achievement in choreography and outstanding contribution to the field of dance. This is a not-to-be-missed event for any and every dance lover.