TWU Dance alumna awarded 2017 Bessie for outstanding performance

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Kayla Hamilton, TWU Dance alumna (B.A., 2006).

TWU Dance alumna Kayla Hamilton (B.A., 2006) is a co-recipient of this year's coveted Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance. Hamilton is a member of the winning ensemble, the skeleton architecture, or the future of our worlds, which also included Maria Bauman, Sidra Bell, Davalois Fearon, Marjani Forté-Saunders, Melanie Greene,  Jasmine Hearn, Marguerite Hemmings, Nia Love, Paloma McGregor, Sydnie L. Mosley, Rakiya Orange, Grace Osborne, Leslie Parker, Angie Pittman, Samantha Speis, Charmaine Warren, Marýa Wethers and Ni’Ja Whitson. The ensemble was curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa for Danspace Project’s Platform 2016: Lost and Found.

The ensemble received the award in recognition of "a history-in-the-making performance that dismantled improvisational dance norms to create a robust, disruptive, and dynamic world. For a cast of individuals who used a full range of movement styles to take the audience from Dakar to Kingston, the Bronx to Bushwick, in a fluid dance of connection."

Hamilton is an artist, mover and educator from Texarkana, Texas. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in dance from Texas Woman’s University, and a M.Ed. in special education. Hamilton currently dances with Sydnie L. Mosley Dances and Gesel Mason Performance Projects. Under the name “K. Hamilton Projects,” Hamilton shares her love for adolescent education and the arts. 

Produced in partnership with Dance/NYC, the NY Dance and Performance Awards, The Bessies have saluted outstanding and groundbreaking creative work by independent dance artists in NYC for 33 years. Known as “The Bessie” in honor of revered dance teacher Bessie Schönberg, the awards were established in 1983 by David White at Dance Theater Workshop. They recognize exceptional work in choreography, performance, music composition and visual design. A selection committee comprised of artists, presenters, producers, designers and writers choose nominees. All those working in the dance field are invited to join the NY Dance and Performance League—members participate in annual discussions on the direction of the awards and nominate members to serve on the Selection Committee.