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Columbia College Chicago Faculty Member Darrell Jones honored with Bessie award.

The organizers of the Bessie Awards, as the annual New York Dance and Performance Awards are known, announced 40 nominees in several categories as well as a Juried Bessie Award. Darrell Jones received the Juried Bessie Award for his choreography. Mr. Jones’s work “Hoo-Ha (for your eyes only),” performed recently at Danspace Project, incorporated voguing moves and slap fights. Joanna Kotze won the Outstanding Emerging Choreographer Award for her work, “It happened it had happened it is happening it will happen,” which was also presented at Danspace Project.

“Darrell and Joanna are two fascinating young choreographers, and we’re thrilled to honor them with these awards,” Lucy Sexton, the Bessies director, said in a statement.

Established in 1983, the awards recognize creative and groundbreaking work in choreography, performance, music composition and visual design, and are known as one of the highest honors in the dance world. An awards ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 7 at the Apollo Theater.