They kept coming back for more.
Choreographer Meisha Bosma and the Washington Ballet folks returned for award after award at the fifth annual Metro DC Dance Awards, held Monday night in the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater. Bosma, who won last year for outstanding new work ("I Love, I Don't"), took the category again for "Blind Spot." She also picked up trophies for emerging choreographer and outstanding individual performance in a dance production.
The Washington Ballet began its roll at the top of the evening, with the company's school winning for youth performance. Artistic Director Septime Webre bounded onstage twice to accept awards for outstanding overall production for "The Nutcracker" (large venue) and the studio series "7x7" (small venue). For his work on the company's production of "Rite of Spring," Nicholas Phillips won for stage design/multimedia.
The Pola Nirenska Award, given by the Washington Performing Arts Society to a noted performer, choreographer or mentor to area dancers, was presented to dance critic Jean Batty Lewis and choreographer Ed Tyler. Dancer and choreographer Beth Davis received the Alan M. Kriegsman Award (named for the longtime Washington Post dance critic), which recognizes long-term achievement, for her work with "In Good Company" and the Hall of Mirrors Performance Series.
Two-time nominee troupe Step Afrika! made it to the dais this year for a well-deserved outstanding group performance in a dance production.
Performances by BosmaDance, Jessica Marchant, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and Coyaba Dance Theater, and a special performance tribute to the late Eric Hampton filled out the program.
Sound design or original composition: Naoko Maeshiba
Emerging performer: Eileen Schwartz
Costume design: Balafon West African Dance Ensemble
Dance education: Naima Prevots
Lighting design: Catherine Eliot