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 Post subject: Preeminent dance award?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2004 11:10 am 
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I'm doing some dance-related research and I need to confirm that the Tony's are in fact the preeminent dance award in the world, and if they're not I need to know what the award is. Does anyone have any idea where I might find any articles that would emphasize the importance of a Tony (as in it's the equivalent of an Oscar for acting, etc)? Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Preeminent dance award?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2004 1:44 pm 
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BDG, it depends what you mean by "dance awards". The Tony Awards are for
Broadway [corrected on the advice of Salzberg below] theatre performances and seem to exclude ballet and opera, as opposed to their equivalent in the UK, the Olivier Awards. Thus the only form of dance honoured in the Tonys is US show dance.

Much as I enjoy a good musical, personally I would not include such a narrowly drawn field to represent the best of dance worldwide. Help me out people - are there other US dance awards?

To be honest, there aren't really any worldwide dance awards. The Olivier and Critics' Circle awards cover the UK and visiting dance companies well, but it would be nationalistic to claim a worldwide preeminence.

On the question of the Oscars, they are certainly the best publicised film awards, but I suspect that you would find most film critics worldwide take far more notice of the Cannes Film Festival Awards.

<small>[ 23 July 2004, 02:11 AM: Message edited by: Stuart Sweeney ]</small>


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2004 2:39 pm 
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The Tony Awards are for US theatre performances
Specifically, Broadway; they don't recognize Off-Broadway (which has the Obies). They do, however, give an annual nod to regional theatres of distinction...or at least longevity.

Nor are the Oscars specifically acting awards; like the Tonys, they recognize a variety of disciplines.

In New York there are the Bessies, which recognize various aspects of dance, including choreography and lighting design.

<small>[ 29 August 2004, 01:24 PM: Message edited by: salzberg ]</small>

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2004 5:49 pm 
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Locally, in San Francisco there are the annual Isadora Duncan Dance Awards (the "Izzies").


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