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Best dance performance BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
TIE: Candybox Revue Burlesque AND MAYhem: Kissed

Best touring dance performance BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Alvin Ailey

Best dance performance BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Atlanta Ballet (Featured)

Best movers and shakers: Proof that collaborative performance isn BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Meh Meh

Best movers and shakers: Romantic dance moves BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Atlanta Ballet's "Romeo et Juliette"

Best dance performance BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Atlanta Ballet's "Romeo et Juliette"

Best dance series BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
The Goat Farm Arts Center
The new contemporary dance series Tanz Farm brought world-renowned performers, including Sidra Bell, Zoe|Juniper, and others, to Atlanta's doorstep, many of them for the first time. Their presence felt both groundbreaking and long overdue. Ticket prices for the world-class performances were low, withmore...
The new contemporary dance series Tanz Farm brought world-renowned performers, including Sidra Bell, Zoe|Juniper, and others, to Atlanta's doorstep, many of them for the first time. Their presence felt both groundbreaking and long overdue. Ticket prices for the world-class performances were low, with special price points for working artists, and each performance was accompanied by free talks, workshops, and previews of works-in-process. Tanz Farm, even in its first year, proved that cutting-edge performers from other cities can find a welcoming home in Atlanta, and that Atlanta audiences are ready to embrace them. The Lauri Stallings-curated, Goat Farm-hosted series begins its second season this November, and if it's anything like the first, we know each performance will be a highlight of the Atlanta arts calendar. www.tanzfarm.com. less...

Best dance performance BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
gloATL's Hippodrome

Best dance performance BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Maa

Best reason to hole up in a cardboard box BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Threshold
Even creating the sparest of shows in the humblest of venues can be a financial and logistical challenge for many Atlanta dance companies, so it was especially impressive to see the Lucky Penny produce Threshold in August. Blake Beckham's ambitious vision included a performance for three dancers in amore...
Even creating the sparest of shows in the humblest of venues can be a financial and logistical challenge for many Atlanta dance companies, so it was especially impressive to see the Lucky Penny produce Threshold in August. Blake Beckham's ambitious vision included a performance for three dancers in a structurally sound two-story house made entirely of cardboard. The innovative dream team of architects Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam designed the house, and more than 100 visual artists, designers, and volunteers helped realize the project with more than 50,000 square feet of paper products. The cardboard architecture provided a fascinating, dreamlike setting for Beckham's primal and visceral contemplation of interior and exterior spaces. The show unequivocally raised the bar for what's possible for independent dance in Atlanta. www.theluckypennyatl.blogspot.com. less...

Dance performance BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Dance Truck's PLOT

Best dance performance BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Dance 101
Runner-up: Staibdance

Best dance performance BOA Award Winner

"Dirty Pretty"

Best dance performance BOA Award Winner

"Crux" by brooks & company dance

Best dance performance BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Brooks and Company Dance
www.brooksandcompanydance.blogspot.com. Runner-up Trey McIntyre Project

Best dance performance BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Dirty Pretty
Atlanta's dance scene teems with modern and contemporary companies vying for recognition, but with each new showcase, Zoetic Dance Ensemble sets the...

Best Dance Performance BOA Award Winner

Shorts II- Brooks &Company Dance

Best Dance Performance BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Transformotion (Alliance Theatre)

FAVORITE SON: Best Dance Performance BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
big
Before it even hit the stage, the Atlanta Ballet's season-closing production of big, featuring OutKast's Big Boi, was the subject of a New York Times article. But you don't give a dance performance high marks because of national press or celebrity collaborators. You do, however, honor it for the audacitymore...
Before it even hit the stage, the Atlanta Ballet's season-closing production of big, featuring OutKast's Big Boi, was the subject of a New York Times article. But you don't give a dance performance high marks because of national press or celebrity collaborators. You do, however, honor it for the audacity of saying to the world that ballet needs to continue to grow and challenge itself, even if it forces people to question whether it's ballet at all (or, as some suggested with big, modern dance). A palpable energy crackled from the sometimes turbulent (and uneven) marriage of ballet and hip-hop, but the impact that both forms have had on Atlanta's cultural scene over the years makes the combination long overdue. Kudos to our very own Mr. Big, Atlanta Ballet artistic director John McFall, and resident choreographer Lauri Stallings for stepping up to the plate (and the mic). www.atlantaballet.com. less...

Best Dance Performance BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
The Defoor Centre (Permanently Closed)

Best Ballet - and Stoning BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
The Lottery
Though we’re slightly concerned that they may have emboldened our enemies, we loved Brooks & Company Dance’s ominous take on unquestioning allegiance in THE LOTTERY. Choreographer Joanna Brooks reworked a canonical Stravinsky/Nijinsky ballet, Le Sacre du Printemps, thrusting Nijinsky’smore...

Though we’re slightly concerned that they may have emboldened our enemies, we loved Brooks & Company Dance’s ominous take on unquestioning allegiance in THE LOTTERY. Choreographer Joanna Brooks reworked a canonical Stravinsky/Nijinsky ballet, Le Sacre du Printemps, thrusting Nijinsky’s angular, jolting choreography into the plot of Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery,” giving new meaning to the original ballet’s ritual sacrifice.
404-454-1032. www.brooksandcompanydance.com.

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Best Cartographic Dance BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Beacon Dance
You’d think we would make some joke about stopping to ask for directions, but directions are far too linear for the wandering explorations of Beacon Dance in THE MAPPING PROJECT. Every month, the company created a site-specific dance in a different DeKalb County park, bringing experimental movementmore...
You’d think we would make some joke about stopping to ask for directions, but directions are far too linear for the wandering explorations of Beacon Dance in THE MAPPING PROJECT. Every month, the company created a site-specific dance in a different DeKalb County park, bringing experimental movement to unsuspecting dog walkers and youth football leagues, restoring a sense of wonder and magic to the land. less...

Best Dance Performance BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Dracula
By Michael Pink Performed by the Atlanta Ballet Company www.atlantaballet.com.

Best Example Of Getting Stuck On Dance BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Flypaper Dances
How can we miss her when she won’t go away? Coriolis Dance Project artistic director Elizabeth Dishman recently moved to New York, but she keeps coming back to create new work. Lucky for us, she’s stuck on Atlanta. In FLYPAPER DANCES, she used Velcro, ropes, bullying bodies and flypapermore...

How can we miss her when she won’t go away? Coriolis Dance Project artistic director Elizabeth Dishman recently moved to New York, but she keeps coming back to create new work. Lucky for us, she’s stuck on Atlanta. In FLYPAPER DANCES, she used Velcro, ropes, bullying bodies and flypaper to investigate sticky attachments in all the ways they hold us and, sometimes just as disconcerting, let us go.
404-931-0212. www.coriolisdance.org.

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Best Reason To Shout Out "Eureka!" BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Ephiphany
The way we heard it, EPIPHANY was originally supposed to be a small, simple piece, something easy to keep the Ballethnic Dance Company occupied while old standby The Leopard’s Tale went into dry dock for repairs. Then they added in the Full Circle Jazz Band, the Shaw Temple A.M.E. Mass Choir,more...
The way we heard it, EPIPHANY was originally supposed to be a small, simple piece, something easy to keep the Ballethnic Dance Company occupied while old standby The Leopard’s Tale went into dry dock for repairs. Then they added in the Full Circle Jazz Band, the Shaw Temple A.M.E. Mass Choir, gospel vocalist Najuma, and the senior citizen dancers from the H.J.C. Bowden Senior Center. There was nothing small or simple about it, but we were shouting out hallelujahs for this whole village of a happening. less...
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