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These Are The Performances Our Readers Loved The Most This Year

The Joffrey Ballet in Joy. Cheryl Mann, Courtesy Silverman Group

We asked you for nominations, compiled your suggestions and let you vote on your favorites. Here's what you chose:

Best Viral Video

Winner: Andrew Winghart's "Cry Me a River"


Other Nominees:

• Kyle Hanagami's "Shape of You"

• The Kennedy Center's staff video for National Dance Day

Tiler Peck in Charlotte OC's "Medicine Man"

Most Moving Performance

Winner: Alexander Ekman's Joy at the Joffrey Ballet

Other Nominees:

• George Balanchine's Jewels at Lincoln Center, featuring New York City Ballet, Paris Opéra Ballet and Bolshoi Ballet

• Bangarra Dance Theatre's Bennelong

• Jerome Robbins' Opus 19/The Dreamer at Pacific Northwest Ballet, featuring James Moore and Noelani Pantastico

• Dana Tai Soon Burgess' After 1001 Nights

Coolest Collaboration

Winner: NW Dance Project's Carmen, with choreography by Ihsan Rustem, sets by Luis Crespo and costumes by Michelle Lesniak

Other Nominees:

• Alonzo King LINES Ballet's Figures of Speech, with choreography by Alonzo King, score by Alexander MacSween, audio design by Philip Perkins, visual design by David Finn and David Murakami, poetry curation by Bob Holman, and costumes by Robert Rosenwasser and Colleen Quen

• MADCO's Freedom program, with choreography by Jennifer Archibald, Gina Patterson, Cecil Slaughter and Nejla Yatkin

• Monica Bill Barnes & Company and artist Maira Kalman's The Museum Workout

Best Dance Documentary

Winner: Mr. Gaga, directed by Tomer Heymann

Other Nominees:

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan, directed by Linda Saffire and Adam Schlesinger

• "At This Stage," directed by Ezra Hurwitz

Bronx Gothic, directed by Andrew Rossi, based on the performance by Okwui Okpokwasili

STEP, directed by Amanda Lipitz

Most Inventive New Work

Winner: Chicago Dance Crash's The Bricklayers of Oz, choreographed by Jessica Deahr

Other Nominees:

Seeing You, co-directed by Randy Weiner and Ryan Heffington, with choreography by Heffington

E/Space by Melissa Barak

The Times Are Racing by Justin Peck, at New York City Ballet

• Michelle Dorrance and Nicholas Van Young's Works & Process Rotunda Project, at the Guggenheim Museum

• Raja Feather Kelly's Another F**king Warhol Production


Find out what Dance Magazine's contributors picked as their favorites of 2017 here.

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