American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An award given annually since 1984 by the Dance Theater Workshop in New York City for achievement in dance and the performing arts.
- After Bessie Schönberg (1906-1997), German-born American dance teacher. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“She became my responsibility and I called her Bessie!”
“Katie had never before heard her mother called Bessie, and had never seen anything approaching in size or colour to such a nose, consequently she ran away frightened.”
“She went out, to return in a few moments with a girl whom she called Bessie, explaining to her my need of proper clothes for the house.”
“There was a determined note in Bessie's voice that she had never heard there before.”
“There were tears in Bessie's eyes as she said good-bye.”
“Everyone was delighted, Eleanor Mercer most of all, because she had had real faith in Bessie, and it was a triumph for her to know that her faith had not been misplaced.”
“He had liked Bessie from the start and now he adored her.”
“It was but mild fun to play theatre in Bessie Finklestein's back yard, even if I had leading parts, which I made impressive by recitations in Russian, no word of which was intelligible to my audience.”
“The tears welled up in Bessie's brown eyes, and her lips were trembling.”
“There was tenderness and pity in the tone of his voice as he said the name Bessie, and the sick girl looked at him curiously, as if struggling to recall something in the far past; then a smile broke over her face and the lip quivered a little as she replied:”
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