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The World Choreography Awards Bring a Much-Needed Boost to the Los Angeles Dance Industry

Kristyn Burtt

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Mandy Moore at the 2018 World Choreography Awards.Facebook/World Choreography Awards.

After a year's hiatus due to the pandemic, the World Choreography Awards are returning to the stage. The last time the awards were held was back in November 2019 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. This year, the show will take place at the Avalon Hollywood on Sunday, May 16, which brings a much-needed boost to the Los Angeles dance community. The entertainment industry was hit hard by closures and cancellations in 2020 that have continued far longer than anyone anticipated when the original lockdown issue was ordered.

With a fresh start on the horizon for performers, the World Choreography Awards demonstrate the promise of what is ahead in the dance industry. The nominees represent the best in TV, film, and on the internet because digital content has taken a prime role in a choreographer's portfolio. Some of the familiar faces included in the nominees' list are also Emmy winners like Tessandra Chavez, Derek and Julianne Hough, Kathryn Burns, Tyce Diorio, Marguerite Derricks and Mandy Moore. And be sure to look for TV favorites like World of Dance, So You Think You Can Dance, and movies like Aladdin, Cats and High Strung: Free Dance in their respective categories.

Dancing with the Stars pro Cheryl Burke will host the show, along with exclusive performances throughout the awards ceremony, which will livestream worldwide for the first time in honor of its 10th anniversary. Early-bird tickets are $10, day-of tickets are $12.50 and the show will be available to watch for 48 hours after the broadcast. The show is produced and directed by Allen Walls and Cheryl Baxter-Ratliff.

The 2020 World Choreography Award nominees:

TV EPISODIC

ASHLEY WALLEN — American Housewife

JAMES ALSOP — Soundtrack

MARGUERITE DERRICKS — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

FRED TALLAKSEN — Goliath

KATHRYN BURNS — The Morning Show

COMMERCIALS

AARON SILLIS — Saint Laurent

DENNA THOMSEN — Reebok

KATHRYN BURNS — Pandora

FATIMA ROBINSON — Grown-ish

KAVITA RAO — Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

TV AWARD SHOW/SPECIAL

JEMEL McWILLIAMS — Grammys, Janelle Monáe

TESSANDRA CHAVEZ — Christmas in Rockefeller Center, Derek Hough

DANI VITALE — American Music Awards, Halsey

CALVIT HODGE, Associate Choreographer SARA BIV — Grammys, Camila Cabello

TESSANDRA CHAVEZ, DEREK HOUGH & JULIANNE HOUGH — Holidays with The Houghs

DIGITAL CONTENT INDEPENDENT

MICHAEL DAMESKI — Empty Space

KINJAZ — Wow

KEONE MADRID — Rec Time

TOBIAS ELLEHAMMER — Scream

JONATHAN REDAVID — Come Together

MUSIC VIDEO

TESSANDRA CHAVEZ — Blake McGrath, Innervention

ASHLEY WALLEN — Pink, Walk Me Home

PARRIS GOEBEL — Sam Smith, How Do You Sleep

JA COLLECTIVE — Half·Alive, Breakfast

TESSANDRA CHAVEZ — Derek Hough, A Star is Born

DIGITAL CONTENT

KINJAZ — HyperFlex

KIEL TUTIN — Womxnly

PARRIS GOEBEL — Do You

JULIANNE WATERS — Dance Like A Dad

LEO MOCTEZUMA — Breathe On Me

MOTION PICTURE

JAMAL SIMS — Aladdin

ANDY BLANKENBUELER — Cats

ADAM MURRAY — Rocketman

KENNY ORTEGA & JAMAL SIMS — Descendants 3

TYCE DIORIO, Associate Choreographer PHILLIP CHBEEB — High Strung: Free Dance

TV REALITY SHOW/COMPETITION

SURESH MUKUND — World of Dance, The Kings

BRIAR NOLET, JORDAN CLARK & ALLAIN LUPIEN — World of Dance, Briar Nolet

MANDY MOORE — So You Think You Can Dance, Cats

DERION LOMAN & MADISON OLANDT — World of Dance, Derion and Madison

DEREK HOUGH, MICHAEL DAMESKI, CHARITY ANDERSON, and ANDRES PENATE — World of Dance, Pushin On

LIVE STAGE PERFORMANCE For BROADCAST

KINJAZ — Manband

KIEL TUTIN — iHeart Fiesta – JLo

KATHRYN BURNS — Yes, It’s Really Us Singing: The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Concert

BRIAN and SCOTT NICHOLSON — Lollapalooza, Ariana Grande

CHRIS GRANT, JAQUEL KNIGHT, JOE BROWN & JAMAL JOSEF — Beyoncé, 7-11 Homecoming

For more information on the World Choreography Awards, visit their website.

Before you go, check out: "LA Dance Moves Has Their Fingers on the Pulse of the Los Angeles Dance Scene"

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Kristyn Burtt is a commercial dance journalist, TV host and producer. She was the West Coast correspondent and host of "To the Pointe" on Dance Network for five years. Her coverage of "So You Think You Can Dance," "Dancing With the Stars" and "World of Dance" is popular with dance fans across the globe. Kristyn's love of dance began early in her life. She trained at the Boston Ballet School, danced with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in "The Nutcracker" and won a dance scholarship to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She currently serves on the American Dance Movement’s Marketing & PR Committee and is a member of the Television Academy and SAG-AFTRA.

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