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And the "Dance Spirit" Award for Best Movie Choreography of 2019 Goes To...

Nope, there's still no Oscar for Best Choreography. So Dance Magazine's sister publication created the Dance Spirit award for Best Movie Choreography of 2019. Though we're big fans of all seven of the nominated choreographers, and think each one deserves to be acknowledged for their contributions to some of our favorite films this year, based on your votes, the winner is...


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...Johanna Sapakie for Hustlers! Sapakie, a pole choreographer with extensive training in other dance forms, is the genius behind Jennifer Lopez's showstopping routines in the film (not to mention J.Lo's pole work at the Super Bowl halftime show). We can't wait to see what's next for this talented artist.

Watch Sapakie's acceptance speech below!

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The At-Home Hobbies Keeping Dancers Creative Right Now

When you're not spending all your hours in the studio, you suddenly have so. much. more. free time. While Netflix marathons have certainly been in order during the shutdown, many dancers have pivoted, using the opportunity to explore new hobbies or dive deeper into ones they don't typically have time for.

Here are some of the at-home hobbies we're digging. However you're redirecting your creative energies, we salute you!

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