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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...


Sapakie, in a black zip-front shirt and high bun, smiles to the camera with her hands on her hips

Courtesy Johanna Sapakie

...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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Go Behind the Scenes of USC Kaufman’s Virtual Dance Festival

Now more than ever, the students of USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance are embodying their program's vision: "The New Movement."

As the coronavirus pandemic stretches on, the dance world continues to be faced with unprecedented challenges, but USC Kaufman's faculty and BFA students haven't shied away from them. While many schools have had to cancel events or scale them back to live-from-my-living-room streams, USC Kaufman has embraced the situation and taken on impressive endeavors, like expanding its online recruitment efforts.

November 1 to 13, USC Kaufman will present A/Part To/Gather, a virtual festival featuring world premieres from esteemed faculty and guest choreographers, student dance films and much more. All semester long, they've rehearsed via Zoom from their respective student apartments or hometowns. And they haven't solely been dancing. "You have a rehearsal process, and then a filming process, and a production process of putting it together," says assistant professor of practice Jennifer McQuiston Lott of the prerecorded and professionally edited festival.

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