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These Are the Dance Moments Our Readers Loved the Most This Year

We asked for your nominations, compiled your suggestions and let you vote on your favorite dance moments of 2019. Here's what you chose:


Best Dance in a Movie

Nominees:

The White Crow

Girl

Rocketman

The Favourite

Yuli

Winner: The White Crow

Winner: "Fosse/Verdon"

Best Dance Documentary

Nominees:

Force of Nature

Nureyev

I Dream of Dance

Winner: Nureyev

Winner: Playlist (EP)

Best Solo Performance

Nominees:

American Ballet Theatre's Sarah Lane in Manon

Ashley Blair Fitzgerald in The Cher Show

Royal Danish Ballet's Jon Axel Fransson in The Kermesse in Bruges

Mariana Valencia in Futurity

New York City Ballet's Taylor Stanley in Apollo

Winner: Taylor Stanley in Apollo

Taylor Stanley in Apollo. He holds a lyre-like instrument, and wears white tights and a white sash. He stands with one leg slightly bent, looking intensely at the audience. He is surrounded by the three muses\u2014women in white leotards and short white skirts\u2014who reach up towards him.

Erin Baiano, Courtesy NYCB

Winner: Taylor Swift's "ME!"

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