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Here Are the 2019 World Choreography Award Nominees

We love any event that puts the spotlight on choreographers, especially since the entertainment world all-too-frequently sidelines their achievements. So, naturally, we're big fans of the World Choreography Awards.

For nearly a decade, the annual event has recognized dance produced for movies, TV shows/specials, music videos, and digital media. This year's World Choreography Awards nominees were just announced, and the list—highlighting dance made over the course of 2018—is incredibly impressive.


Check out the full group of nominees below. Winners will be revealed November 11 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. University of Southern California dance department benefactor Glorya Kaufman will also receive a special Next Frontier of Dance Governance Honor during the ceremony.

TELEVISION EPISODIC
KATHRYN BURNS: "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"
CRIS JUDD: "Disjointed"
BECCA SWEITZER: "Code Black"
MARGUERITE DERRICKS: "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
ALISON FAULK & LEO MOCTEZUMA: "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"

MUSIC VIDEO
BRIAN FRIEDMAN: Carmit, "How Far"
MARK BALLAS: Alexander Jean, "Stampede"
TESSANDRA CHAVEZ: Blake McGrath, "Love My Self"
JA COLLECTIVE: Half Alive, "Still Feel"
RENEE KESTER & JAMES GREGG: Nayya, "What About Us"

TELEVISION REALITY SHOW/COMPETITION
TRAVIS WALL: "SYTYCD," "It Takes A Lot To Know A Man"
JASON GILKISON: "Strictly Come Dancing," "Havana"
MICHAEL DAMESKI: "World Of Dance," Michael Dameski
CHRISTOPHER SCOTT: "SYTYCD," "Runaway"
KAREN FORCANO & RICARDO VEGA: "World Of Dance," Karen & Ricardo

COMMERCIALS
RICHY JACKSON: Money Supermarket
TEDDY FORANCE: Telstra
STEPHANIE KLEMONS: NFL Super Bowl LII
ASHLEY WALLEN: Emirates Airline
JASON GILKISON & TRENT WHIDDON: Strictly Come Dancing

MOTION PICTURE
JUSTIN PECK: Red Sparrow
AAKOMON JONES: Step Sisters
CHRISTOPHER SCOTT & JEFFREY HORNADAY, Associate Choreographer WILL LOFTIS: Zombies
LYRIK CRUZ, Associate Choreographers GRISELLE PONCE & CHARLIE GARCIA: Shine
ROB MARSHALL & JOHN DELUCA, Co-Choreographer JOEY PIZZI, Associate Choreographer TARA NICOLE HUGHES: Mary Poppins Returns

DIGITAL CONTENT INDEPENDENT
DEREK HOUGH: "Natural"
RUDY ABREU: "Pray"
KC MONNIE: "Odie Ojai"
LARKIN POYNTON & CHRIS MARTIN: "Project Home"
KEONE & MARI MADRID: Ruth Chapter 7, "The Magical Tribulation"

TELEVISION AWARD SHOW/SPECIAL
CALVIT HODGE: European Music Awards ⁠— Hailee Steinfield
JEMEL MCWILLIAMS: BET Awards ⁠— Janelle Monae
CHLOE ARNOLD: "The Late Late Show" — Primetime Special
MICHAEL PENA, DENNY MALIK, DEDE SYAHPUTRA & DAN BOLTON: Asian Games ⁠— Welcome
NAPOLEON and TABITHA DUMO & KIEL TUTIN: Billboard Music Awards ⁠— JLo

DIGITAL CONTENT
MARI MADRID: "Wildewomen"
CHRISTOPHER SCOTT: Funraise the Musical
BECCA SWEITZER: "The Way It Begins"
OPHELIE LONGUET: "Ama"
RICH + TONE TALAUEGA & RON MYLES: "Liquid Days"

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Dance Magazine caught up with five recent grads to see where they've landed and how USC Kaufman and its career services department prepared them for their future in the dance industry.

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