Including this extraordinary Travis Wall number for "So You Think You Can Dance" (Adam Rose/FOX)

The Primetime Emmy Award nominations are out! Congrats to the seven choreographers who earned nods for their exceptional TV work this year. Notably, that work was made for just two shows, "So You Think You Can Dance" and "World of Dance." And there was a particularly remarkable snub: While the dance-filled hit "Fosse/Verdon" earned 17 nominations across many of the major categories, Andy Blankenbuehler's fabulous Fosse remixes weren't recognized in the Outstanding Choreography field.

Here are all the dance routines up for Emmys:

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Teresa Reichlen as Odette in Peter Martins' "Swan Lake" (Paul Kolnik, courtesy New York City Ballet)

When you think of a Balanchine ballerina, the dancer you imagine probably looks a lot like Teresa Reichlen. The New York City Ballet principal brings long-legged extensions and queenly poise to her extensive repertory of Balanchine "goddess" roles. She's also a captivating force to be reckoned with in works by Jerome Robbins, Justin Peck, and Christopher Wheeldon. Born in northern Virginia, Reichlen began training at age 10 at the Russell School of Ballet. Asked to stay for the winter term following her first summer at the School of American Ballet, Reichlen became a New York City Ballet apprentice a year later. She received her corps contract a year after that. You can see her perform the principal role in Balanchine's Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 during the company's annual Saratoga Performing Arts Center residency this week. —Helen Rolfe

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Dancer to Dancer
At The Academy, the choreo comes hard and fast, and the cuts are absolutely brutal—every. single. time. (Adam Rose/FOX)

"Welcome to the real world, kids." —Laurieann Gibson, Disher of Hard Truths

But seriously! Welcome to The Academy, that magical/terrible place where choreography comes hard and fast, meltdowns are par for the course, someone is bound to get injured, and the cuts are absolutely brutal—every. single. time.

After approximately 14 million weeks of individual auditions, 79 dancers were given "golden tickets" to The Academy, held at L.A.'s famous Dolby Theatre this year. There, they faced four rounds of choreography: hip hop with Luther Brown, ballroom with Emma Slater and Sasha Farber, contemporary with Talia Favia, and the group round with Mandy Moore.

This week's episode documented the first three choreo rounds. Here's what went down at the Dolby.

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Dance on TV
Courtesy Just for Kix

Summer is almost officially here! And even if you're spending the summer months onstage and in the studio instead of outdoors (#dancerprobs), you can still bring those summer vibes inside with you. Our recommendation? These versatile, nature-inspired pieces from Just for Kix:

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In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email dearkatie@dancespirit.com for a chance to be featured!


Dear Katie,

I used to know what I wanted—a dance career—but now I'm not so sure. These days, my parents are so involved in my training that sometimes it feels like I'm pursuing their dream instead of mine. How can I figure out whether I really want to do this, or if I'm just doing it to make them happy?

Anonymous

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Dear Katie

While dancers tend to spend every waking moment inside the studio, one of the best things about dance is that you can bust out your killer moves pretty much anywhere. So why not get creative with your choice of scenery—especially since it just might spark more creativity in your dancing?

See how many of these out-of-the-box improv spots you can check off your bucket list. All the world's your stage!

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Just for Fun
The dancers doing double duty include Ben Cook, who'll play Riff on Broadway and a Jets member in the film. (Photo by Erin Baiano)

Could it be? Yes it could. Something's coming, something good…

Well, two somethings, to be precise. Next February, a West Side Story revival, directed by Ivo van Hove and choreographed by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, is coming to Broadway. And next December, a new West Side Story film, directed by Steven Spielberg and choreographed by Justin Peck, is coming to movie theaters.

The two productions promise radically different takes on the iconic musical, originally directed and choreographed (for both stage and film) by Jerome Robbins. But—as we discovered yesterday, when casting for the Broadway revival was announced—six remarkable dancers will be part of BOTH projects.

Meet, or re-meet, the West Side Story multitaskers: Yesenia Ayala, Ben Cook, Kevin Csolak, Carlos E. Gonzalez, Jacob Guzman, and Ricky Ubeda.

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Musical Theater
Members of the Paris Opéra Ballet give a surprise performance on an Air France flight from Shanghai to Paris. Courtesy Air France.

Just imagine: You're settling in for a long international flight, when suddenly Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake starts playing on the intercom—and a group of feather-clad ballerinas bourrée down the aisle. That's exactly what happened last week to Air France customers on a Paris-bound flight from Shanghai, when 10 members of the Paris Opéra Ballet gave a impromptu performance throughout the plane's cabins.

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Ballet
Bill T. Jones' "Analogy/Ambros" (courtesy New York Live Arts)

Picture this: You peek into a studio and see 10 different duets happening simultaneously. Some pairs move through a lift, while others roll swiftly across the floor. Everyone appears to be making it up as they go, yet the partnering is seamless. What the heck is happening? It's contact improvisation!

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Modern
NDD routine dancers (from left) Chelsie Hill, Jashaun Gamble, Tatiana McQuay, Matt Steffanina, Hannahlei Cabanilla, Criscilla Anderson and Will Simmons (courtesy American Dance Movement)

Grab your dancing shoes and put on those thinking caps—the dance video we've been waiting for is here!

American Dance Movement (formerly known as Dizzy Feet) just released this year's Official National Dance Day (NDD) routine, and it has us feeling electric.

The routine is choreographed by none other than Matt Steffanina (who's casually the most-followed dancer in the world, thanks to his 10 million YouTube subscribers), and set to the high-energy Dua Lipa/Silk City collab "Electricity."

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Dance News
Photo by Erin Baiano

In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email dearkatie@dancespirit.com for a chance to be featured!


Dear Katie,

I'm in recovery from a binge-eating disorder. While I'm doing much better than before, I'm still really insecure about my body, and am always comparing myself to others. How can I reset my perspective?

Alyson

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Dear Katie
B-boy Michael Salas nailing his audition (Adam Rose/FOX)

To quote old-lady Rose Dawson from Titanic:

OK, so maybe it hasn't really been a full 84 years since Season 16 of "So You Think You Can Dance" first graced our screens. But it kinda feels like it, right? The entire summer so far has been dedicated to auditions! Along the way—five episodes, not 84 years, for the record—we've seen some really stellar talent. And next week, we'll get to see how all that talent fares at The Academy.

But let's not get too ahead of ourselves. Let's talk about what went down during the last few auditions.

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Dance on TV

As a dedicated dancer, you're probably pretty proud of the number of hours you spend in the studio. You may even feel guilty whenever you divert from your normal non-stop routine. But time spent outside the studio can actually be super beneficial for your dancing.

Here are seven non-dance activities that can help you become a better dancer.

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Health & Body
Dancers performing at Leap! (DanceBug, courtesy Leap!)

We asked judges Lisa White (of Starpower) and Chris Pederson (of Leap!) to answer reader-submitted questions. Survey says that you might be more than a little surprised by what they had to say.

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Competition
Screenshot via YouTube, courtesy Jamaii Melvin

Congratulations to the June Cover Model Search Editors' Choice video winner, Jamaii Melvin! Catch his solo below, and enter the Cover Model Search here.

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