Taylor Sieve and Robert Roldan in Mandy Moore's "To Make You Feel My Love" on Season 14 of "So You Think You Can Dance" (via YouTube)

First, huge congrats to the five exceptional choreographers nominated for 2018 Emmy Awards. These days, with all the fabulous dancing happening on the small screen, the choreo category is routinely stacked. But the 2018 group—Chloe Arnold (a first-timer!), Mandy Moore, Travis Wall, Al Blackstone, and Christopher Scott—was even more stacked than usual. Seriously, we didn't know who to root for going into this weekend's Creative Arts Emmys ceremonies.

So, who took home the top prize last night, during the second evening of the two-night Creative Arts Emmys extravaganza?

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In a sea of angsty lyrical pieces, it's so nice to see choreography that makes you feel warm and fuzzy once in a while. At the A.C.E. Awards last year, choreographer Al Blackstone's submission, Brown Eyed Girl, was exactly what we needed: a big-hearted, witty, kind of hilarious depiction of a couple's online—and then in-person—meeting. It was such a standout, in fact, that Blackstone won the grand prize, $15,000 to put on his own show in NYC.

Fast-forward to this year: Blackstone's show, Happy We'll Be, opens tonight at The Roseland Ballroom. Based on what we've seen of his work—and the show's title!—we're guessing it'll be delightful, upbeat fun. The "dance narrative," as Blackstone is calling it, will have four performances through July 30. Get your tickets now—and get happy!

As if last night's Oscars didn't feature enough dance goodness (still obsessed with that swoon-worthy Justin Timberlake opener), "Good Morning America" gifted us with another fab show this morning—featuring a few of our fave dancers.

The performance on "GMA" was set to La La Land's catchy opening song "Another Day of Sun" and featured some fantastically old-Hollywood-esque choreo by Mandy Moore (she choreographed the film) and Al Blackstone.

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The annual Fire Island Dance Festival took place in New York last week and raised a record-breaking amount for its worthy cause: Dancers Responding to AIDS. This year also featured five new world-premiere works and more than 30 professional dancers.

Highlights included ballerina Wendy Whelan in choreographer Brian Brooks' piece First Fall, a MADBOOTS Dance piece in response to the Orlando tragedy titled For Us and the first U.S. performance of Cuba's Ballet Contemporáneo de Camagüey. Dance Theatre of Harlem also debuted Equilibrium (BROTHERHOOD) by Darrell Grand Moultrie and Dorrance Dance performed a jaw-dropping tap piece.

Wendy Whelan and Brian Brooks perform First Fall. (Photo by Daniel Roberts via Facebook, Dancers Responding to AIDS)

The fest's iconic stage, overlooking the water, makes for a pretty stunning venue. And thankfully, for those that missed out, some of the dances have made their way to YouTube. Check out the highlights video first, then scroll down for a full-length performance of Al Blackstone's upbeat "Gay Paree" (a re-imagined piece from his recent hit Freddie Falls in Love) and appearances by Dance Theatre of Harlem, MADBOOTS Dance and Gallim Dance.

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Al Blackstone is the king of so-happy-your-cheeks-hurt-from-smiling musical theater choreography. So it's fitting that the latest news from Blackstone is like a happiness piñata that just keeps raining candy: He has another NYC show coming up, yay! It stars some of our all-time favorite dancers, YAY! It's benefiting the fantastic Dancers Responding to AIDS, YAY!

That's right: Blackstone's Freddie Falls in Love, presented by Break the Floor, will run June 6 and June 13 at the Pershing Square Signature Center on 42nd St in NYC. In true Blackstone fashion, it's a charming, old-school dance narrative following the down-and-out Freddie on his quest for—of course—happiness. The fabulous cast of dance-actors bringing Freddie's journey to life includes Melanie Moore, Ricky Ubeda, Gaby Diaz, Jacob Guzman, Jess Le Protto and Chelsea Thedinga, to name just a few. And all ticket sales will benefit Dancers Responding to AIDS, which does such invaluable work in the dance community.

Even the show's poster is too cute for words. (via alblackstone.net)

"It's rare that a group of artists of this caliber can be in the same place at the same time to collaborate, and so when the opportunity came to bring Freddie to life, I seized it," Blackstone told Broadway World. "Not a word is spoken by the performers, but communication is what makes the show so magical."

The one piece of sad news? There are only two performances of Freddie Falls in Love. Which means you should probably get your tickets, oh, RIGHT NOW.

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