This Year's Emmy-Nominated Choreographers Will Create a Dance for NPH

"Where my choreographers at?" (Neil Patrick Harris - photo AP/Mark J. Terrill)

Up until now, the Emmy award for choreography has been presented at the smaller Creative Arts Emmys ceremony rather than the big Primetime Emmy awards. And while we're happy the Emmys at least HAVE a choreography category (*cough* Oscars, get on that! *cough cough*), it's always bummed us out a little that they didn't give dance a moment in the primetime spotlight.

But this year, that all changes. Not only will the choreography Emmy be presented at the primetime show, but the seven nominees—Derek Hough, Allison Holker, Sonya Tayeh, Mandy Moore, Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo and Travis Wall—will join forces to create a dance number starring Emmy host Neil Patrick Harris. That's eight of our favorite names of all time in one sentence. What could possibly make this more awesome?

I'll tell you what: This little rumor, courtesy The Hollywood Reporter:

"One option being bandied [for the Emmy number is] the choreographers themselves dancing, and each has been invited to hire two of their favorite dancers for the number (likely from the shows they were nominated for)."

Please, oh dance gods—please let all of these choreographers dance at the Emmys. With NPH. And some top-notch "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance" folks. It's all we want for Christmas and our birthdays combined.

Catch the sure-to-be-amazingness during the Primetime Emmys, September 22 on CBS.

(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

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When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?

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