The network-televised Primetime Emmy Awards may not be happening until next Sunday—but the biggest dance prize has actually already been handed out. That'd be the award for Outstanding Choreography, presented during this weekend's Creative Emmy Awards, honoring artistic and technical achievement in television.
The Outstanding Choreography field was absolutely STACKED. (No surprise, given all the fantastic dance happening on TV these days.) Nominees included Travis Wall, for his ever-excellent work on "So You Think You Can Dance," and Derek Hough, for his high-octane "Dancing with the Stars" routines. So, who actually took home the statue?
It was a tie! Quest Crew was recognized for three of its jaw-droppingly fabulous numbers for "America's Best Dance Crew," and Kathryn Burns also won for her charmingly kooky choreography for "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend." Congrats, you guys!
A little behind on your TV watching? We've got you covered: Here are the routines that earned Quest Crew and Burns their Emmys. (We're particularly obsessed with Burns' "Settle for Me"—last video below—which channels Fred and Ginger in the most delightfully offbeat way. If you haven't gotten into "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" yet, go binge-watch it on Netflix RIGHT NOW.)
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Dancers are naturally "in their heads" all the time—but not always in productive ways. Long days of receiving and applying corrections, taking class, and performing can get to even the most composed individuals. What should you do when you feel like your mind is just as busy as your rehearsal schedule? Try meditation. Dance Spirit turned to Adreanna Limbach, a head teacher at NYC-based meditation studio MNDFL, for a breakdown of this highly beneficial practice.
Liz Imperio teaching at Hollywood Vibe, Courtesy of Hollywood Vibe
It's an increasingly common scenario: A talented dancer wins big at a competition, is offered an assistantship with a famous faculty member, and ends up leaving her hometown studio to travel with a convention. Convention-hopping has obvious benefits. Every event generates new content for dancers to post on social media, gives them a better shot at ending up on their favorite choreographers' accounts, lets them learn from the best of the best, and helps them make valuable connections. "Traveling is a great way for dancers to gain admirers around the country," says Jen Jarnot, owner of Artistic Fusion Dance Academy in Thornton, CO. "That's something every dancer craves." So it's no surprise that weekend FOMO has been blazing through studios like wildfire.
But is this jet-setter lifestyle really the most effective road to take? Can weekends of dancing with top talent truly replace the bread and butter of daily work at your home studio? The answer, according to most industry experts, is no. We asked five pros to explain why.