This year marks the WCA's 8th anni, and the organization just announced its list of nominees. As usual, it's absolutely jam-packed with A-list names from all different parts of the dance world.
Check out the full list below. Winners will be revealed at the ceremony on October 23rd at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, where icon Debbie Allen will also receive the Joe Tremaine Legacy Award. Merde, everybody!
ASHLEY WALLEN - The Greatest Showman EMILIE GOLDBLUM - Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets KENNY ORTEGA and TONY TESTA - Descendants 2 DANIEL "CLOUD" CAMPOS and TAMARA LEVINSON - The Greatest Showman, "The Other Side" TONY GONZALEZ, Associate Choreographer CHRIS MOSS - Bring It On - "Worldwide #Cheersmack"
KATHRYN BURNS - "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,""First Penis I Saw" ZACH WOODLEE, Associate Choreographer KELLY KONNO - "The Flash" FRED TALLAKSEN - "The Real O'Neals" MARGUERITE DERRICKS - "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" KATHRYN BURNS - "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," "Strip Away My Conscience"
BRIAN FRIEDMAN - "Feel It Still" TESSANDRA CHAVEZ - "Hold On" PARRIS GOEBEL - "Go Anchor Milk" CHRISTOPHER SCOTT - "Raised for Incarceration" RENEE KESTER and PHILLP CHBEEB - "Timberland"
AARON STILLS - Huawei P10 DENNA THOMSEN - Apple ASHLEY WALLEN - The Greatest Showman TRICIA MIRANDA, Associate Choreographer CAT RENDIC - Walmart ANDREW WINGHART - Motorola
DIGITAL CONTENT INDEPENDENT
ANDREW WINGHART - "Cry Me a River" KEONE and MARI MADRID - Take the World HOK - "Down" GALEN HOOKS - "Wait for Me" BAM MARTIN, ANTHONY LEE, VINH NGUYEN and TONY TRAN - "Humble"
TELEVISION AWARD SHOW/SPECIAL
MARTY KUDELKA - The Oscars, Justin Timberlake MANDY MOORE - Golden Globes, Remake La La Land NICK FLOREZ and RJ DURELL - America Music Awards, Pink NAPOLEON and TABITHA DUMO - Disney Magical Holiday Celebration CALVIT HODGE, Associate Choreographer SARA BIVENS - Europe Music Awards, Camila Cabello
DEREK HOUGH - Michael Buble, "I Believe in You" TESSANDRA CHAVEZ - Blake McGrath, "Missing You" JOJO GOMEZ - Tinashe, "Company" JUSTIN PECK - The National, "Dark Side of the Gym" NICK FLOREZ and RJ DURELL - Pink, "What About Us"
TELEVISION REALITY SHOW/COMPETITION
JACQUES HEIM - "America's Got Talent," Diavolo KEONE and MARI MADRID - "World of Dance," "Happy" MANDY MOORE - "So You Think You Can Dance," "Brand New Academy" CHRISTOPHER SCOTT - "Strictly Come Dancing," "I'm Gonna Be" MIKE "MURDA" CARRASCO, JON "DO KNOCK" CRUZ, RONNIE ABALDONAD, BEN "BEN STACK" HONRUBI - World of Dance, Super Cr3w
Expressions Dance Alliance president Liz Ladley addressing the company (Sabrina Thadani, courtesy Liz Ladley)
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