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2010 Emmy Award Nominations-Outstanding Choreography

So I thought I’d follow up my post from about a month ago talking about Emmy nods since they officially came out this morning. The nominating committee had an incredible group of dances to choose from from shows like SYTYCD, DWTS, and the Oscars, among others. So, straight from the Emmy website, here are the nominees:

82nd Annual Academy Awards-Routines: Opening Number/No One Wants to Do It Alone & Score Suite-ABC-Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Choreographer: Adam Shankman

Dancing with the Stars-Routines: Futuristic Paso Doble/Living On Video & Quickstep/Anything Goes-ABC-BBC-Worldwide Productions
Choreographer: Derek Hough

Dancing With The Stars-Routine: Paso Doble/Malaquena-ABC-BBC-Worldwide Productions
Choreographers: Chelsie Hightower and Derek Hough

So You Think You Can Dance-Routines: Gravity/Addiction & Koop Island Blues & One-Fox-Dick Clark Productions and 19 Entertainment
Choreographer: Mia Michaels

So You Think You Can Dance-Routine: Fear-Fox-Dick Clark Productions and 19 Entertainment
Choreographer: Stacey Tookey

So there we have it, 3 noms for alums/choreographers of SYTYCD. It looks like they changed up the nominating procedure this year, I can’t tell if Mia Michaels has 3 noms for her 3 different pieces from S5 or if they’re just one big nomination. Yay for Chelsie Hightower! If you guys haven’t seen the Paso she choreographed with Derek, you should check it out, it’s pretty awesome (embedded below)

I’m psyched to see they nominated Addiction (embedded below), very much deserved, but I’m a little iffy about the other 2. Gotta love the Butt Dance, but Travis deserved that nod for “If It Kills Me”. What about Napoleon and Tabitha/Dmitry for the awesome Calle Ocho routine (even though I’ve permanently banned that song b/c I heard it so many times). Fear (embedded below), Stacey Tookey’s piece, is the one she did in S6 W2 for Legacy and Kathryn, and while I love that one as well, I would have rather seen that one go to Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson for the piece they did with Kathryn and Jakob in the finale, and partially because they got screwed out of a nod for “Imagine” in S4.

Fear-Kathryn and Legacy

Addiction-Kayla and Kupono (from the finale, Kayla danced her heart out just after being eliminated from the competition, the judges show her some major love)

Chelsie and Derek’s Paso (the guy in the middle on the guitar, Mark Ballas, was supposed to dance it with them but hurt his knee the night before, they had to rechoreograph the whole thing for the two of them)

July 8, 2010 I Written By

SYTYCD Season 7 News Roundup 6.1.10

Of course, we’re all talking about SYTYCD!! It’s only just started, but already we’ve seen some amazing things. Here’s a bit of the Internet buzz, all in one place just for y’all.

Do you remember my Odd and Random 5/7/10 post, where I mentioned that the Los Angeles Ballet had hired SYTYCD choreographers for a special showcase? Well, here is a great review of the showcase.

Lyndsey Parker of Reality Rocks has a great video of Mia talking about her SYTYCD return. There are cool pics, too.

Dance Spirit Magazine’s Alison Feller lists her personal All-Stars, kinda like I did, before they were all announced.

Here’s a cute interview with Twitch where he confesses how he remembers all his choreography.

First, SYTYCDism posted this video that includes SYTYCD alum Jason Glover, Ivan Koumaev and my beloved Tony Bellisimo. Man, did Tony get a rough deal, being voted off first during Season 5 – I wanted to see him dance! You’ll be sorry he was voted off, too, when you see this video.  Can you tell I’m still upset? Lol. Check it out:

This blog points out the multiple reality connections of the Chelsia-Jake-Vienna-Dmitry dance on the Dancing with the Stars finale. Here’s the quote:

After that, Jake Pavelka and Chelsie Hightower dance, accompanied by Dmitry Chaplin and Vienna, Jake’s fiance. There is a whole lot of reality show interaction going on here: The Bachelor and his bride-to-be performing on DWTS with two pros who got their TV start on So You Think You Can Dance. Meta!

This was cute: Lessons Learned from So You Think You Can Dance. Just wish there was more…

Here’s Mary talking about domestic issues for the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette.

Let’s end on a high note. The judges (and Cat) gossip about the premiere party. Sample quote (from Adam):

“Guys, I want to say thank you to my co-judges and the man who started it all, who’s probably off snogging some lady in a bathroom, Nigel Lythgoe,” Shankman shouted as the familiar strains of the ‘Dance’ theme song filled the lounge.

June 1, 2010 I Written By

Returning for Season 7

Louis Van Amstel. He tweeted this yesterday: As far as i know i WILL BE part of SYTYCD this coming season.
Im actually really looking fwd to this season
This is news I like for obvious reason that Louis is an amazing ballroom choreographer. Also it gives me hope that maybe we could see Dmitry, Lacey, or Chelsie. So welcome back Louis can’t wait to see what you will bring to season 7.

May 28, 2010 I Written By

Dance is one of my biggest passions. I grew up dancing at Augusta West Dance Studio (the same studio that Kathryn McCormick). I have a BFA in theatre/dance from Valdosta State University. Tap is my favorite style of dance.

*Eighth SYTYCD All-Star Selected*

happy Monday! This is from Nigel’s Twitter about 20 mins ago.

I want to thank one of my favorite #SYTYCD performers Lady Gaga for giving us back one of our best dancers for our AllStars. #Mark Kanamoura

I think this might be my favorite choice so far! I was afraid that b/c of Lady Gaga’s tour that Mark might not be able to come back!

Not to spoil the good news, but TV Guide Magazine online has an interview with Chelsie where she pretty much officially shoots down the rumors of her coming back as an All-Star. Because of her contract with DWTS, even if she’s eliminated within the next 2 weeks, she’ll most like be doing pro dances as well.

Thoughts on S4 fan fav (one of many) Mark coming back to the SYTYCD family?!

April 12, 2010 I Written By

All-Star Chelsie, Please?

So, would Chelsie have to get booted off Dancing the the Stars early in order to compete in SYTYCD Season 7 as an All-Star? What about that juicy Wikipedia tidbit Mariyana found?

All-Stars Dance Pool

  • Chelsie Hightower (Season 4) -Ballroom/Latin (This is only if Dancing With the Stars permits. If she is eliminated within the next two weeks, then she will be participating.)
  • Check out this great, sweet, article about Chelsie on Dancing with the Stars.

    April 9, 2010 I Written By

    SYTYCD Alum (All-Stars?) Chelsie and Dmitry’s Photo Shoot

    Over on SYTYCD Season 4 contestant and Dancing with the Stars professional Chelsie Hightower’s website, there’s a gorgeous photo shoot by Manuel Palacios with Chelsie and SYTYCD Season 2 (and DWtS alum) dancer Dmitry Chaplin.

    Check out my favorite photo from the 70+ options, below. And make sure you check out all the photos, including the spectacular shots of the two dancers and a handy tree branch at the end.

    Dmitry’s in my Top 10 All-Stars, but I didn’t include Chelsie, cause I assumed her commitment to Dancing with the Stars would keep her out of the running. I’d love to see her back, as she’s always been one of my favorites.

    March 31, 2010 I Written By

    Latest SYTYCD Twitter Round-Up

    As you might imagine, Twitter is exploding with interesting Tweets from our favorite folks associated with SYTYCD. Not all of it is related to Season 7 and the All-Star announcements, though many are.

    Here’s a sample for you:


    Thanks for all the love everyone! I’m very excited for this season 7 sytycd coming up. I think ya’ll are going to love it!!! 7 minutes ago via twidroid


    Exciting news!!! Dick Clark productions sent off “If It Kills Me” for a submission for an Emmy today!!! HOLY CRAP BALLS 32 minutes ago via Twitterrific

    That Emmy news is well-deserved! I’m so glad! I have confidence a nomination will follow!


    @CaitlinKinney27 I’m jealous you’re seeing @melissasandvig about 1 hours ago via Tweetie in reply to CaitlinKinney27


    Hey everyone! Exciting News: Just booked a couple of episodes of the tv show “One Life to Live”! I’ll tell you the dates when I get them! 🙂 about 2 hours ago via mobile web


    So freaking excited to @melisasandvig today!!!! Yaaaaaahhhhh about 2 hours ago via Twitterrific


    Thank you everyone for your support and sweet comments about last night!! In make up trailor now! Excited for our pro dance tonight! about 2 hours ago via Echofon


    Another All-Star name tomorrow. I’m meeting with Kenny Ortega for lunch. We have some really exciting ideas that we’re working on together. about 4 hours ago via Echofon


    YAWN! shooting @theDaily10 today! then off to choreograph with Dmitry for a Pro dance number for Monday and for Tuesday! about 4 hours ago via web


    End of day tweet: starting to get cast for mptf benefit. Motion picture and television fund. I love this event. about 14 hours ago via Tweetie


    Karaoke with @NeilHaskell and @travISova about 15 hours ago via Twitterrific

    This last one’s just so weird and funny to contemplate. Imagine karaoke with those three!

    March 30, 2010 I Written By

    SYTYCD Twitter Roundup

    Yippee. Some fun Tweets lately. Here are a selection:

    LOLOL nice shirt Nick. RT @NickLazzarini: /via @SYTYCDISM – OMG, I wish I could pack that for Australia! 4 minutes ago

    Woke up, had coffee w/ Tyce, going over my lines for class now, then lunch w/ Katie Shean & Courtney Galiano, & then 5Alive reunion! Yay! 🙂 about 1 hours ago

    Bearkaz – I decided Evan would look sweet with a mustache and…BOOSH! about 1 hours ago

    You know this made my day, being a devoted Kasprzak fan. There’s another great pic on Ryan’s page of the three brothers round Christmas time. Here’s the pic Ryan posted:

    Hold the phone: 5 ALIVE reunion dinner tonight!! Get pumped! I lahv family! about 2 hours ago

    Hopefully, there will be pics to follow tonight’s reunion dinner!

    Still in bed….. Need to go shopping for tonight tho!!!! Yaaay family reunion…. Season 5 family that is!!! =D about 4 hours ago

    Doing a photoshoot with @Chelsiekayh 🙂 about 2 hours ago

    Here’s the pic:

    Monsters of Hip Hop tryin’ to get to 4,000 followers on their facebook! Help us get them there! We know what you can do followers! about 4 hours ago

    So sleepy today! This rehearsal is going to be a tough one to get through. At least I have @Jaimie_Goodwin to provide the giggles. about 4 hours ago

    Clear talent meeting! @shaynalb about 6 hours ago

    But this one may be waaaay better: @Jglove988 so when are you going to tell @jmanrara that we are together and you don tlike her anymore? about 24 hours ago in reply to Jglove988

    First thing I saw when I woke up 🙂 about 7 hours ago

    Cute pic from Adam – he also Tweets about the Oscars choreography – go check it out.

    Well just barely going to sleep… Its 5:38 am and I have to be at Millenium by 10am to teach a private lesson!! Then rehearsal all day! Ahh about 8 hours ago

    MiA!!!!!!!!!!!! I seriously NeED you in my LiiiiiiiiiiiiiiFE!!!!!!!! I hope you’re doing good and I better see you on THURSDaY for you … about 12 hours ago

    A sentiment I’m sure we all second. More Mia is necessary.

    Getting ready to perform at a Haiti bennefit. I’m excited.. 3:59 PM Feb 19th

    Just cause I love Peter…

    Exciting news about the Five Alive “reunion” tonight. And the Dmitry/Chelsea photo session. Hope you enjoy.

    February 23, 2010 I Written By

    Another Twitter Roundup!

    Here’s another Twitter Roundup for your enjoyment!

    Ugh! When JLo calls ur supposed to drop what ur doing &go!!..I just dont know if I can do that this time:/ Sending good vibes hope it works about 1 hour ago

    still under construction … about 2 hours ago

    [She also posts dance class footage]

    New video with @juskalmeB and I! Check it out and let me know what you think! 🙂 about 3 hours ago

    [Choreographed by Brandon Bryant, Ade behind the camera and Melissa in the background. Quite the SYTYCD reunion here. :)]

    Packing and getting ready for my long Oscar journey. So excited to perform at the Academy Awards! Excied for @NYCDA Pittsburg first though! about 3 hours ago

    Oh lord. They dug up the clips of me dancing on the 1990 #oscars and are posting them on I think…young & ridiculous. about 7 hours ago

    Everyone go check out the 2010 Sports Illustrated Mag!! i was lucky enough to be selected to be in it 🙂 11:19 AM Feb 10th

    [The link above was inserted by me and takes you to Chelsie’s SI pictures.]

    February 11, 2010 I Written By

    Mia Michaels Leaving SYTYCD

    Some surprising news coming out of the SYTYCD world today. If you all haven’t heard, Mia Michaels took to her Twitter yesterday to announce that she’s leaving our beloved show after 5 years. The reaction has been intense. Many people feel that the show won’t be the same without Mia, which is definitely true. Over the seasons, her pieces have been among the most memorable ones ever performed. Just think about these…

    -Ashlé and Melody’s Message in a Bottle dance

    -Travis and Heidi’s Bench dance

    -season 2 group routine to “Hide and Seek”

    -Lacey and Kameron’s week 1 contemporary

    -her tribute to her father danced by Lacey and Neil

    -Danny and Neil’s Dance of the Princes

    -Chelsie and Mark’s “what would Tim Burton’s wedding look like?”

    -Kherington and Twitch’s dance on the bed

    -Katee and Joshua’s Hometown Glory dance

    -Twitch and Katee’s Door dance

    -Evan and Randi’s Butt dance

    -Kupono and Kayla’s Addiction dance

    these are a selection of Mia’s best dances, but there are obviously more. It’s pretty obvious this show has meant a lot to Mia, she’s an Emmy winner because of SYTYCD.

    For an opposing opinion, check out this article from Entertainment Weekly online, the writer makes some good points about there being plenty of great choreographers that can fill the void left by Mia.

    what do you guys think?! is the hole Mia leaves too big to be filled by people like Travis, Benji, and Sonya? And what have been your favorite Mia Michaels pieces over the 5 seasons of SYTYCD?

    October 15, 2009 I Written By