With “La La Land” set to sweep the Oscars, even the TV academy has caught dance fever. Choreographers, who had previously been a subset of the directors peer group, got their own stand-alone group. These groups, which are akin to the branches at the motion picture academy, have governors who represent the interests of the members on the board. “La La Land” choreographer Mandy Moore who has reaped four Emmy bids for “So You Think You Can Dance” (2008, 2011, 2013, 2014), has been tapped as a governor as has recent Emmy champ Kathryn Burns (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”).
The group marked its debut with an event at the academy on Feb. 16 entitled “Whose Dance Is It Anyway?” that included both performances and one-on-one conversations. Moore opened the evening by noting, “This is the start of a community of creators and choreographers that are now unified and have a home. Now we can start to tackle issues that are inside our community and we can start to share who we are with the industry a little bit more.”
Membership in the peer group will be open to choreographers, creative directors, associate choreographers, assistant choreographers and dancers. At the time of the announcement, TV Academy chairman and CEO Hayma Washington said, “We are thrilled to recognize choreographers and their contributions to television with a peer group of their own. Inclusion of all professionals creating content in our medium is a top priority for the academy, whether they are working in a significant artistic or technical segment of the industry, in established formats, or evolving digital platforms.”
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