The Fred and Adele Astaire Awards honoring the best of dance and choreography on stage and screen won’t be handed out in May as per usual. The board of directors has decided to push the ceremony back to the fall and use the occasion of the 35th anniversary of these kudos to relaunch.
The awards were established in 1982 with the cooperation of Fred Astaire to honor him and his sister, Adele, who starred with her brother in 10 Broadway musicals between 1917 and 1931. Among the categories are individual awards for best male and female dancer in theater, best ensemble and best choreographers for both live and filmed production.
Last year the individual awards for Broadway went to two-time Tony Awards champ Jane Krakowski (“Grand Hotel,” “Nine”) for “She Loves Me” and “Shuffle Along” featured player Phillip Attmore, with his show winning the ensemble prize. “Hamilton” choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, who went on to win the Tony Awards, shared this one with two of his rival nominees there — Savion Glover (“Shuffle Along”) and Sergio Trujillo (“On You Feet!”). And “High Strung” won the film award. Choreographer Judith Jamison of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was feted with the Douglas Watt lifetime achievement award and dancer Maurice Hines was given a special recognition award.
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