Tessandra Chavez (‘World of Dance’) wins Emmy for Best Choreography, a first for the NBC competition series

World of Dance” finally got its foot through the door at the 2019 Emmys. Tessandra Chavez won Best Choreography for the series, besting two contenders for “So You Think You Can Dance” and three other nominees for “World of Dance.” Check out the complete list of Creative Arts winners here.

This was a redemption of sorts for “World of Dance,” but it’s actually familiar territory for Chavez. The series was completely snubbed in 2018, which was surprising for a show with such elaborately staged dance numbers, but it dominated the Choreography race this time around with four nominations.

However, Chavez has been to the Emmys before, previously winning Best Choreography for “Dancing with the Stars” in 2015 for the “Elastic Heart” routine she created with siblings Derek Hough and Julianne Hough. Now on “World of Dance,” on which Derek Hough is a judge, Chavez has prevailed again for three routines featuring contemporary duo Ashley and Zack: “Piece by Piece,” “Don’t Wanna Think” and “Fix You” (watch them below).

Chavez overcame a crowded field of nominees representing just two shows: “So You Think You Can Dance” and “World of Dance.” Travis Wall (“SYTYCD”) has been nominated nine times and won twice before, which made him the veteran of this category. Also representing the long-running FOX series was Luther Brown, who was nominated for the very first time.

Most of the “World” nominees were Emmy newcomers. Melvin Timtim actually competed on the show with his hip-hop crew S-Rank in season two of the NBC competition program, as did Karen Forcano and Ricardo Vega, who performed Latin cabaret as Karen y Ricardo. Suresh Mukund choreographed the high-flying, theatrical, almost cinematic routines for The Kings, who dominated season three and won the million-dollar grand prize.

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