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  • Writer's pictureKristyn Burtt

2017 Emmys: Outstanding Choreography Submissions

Nigel Lythgoe and Mandy Moore

Yesterday was the Choreography Reception for the 2017 Outstanding Choreography nominees. My interviews for Dance Network will be coming soon, but I wanted to share with you the submissions that were under consideration for a nomination.

There were a total of 66 submissions this year. Nominations and final voting are decided by a panel from the Choreography Peer Group. It is not decided by the entire voting body of the TV Academy. [Disclosure: I am a member of the Interactive Media Group at the TV Academy.]

In most cases, the show will work with the talent to help submit their work. This can range from selecting certain numbers to editing the reel together. Some choreographers are more hands-on in the process than others.

If you want to get a real feel for what went down in the panel in selecting this year's winner or winners, see my interview with Vincent Paterson. It gives you some great insight on the criteria they decided to use this year and I think he dropped some serious clues here.

The eligibility period was from June 1, 2016-May 31, 2017. This excluded World of Dance this year, but I anticipate they will be a big player in this category next year.

Here are the official rules for the category:

2017 Emmys rules for Choreography

2017 Emmys rules for Choreography

The video I shot was done on my iPhone, so you will see the glare from the windows behind us and my shaking hand. It's not high quality, but you will get an idea at how deep the submissions were and how they go way beyond Dancing With the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance. It will give you an appreciation for what is happening in the dance world right now.

If you have questions about how submissions work, hit me up on Twitter.

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