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Television Academy Announces New Choreography Peer Group led by Kathryn Burns and Mandy Moore #TelevisionAcad #News


We’re excited to share the news of a new peer group at the Television Academy, the Choreography Peer Group and the election of Emmy® Award-winning choreographer Kathryn Burns and four-time Emmy-nominated choreographer Mandy Moore to serve as Governors for that peer group. This makes the 30th peer group for the Academy’s and supports the growing profession of choreography in today’s thriving television landscape.

Meet Mandy Moore and Kathryn Burns – watch their recent interviews with Kristyn Burtt (an Academy member in the Interactive Media Peer Group)

The Television Academy has been honoring choreographic achievements with Emmy Awards for over 50 years, and now this new peer group will be the official home for the hundreds of talented choreographers working across the industry.

It is through the medium of television that has made modern-day choreography and choreographers to a new global audience with hit shows like Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance and Dance Moms

“We are thrilled to recognize choreographers and their contributions to television with a peer group of their own,” said Television Academy Chairman and CEO Hayma Washington. “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.”  

It takes a Village

Academy members and industry leaders came together with director Gail Mancuso, producer Nigel Lythgoe, choreographer Mandy Moore, choreographer Derek Hough, choreographer duo Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo (known as Nappytabs) and choreographers Michael Rooney and Christian Perry and worked to establish this group as it’s own, no longer a subgroup of the Directors Peer Group. Those eligible to join the peer group are choreographers, co-choreographers, creative directors, associate choreographers, assistant choreographers and dancers.  

To kickoff this new peer group, top choreographers will be taking part in “Whose Dance Is It Anyway?” – an exclusive membership event on February 16th (we’ll be there covering the event) including a series of original pieces, memorable works and artist-to-artist conversations. The event will feature renowned choreographers Mandy Moore, Kathryn Burns, Kenny Ortega, Derek Hough, Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo (AKA Nappytabs), Travis Wall, Anthony Morigerato, Rich + Tone Talauega, Christopher Scott and Fatima Robinson along with music group District 78 who have created an original piece of music for the celebration.

About the Television Academy  

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