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The best choreographers in all of showbiz waltzed down to the Saban Media Center on Thursday night to celebrate the the Television Academy’s creation of a peer group for choreographers. Mandy Moore, of “La La Land,” and Derek Hough, from “Dancing With the Stars,” were among the choreographers in attendance.
Hough echoed the excitement about the peer group. “It’s kind of about time. In the last decade, dance has really been put in the forefront and there’s so much choreography in television right now, not just in reality competition shows, but in sitcoms and film and TV,” Hough said. “It’s everywhere, and I feel that choreographers have a huge part in creating these moments on television and deserve that sort of recognition.”
Kristyn Burtt attended the Television Academy’s “Whose Dance is it Anyway?” event last night. She gives a run down on the choreographers and performances (including Derek and Ekaterina Fedosova’s dance). She also gives us a little information on “World Of Dance”. A fascinating listen with lots of fun tidbits….
The key, he said, is in the difference between showcasing and competing.
“If you’re going to come on a competition show, what you are doing may be great but it has to be greater than who’s going before you or after you,” he said. “That’s a big challenge.”
That’s not a factor everyone realizes, he said, observing that many of the “well-known dancers” competing in the show are highly talented, but they’re facing serious challenges from lesser-known talent.
“They’re incredible and nobody’s taking that away from them,” he said. “But when you put that routine in the moment up against someone else, all that doesn’t really matter. It matters what’s really happening there in the moment.”
He added: “You can definitely differentiate the people who are there to compete and the people who just show what they do.”
Communicating that will be a key to his input on the show, and part of why he was brought in. Studio executives were looking for someone with “the complete package — an extraordinary dancer with a charismatic personality,” said Meredith Ahr, president of Universal Television Alternative Studio, one of the show’s producers.
“Derek has been one of the defining names in dance for years, raising the bar with his talent year after year,” Ahr said, noting his passion in everything he does: “It shows through in his mentorship with the dancers.”
Below is part of Derek and Ekaterina Fedosova’s Argentine Tango at last night’s ‘Whose Dance is it Anyway’ event courtesy of Heather Lea Gerdes Facebook….and it is stunning. Let us know what you think in comments. If you missed our first reports, you can see them HERE and HERE.
ETA: Derek posted some video at his instagram. Be sure to read what he wrote with it. Thanks to Jennie for sending…
Dance.com has a sweet new interview with Derek Hough. They ask him on his Move Interactive events with Julianne. They also asked him on the new Move Beyond Tour. More below and at the link.
You’re doing so much. How do you keep up with yourself?!
“The more I do, the more energy I get. When I start to take breaks, that’s when I feel the most tired. When people think about fitness, a dance class or a hike, they can get a sense of fatigue or tiredness. But in reality the best way to get energy is to use your energy.”
What goes into planning ‘Move Beyond?’
“First and foremost, the music. It’s about: I want to dance to that. And we try to make it different. We’re not just grabbing off the radio and sticking songs in the show. We like to make it feel authentic and original.”
How do you decide the style of the shows?
“I love that it’s like a rock concert for dance. The lighting, the whole feeling, it feels like you’re at a concert, but it’s for dance. For me, it’s trying to make the audience feel really excite and move. That’s part of the reason why we called it ‘MOVE’ — not just because of the obvious, but what moves you emotionally? How can we take this audience on a journey, and have a great time and get them moving. “
Ready for your breath to be taken away? Then feast your eyes on these stunning stunning photos of Derek at the Television Academy’s ‘Whose Dance Is It Anyway?’ event last night. As you know from previous postings, he danced with Ekaterina Fedosova (who you can see below too) at the event. For loads more, see Getty Images, Rex Features, AP Images (this link has performance photos), Wire Images, and East News. Also, don’t miss Miss Heidi’s first report as it’s a goodie too if you haven’t seen it yet.