2016 Astaire Award Winners Announced

12771536_1142299482471531_3841400885644726981_oFrom sign-language to salsa, Broadway has infused and inherited a new style this season as groundbreaking productions hit Broadway pushing the limits of what one would consider”choreography”. Advancing our storytelling through new styles of movement, this season has proved especially exciting on Broadway in a season filled with countless stories to be told and dozens of variations on how to tell them. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the full list of 2016 Astaire Award winners!

Winners of the 2016 Astaire Awards were announced last night at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University. Awards were spread across the board from She Loves Me to On Your Feet as the season on and off Broadway exploded with dance filled productions from hip-hop to salsa. Shuffle Along (Pictured Bottom) managed to snag two awards making them the night’s big winner including their award for Best Ensemble in a Broadway Show. The recognition will hopefully resound with ticket buyers as Tony Award nominated choreographer Savion Glover steps into the production this summer as a performer.

Here are the 2016 Astaire Award nominations with winners bolded:

BEST FEMALE DANCER
Mara Davi, Dames at Sea
Deanna Doyle, Tuck Everlasting
Sandra Mae Frank, Spring Awakening
Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me
Eloise Kropp, Dames at Sea
Ana Villafañe, On Your Feet
Adrienne Warren, Shuffle Along

BEST MALE DANCER
Phillip Attmore, Shuffle Along
Alex Brightman, School of Rock
Daveed Diggs, Hamilton
Carlos Gonzalez, On Your Feet
Curtis Holland, Shuffle Along
Kendrick Jones, Shuffle Along
Luis Salgado, On Your Feet

BEST CHOREOGRAPHER
Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton
Warren Carlyle, She Loves Me
Savion Glover, Shuffle Along
Lorin Latarro, Waitress
Spencer Liff, Spring Awakening
Casey Nicholaw, Tuck Everlasting
Sergio Trujillo, On Your Feet
Josh Rhodes, Bright Star
Hofesh Shechter, Fiddler on the Roof
Randy Skinner, Dames at Sea

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE IN A BROADWAY SHOW
Bright Star
Dames at Sea
Fiddler on the Roof
Hamilton
On Your Feet
School of Rock
She Loves Me
Shuffle Along
Spring Awakening

OUTSTANDING FEMALE DANCER OFF-BROADWAY
Yesenia Ayala, Trip Of Love
Leslie Kritzer , The Robber Bridegroom
Rumi Oyama, Sayonara
Jaime Lynn Verazin, Standard Time
Ellen Zolezzi, Cagney

OUTSTANDING MALE DANCER OFF-BROADWAY
Jeremy Benton, Cagney
Dave Thomas Brown, The Legend Of Georgia McBride
Robert Creighton, Cagney
Cory Lingner, Once Upon A Mattress
Matt McGrath, The Legend Of Georgia McBride

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY OFF-BROADWAY
Joshua Bergasse, Cagney
Martha Clarke, Angel Reapers
Connor Gallagher, The Robber Bridegroom
Paul McGill, The Legend Of Georgia McBride
James Ortiz, Claire Karpen & Will Gallacher, The Woodsman
Sergio Trujillo & Darrell Grand Moultrie, Invisible Thread

The Fred & Adele Astaire Awards are awards that recognize outstanding achievement in dance on Broadway each season. First established in 1982, the awards were created with the cooperation of Fred Astaire not only to honor him but also his sister, Adele. Together, the two starred in ten Broadway musicals together between 1917 and 1931. The awards are presented by producer Patricia Watt and The Douglas Watt Family Fund for the Performing Arts.

Congratulations to all of the winners of the 2016 Astaire Awards! While every season Broadway has a chance to honor it’s best dancers, this season in particularly shines with countless productions bringing to life not only choreography but new movement on the stage like never before.

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