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Angela Mitchell

Hough, Abdul and More Help Academy Celebrate Choreographers Past and Present

By November 16, 2012

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The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recently presented "The Choreographers: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," a celebration of the arts of dance and choreography. Hosted by multi-platinum recording artist/choreographer Paula Abdul and director/choreographer Kenny Ortega, the panel featured Barrie Chase (dancer/Fred Astaire's dance partner), along with some of the entertainment industry's most in-demand choreographers including Napoleon & Tabitha D'Umo (known as 'Nappytabs' by "So You Think You Can Dance" watchers), Keith Young, Fred Tallaksen, Liz Imperio, and a special surprise guest, "Dancing With The Stars" dancer/choreographer Derek Hough.

The event included an in-depth panel discussion and timeless clips featuring Fred Astaire's seldom-seen performances from his Primetime Emmy® Award-winning specials. Among those in attendance at the TV Academy's Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre were Academy Award-winning actor George Chakiris of the iconic film West Side Story, Gene Kelly's wife Patricia Kelly, and "So You Think You Can Dance" judge/executive producer/creator Nigel Lythgoe.

A replay of the webcast can be viewed at http://www.emmys.com/choreographers-yesterday-today-and-tomorrow.

Abdul, Hough and Ortega at the recent TV Academy event celebrating the great choreographers. Photo Credit: Picture Group. Courtesy of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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