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Ana Villafane, Daveed Diggs & More Among 2016 Astaire Award Nominees, Now Honoring Off-Broadway

Ana Villafane, Daveed Diggs & More Among 2016 Astaire Award Nominees, Now Honoring Off-Broadway
Ana Villafañe in 'On Your Feet!'
(Photo: Matthew Murphy)
The awards will take place on May 16.

Ana Villafañe, Daveed Diggs, Jane Krakowski and Alex Brightman are among the nominees for the 2016 Astaire Awards. This year, the awards have opened up their categories to recognize off-Broadway choreographers and dancers, in addition to those on Broadway and film. This year’s ceremony will also honor Judith Jamison with the Douglass Watt Lifetime Achievement Award, Nigel Lythgoe for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Dance, Maurice Hines for Outstanding Body of Work in the Field of Dance and Dr. Joan Fallon for Special Achievement in the Field of Autism and Related Disorders.

The Astaire Awards is the only awards show to honor excellence in dance and choreography on the New York stage and in film. The program was first started in 1982 by the late Fred Astaire and Douglas Watt. The 34th Annual Fred and Adele Astaire Awards will be held on May 16 at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

See below for the full list of nominees.

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 Choreography in Film
Luke Broadlick, Teresa Espinosa, Alison Faulk & Channing Tatum, Magic Mike XXL
Christopher Gattelli, Hail, Caesar!
Aakomon Jones, Pitch Perfect 2
Joey Pizzi, Lucky Stiff
Fatima Robinson & Charm Jordan, Dance Camp
Dave Scott, High Strung

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

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