Choreography Media Honors recognize innovative work


After two and a half years with no award show to call their own, choreographers will once again be stepping into the spotlight during the inaugural Choreography Media Honors, which will take place tonight at DGA headquarters in West Hollywood as part of the sixth annual Dance Camera West Film Festival. The tribute will showcase the most innovative work in film, television, music videos and commercials from June 2004 through 2006, picking up where the former American Choreography Awards left off when it went on hiatus due of lack of sponsorship.

This year's event will recognize the fancy footwork that appeared in such films as 2005's "Rent" and "Memoirs of a Geisha" and 2006's "Dreamgirls" and "Little Miss Sunshine," as well as TV programming such as Disney Channel's wildly popular 2006 telefilm "High School Musical," Fox's series "So You Think You Can Dance" and Apple's iPod commercials. But unlike traditional award shows, no trophies will be handed out. Instead, emcees Kenny Ortega, Adam Shankman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Fatima Robinson will present clips from the 12 feature films, six short films, four TV series, 13 TV specials or variety shows, 14 commercials and eight music videos that were selected from among the more than 250 submissions.

And while it's not expected to be as elaborate as three-hour-plus ACA ceremony, the show's mission remains the same, says agent Julie McDonald of McDonald Selznick Associates, who is among those spearheading the event: "It brings more attention to the craft of choreography and honors the people who create it."