Why Has DWTS Never Won an Emmy for Choreography?
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Why Has DWTS Never Won an Emmy for Choreography?

It's hard to believe that in 14 seasons to date, no Dancing With the Stars pro has won an Emmy for Outstanding Choreography. But it's true — although many pros have been nominated over the years, including Mark Ballas, Derek Hough, Chelsie Hightower, Tony Dovolani, Cheryl Burke, and Julianne Hough.

Executive Producer Conrad Green talked to The Toulcan Times about how the show has changed since the first season, which was just six hours long, to now airing six hours in the first two weeks. With all the work that goes into the DWTS, he’s surprised the show isn't recognized with more Emmys, especially for directing or choreography.

"Our dancers come in with their choreography and in just a few days our director has to work out how his cameras can capture every bit of every dance," Conrad said. "Alex Rudzinski and his Assistant Director Kate Moran do that each week, scripting the cameras to the beat of the music. It’s a logistical mindscape and he competes against those who have a relatively straightforward directing effort.”

And when it comes to Outstanding Choreography, well, So You Think You Can Dance has won seven such Emmys since 2007, dominating the category. DWTS has just never been able to break through.

“It’s mystifying that none of our dancers have won a choreography Emmy, when you think of all the amazing routines and what the show has done for the knowledge and appreciation of dance," Conrad said. "They are not only choreographing brilliant routines but also trying to turn celebrity beginners into professional dancers in just a matter of weeks.”

Agreed. It's nice to see the DWTS boss support the troops like this. We notice their great work, even if the Emmys stay blind.

Sources: The Toulcan Times (via @DWTSGossip), Broken Records

Gina Carbone is a contributing writer at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @ginacarbone.

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06.15.2012 / 01:47 AM EDT by Gina Carbone
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