Choreographers take ‘Stage’

Career achievement goes to Wilson

“Center Stage” choreographers Susan Stroman and Christopher Wheeler received top honors for best choreography in a motion picture Sunday at the sixth annual American Choreography Awards.

Kudos presentation by the Academy of Dance on Film was held at Glendale’s Alex Theatre.

Rob Marshall won for choreography of the ABC/Storyline Entertainment tuner “Annie,” which he also directed.

The episodic TV category saw a tie between Joe Malone (“Ally McBeal”) and Jerry Mitchell (“The Drew Carey Show”).

Travis Payne was recognized for his work on a musicvid for the Brian Setzer Orchestra, while Alan Johnson, who directed the memorable dance-based “Gap” commercials, also walked away with a nod.

Ann-Margret was on hand to present the family of the late choreographer Lester Wilson (“Saturday Night Fever”) with a career achievement award, and Elliott Gould presented jazz teacher Luigi with the Educator’s Award.

Other presenters included Nikki Cox, Kathy Kinney and Brian Boitano.

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