Broadway musical “Shuffle Along” dominated the 2016 Astaire Awards, which honor choreography and dance performance on stage and on film. The show picked up trophies for male dancer (Phillip Attmore), outstanding ensemble and best choreography (Savion Glover, in a three-way tie).
Meanwhile, Jane Krakowski (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) took the honor for female dancer for her Tony-nominated turn in “She Loves Me.” The award for film choreography went to Dave Scott for “High Strung,” which beat out contenders including “Hail, Caesar!” and “Pitch Perfect 2.”
The Astaires, which have been handed out annually since 1982, offered zero insight into the competitive Tony Awards category of best choreography. Tony contenders Andy Blankenbuehler (“Hamilton”), Segio Trujillo (“On Your Feet!”) and Glover all tied for the Astaire in the same category.
The Astaires were handed out in a May 16 ceremony at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Special achievement awards went to Judith Jamison (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), Nigel Lythgoe (“So You Think You Can Dance”), Maurice Hines (“Tappin’ Through Life”) and Dr. Joan Fallon (founder and CEO or Curemark).
The full list of 2016 Fred and Adele Astaire Awards winners follows:
BEST FEMALE DANCER
Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me
BEST MALE DANCER
Phillip Attmore, Shuffle Along
BEST CHOREOGRAPHER (3-WAY TIE)
Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton
Savion Glover, Shuffle Along
Sergio Trujillo, On Your Feet
OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE IN A BROADWAY SHOW
OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY IN FILM
Dave Scott, High Strung
OUTSTANDING FEMALE DANCER OFF-BROADWAY
Rumi Oyama, Sayonara
OUTSTANDING MALE DANCER OFF-BROADWAY
Robert Creighton, Cagney
OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY OFF-BROADWAY (TIE)
Connor Gallagher, The Robber Bridegroom
Paul McGill, The Legend Of Georgia McBride