Watch the 2013 Emmy Nominees for Outstanding Choreography
Watch the 2013 Emmy Nominees for Outstanding Choreography
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
There's going to be a lot more dancing this year on the Emmy Awards. For the first time, the winner for Outstanding Choreography will be handed out on the Primetime telecast as opposed to the Creative Arts ceremony.

The change, as host Neil Patrick Harris explained on The Talk, is due to the popularity of dance shows on TV, and the prominence of this year's nominees. They include Dancing with the Stars pro Derek Hough and four choreographers from FOX's So You Think You Can Dance (which Harris has guest judged). The Primetime Emmys will include a segment where Harris assigns the nominated choreographers with the task of coming up with a routine to perform at the ceremony (which must include NPH) and the award will be presented after it's over.

To get you in the mood for dancing at the Emmys, here are the routines that have been nominated at the 2013 Emmys for Outstanding Choreography. Each nominee may submit more than one piece of work, all to be considered as one.

Derek Hough and Allison Holker, Dancing with the Stars

This duo (one a DWTS pro, the other an SYTYCD all-star) choreographed two nominated routines. First was the stunning "Heart Cry" they performed during the semifinals results show of season 15 along with other SYTYCD alums like Melanie Moore and Kathryn McCormack. The second was "Stars," performed as an AT&T Spotlight Dance in season 16 with Derek and legally blind dancer Brilynn Rakes.

Derek Hough, Dancing with the Stars

Yes, Derek is nominated twice, but this one is as a solo choreographer. He submitted three routines. The first two are from season 15, a Mambo and Quickstep he performed with partner Shawn Johnson. The third is a Macy's Stars of Dance performance from season 16 that defied gravity.

Sonya Tayeh, So You Think You Can Dance

This trio of dances from season 9 show off Tayeh's jazz and contemporary skills, highlighting her ability to be weird, yet also soft and warm. This is her first nomination.

Mandy Moore, So You Think You Can Dance

Two completely different dances, these reveal Moore's twin abilities to be heartwarming and inspirational, yet also her skill at showing darkness and struggle.

Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo, So You Think You Can Dance

I've always loved Nappytabs, and it's because of their carefree inventiveness. These three dances each highlight something different from season 9. There's the creepy Top 20 group number, the triumphant and inspiring group dance from the finale that paired the Top 10 with the All-Stars, and the fun and funny dance about two cats in love by the dumpster. They were the only previous winners in this category having won in 2011.

Travis Wall, So You Think You Can Dance

For the season 2 contestant turned brilliant choreography, this is his third nomination in a row, yet he's never won. This year he's nominated for his Top 10 Girls group number from the introductory show, his memorable Titanic-themed dance set to "Unchained Melody" and his powerful "Without You" dance from the season 9 semifinals with winner Eliana Girard and all-star Alex Wong.

Warren Carlyle, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel

Obviously this is the only nominee not from a dancing reality competition. A version of this Broadway classic was done on PBS' Live from Lincoln Center. Here's a little look at the "Heaven's Ballet" sequence.

So that's just a little taste of what you'll see at this year's Emmys. Which choreographer do you want to win? I'm mostly just excited about the combined awesomeness of Derek Hough and Nappytabs.

(Image and videos courtesy of ABC/FOX/PBS)