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In addition to classical ballet and contemporary dancers, many talented choreographers dedicate their creative energy and effort to give the industrial field of dance a respectable and professional quality.
The styles and venues included in the category industrial choreography are cutting edge urban dance, street dance, various forms of hip-hop, as well as choreography for plays, musicals, Broadway, TV commercials and episodes, rock and hip-hop concerts, featured films, music videos, award ceremonies, entertainment live venues, commercial venues, and independent projects for emerging music artists.
The industrial choreographic work has a very unique and high value that is the result of great creative investments. Below are resources, links, and references to some of the best organizations in this field – nationally and internationally.
World of Dance is a Cerritos, California based global media company founded by David Gonzalez, Herman Flores, and Myron Marten. Its purpose is to unite the dance community in celebrating the lifestyle and culture of urban dance and music. World of Dance has now become an international urban dance competition that attracts more than 100,000 dancers and enthusiasts in more than 15 countries, spanning the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, and Canada.
DanceOn reaches Generation Y and Z seeking on-demand music and dance content everywhere. DanceOn is the largest digital entertainment network for music and dance across all digital platforms and was co-founded by Madonna, CEO Amanda Taylor, Guy Oseary, and Machinima CEO Allen DeBevoise. The digital platform offers networking, contests, and a network membership.
Urban Dance Camp (UDC) in Lörrach, Germany, is the world’s leading summer intensive for studio-styles (choreography) as well as streetdance-styles, with the highest standard of teaching and unique talents from around the world. Dancers, teachers, and choreographers from more than 33 countries participate each year. The UDC offers an incredible way of learning new techniques from other dancers and choreographers.
The United Dance Organization (UDO) strives to provide dancers of all ages, backgrounds, abilities and disabilities, a platform to positively display their creativity and love for Street Dance. As the leading organization in street dance across the UK, Europe and the World, the UDO plans to continue to grow and develop the art of street dance, by delivering high quality events, and teacher and dancer development programs.
Hip Hop International (HHI) founded in 2002 and based in Los Angeles, is the producer of multiple live and televised street dance competitions that are the largest and most respected in the world. Hip Hop International was created to focus attention on and foster an understanding of street dance. HHI proudly recognizes its growing number of international licensees who represent HHI exclusively in their countries and are responsible for qualifying crews and dancers for the HHI World Hip Hop Dance Championship and HHI World Battles.
Hiphopchoreography.com is a website that was founded in 2013 by Tim Lankow which keeps viewers updated on the latest hip hop choreography from around the world. The website streams videos of crews, freestylers, event performances, and other industrial choreography along with captions which provide information about the performer(s), event, concept, or style.
HIP HOP UNITE started in 2009 by Musta Elbahi from Denmark and St’F Ferrest from Belgium is an international hip hop organization with the goal of bringing dancers together to share and respect each other and learn from one another in order to grow and create better results. The idea behind HIP HOP UNITE is to create a well structured organization offering hip hop workshops, education and national, European and world championships focusing on the needs of dancers, coaches, and clubs.
Culture Shock is a network of nonprofit dance companies that brings the power and beauty of hip-hop to diverse audiences via professional entertainment, dance education, and community enrichment programs. This hip-hop dance organization is dedicated to innovative performance and artist development, revealing the power and beauty of hip-hop to diverse communities. The Culture Shock family has grown from its base in San Diego to cities across the United States and Canada. Each company is individually operated to implement the Culture Shock mission with the unique needs of its community in mind. Each company has up to five dance troupes serving a diverse range of ages, skills, and goals.
Dancing in the Streets moved to the South Bronx in 2011 and has since been applying its 30-year legacy as a producer of innovative public performances to reclaim, revitalize, and promote natural, architectural, and cultural treasures of the Bronx. Additionally, it contributes to the borough’s cultural renaissance through free public performances of dance, interdisciplinary, and site-specific works that build bridges across generations, communities, and cultures as well as community and educational programs that deepen communal bonds, nurture emerging artists, and give voice to the strength, vitality, history, and aspirations of Bronx communities.
Everybody Dance Now! is a national nonprofit organization that provides free, weekly dance programming to young people throughout the United States who would otherwise not have access to such opportunities. They are dedicated not only to inspiring their students through positive outlets that promote healthy and active lives, but also to empowering their young leaders as agents of social change.
So You Think You Can Dance is a franchise of reality television shows in which contestants compete for judges’ approval and at-home-viewer votes in wide-variety of dance styles. The first series of the franchise, created by producers Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe, premiered in July 2015 and has now broadcast twelve seasons. Since then 26 localized adaptations of the show have been produced representing 37 different countries.
Broadway Dance Lab founded by Broadway choreographer, Josh Prince, is a choreography incubator that gives all theater dance makers the resources they need to bring their visions to life. The intention of Broadway Dance Lab is to create a safe environment for choreographers of all backgrounds wishing to explore dance and dance driven stories away from the pressures and influences normally associated with commercial production. They believe the freedom to follow the artistic impulse will inevitably result in the development of new musicals with strong dance elements.
Broadway Dance Center (BDC) is a drop-in dance studio, which means a dancer can stop by at any time and take classes from a daily schedule. Over 350 classes are offered weekly, taught by some of the world's most renowned teachers and choreographers. BDC’s continued dedication to the international dance community, state-of-the-art studios, and location in the heart of the New York City Theater District make it the ultimate destination for dancers around the globe.
World Choreography Awards (WCA) is an annual global award show to celebrate creativity, diversity, and innovation by recognizing excellence in the art of media choreography. Each year WCA proudly celebrates astounding achievements in ten categories; feature film, television episodic, commercials, television live performance, music videos, television award show/special, concert performance, digital format, concert dance performance, new generation “breakout artist”.
The Emmy Awards recognize excellence within various areas of television and emerging media. Three sister organizations, The Television Academy, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences administer the awards. Awards are given out as symbols of peer recognition from Academy members as each member casts a ballot for the category of competition in their field of expertise.
The American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards got their start in 1947 when the Wing established an awards program to celebrate excellence in the theatre. Named for Antoinette Perry, an actress, director, producer, and the dynamic wartime leader of the American Theatre Wing, the Tony Awards made their official debut on April 6, 1947. Though they have represented the pinnacle of theatrical excellence since their inception with 24 competitive categories in the current season, the Tony Awards are constantly evolving to include new categories, awards, and Nominating Committee members.