Give it up to Dancing With The Stars choreographer Many Moore! Not only was she thanked a multiple of times by the Golden Globe winners for her work in “La La Land”, she also choreographed the opening number (see below). What a night for her and “La La Land” who won 7 awards. Below is more from Hollywood Reporter.
Choreographer Mandy Moore was thanked multiple times at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.
The La La Land Golden Globe award winners repeatedly thanked their film’s choreographer, Mandy Moore, in their acceptance speeches, leading casual viewers at home to wonder if singer-actress Mandy Moore, who stars in and was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in NBC’s This Is Us also choreographed the Damien Chazelle musical.
She didn’t. The La La Land choreographer is a different person who has the same name as the This Is Us actress.
La La Land’s Moore choreographed the opening of the awards show on Sunday, hosted by Jimmy Fallon. In addition to La La Land, she has worked on Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, Joy and such reality shows as So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars.
How many of you have seen the movie “La La Land”…and did you like the dancing? As you know from previous postings, Dancing With The Stars Mandy Moore choreographed the dancing in it. The Observer has a super read about Mandy and how she taught the actors to dance. Ryan Gosling also commented on what it was like to be taught to dance by Mandy. Read on….
Each started with individual lessons at a small studio in Burbank, Calif. – not far from the restaurant where their characters, Mia and Sebastian, first meet onscreen. Moore began with the same basics she would for any new student: connecting movement to music and repeating classic jazz, tap and waltz patterns. Along the way, she worked to build “a general love of dance” in the actors.
“If these people don’t love to dance, they’re going to hate me by the end of this… and I know that can’t be part of this equation,” she said. “They have to love to dance.”
Stone picked up the footwork first, Moore said, then focused on style and delivery. Gosling was the opposite.
“With Ryan, he was like, ‘I don’t know what step you’re doing, but if you give me the style…”’ she said.
“Her job is to kind of see the diamond in the rough,” Gosling said, calling his teacher “a wonderful person and choreographer.”
“She’s very confident she can get it out of you if you’ll stick with her.”
Once they got the basics down, Moore put the stars together and taught them Mia and Sebastian’s moves, which were based in part on preferences the actors showed during their private lessons. For example, a foot-scrape move that Gosling liked became one of Sebastian’s signature steps.
Planning and executing large-scale performances – like the freeway routine – and creating intimate dances that suit real strengths and imaginary characters tapped all aspects of Moore’s talents. The opening scene was “big picture, then work on the details,” she said, “where Ryan and Emma was very detail (first), then get the big picture.”
Moore’s story isn’t unlike Mia’s. Musicals both classic and contemporary – movies like “La La Land” – are what inspired the dancer to leave her small Colorado hometown for Los Angeles after high school.
“It’s super cliche,” Moore said. “I was 18. I had 500 bucks and my suitcase.”
She performed with contemporary dance companies and in film and TV productions before a series of events brought her to “La La Land.” She worked with “Dancing With the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who introduced her to “So You Think You Can Dance” creator Nigel Lythgoe. Moore’s work on that show earned her two Emmy nominations and the attention of a “Silver Linings Playbook” producer, who hired her to create the dance Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence perform in that film.
For “La La Land” writer-director Damien Chazelle, the most important thing about the choreography was that it be “as much about character as about bodies moving.”
“What I told Mandy is that in this movie, dancing, singing and acting are all just one thing – there is no separation between them,” Chazelle said. “Ultimately the dancing really emanated from how Ryan and Emma relate to one another.”
Choreographer Mandy Moore and Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas posted some interesting instagrams over the weekend. The first instagram below from Mandy had this quote: “…makin moves…this season is gonna be awesome”. Hmmm, are these some of celebs with their pros? Or pros with pros (as Nobleze posted in comments)?
The second instagram from Mark below said: “Rehearsals and stuff.. @nopenother @derekhough @iamvalc @henrybyalikov #dwts @dancingabc”. Does this mean Henry Byalikov is one of this season’s troupe members? And who is the darker haired guy and lady? Could they be new troupe members? Or maybe they are helping Mandy? They could be producers too like Heidi just pointed out to me.
Sure makes one wonder, doesn’t it?
ETA: Mandy just posted a new instagram saying: “lucky lady to dance with these kats”…
I thought this was a VERY interesting read, considering all the discussion about DWTS and the Emmy’s, who should have been nominated and if they were even submitted. There was some speculation in some quarters that Maks wasn’t submitted, or Sharna wasn’t submitted, and so on. I think it’s safe to say, based on this, that ALL the DWTS choreographers had something submitted – Mandy Moore certainly did, and not just from SYTYCD. This is from Variety – click the link to read the whole thing (emphasis mine).
As they prepared to celebrate, this year’s Emmy nominated choreographers remarked at the growth in interest to see dance on television, noting that over 70 submissions from reality and scripted series went in to bid for five nominations.
“It’s still weird,” said Mandy Moore of her own nominations. Moore has previously been nominated for her work on “So You Think You Can Dance,” and this year submitted for “Dancing With the Stars” as well. On stage for the reception Moore took the opportunity to thank those who give choreographers a creative space, while director and Academy governor Gail Mancuso hailed the choreographers as “lifesavers. You complete us,” she said.
“Dance is one of those things where people do it because they love it and they’re passionate about it,” said Hough. “For all the blood, sweat and tears that you put into it, the reward can be quite low compared to the amount of work that you put in — it’s such a passion driven art form and you can really see that and it’s incredible.”
So every season, as we draw nearer & nearer to the finale, it seems like the question on everyone’s lips is “What are they gonna do for their freestyle?” We debate which pros are the stronger freestyle choreographers, which celebs can handle the lifts, who’s got the most dance skills, who is going to struggle, etc. So Heidi & I decided to tackle the big question: what makes a good DWTS freestyle?
While everyone may argue over what works and what doesn’t, with 12 seasons under our belts, we have enough historical data to see some patterns – and there are definitely some things that all good freestyles seem to have in common, and some things that the bad freestyles have in common. Today we’re starting with the worst – these are examples of what this season’s finalists should likely avoid, and of which they should probably try to do the opposite 🙂
A little insight into how we arrived at this list: I made a list of my own, and then bumped it against a list Heidi made and we looked for similarities. I also asked for suggestions on Twitter, to see if my finger was on the pulse of the more dedicated viewing audience; I polled my co-workers (likely more representative of the average viewer than most of us lurking on the Net ;-)) as well to get their thoughts. Turns out, most of you guys came up with the same examples of good & bad – which is good, since it shows that opinions on freestyles seem to be pretty universal. But without further ado, I give you the top 10 WORST freestyles in DWTS history:
10.) Chelsea Kane & Mark Ballas, season 12
Courtney: This was one that a lot of you seemed divided on – some of you loved it, some of you hated it. I ultimately decided to include it in the “worst” list because it seemed to have something in common with a lot of the other freestyles on this list: it wasn’t reflective of the celeb it was meant to showcase. Yes, it was high-energy, it was well-executed (for the most part), and it was entertaining – but what did it really have to do with Chelsea? While she managed to keep up with Mark fairly well and got through the choreography, I never really got the feeling that it was a routine she really felt connected to, or that she even would have picked for herself. It was as if she had given Mark carte blanche with the routine and he chose everything – the music, the costumes, the theme, etc., and Chelsea was just along for the ride. I think choosing an obscure song didn’t help, and the choreo seemed to showcase Mark more than Chelsea – the poor girl just seemed to be trying to keep her head above water. Add to that some bland costumes and a wardrobe malfunction, and you’ve got a freestyle that’s overall just “Meh.” Definitely not 30-worthy, IMO.
Heidi: Well, this one I would have put in “dishonorable mentions” but it’s almost in that pile anyway, at slot #10. 🙂 The problem here, like you say, was Chelsea wasn’t connected to it (and similar ideas appear throughout this post). Not only that, but the music didn’t really match the costumes and none of it matched the choreo. It seemed all mixed up to me. It had a latin flavor, yet they were doing a light hip hop type choreo (I don’t really know how else to explain that) and their costumes matched neither. Then – why the lights and the bike?? I feel like I missed something on this one. There was also a section where it seemed like they just went from one cool trick to the next. The best freestyles (including some of Mark’s) had a good bit of actual ballroom dancing thrown in in places. This one is just a bit weird for me.
9.) Evan Lysacek & Anna Trebunskaya, season 10
Heidi: PEOPLE, unless your pro is Dmitry – do NOT argue with them about choreography. At all. Geez. That said, this is another freestyle that was good on paper, but in execution just didn’t work for some reason. Clearly it worked in person, since the studio crowd loved it…but the dance didn’t seem to fit either Evan OR Footloose. When Derek did Grease with Brooke, there was a clear, but brief, homage to the movie. The dance went with the song and it worked perfectly for Brooke. When he did a song from Dirty Dancing with Jennifer – again, a subtle, brief homage to the movie and it worked for Jennifer because, of course – she was in the movie. I think by the time they get to the freestyle the pros are just drained and they forget to really tie it altogether – and if you pick an iconic song, you have to really tie it altogether so that the dancing fits the iconic song but also works for your partner. It seems like this dance doesn’t fit either. He didn’t dance it badly by any stretch, but neither did Gilles in their Flashdance freestyle. That doesn’t make it good.
Courtney: I was always a bit puzzled as to why they picked Footloose – did one of them really, really like the movie? Or was it just another easy, dance movie theme to go with? I think that’s the one big difference between a freestyle like Jennifer’s and a freestyle like Evan’s (or Mya’s, or Gilles’, or Stacy’s – see below) – relevance. Dirty Dancing was relevant to Jennifer; but was Footloose really relevant to Evan? I want a freestyle to basically sum up a partnership for me – I want it to feel like both the celeb & the pro connect to both the dance and each other, and for the routine to feel like a nice closure to their season together. For me, going with Footloose as their theme left more questions than answers. Ooh, and can I just say that I think bringing in an outside choreographer is the absolute kiss of death? It doesn’t see to mesh well with the chemistry the couple has forged over the course of the season, and usually leads to coupled being led dangerously out of their comfort zone. And both Evan & Anna seemed uncomfortable with this one – almost pained, at times. Read more..