9th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

All finalists have been announced, stay tuned for more updates about the 9th Annual Shorty Awards on April 23, 2017

Brands & Organizations

The Shorty Awards honor the talented agencies, brands, and industry leaders behind the best and most innovative work on social media channels, campaigns, websites and applications.

Dance

No more need to go to the dance studio—now the best choreographers and dancers can come directly into your home. These ballerinas, b-boys, and booty bouncers take to YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, and more to show off their moves—shaking, shimmying, and sharing all of it with fans across the globe.

If you’re a brand looking for recognition for your use of social media in this space, enter the Best in Entertainment Shorty Award.

Finalists

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1Million Dance Studio
1Million Dance Studio is a Seoul, Korea-based dance troupe teaching their moves to over 4M subscribers on their YouTube channel. They believe that “dance is not only for extraordinary people, nor for professionals,” which is why this studio is focused on teaching dance, rather than just showcasing it. They mix Top 40 jams with a perfect dose of ...
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Maddie Ziegler
You might recognize Maddie Ziegler from her many dance performances with the critically-acclaimed popstar Sia both on stage and in music videos, but she’s more than just a face beside the faceless singer. At 14 years old, Maddie has over 8.5M followers on Instagram and a brag-worthy career. She has expanded her reach to include a fashion line so...
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Matt Steffanina
Matt Steffanina isn’t just a dancer, he’s a choreographer and entrepreneur dedicated to teaching those willing to get on the floor how to dance like a pro. With over 5M YouTube subscribers and 900M+ views, Matt has made his hip hop routines available for all to learn. In his videos, he tackles moves from today’s most popular songs and music vide...
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Taylor Hatala
Taylor Hatala describes herself as “a 13 year-old dancer, who just wants to share my passion and love with the world!” And she’s doing exactly that. Taylor got her big break this year touring with Janet Jackson on the Unbreakable World Tour, and is now working on a new project with Ciara. With 500K+ Instagram followers and over 12 million views ...
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WilldaBeast Adams
Will Adams aka @WilldaBeast__ comes from the school of thought that there is “unity in diversity” which shines through in his many choreographed hip hop dance videos, featuring dancers from all different ages, races, and genders. Born in Indianapolis and now based in LA, WilldaBeast and his crew first gained a lot of traction after their appeara...
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tWitch
Stephen “tWitch” Boss is one of today’s most recognizable dancers, starting his television dance career as the fan favorite from season 4 of So You Think You Can Dance, and now the resident dancer and DJ on the daytime talk show Ellen. One of his performances from #SYTYCD earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography, and tWitch has continue...

Nominees

Ballerina Project
Recently surpassing 1M followers on Instagram, the Ballerina Project is a beautifully curated account displaying the essence of ballet outside of the traditional dance studio. Started as an ongoing series by photographer Dane Shitagi spanning 16 years, the Project has expanded to social media as “an etching of a ballerina’s heart and emotions.” The photog...
Ballet Zaida
Ballet has typically been viewed as a pastime for the privileged, but professional ballet photographer Oliver Endahl has made it his mission to bring the sport to the masses via various @balletzaida social accounts, with over 650K followers on Instagram alone. In his photographs and videos, Oliver brings ballet out from behind the curtain and into the lig...
Darian Volkova
Darian Volkova is more than just a Russian ballet photographer, she’s a teacher. Her behind-the-scenes Instagram videos show just how much work goes into placing a ballerina’s body into the proper pose for the best possible ballet photograph. As a self-described “ballet maniac,” Darian knows how to show a ballerina’s talent through her photos. Her childho...
Lauren Froderman
Lauren Froderman is the internet’s most adorable dance powerhouse. Best known for winning the 7th season of So You Think You Can Dance, she now takes her followers along as she dances through street festivals, goes whale-watching on vacation, and teaches fellow dancers her new and exciting routines. While she might not believe in wearing matching socks, s...
Parris Goebel
Parris Goebel aka Parri$ comes to us from Auckland, New Zealand and is of Samoan descent. She’s one of the most coveted Kiwi dancers of all time, working with superstars like Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Janet Jackson, and Nicki Minaj, to name a few. She and her dance company The Royal Family have won the World Hip Hop Dance Championship three times, and show...
Tim Milgram
Tim Milgram aka T.Milly is a Los Angeles-based director and cinematographer for “all things film and dance.” While he might leave the dancing and choreography to others these days, he’s no novice on the dance floor himself. Preferring now to stay behind the camera, his YouTube channel T.Milly TV has over 70 million views and features the greatest in upcom...

About the Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media.

Millions of people participate in The Shortys to recognize individuals and organizations producing great content on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, Vine and the rest of the social web.

The 9th Annual Shorty Awards will be held April 23, 2017 in NYC and streamed to the public.