11th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

See below for official categories. The early entry deadline is November 29th, 2018.

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.

From the 8th Annual Shorty Awards Best in Dance

Whether they’re shaking it on Vine or choreographing incredible routines on YouTube, these dancers and choreographers had a shakeworthy year. They’re using Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Snapchat to share their moves with followers and we think they deserve to be recognized for it.

Brand entries using of social media in this space can be found in Best in Entertainment Shorty Award category.


Amymarie Gaertner
While she might be a self-taught freestyle dancer from a small town in Ohio, Amymarie Gaertner is a big deal on social media. Give her any tune and she can dance to it. While she has nearly 1.5 million Instagram followers and half a million YouTube subscribers, Amymarie’s Vine following of 4.5 million followers is most impressive—she can get dow...
Chloe Lukasiak
Chloe Lukasiak was first introduced to the world on Lifetime’s Dance Moms, and now she’s a dance superstar on social media with more than 3 million followers on Instagram (and some big sponsorships like @LittlestPetShop). Her YouTube channel gives a backstage pass to her life as a dance daughter and resident fashionista. She displays her electri...
Dominic Sandoval
Dominic “D-Trix" Sandoval and his team were the Season 3 winner of So You Think You Can Dance, moving on to become a judge for Season 3 of America’s Best Dance Crew. His YouTube has more than 2.5 million subscribers and hosts the web series Dance Showdown and now runs a second channel, specifically for funny, ramdom content. While his dance move...
Maddie Ziegler
Maddie Ziegler is a dance star who came to fame in Lifetime’s hit show Dance Moms. As singer/songwriter Sia’s muse, Maddie is the young, talented dancer featured in Sia’s music videos and live performances. Her most notable performances in videos were “Chandelier," “Alive," and “Elastic Heart," which had Maddie dancing opposite Shia LaBeouf and ...
Roberto Bolle
Roberto Bolle is an Italian principal dancer with New York’s American Ballet Theatre and People magazine’s Sexiest Dancer Alive. With his statuesque good looks (that he attributes to a life of ballet), he’s become a muse for fashion and art photographers, leading to a robust Instagram account. In 2015, the photo book Roberto Bolle: Voyage Into B...


Brian Puspos
Brian Puspos is a choreographer and dance teacher out of Houston, Texas, who first came onto the scene with a second-place win on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew with SoReal Cru. Since then, his moves gained quick attention on social media. According to Instagram, if he’s not in the studio dancing, he’s either traveling the world to entertain or teaching ...
Keone and Mari
Keone and Mari Madrid are a husband-and-wife duo from San Diego, California, whose 2013 performance on Ellen brought them global attention. The couple is known for reinventing couples dancing for hip-hop, using more theatrical and reactive movements, instead of just mirroring what the other was doing. So their style has found a home on YouTube and in musi...
Mary Helen Bowers
Mary Helen Bowers is a former New York City Ballet ballerina, the woman responsible for training Natalie Portman in Black Swan, and the creator of fitness empire Ballet Beautiful. While many have been watching Mary Helen perform her famous ballet routines in theatres, in studios, or at home, Mary Helen took to Instagram to dance while pregnant with her se...
Matt Steffanina
The LA-based hip-hop choreographer and dance instructor Matt Steffanina gets people up and dancing to the latest beats. He believes in making dancing accessible and affordable for all, hence why he travels the world giving free tutorials and posts the choreography online for those digital learners. His style is unique in that it “combines commercial hip-h...
Sione Maraschino
Sione Maraschino and his dance moves have found a home across social media—Vine, SnapChat, and Instagram. Sione, aka Sione Kelepi, first came to internet fame on Vine with a viral six-second video of him doing the “Maraschino Step" in a parking lot. He kept making dance vines, and with his bigger body became an unusual and most welcome addition to the dan...
Tricia Miranda
Tricia Miranda can honestly say that she taught Beyoncé how to dance. After touring the world dancing with celebrities, she landed at Clear Talent Group where she’s a successful choreographer and dance instructor. One of her more noteworthy choreographs was Missy Elliott’s 2015 halftime show at the Superbowl. With more than 75 million views on her YouTube...

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, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitch, TikTok, and the rest of the social web.

The Early Entry Deadline is November 29, 2018