A Pair of Ties at the Astaire Awards, Honoring Season's Best in Dance

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The 2015 Fred and Adele Astaire Awards kicked up an unusual double tie June 1 in the categories Best Male Dancer and Best Choreographer.

Tony Yazbeck in <i>On the Town</i>
Tony Yazbeck in On the Town Photo by Joan Marcus

Tony Yazbeck of On the Town shared the Male Dancer award with Robert Fairchild of An American in Paris. Those same two shows shared the Best Choreographer award: On the Town's Joshua Bergasse tied with American in Paris's Christopher Wheeldon.

It was a big night for the Fairchild family. The same night, Robert's sister Megan of On the Town accepted a Theatre World Award for outstanding Broadway debut.

The annual Astaire Awards, which honor the best in New York dance and choreography, were presented at the Skirball Center in Greenwich Village.

The ceremony featured performances from On the Town, Finding Neverland, New York Spring Spectacular and more.

Here is a complete list of the 2015 Astaire Award nominees, with the winners in each category marked in boldface type with an asterisk:

Best Female Dancer:
Annaleigh Ashford - You Can't Take it With You
* Leanne Cope - An American in Paris
Jill Paice - An American in Paris
Megan Fairchild - On the Town
Erin Davie - Sideshow
Emily Padgett - Sideshow
XiaoChuan Xie - The King and I
Melanie Moore - Finding Neverland

Best Male Dancer:
* Robert Fairchild - American in Paris (tie)
Clyde Alves - On the Town
*Tony Yazbeck - On the Town (tie)
Jay Armstrong Johnson - On the Town
Phillip Attmore - On the Twentieth Century
Rick Faugno - On the Twentieth Century
Drew King - On the Twentieth Century
Richard Riaz Yoder - On the Twentieth Century
Christian Borle - Something Rotten!
Alex Sharp - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best Choreographer:
* Christopher Wheeldon - American in Paris (tie)
* Joshua Bergasse - On the Town (tie)
Christopher Gattelli - The King and I
Warren Carlyle - On the Twentieth Century
Casey Nicholaw - Something Rotten!
Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Steven Hoggett - The Last Ship
Mia Michaels - Finding Neverland

As previously reported, Tony and Academy Award winner Joel Grey (Cabaret) was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Oscar winner Harvey Weinstein (Finding Neverland) was honored for his Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre and Film.

The Astaire awards are presented by producer Patricia Watt and The Douglas Watt Family Fund for the Performing Arts.

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