Anyone Want to Sponsor a Dance Category in Shorty (Twitter) Awards?

So, the first ever “Shorty Awards”, for the best Twitter microbloggers, is underway. This competition has actually received a bit of attention — in NYTimes, BBC, and MediaBistro, as well as a bunch of techie mags. According to Shorty stats, more than 23,000 nominations have taken place in the past two weeks, since the competition was launched.

The competition is broken down into several categories. Of course there wasn’t a Dance category (or a Performing Arts category, or an Arts category), but, unlike with the Bloggies and other big blog awards, the Shorties allows users to create their own. So a few of us (and there really aren’t many; most dance people are still on Facebook only and don’t use Twitter) created a dance category and then nominated each other within it. According to Shorty rules, if there aren’t enough nominees, the category will be eliminated. But they don’t define “enough.” Not that it’s an enormous deal, but it’s always nice to put dance on the map, and Twitter does seem to be the next big thing.

Anyway, according to an email I just received from the Shorty people, Epicurious is sponsoring a food category. They asked if anyone out there was interested in sponsoring any other categories, to let them know. I have no idea what all is involved in sponsoring a category, but if any big, Epicurious-style magazine (Dance, Dance Spirit, Pointe, Ballroom Dance Channel, etc. etc.) is interested, you can email them at: info at shortyawards dot com. Just thought I’d put it out there. Nominations close at midnight on December 31st. Noms are followed by a round of voting and then an awards ceremony in NYC.

9 Comments

  1. Great idea to look into this Tonya! Thanks for writing about it. I hope we get to keep our category. And I'd love to see more dancey-types on Twitter!

  2. Great idea to look into this Tonya! Thanks for writing about it. I hope we get to keep our category. And I'd love to see more dancey-types on Twitter!

  3. yes i do… how do i do that?

  4. I think you can ask them at info@shortyawards.com, David. You rock!

  5. emailed shortyawards too about nominating. good luck 😉

  6. Great idea! I juts placed two nominations myself –

  7. They asked for $6000. Movmnt isn't Condenast :-)
    But get ready for the movmnt awards 😉
    You know the rythm, Fashion, Dance, Music and Pop Culture Together as Lifestyle…. Tonya you'll have an honorary award for swinging my twitter when i'm too lazy posting 😉
    HAPPY NEW YEAR! And i'm still waiting on your feed back on the current issue 😀
    David

  8. SwanLakeSambaGirl

    Yeah, that's a lot of money, David! Okay, I eagerly await the Movmnt awards! I love your magazine as always, but will definitely write more about it when I get un-backlogged. And have to make it down to the office as well… You always come up with such original articles. I just sent a link to a Facebook friend on an artist you profiled in your last issue — the one who did “Britney's funeral”. You find all these cool things I don't see anywhere else! Happy New Year, David :)

  9. SwanLakeSambaGirl

    Yeah, that's a lot of money, David! Okay, I eagerly await the Movmnt awards! I love your magazine as always, but will definitely write more about it when I get un-backlogged. And have to make it down to the office as well… You always come up with such original articles. I just sent a link to a Facebook friend on an artist you profiled in your last issue — the one who did “Britney's funeral”. You find all these cool things I don't see anywhere else! Happy New Year, David :)

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