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A Chance to Dance – a new dance reality show by Ovation TV

August 13, 2012

Sneak peak alert! I’ve been given the inside scoop to share on an upcoming dance reality series premiering on OvationTV on August 17 called “A Chance to Dance.” The show centers around acclaimed dancers and choreographers, Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt, formally of the Royal Ballet and founders of the Ballet Boyz dance company. Their challenge and goal is to audition and select members for a new dance company, and then prepare them for a performance at an upcoming gala, all in 28 days! The gala is hosted by Nigel Lythgoe of “So You Think You Can Dance” fame. Following the gala, the company will tour as the opening act to the “So You Think You Can Dance” tour.

Based on the previews I have seen, it looks to be an intense glimpse into the world of auditioning, rehearsals, and performance, peppered with humorous outings by Michael and Billy into the communities where they audition and shared words of insight and wisdom by these seasoned dancers/choreographers. Unlike many of the current reality dance shows which focus on popularity and an audience participation factor to judge candidates on a weekly basis, the format follows more closely a documentary form. I think this is a welcome change of attention, where the audience is directed to glimpse into the inner workings of how dance companies select performers and rehearse. It also allows the choreographers to actually produce a stage piece where the focus is on artistry over television-oriented tricks.

As a dancer I was particularly pleased by the dance tips shared as a source of learning. The following are some clips of tips from the show:
http://youtu.be/g8zZne07onc
http://youtu.be/s-bgaAqsgYM
http://youtu.be/Q4HAdEbvZcg

Although I generally avoid reality dance shows on television, I think this one has the promise of something more satisfying than the established competition dance shows that are currently so popular. I applaud Ovation TV for stepping outside the box in presenting dance on television and look forward to seeing if the show itself holds up to a higher standard.

For more information about the show, please visit: http://ovationtv.com/a-chance-to-dance/

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