Do we really need another prime-time dance show? According to NBC we do and we will get it this January. Hosted by Michael Flatley, this show focuses on "dance superstars" and is a competition featuring a soloist, a duo and a group team representing one of eight countries. The show premiers on January 5th and will run until the 26. Here's the press release:
NBC will broadcast "Superstars Of Dance" a breathtaking international dance competition led by executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Simon Fuller, two of the masterminds behind "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance" and hosted by Michael Flatley ("Lord of the Dance"). For broadcast in early 2009, the unique series will pit the masters of various dance genres from eight countries against each other. Equal parts sporting event, rock concert and artistic exhibition, "Superstars Of Dance" is poised to become one the greatest spectacles of dance performance ever seen on television.
The announcement was made by Craig Plestis, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Development and Specials, NBC Entertainment.
"This dance competition is very much like the Olympics," said Plestis. "The physical feats these athletes and artists pull is mind-blowing, and we're so excited to form what we hope will be the definitive dance competition to decide which nation has what it takes to be the best of the best in the world. With so much at stake, this is sure to be a roller coaster, and you never know what will happen next. Plus, with Nigel and Simon running the show, it will be done first class all the way."
"This is the most challenging and exhilarating project I've ever done," said Lythgoe. "Nothing of this magnitude has ever been attempted before on television. We will bring to America different cultural styles of dancers -- each performer the best in their genre -- and the sheer mosaic of styles and energy is going to be nothing short of awe-inspiring."
Eight countries will participate in the competition with each team comprised of two soloists, one duo and one larger group. Viewers will get to know the competitors and the coaches through the trials and tribulations, both behind the scenes and on the stage. The stakes are high for these artists, as they are not only representing themselves, but also their dance form and their entire nation.
The eight countries currently scheduled to participate include: Ireland, India, USA, Argentina, China, Russia, South Africa and Australia. The dance styles that will be represented on the show will be announced at a later date.
"Superstars Of Dance" is from 19 Entertainment. Nigel Lythgoe ("American Idol," "So You Think You Can Dance") and Simon Fuller ("American Idol," "So You Think You Can Dance") are the executive producers.
“Dancing A La Mode” provides critiques and analysis of dance performances viewed on television, online and on stage. It is a place where dance performers and supporters can examine dance considered “in fashion.”
With the increased visibility of dance online and on television, through programs such as “So You Think You Can Dance,” the average American is more likely to observe and form opinions about this art, which used to be considered the performance art that was least appreciated. This increased visibility leads people of all ages to not only watch performances, but participate in dance classes. For example, with the success of the ABC show “Dancing With The Stars,” which pairs celebrities and professional ballroom dancers in a competition, ballroom classes attendance across the country has increased.
As Americans participate and begin to admire this art, they need an outlet to share opinions, explore other’s views and learn about dance, from an individual who has studied the art. “Dancing A La Mode” fits that need by analyzing highly visible dance performances, while introducing audiences to alternative choreographers and styles of dance. By allowing viewers the opportunity to explore less visible styles, there is a hope that American spectators will develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of all styles of dance.