Want A Chance To Dance? Tips from the pros of OvationTV’s new series.

Even though summer is winding down, dance-themed television programming isn’t ready to call it quits just yet.

On August 17 (tomorrow), the Ovation network will premiere a new reality/competition dance show from the producers of So You Think You Can Dance, Nigel and Simon Lythgoe.

A Chance To Dance premieres August 17

The premise of A Chance To Dance?

Two choreographers (Ballet Boyz founders, Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt) travel across America to audition dancers for an ensemble slated to perform in only 28 days at Dizzy Feet’s New York City Gala and will eventually bill on the SYTYCD tour.

Most dancers will recognize the high-stakes competition rhetoric (shattered dreams, invitation letters to ‘boot camp’, eliminations, “judges”) for what it is. In reality the dancers are participating in a rigorous audition before the artistic directors and choreographers of a new performance ensemble. Not as punchy, I suppose.

However, after previewing some upcoming episode clips, A Chance To Dance appears to offer viewers a better glance at the audition and creative processes than we’ve seen so far in televised dance reality. Nunn and Trevitt explain the qualities they value in performers, we watch them work during the selection process and in rehearsals, we see them utilizing the strengths of a diverse group of dancers who don’t always fit the mold, and we experience the highs and lows of assembling contemporary choreography.

There’s still plenty of ‘Brits in America’ camp as Nunn and Trevitt explore the cities in which they’re auditioning (see their adventures in a general store/boot and hat shop in Austin below). It remains to be seen if the show will strike an agreeable balance between illuminating the dance profession and entertaining the viewers, but I am encouraged by what I’ve seen so far.

Teachers will celebrate that, for young dancers watching, the show should provide insight into the expectations of performance, reinforcing work ethic, professionalism, and other key concepts.

Do You Want To Be A Dancer?

Billy Trevitt says:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-bgaAqsgYM

Planning For An Audition?

SYTYCD All-star, Allison Holker, who helps scout dancers in Salt Lake City, offers advice for dancers:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg9DGCxa0z0

Some Fun In Texas

Being a Texas resident myself, I’d be remiss if I didn’t share this clip of Michael and Billy’s adventures in Austin. It showcases the down-home culture that is a fun and essential part of the Texan identity.

I must comment that Austin, Houston, and other metropolitan areas also have amazing cultural opportunities of another sort. You just may not get to see it on television… ever. I invite you to discover these for yourself at some point!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seifhsU5pp0

Tune In

OvationTV - Be MovedWatch A Chance To Dance tomorrow night at 10pm ET on Ovation and let us know what you think!

If the Ovation network isn’t available in your area, stay tuned to Ovation on Facebook, where episodes will be simultaneously offered in a streaming format (a first for social platforms).

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wc8lrjJ9qA

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Nichelle Suzanne began Dance Advantage in 2008, equipped with a passion for movement education and an intuitive sense that a blog could bring dancers together. Nichelle holds a BA in dance and is an instructor with more than 17 years experience. She covers dance performance in the Houston area as a freelance writer and balances daily life as a mom to two young children. In June 2012, Nichelle presented the whats, hows, and whys of blogging on a panel at the annual conference for Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, to better equip artists and companies for engaging their audience and new readers through online communications and content.
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