Ovation, the only multi-platform network dedicated to art, artists and all forms of artistic storytelling, is set to premiere its new, original series A CHANCE TO DANCE on Friday, August 17 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
A CHANCE TO DANCE, executive produced by Nigel and Simon Lythgoe, follows Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt, two of the UK’s most prominent contemporary dancers and choreographers, in their quest to create a new dance company for Nigel Lythgoe in just 28 days. Traveling across the country, they audition dancers from dance schools in Washington, DC; Salt Lake City, UT; and Austin, TX. The competition and the pressure intensify as the final group heads to the dance mecca of Jacob’s Pillow, MA, where they must eliminate half the dancers and form a company for the grand finale: an original live performance in New York City.
“It was no easy feat to take mainstream dance to the level that it’s now synonymous with pop culture and television entertainment,” said Nigel Lythgoe, CEO, Nigel Lythgoe Productions. “Now that it is, we are thrilled to share with audiences a more grueling, raw and rare glimpse into what it takes to make it a true American dance company. Michael and William are the real thing and they were not just looking for the next hot thing, they were scouring the nation for the highest caliber of professionally trained dancers.”
“Holding nationwide auditions alongside Michael and William for A CHANCE TO DANCE was unlike any other audition tour I’d ever experienced,” said Simon Lythgoe, co-president of Legacy Productions. “The stakes were high, the bar was higher and the dancers we saw were the cream of the crop. Michael and William had their work cut out for them but their critical eye and unparalleled knowledge of dance prevailed and I hope audiences agree.”
A CHANCE TO DANCE is a seven-part series airing on Ovation every Friday night at 10PM ET/7PM PT from August 17 to the finale on September 28.