-- Casting begins for host and judging panel --
TORONTO, Feb. 28 /CNW/ - Canada, do you think you can dance? Prove it!
CTV announced today that So You Think You Can Dance Canada, an all-new
Canadian version of the hit international series, will embark on a nationwide
search for the country's favourite dancer this Spring. The five-city audition
tour will visit Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax - with one additional
audition city to be announced. Complete audition information, including dates,
locations and eligibility requirements, will be revealed soon.
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CTV and production partner Danse TV Productions are currently casting for
the host and judging panel for So You Think You Can Dance Canada. The series
premieres this fall on CTV.
So You Think You Can Dance Canada is based on the Emmy Award-winning
smash hit series created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe that premiered in
2005. Canada joins the United States, Australia, Norway, Denmark, Greece,
Poland, Turkey, Germany, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa and Israel as
markets with an original So You Think You Can Dance production. The original
So You Think You Can Dance is a Top 3 summer series in Canada on CTV with an
average audience of 1.25 million viewers(*).
"Whether they hone their craft at ballet school, in the clubs or on the
streets, dancers share the same dream: to express their passion for dance on
stage," said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV
Inc. "So You Think You Can Dance Canada provides that stage for the broad
spectrum of dance talent this country has to offer in a way never seen
So You Think You Can Dance Canada will showcase dancers as they compete
to impress an expert panel of judges during a cross-country audition process.
Selected competitors will be invited to call-backs where they will work with
some of Canada's top choreographers. The panel will then choose the Top 20
dancers to move on in the competition. Then, it's up to Canada to decide who
stays and who goes as the public votes for their favourites following weekly
performance episodes in which the competitors are assigned different partners
and dance styles to perform, from hip-hop, krump and pop-and-lock to salsa,
quickstep, ballroom, and jive.
So You Think You Can Dance Canada was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel
Lythgoe and is produced in association with CTV by Danse TV Productions.
Sandra Faire and Trisa Dayot are Executive Producers. Ed Robinson is Executive
Vice-President, Programming, CTV Inc. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative,
Content and Channels, CTV Inc.
About Danse TV Productions
Sandra Faire, acclaimed as one of Canada's leading variety producers, is
also a vice-chair of the National Ballet of Canada and a cabinet member of
Grand Jeté for the National Ballet School. Ms. Faire, along with Trisa Dayot
and senior producers Bronwyn Warren and Millan Curry-Sharples, will helm So
You Think You Can Dance Canada. The team has produced an impressive array of
Canadian award-winning programs seen in Canada and the U.S., including Amanda
Marshall for SONY and Rita MacNeil's Celtic Celebration, which aired on CTV
and PBS. Both specials won awards in the U.S. and Amanda Marshall won a Gemini
Award for Best Performance. Rita MacNeil's Celtic Celebration was CTV's
highest-rated Canadian special in 1998, with over 1.6 million viewers.
Additionally, Rita MacNeil's Christmas, which aired on CTV and PBS, was CTV's
highest-rated Canadian special for the year 2000 with 1.75 million viewers,
outdrawing all other music specials that year. Their most recent variety
special, The Rankin Family Re-Union, will air later this year on CTV. Ms.
Faire still holds the record for the highest-rated variety special in Canadian
television history, Anne Murray's Family Christmas, which garnered a
43 per cent share on CBC with 4.2 million viewers. Joining the team for So You
Think You Can Dance Canada is producer Janet Lavack.
About 19 Entertainment
Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment is recognized as a leading creator,
provider and promoter of globally successful music based entertainment, or
"entertainment brands". The company has attracted a unique collection of
expertise in people who work together to integrate and leverage activity
across television, film, touring, merchandising, music publishing, recording,
artist/writer and producer management, sponsorship and promotion. Simon Fuller
is the most successful British music manager of all time having sold over
116 million CDs in North America alone, and is known as the creator of
American Idol, the most valuable TV format in the world with an estimated
value in excess of $2.5 billion.
About dick clark productions
Founded in 1957, dick clark productions has grown to become a leading
independent producer of a wide range of TV programming for broadcast/cable
networks, distributors and advertisers. The Company has produced thousands of
shows and specials in all genres and for all day parts, including such
perennial hits as Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, the American Music
Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, the Bloopers specials and series, the Daytime
Emmy Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards and the recent Disney's
American Teacher Awards, among others. The Company also is a leading creator
of award-winning communications experiences from live events and meetings to
integrated marketing programs for major corporations.
About CTV Inc.
CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's
premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV
Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national
specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American
leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More
information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca
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