So You Think You Can Dance Canada Premieres September 11



    
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    "Canada has some of the best dancers on the planet!"
    - So You Think You Can Dance judge Mary Murphy
    

    TORONTO, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - It's time for Canada to dance! CTV announced
today that the eagerly-awaited So You Think You Can Dance Canada will kick off
its first season Thursday, September 11 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV, with encore
episodes premiering Sunday, September 14 on MuchMusic (go to ctv.ca and
muchmusic.com to confirm local broadcast times). The inaugural season of So
You Think You Can Dance Canada promises to celebrate and showcase a hotbed of
talented Canadian dancers, trained and untrained, ready to share their passion
for dance with the nation. After a cross-country search this past spring for
the best dancers Canada has to offer, the two-hour series premiere takes a
peek at auditions held in Toronto, where more dancers turned out to audition
than any other city in North America.

    (xx) Media Note (xx) - Download new photos for So You Think You Can Dance
Canadaat ctvmedia.ca/dance2008.

    The premiere announcement comes hot on the heels of the season finale of
the hit American version of So You Think You Can Dance, which was the
most-watched episode ever on CTV and the No.1 entertainment program of the
summer with a record 1.92 million viewers. In its fourth season on CTV, the
series saw its audience grow by 19%. The series has had similar success on
MuchMusic, where it attracts a whole new audience. Currently the most-watched
series on MuchMusic, the audience for So You Think you Can Dance grew 40% this
season over last.(xx)

    Hosted by MuchMusic's Leah Miller, So You Think You Can Dance Canada
boasts an esteemed panel of Canadian experts who have worked with world class
entertainers, including permanent judges Tré Armstrong (dancer, choreographer
and star of the MTV/Paramount dance film How She Move) and Jean Marc Genereux
(international ballroom champion and guest judge/choreographer on the U.S.
version of So You Think You Can Dance), and alternating third judges Luther
Brown (urban choreographer/Sean Combs) and Blake McGrath (choreographer,
dancer and Season 1 finalist on So You Think You Can Dance, DanceLife).
Special guest judges Paul Becker (The Jonas Brothers), Sean Cheesman (Tina
Turner) and Melissa Williams (Prince, George Michael) all serve as
choreographers who also appear as judges.

    Rex Harrington, artist-in-residence for The National Ballet of Canada
also serves as a special guest judge. From the U.S. series, Mary Murphy and
Dan Karaty appear as special guest judges during the audition episodes.

    "During the inaugural audition tour, the feedback from the judges and
choreographers was that Canada's crop of dancers was absolutely phenomenal,"
said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. "So
You Think You Can Dance Canada has buzz, and from the talent we have seen,
these dancers are going to leave it all on the dance floor, for all of Canada
to see."

    "We were amazed at the diversity of dancers we found in each of our
audition cities," said Executive Producer Sandra Faire. "They inspired us with
their passion for dance and their determination to become Canada's favourite
dancer. We know viewers will fall in love with them!"

    The first set of cross-country tryouts, from the very best to the
downright worst, will kick off the series debut in Canada. The broadcast
schedule unfolds as follows before So You Think You Can Dance Canada settles
into its regular Wednesdays at 8 p.m. time-slot (all times ET; times and dates
subject to change; go to ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times):

    
    -   Thursday, September 11 at 8 p.m. ET (two hours) - Toronto Auditions

    -   Sunday, September 14 at 8 p.m. ET (two hours) - Vancouver and
        Halifax Auditions

    -   Wednesday, September 17 at 8 p.m. ET (two hours) - Montreal and
        Calgary Auditions
    

    During the three audition episodes, So You Think You Can Dance Canada
showcases dancers from across the country as they compete to impress an expert
panel of judges. Select competitors are invited to "Finals Week," where they
work with some of Canada's top choreographers. After the dancers meet in
Toronto for this next stage of the competition, they test their bodies and
wills to try and earn a coveted spot in the first-ever So You Think You Can
Dance Canada Top 20. Chosen by the judging panel, a select group of dancers
moves forward in the competition to perform in front of the nation. The public
votes for their favourites following weekly performance episodes in which
competitors are assigned partners and dance styles to perform, from hip-hop,
krump and pop-and-lock to salsa, quickstep, contemporary and jive. Full
broadcast details for the "Finals Week" episode as well as Top 20 live shows
will be revealed at a later date.

    Hoping for a shot at success, more than 2,500 aspiring dancers flocked to
five Canadian audition cities earlier this year with the hopes of being
invited to "Finals Week." From there, they all strove to make the cut to be
one of the Top 20. Representing dance styles, training and passion from across
the country, this year's semi-finalists represent a microcosm of Canadian
culture.

    Highlights from each week's So You Think You Can Dance Canada episodes
will be available on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca. Encore
presentations of each week's Performance and Results Episodes also air
back-to-back on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on MuchMusic beginning Sept. 21. The
first two episodes of the series will air in a one-time only 5 p.m. ET
time-slot on Sunday, Sept. 14. Also, for up-to-date So You Think You Can Dance
Canada information, visit the series' official website, dance.ctv.ca. There,
fans can interact with their favourite dancers, judges and choreographers by
browsing the image galleries, videos, forums and more.

    Rogers is the voting phone banner sponsor of So You Think You Can Dance
Canada.

    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.

    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.

    To see the complete announcement, go to: http://www.ctvmedia.ca

    
    (*)  Source: BBM Nielsen Media Research

    (xx) Source: BBM-NMR, Total Canada, Rank based on BYTD 07/08 (Aug 27/07 -
         Aug 17/08), 4+ airings; S3: 09/01/07 - 01/13/08, S4: 5/25/08 -
         08/03/08
    





For further information:

For further information: Allie Page, CTV Inc., (416) 332-4596 or
apage@ctv.ca; Amy Doary, MuchMusic, (416) 591-7400 ext. 2593 or
amy.doary@muchmtv.ca


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