Sky to hold nationwide auditions for new dance series

Sky One is to trawl the UK for dancers to take part in a major new entertainment show called Just Dance.

The series is the first commission from Duncan Gray, the satellite broadcaster’s new commissioning editor for entertainment at Sky One, Sky Two and Sky Three.

Just Dance will begin with a series of nationwide auditions for dancers of all styles and sizes, which will take place in front of live audiences.

From the auditions, a panel will select dancers to take part in a series of studio shows, where they will compete for the chance to progress to the live final and be crowned champion by the viewing public.

Gray said: “Britain is a country obsessed with dancing – 4.8 million Britain’s regularly participate in dance classes and it’s the country’s fastest growing hobby. Just Dance will capture the public’s imagination and appeal to dance enthusiasts of all ages.”

Executive producer Karen Smith added that the show would throw “out the rule book” and added: “Everyone can compete in the competition, irrespective of age, style or combination of dancers.”

Auditions are scheduled for September 2009. A host and panel will be announced shortly.

Just Dance is being made jointly by Princess Productions and Shine TV.