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TLC acquires “Jig,” orders “Irish Dancing Tweens”

Sirens Media is to produce Irish Dancing Tweens (w/t), an eight-part series on the world of competitive Irish dance for TLC, which will complement the documentary Jig (pictured), which the network has also acquired.
November 14, 2011

Sirens Media is to produce Irish Dancing Tweens (w/t), an eight-part series on the world of competitive Irish dance for TLC, which will complement the documentary Jig (pictured), which the U.S. network has also acquired.

Sirens Media will begin production this week on the series, which goes beyond the team dances and solo routines to witness the hours of practice, demanding coaches and competitive mothers. Irish Dancing Tweens will premiere on the U.S. network in the summer of 2012, and will make an international debut later in the year.

The show will feature a variety of dance schools and each episode will hone in on specific dancers as they rehearse for the main event.

TLC has also acquired the rights to Sue Bourne’s documentary Jig. The 99-minute feature doc goes into the competition brewing at the 40th Irish Dancing World Championships.

“TLC is excited to share this subculture of dance with our audience,” said Amy Winter, TLC general manager. “Irish Jig Dancing is a global phenomenon and the series will reveal the world behind the sport in a compelling combination of heart and competition.”

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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