Ovation greenlights “A Chance to Dance”

A dance duo known as The BalletBoyz (pictured) will star in the arts-focused cable net's competitive ballet series, the latest effort from So You Think You Can Dance producers Nigel and Simon Lythgoe.
March 14, 2012

U.S. cable net Ovation has commissioned the dance competition show A Chance to Dance from So You Think You Can Dance producers Nigel and Simon Lythgoe.

The series, which distributor Shine International will debut on the international market at MIPTV in Cannes next month, follows former Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt – a.k.a. The BalletBoyz (pictured above) – as they audition dancers for a new dance company.

The series is part of network’s strategy to produce more original arts-focused programming with a broad appeal. Ovation’s senior VP of programming Kris Slava said the producers “are among the most successful producers of reality competition shows in television today.”

“They combine a commitment to the arts with a track record for making addictive TV,” he added. “A perfect match for Ovation.”

In a statement, producer Simon Lythgoe said the show will give viewers “a rare glimpse into what it takes to audition, train and participate in a true American dance company.”

A Chance to Dance is a coproduction between Nigel Lythgoe Productions and Simon Lythgoe’s Legacy Productions. It will premiere in the United States on Ovation on August 17.

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