UK pubcaster Channel 4 is combining dating with dancing in a five-part entertainment format Flirty Dancing (w/t).
Produced by Second Star,the 5 x 60-minute relationship format sees famed choreographer Ashley Banjo (pictured), a Dancing on Ice judge and Britain’s Got Talent winner, attempting to teach two strangers half of a fully choreographed dance routine before they head out on a date.
All dances will be tailored by Banjo to illustrate each singleton’s personality and what they’re searching for in a prospective partner, from a waltz to a tango, or a street dance.
Once the couples have completed their dance date, they will depart without having spoken a word to each other. Episodes will culminate with the couples – two sets per episode – determining if they’ve done enough to secure a second date or whether it was their last dance.
Second Star’s Deborah Sargeant and Andrew Burgess are executive producers alongside series producer Ami Jackson.
The series has been commissioned by Channel 4′s Sarah Lazenby, commissioning editor for entertainment and fact-ent.
“Inspired by the evocative atmosphere of La La Land, we want to recapture the magic and romance of the dancehall days when you could be swept off your feet rather than being swept left or right,” said Lazenby in as statement. “We are delighted that Ashley Banjo is coming to Channel 4 with this warm and charming series that sees couples brought together through the art of dance.”
Added Banjo: “Back in the good old days, three quarters of people met their partners on a dancefloor. I met my wife dancing; we really connected and got to know each other in dance class. There was a chemistry that I don’t think would have been created sitting across from each other at a table and just talking. I want to bring a bit of old-fashioned romance back to dating – the magic that can be created without a word being spoken.”
Founded in 2015 by Sargeant, a former Sky exec, Second Star serves as a factual entertainment label as part of All3Media’s Objective Media Group.