Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

UP has greenlit its first-ever dance docu-series pilot, Dancin’ the Dream. The series follows eight of the hottest young dancers, ranging in age from 9 to 15, as they train in every genre imaginable with top Hip Hop dancer and choreographer, Kiki Ely, at her Atlanta-based studio, “ATL Takeova.”  She and her assistant, BeeJay Harris, a professional dancer for 12 years, offer the kids Master Dance Classes and prep them for a variety of entertainment auditions and professional engagements, ranging from film and TV to music videos and concert tours in Atlanta – a city on the cutting edge of dance and choreography.

Production is currently underway on two half-hour pilots produced by Crazy Legs Productions, which produces the new hit series The Prancing Elites Project and Dance Crash.  The debut episodes of Dancin’ the Dreamwhich feature pop sensation singer/songwriter Leona Lewis’ hit single “Fire Under My Feet” and singer/YouTube sensation Jade Novah’s upcoming single ““Blood, Sweat & Tears,” are slated to premiere exclusively on UP in Fall 2015.

“For anyone who has ever wondered how top performers like Bruno Mars and Christina Aguilera got to where they are today, this series will help answer that question through a new generation of immensely talented, hopeful stars,” said Amy Winter, EVP and General Manager, UP.  Dancin’ the Dream will give viewers a true sense of the effort that goes into becoming a ‘star,’ the sacrifices that must be made, and relationships and bonds that grow or suffer along the way.  As the leading network for compelling content for you and your family, we are proud to unveil Dancin’ the Dream as the latest example of our commitment to produce original series that move and entertain.”

Ely started her career as a young dancer in Atlanta and has since toured the world with some of the top names in the music industry, including Christina Aguilera, Ciara, Christina Milian, Brooke Valentine and others.  A former choreographer and member of the Atlanta Hawks Dance Team, Ely has also choreographed for countless music videos and films, including Drumline, starring Nick Cannon, Zoe Saldana and Orlando Jones.

Stay tuned…

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