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Nigel Lythgoe to produce new reality series 'A Chance to Dance'

July 27, 2012|By Jamie Wetherbe
  • Nigel Lythgoe will produce a new competition series for the Ovation network.
Nigel Lythgoe will produce a new competition series for the Ovation network. (Los Angeles Times )

Choreographer-turned-reality TV powerhouse Nigel Lythgoe  will produce a new competition series in which a  dance company is created in 28 days.

"A Chance to Dance" follows choreographers and former London Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt as they audition dancers from different disciplines in three cities:Washington, D.C., Salt Lake City and Austin, Texas.

The seven-part series, which premieres Aug. 17 on the art-centric Ovation network, follows dancers from tryout through training and will culminate with a live performance in New York.

Lythgoe, who was instrumental in launching Fox hits "American Idol"  and "So You Think You Can Dance,” will co-produce the series with his son Simon Lythgoe, a TV game-show host in Australia.

Other dance-focused Ovation reality shows include "Dance School: Juilliard," which follows dancers through their three years at the prestigious school.

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