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‘Ab India Ki Baari’ as &TV brings ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ to India

The Indian debut of the world’s biggest Dance reality show premieres on April 24, and will air Saturday and Sunday at 8.30 pm

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Mumbai | April 20, 2016

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Fourteen Emmy awards, 26 localized productions representing 35 different countries…the biggest Dance reality platform in the world is all set for an Indian entry. The world’s biggest dance show, So You Think You Can Dance, makes its India debut on &TV starting April 24, every Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 PM. Produced by Endemol Shine India, the show will witness an epic battle of Street and Stage style for the first time on Indian television.

Leading the judges’ panel will be the epitome of grace and panache, Madhuri Dixit; National Award winning choreographer Bosco Martis who is known for songs like Senorita (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara), Tumhi Ho Bandhu (Cocktail), Tune Maari Entry Yaar (Gunday), amongst many others; and Terence Lewis, an encyclopedia in dance and style. While Bosco will represent the Street styles of dancing, Terence will represent the Stage styles. Popular TV stars Mouni Roy and Rithvik Dhanjani will be the hosts of the show.

Rajesh Iyer, Business Head, &TV, said, “Following the success of The Voice India, we are thrilled to present yet another adaptation, the Indian edition of So You Think You Can Dance, the biggest dance show in the world. The format brings forth an immersive concept, where the contestants are classified into two groups as per their style of dancing – Street and Stage. The ultimate winner from a grueling Street versus Stage gala rounds will be chosen under the guidance of an esteemed jury – Madhuri Dixit, Terence Lewis and Bosco Martis. We believe that the show will give a new momentum to the weekend television viewing experience.”

Deepak Dhar, Managing Director and CEO, Endemol Shine India, commented, “After travelling across the globe with over 26 worldwide productions, the world’s biggest dance show is finally here on Indian shores! So You Think You Can Dance – 'Ab India Ki Baari' – promises to present dance to Indian audiences in its own distinctive and inimitable style. This show will provide a platform to dancers across the country to showcase and enhance their talent under the guidance of our acclaimed judges who will mentor the participants to ensure they put forth their best performances. Endemol Shine India is glad to have partnered with &TV for the show. Aside from showcasing superlative content and talent, So You Think You Can Dance - 'Ab India Ki Baari', like all our other formats, will also have its own Indian twist."

Speaking on why she chose this show, Madhuri Dixit said, "So You Think You Can Dance is a wonderful concept and I have been a regular viewer of the US version. It will be interesting to see two distinct styles - Street and Stage - battle it out on the dance floor. Personally speaking, I am a huge fan of the stage style as I am a trained Kathak dancer, but there is a street in me somewhere.”

Martis commented, “I was very excited when &TV approached me for the show and it didn’t take me time to say yes to the project. We want to showcase to the world the huge pool of dancing talent that India has and that our performers are on a par with global standards. This is a great platform for the aspiring dancers to showcase their talent to a global audience.”

Lewis added, “I am elated to associate with this show. I have been religiously watching the American version for more than seven years now. The show practically set the level of dancing world over. Judging the Indian version is just a great honour for me and also a feather in my cap. I believe the show is devoid of any drama and just focuses on one thing, pure dancing.”

The show will see contestants being challenged to master several dance style like Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Animation, Latin, Liquid, Tutting, Robotting, Ballroom, Lyrical Contemporary, Flamenco, etc., of which one will win the prestigious title in the battle of Street vs Stage.

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