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First, the chefs on Top Chef will be handed a tough challenge–using only one ingredient and a microwave to spruce up an otherwise not-so-yummy dish. Later they will be visited by Oprah’s chef, Art Smith, who will talk to them about how good cooking can make a difference in the world.
On Step it Up and Dance, the dancers will be given the challenge of “getting into character” while onstage and will be put to the acting test in front of Seinfeld star Jason Alexander. The dancers will also learn the choreography of Broadway show, Damn Yankees, with Alexander and choreographer Lee Martino serving as judges.
Catch Art Smith on Top Chef on Wednesday, April 30th at 10:00 PM (ET) on Bravo.
Watch as Jason Alexander judges the dancers on Step It Up & Dance on Thursday, May 1st at 10:00 PM (ET) on Bravo.
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Dig out your red leather and your sequined gloves…er, glove, people! For the first time ever, the Step It Up & Dance crew will be performing live, and it’s a Thriller!
On April 24th, the entire cast of Step It Up & Dance will perform together at the Tribeca Film Festival Drive-In to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. In addition to the dance, filmmaker and Thriller video director John Landis will screen the Thriller video, as well as The Making of Thriller documentary.
Jackson’s longtime choreographer, Vincent Paterson will be on hand to teach the audience a few of Michael’s renowned Thriller moves (Um…some of us are old enough to have memorized the video back in 1984, but…). The audience will also take part in “The Zombie Disco,” a Michael Jackson dance-off, and Thriller face painting.
The Step It Up & Dance live Thriller event will take place at the Tribeca Film Festival Drive-In at the World Financial Center Plaza on Thursday, April 24, 2008. The event is free to the public. Doors open at 6:00 PM.
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If you think the only thing standing between you and Step it Up & Dance is a few lessons, you might be in luck. In a first-time ever partnership, Bravo has paired with Crunch to bring fans another dimension in multiplatform reality TV.
Beginning in April, Step it Up & Dance fans will be able to learn the moves they see on the show by heading to class. Crunch locations nationwide will be holding “Step it Up & Dance Class,” where they’ll focus on teaching students the dance style seen each week on the show. Students will be encouraged to watch the show prior to class to get background information on the dances, and then be ready to try out something new. The class will cover everything from hip hop to burlesque, Broadway, freestyle, and Latin.
“We’re excited to partner with Bravo to create this unique group fitness program based on the show,” said Christina DeGuardi, Vice President of Marketing for Crunch. “Dance workouts are especially popular right now and the ‘Step It Up & Dance’ class is another example of the entertaining and fun classes that Crunch is famous for bringing to our members.”
Step it Up & Dance is a competition series, with 12 of the country’s most talented dancers taking on a new challenge each week to show their versatility in dance styles. Each week a dancer will be eliminated; the final dancer will receive $100,000.
Step it Up & Dance, hosted by Elizabeth Berkley, airs on Thursdays at 10:00 PM (ET) on Bravo.
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These 12 contestants, who will be mentored by “Hairspray” choreographer Jerry Mitchell, will be given weekly dance challenges to test their versatility and dance drive. Each week someone will be cut from the competition — the dancer to get the final “call back” will receive a $100,000 cash prize.
What sets this contest apart from the other dance-themed realityshows? The challenges, which will test true versatility by forcing the contestants to perform styles from burlesque to Vegas spectacular to music video dancing, and everything in between. The contestants will have access to some of the top professionals in the industry to help them along.
Expect to see the following 12 contestants dancing across your TV screen in Step it Up & Dance:
- Adriana, 25 – Hometown: Shrewsbury, Mass.; Resides in Queens, N.Y.
- Cody, 27 – Hometown: Surrey, Canada; Resides in New York, N.Y.
- James, 23 – Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.; Resides in: Los Angeles, Calif.
- Janelle 18 – Hometown: Modesto, Calif.; Resides in Los Angeles, Calif.
- Jessica, 22 – Hometown/Resides In: San Luis Obispo, Calif.
- Nick, 26 – Hometown: Houston, Texas; Resides in: Los Angeles, Calif.
- Nicole, 29 – Hometown: Farmington Hills, Mich.; Resides in Chicago, Ill.
- Michael, 25 – Hometown: Houston, Texas; Resides in: Los Angeles, Calif.
- Michelle, 30 – Hometown: San Diego, Calif.; Resides in New York, N.Y.
- Miguel, 24 – Hometown: Delano, Calif.; Resides in: Los Angeles, Calif.
- Oscar, 31 – Hometown: Bologna, Italy; Resides in: New York, N.Y.
- Tovah, 21 – Hometown: Chicago, Ill.; Resides in Chicago, Ill.
Step it Up & Dance will be hosted by Elizabeth Berkley. Choreographers Vincent Paterson and Nancy O’Meara will serve as judges for the show.
See the premiere of Step it Up & Dance on Thursday, April 3, 10:00 PM (ET) on Bravo.
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Bravo has revealed the hosts, mentor, and judges for its new reality competition series Step It Up & Dance. On the series, contestants will learn what it takes to make it in the cutthroat dance industry. The host of series will be actress and dancer Elizabeth Berkley. Berkley has appeared in such films as Roger Dodger, Curse of the Jade Scorpion, Any Given Sunday, The First Wives Club, and Showgirls. Of course, she is probably best known for her role as Jesse Spano on NBC’s Saved by the Bell.
ABC has enjoyed great success with “Dancing With The Stars.” FOX found
a Summer time hit with “So You Think You Can Dance.” Now, Bravo has
announced a brand new dance reality competition series. The new series
is called “Step It Up,” and it is being produced by Magical Elves’
producers Jane Lipsitz and Dan Cutforth (Emmy-nominated “Project
Runway” and Emmy-nominated “Top Chef“).