CTV’s So You Think You Can Dance Canada Embarks on Five-City Audition Tour This Spring

— Casting begins for host and judging panel —

Canada, do you think you can dance? Prove it! CTV announced today that So You Think You Can Dance Canada, an all-new Canadian version of the hit international series, will embark on a nationwide search for the country’s favourite dancer this Spring. The five-city audition tour will visit Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax – with one additional audition city to be announced. Complete audition information, including dates, locations and eligibility requirements, will be revealed soon.

CTV and production partner Danse TV Productions are currently casting for the host and judging panel for So You Think You Can Dance Canada. The series premieres this fall on CTV.

So You Think You Can Dance Canada is based on the Emmy Award-winning smash hit series created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe that premiered in 2005. Canada joins the United States, Australia, Norway, Denmark, Greece, Poland, Turkey, Germany, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa and Israel as markets with an original So You Think You Can Dance production. The original So You Think You Can Dance is a Top 3 summer series in Canada on CTV with an average audience of 1.25 million viewers.*

“Whether they hone their craft at ballet school, in the clubs or on the streets, dancers share the same dream: to express their passion for dance on stage,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “So You Think You Can Dance Canada provides that stage for the broad spectrum of dance talent this country has to offer in a way never seen before.”

So You Think You Can Dance Canada will showcase dancers as they compete to impress an expert panel of judges during a cross-country audition process. Selected competitors will be invited to call-backs where they will work with some of Canada’s top choreographers. The panel will then choose the Top 20 dancers to move on in the competition. Then, it’s up to Canada to decide who stays and who goes as the public votes for their favourites following weekly performance episodes in which the competitors are assigned different partners and dance styles to perform, from hip-hop, krump and pop-and-lock to salsa, quickstep, ballroom, and jive.

So You Think You Can Dance Canada was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe and is produced in association with CTV by Danse TV Productions. Sandra Faire and Trisa Dayot are Executive Producers. Ed Robinson is Executive Vice-President, Programming, CTV Inc. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

About Danse TV Productions
Sandra Faire, acclaimed as one of Canada’s leading variety producers, is also a vice-chair of the National Ballet of Canada and a cabinet member of Grand Jeté for the National Ballet School. Ms. Faire, along with Trisa Dayot and senior producers Bronwyn Warren and Millan Curry-Sharples, will helm So You Think You Can Dance Canada. The team has produced an impressive array of Canadian award-winning programs seen in Canada and the U.S., including Amanda Marshall for SONY and Rita MacNeil’s Celtic Celebration, which aired on CTV and PBS. Both specials won awards in the U.S. and Amanda Marshall won a Gemini Award for Best Performance. Rita MacNeil’s Celtic Celebration was CTV’s highest-rated Canadian special in 1998, with over 1.6 million viewers. Additionally, Rita MacNeil’s Christmas, which aired on CTV and PBS, was CTV’s highest-rated Canadian special for the year 2000 with 1.75 million viewers, outdrawing all other music specials that year. Their most recent variety special, The Rankin Family Re-Union, will air later this year on CTV. Ms. Faire still holds the record for the highest-rated variety special in Canadian television history, Anne Murray’s Family Christmas, which garnered a 43 per cent share on CBC with 4.2 million viewers. Joining the team for So You Think You Can Dance Canada is producer Janet Lavack.

About 19 Entertainment
Simon Fuller’s 19 Entertainment is recognized as a leading creator, provider and promoter of globally successful music based entertainment, or “entertainment brands”. The company has attracted a unique collection of expertise in people who work together to integrate and leverage activity across television, film, touring, merchandising, music publishing, recording, artist/writer and producer management, sponsorship and promotion. Simon Fuller is the most successful British music manager of all time having sold over 116 million CDs in North America alone, and is known as the creator of American Idol, the most valuable TV format in the world with an estimated value in excess of $2.5 billion.

About dick clark productions
Founded in 1957, dick clark productions has grown to become a leading independent producer of a wide range of TV programming for broadcast/cable networks, distributors and advertisers. The Company has produced thousands of shows and specials in all genres and for all day parts, including such perennial hits as Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, the American Music Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, the Bloopers specials and series, the Daytime Emmy Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards and the recent Disney’s American Teacher Awards, among others. The Company also is a leading creator of award-winning communications experiences from live events and meetings to integrated marketing programs for major corporations.

About CTV Inc.
CTV, Canada’s largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada’s premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca

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  • Kim Lightheart

    Dear Sandra Faire, I just wanted to put out there that if your production company needs any artistic background for the new introduction
    to Canada, “So You Think You Can Dance”. I watched every American episode of the show. Mia Michaels’ choreography was incredible. Nigel Lythgoe was brilliant bringing his show to North America. I would love to play an integral role, somewhere for you. I have been teaching dance now since 1996. My background started with The National Ballet School in 1971, I trained there for nine years. I won a Peter Dwyer Scholarship, where I travelled and trained in Europe for three months. I came home to Toronto, and joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1980. I danced many of the leading roles while affiliated with The National Ballet. If I could play a role in your talent search, be it behind the scenes or in front. I would love that. Also too I would love to choreograph something for the show, or work with the talented individuals. You tell me! I thought I would just put myself out there. If you would like to use my artistic offerings, great. If not best wishes in your search for Judges and Hosts/Hostesses. Thankyou so much for your time. Sincerely, Kim Lightheart (519)285-3597

  • Angela Benson

    I am a choreographer and director from Calgary Canada and have trained and performed in various styles of dance and Musical Theater for the past 22 years. I am 25 years old and feel that it is so important to really show what Canada has to offer and am really interested in sending my information to become a choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance Canada, and was wondering if there is an address where I could post my Resume/Video to. Thanks you very much for your time.


    Angela Benson

  • Just me

    So excited to watch this in Canada! Hope they will be choosing the right judges.

    I really hope to see any of the following on the panel:

    Terry Go! Dancer, Choreographer, Founder of Vibe Dance
    Why? Because she’s one of the hottest choreographers in T.O. and will help show Toronto’s Diversity.

    Courtney Niven! Kicks Dance, Raptors Dance Choreographer
    Was the choreographer from how long ago?

    Dana Derose! Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher, Blue Jays Dance Choreographer!
    Seasoned and trained dancer/choreographer all together good choice.

    George Randolph! Founder of Randolph School of Arts
    I don’t even have to say…

    Shawn Byfield! Seems like a nice guy! Great website!

    Shawn Desman! Artist, dancer
    Someone who is in the public eye or an artist who knows enough about dance!

    Flex! Member of Bag of Trix breakin Crew!
    World reknowned dance credentials, breakdance with knowledge and formal dance training.

    Patrick Anthony Parson! Founder of Ballet Creole, Dancer, Choreographer, Musician!
    Can show diversity of ballet and world dance.

    Good luck!

  • Linda Proctor

    Hi Sandra… Looks like you have been veryyyyy busy … wow. Well I have been painting and am decorating a restaurant in Toronto called BoHo – 392 Ronscesvalles. I suppose my biggest break was getting a commission from Queens Park to paint a portrait of the Lieutenant governors 3 dog. My website is: http://www.Lindaproctor.net

    I was just wondering if anyone from CTV will be filming the Jeff Healey concerts May 3 – 4???


    (not sure if this is the way to write to you.. but I’ll try)

  • P. G.

    Hello to the Producers,
    I would like to know the reason WHY a production such as this,could not organize auditions well enough to be able to RETURN the
    C D ‘s that belong to the dancer. There was NOTHING in the lead-up info that stated they would not be returned.( usually a standard ) With the very specified music requirements ( we bought them )– you might as well call it the audition fee! Hey, if they are sold off/ auctioned let us hope the money goes toward dance……. AND NOT the production staff music libraries. Overall, a RIP-OFF.