Only having So You Think You Can Dance on once a week has certainly left a void in our dance loving hearts, hasn’t it? But issues with the shows new format aside, we here at are always looking to provide you with as much dance and SYTYCD connections as we can. So, today I want to tell you about a new competition, with more than a few familiar names associated with it…

A Chance to Dance is the latest from Nigel Lythgoe and certainly provides a lot of dance fun…

Last week the guest judges on So You Think You Can Dance were Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt aka The Ballet Boyz. While I had issues with the fact that they seemed like they had never heard of the show (and were clearly not prepped at all on the current dancers, including the simplest things like their names), they did give good critiques. They were enamored with good dancing, so while I finished those two hours incredibly frustrated, I was interested in learning more about them.

And now we all have the ability to do just that! Ovation’s newest series, A Chance to Dance, follows Nunn and Trevitt as they attempt to put together a dance company and choreograph a number for the Dizzy Feet Foundation charity event in New York City. Oh, and they have 28 days to accomplish it. No biggie. The show starts in true reality show fashion – with Nigel Lythgoe (who produces the show, along with his son, Simon) calling the duo and asking them to perform this amazing task. Thank goodness there were cameras on both of them to catch this moment! Oh reality TV, never change….

Their first stop in the premiere, “An Impossible Task,” is Salt Lake City. And who better to guide them through the dance studios of SLC than native girl, Allison Holker? There wasn’t a better way to make sure I was going to start watching this show. She is silly and fun as always, and while the two seemed unsure at first of, frankly, all things American, by the end of the hour, you can tell if nothing else, they fell in love with Allison.

Here’s what I really enjoyed about this show – if you love dance, like real dance, there is something for you here. Nunn and Trevitt are not messing around. They aren’t looking for personalities that will play well on a reality competition. They are looking for dancers who are exceptionally talented and won’t make them look like fools. They don’t have time for a bunch of nonsense, and they don’t handle people who think this all just for a laugh very lightly. These guys take their craft seriously, as is evidenced by their performances you can view on their website, and they expect people auditioning for them to take it seriously as well.

If you missed the premiere, don’t worry. It repeats multiple times. According to the Ovation website, it repeat 8/21 and 8/23 at 7pm EDT, among other times. Check your local listings to be sure. Episode Two, “The British Are Coming” premieres premieres Friday at 10pm on Ovation and repeats a bunch throughout the week.

I hope you check it out! We can never have enough dance, can we?

Written by Melissa Miller. Find her on Twitter @serrae

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