The dance world is a high-drama place—and don't the creators of reality series like "Dance Moms" and "So You Think You Can Dance" (catch the Season 11 premiere tomorrow night!) know it. There's nothing like the pressure of competitive dance to generate anxiety and conflict, qualities that make for pretty compelling television.
Sometimes, though, the drama on these shows feels forced or even scripted, creating an uncomfortably blurry line between reality and "reality." Why not simplify things by putting together a full-on fictional dance-y show?
The creators of Hulu's new series "The Next Step" have done just that, constructing a show around the nonexistent Next Step Dance Studio. But they didn't do away with the reality show format entirely. Instead, they had the actors on "The Next Step" stage partly improvised scenes—complete with reality-style to-the-camera interviews. And that gives the whole package a bit of what's-going-to-happen-next snap.
The best part? Every member of the teenage cast is a legitimate dancer. (One is a freshman at Juilliard!) If the intrigue-filled storyline doesn't get you, their high-octane performances will.
"The Next Step" premieres tomorrow on Hulu. But we've got a few sneak peeks for you today—including one that's a Dance Spirit exclusive. Take a look!
DS exclusive! "The New Routine"
Those could totally be dancer legs! (photo courtesy Fox)
You guys, sometimes I forget that Cat Deeley isn't a dancer.
I mean, she looks like she could be one, right? And she hangs out with dancers all the time on "So You Think You Can Dance." (Apparently she's friends with them off-camera, too—her Fourth of July barbecues for the "SYTYCD" family are the stuff of legend).
For those reasons, and because of her general delightfulness, I figured you'd all be excited to hear this not-officially-dance news: Cat has signed on to co-star in a Hulu "supernatural comedy series" called "Deadbeat"!
What is a supernatural comedy series, you ask? That's kind of unclear. But apparently Cat will play Camomile White, a celebrity medium who "has a public persona as America’s Supernatural Sweetheart but behind the scenes is a manipulative, aggressive businesswoman." Sounds spicy.
Congrats to Cat on her big acting role! The series is currently in production in NYC—we'll let you know when we hear about a premiere date (and/or if we run into her on the street, which...fingers crossed).