AMERICAN BENDSTAND was the most popular rock-n-roll show of all time. It introduced us to many of the hottest dance moves over the years and became a part of American television history by bringing rock-and-roll music into millions of households. American Bandstand began as a local Philadelphia dance show called Bandstand in 1952. American Bandstand's long association with ABC ended in 1987. American Bandstand's fans remained loyal to the series, which continued to present the latest music and dances. It even inspired another long-running dance show, Soul Train, which is still running today.
DANCIN' ON AIR - produced from 1981-1987 by Michael Nise and his father, Frank - was the forerunner of DANCE PARTY USA. The show's TV studio was located in Philadelphia. Frank Nise was 70 years young when DANCIN' ON AIR first broadcast. That makes Frank the "oldest living teenager" at the time, and an excellent candidate to claim the honor of being, "the oldest executive producer of a young adult music TV program."
Over 20 years later, Philly's "kids" are still Dancin' On Air. The daily TV teen dance show celebrated its 23rd anniversary in 2004. The program that brought teens from 7 states rushing home after school to hear the latest music, learn the coolest dances, see the hottest stars and watch their heartthrobs (the show's "regulars") is still getting fan mail."It was more than a dance show, it was a teen lifestyle program that preached old time traditions of honesty, integrity and good, clean fun," says Michael Nise, the show's executive producer. "Its theme and success were absolutely magical. Our "kids," who are having kids of their own now, long for their innocence of the 1980s."
In February 1999, a Dancin' On Air / Dance Party USA Reunion was held at Arts Club Egypt in Philadelphia. The event drew over 4,000 people which broke all the Club's previous and current attendance records.
DANCING WITH THE STARS is the American version of the international smash hit series, Strictly Come Dancing. This dance show is produced in America by BBC Worldwide. Dancing with the Stars was last summer's most successful series, averaging 16.8 million viewers weekly. Dazzling costumes, popular music performed by a spectacular 15-piece orchestra and electrifying performances offer glitz, glamour and spectacular fun.
This season of Dancing with the Stars sees 10 couples taking to the floor on the first show. There'll be more dancing, more well-loved classic tunes and lots more rhinestones. Every Thursday night the couples will each perform either a Ballroom or Latin American dance and be judged by pros and the viewers at home. Phone lines and online polls will open at the top of each Thursday night performance show so that viewers can vote for their favorites and lines will stay open for approximately 30 minutes after the end of the show.Between each live show, the couples train intensively learning new dances every week which are filmed and edited into weekly 'behind the scenes' packages for the live shows.
The scoring and format of the show is unique to the series and is not based on a standard dance championship. At the top of the series (shows 1-5), couples only perform one dance each. In show 6, when five couples are left, each couple will perform a new dance followed by a group Viennese Waltz (in which all couples dance at the same time). From then on, the couples will dance multiple times in dances they have not previously performed. The decision regarding which dances are to be performed by each couple each week rests with the producers.
By the end of the series, the three finalist couples will each have danced 9 of the 10 different dances included in the competition. The ultimate dance-off amongst the finalists will determine who wins the trophy.