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'So You Think You Can Dance' returns for 12th season in summer 2015

by jmaloni


Tue, Nov 18th 2014 04:25 pm

New "Stage vs. Street" format intensifies competition

FOX has renewed the Emmy Award-winning "So You Think You Can Dance" for a 12th season. From 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group, and dick clark productions, "So You Think You Can Dance" will return in the summer of 2015 with a dramatic new twist.

Throughout the auditions, the dancers who advance will be placed into two teams - the "Stage" dancers, featuring those trained in styles such as contemporary, ballet, jazz or tap; and the "Street" dancers, hopefuls skilled in hip-hop, animation or breaking.

As the auditions continue, the judges, along with each team's all-star mentor, will eliminate dancers until only the top 20 - 10 "Street" dancers and 10 "Stage" dancers - remain. When the competition goes live, the top 20 will be challenged weekly to perform a variety of styles, working with world-renowned choreographers. One dancer from each genre will be eliminated each week leading up to the season finale.

"So You Think You Can Dance" returns in summer 2015.

"The competition is going to be much more exciting for viewers and even more demanding for the dancers," said co-creator and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe. "Dancers from different genres have always been competitive with each other, and we've found a great way to harness that to bring out the absolute best performances in the best dancers across the country."

Audition cities and dates to be announced soon.

In September, Ricky Ubeda was named the season 11 winner during the live two-hour season finale. Miami native Ubeda, 18, received the most votes and danced off with the cash prize of $250,000, the cover of Dance Spirit Magazine and the offer of a role in the Broadway revival of "On The Town." Ubeda also joined the rest of the top 10 dancers for the season 11 "So You Think You Can Dance Live Tour," which visits 77 cities in the U.S. and Canada through Feb. 18.

Ticket information and more details are available at www.fox.com/dance.

Over the course of its 11 seasons, "So You Think You Can Dance" has received 44 Emmy Award nominations and garnered 13 Emmy Award wins, including Outstanding Choreography for Mia Michaels (2011, 2010 and 2007); Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo (2014 and 2011); Tyce Diorio (2009); and Wade Robson (2008 and 2007). The hit series also received awards in the category of Outstanding Costumes in 2014, 2010 and in 2009, as well as awards in Outstanding Lighting Design in 2011 and 2012.

"So You Think You Can Dance" recently celebrated seven Emmy Award nominations, including repeat nods in the categories of Outstanding Reality-Competition Series and Outstanding Host for Reality or Reality-Competition Series for Cat Deeley. The series won a Teen Choice Award in 2012 for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming, a Critics' Choice Television Award in 2012 for the category of Best Reality Series-Competition, and Deeley won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Reality Show Host in 2012. 

Visit the official "So You Think You Can Dance" site at www.fox.com/dance to view exclusive videos and photos. "Like" "SYTYCD" on Facebook at facebook.com/SoYouThinkYouCanDance. Follow the series on Twitter @DANCEonFOX and join the discussion using #sytycd and #stagevsstreet.

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