Mumbai: Dance Singapore Dance, Zee TV APAC’s first reality dance competition in Singapore, is ready to catapult local dancers into fame by providing them with a platform to showcase their talent on international television.
Auditions for Dance Singapore Dance, held on 14th-15th March at MDIS Campus received an overwhelming response. The dancers were judged by Shakti Mohan, winner of Dance India Dance Season 2, and Zaini Mohammad Tahir, artistic director and choreographer of National University of Singapore (NUS) dance Ensemble.
Talented dancers auditioned for the golden opportunity to create history and perform on the most celebrated dance stage ever. The auditions drew dancers from different nationalities and backgrounds further enforcing Singapore’s cultural diversity. The dancers exhibited original choreography, strong technique, immaculate timing, never-before-seen passion and a universal appeal. Contestants at the auditions were are young as 16 years and the oldest contestant was 68 years old.
Tripta Singh, Senior Vice President – International Business, Zee TV APAC said, “We are delighted to replicate ZEE’s highly successful reality dance show in Singapore, but of course with a local twist. As a cosmopolitan city, Singapore has a unique blend of cultures and talent, which we believe, will stand out. We are launching this now as we wanted to celebrate the amazing talent and diversity in the 50th year of Singapore’s Independence .”
Mr. Sushruta Samanta, Business Head Asia Pacific enthused, "We are thrilled to present the inaugural season of Dance Singapore Dance that will provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for dancers in Singapore. This will not only give the mainstream advertisers to ride on our channel but also make the brand an household name across the various ethnicities in Singapore. The Reality show is completely targeted towards the local audience including the Indians, Chinese & Malays, as dance doesn’t have language barrier.”
Singapore's fully-integrated info-communications company, StarHub, is the presenting sponsor of Dance Singapore Dance.
Auditions were filmed and conducted over two days. Audition Day 1: At the end of the first day open auditions, the top 50 shortlisted dancers were invited to perform on the second day.
Audition Day 2: On the second day of auditions, the Super 12 that managed to impress the judges each received a ‘Hat of Destiny’ in recognition of their dancing talent.
From here the “Super 12” will train with some of the industry’s best choreographers and their performances will premiered in June on Zee TV APAC across 18 countries. The show will also be broadcasted on Zee Tamizh (Singapore feed) and StarHub’s Sensasi, a local malay free to air channel.