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The Greatest Dancer Series 2: Everything we know so far

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WATCH: Check out the trailer for the second series of The Greatest Dancer

With only three weeks to go until the end of Strictly, don't put your dancing shoes away just yet, because The Greatest Dancer is coming back and there are a few changes for the second series.

It's still being hosted by Alesha Dixon and Jordan Banjo but who else will be joining them?

Here's what we know so far.

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Who are the dance captains?

All of the captains from season one will be back. That's multi-platinum-selling singer Cheryl, Glee star Matthew Morrison and Strictly Come Dancing favourite Oti Mabuse.

Cheryl said: "I am so excited to be back, I absolutely loved it last series and this year promises to be even more amazing, especially with the addition of Todrick who I'm obsessed with!"

Yep, there's another dance captain this time - Todrick Hall.

He's a choreographer, actor, dancer, singer, songwriter and director and he'll be the fourth captain on the new series.

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Todrick has choreographed music videos for superstars including Beyonce, and, starred in and co-produced the music video to Taylor Swift's single You Need to Calm Down.

On joining the show Todrick said: "Thrilled does not even begin to explain how excited I am to be joining the cast and crew of The Greatest Dancer. As a performer who has danced my whole life and been a contestant on a reality competition show, it's wild to see my career come full circle this way."

Who else is new?

Todrick isn't the only new face.

Ballroom and Latin dance champion as well as Love Island 2019 finalist, Curtis Pritchard will also join the programme.

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Curtis confirmed that he'll be welcoming hopefuls to The Greatest Dancer studio as they prepare for the biggest audition of their lives.

His brother, Strictly Come Dancing star AJ, is also a dance choreographer.

Curtis said he can't wait to meet the new contestants and added: "To have left the Love Island villa just 10 days ago and to be so quickly given an opportunity to be a part of a show as amazing as The Greatest Dancer is a dream come true!"

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How does the show work?

As viewers from the first series will know, unlike some other talent shows on TV, the audience is in charge right from the beginning.

A dancer will enter an audition room and dance in front of a panel of mirrors, as if they're on their own - but the audience can actually see them.

If enough audience members vote that they like the dancer, the mirrors will slide open to reveal a packed audience of around 2,500 people - including the four dance captains.

The dance captains then have the difficult job of choosing just three acts to mentor and take through to the live shows.

When is The Greatest Dancer 2 on TV?

The programme's due back on our TVs in the New Year.

Plenty of time to practice those dance moves then!

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BBC One's The Greatest Dancer

The Greatest Dancer is the latest show to go from Simon Cowell's head to our TV screens. And after 14 years of being a telly mogul, it marks his first time working with the BBC, who snapped the format up from Syco Entertainment.

The series is now airing on Saturday nights, and aims to uncover the UK's best dancers from every background: Bollywood, ballet, jazz, jive, tap, tango – the lot. Every contestant will have one aim: to become… yes, you guessed it… the UK's Greatest Dancer.

"With the continued success of Strictly Come Dancing, the BBC is undoubtedly the home of dance," said Kate Phillips, Controller of Entertainment Commissioning for the BBC. "By launching The Greatest Dancer we want to give the vast array of dance talent across the UK the chance to shine. "

Now, here's everything we know about it…

The Greatest Dancer: How does it work?

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The auditions stage

Weeks one through four will feature highlights from the auditions. These took place in front of a live audience as well as the three dance captains (The Greatest Dancer's answer to a judging panel).

The hopefuls performed their routines in a dance studio in front of a mirror. Lo and behold, this mirror was actually a wall that separated the auditionee from the audience.

Unlike other talent competitions, it was the audience rather than the judges that held the power over whether or not contestants made it through to the next stage.

If 75% of the audience decided to vote in favour of the performance, the mirror wall opened and they were through.

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The live shows

The Greatest Dancer's live shows started in episode five (February 2).

Each dance captain picked three acts to work with, and every week the dancers are set a challenge to create a performance with the help of their dance captain.

They will need to impress the viewers at home, as it will be down to them to keep them in the competition.

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The live final

In the eighth and final week, the finalists will perform one last time in order to win over the public and be named The Greatest Dancer.

The Greatest Dancer start date: when is it on?

The Greatest Dancer started on Saturday, January 5 at 8pm on BBC One, and now airs each week.

The Greatest Dancer judges: who are they?

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💃🏻🕺🏻 @CherylOfficial, @Matt_Morrison and @OtiMabuse to lead the search for #TheGreatestDancer -

— BBC Press Office (@bbcpress) August 10, 2018

Cheryl will be joined by Broadway and Glee star Matthew Morrison, as well as Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse.


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Cheryl has joined the "all-star panel of dance captains", and she'll be separating the dad dancers from the Darcey Bussells.

Cheryl previously mentored two X Factor winners to fame (Alexandra Burke on series 5 and Joe McElderry on series 6), so contestants will be hoping to get picked by her.

Related: The Greatest Dancer's Cheryl reveals one big difference compared to time on The X Factor

It'll also mark Cheryl's first time moving over to the BBC, after she found fame on Popstars: The Rivals with Girls Aloud, and spent years sat behind The X Factor judging desk.

Then there's…

Matthew Morrison

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Aka the guy who played Spanish teacher Will Schuester in Glee.

He started his dance career studying musical theatre, vocal performance and dance at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, starred on Broadway in Footloose, Hairspray and Finding Neverland, and, of course, danced his way round the hallways of William McKinley High School for the Arts.

Related: The Greatest Dancer judges Cheryl and Matthew Morrison actually knew each other before

He was in a breakdancing crew as a teen, and also recorded an instructional dance video, titled Simply Funk, which 39-year-old him is extremely embarrassed by now (Google it).

Oti Mabuse

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The professional latin American ballroom dancer, best known for her work on Strictly Come Dancing and German series Let's Dance, will also appear on the coaching panel.

The 27-year-old started her career relatively late, studying civil engineering at university before focusing on becoming a professional ballroom dancer. She'll be well-equipped to coach the older contestants.

The Greatest Dancer hosts: who will present the show?

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Alesha Dixon and Jordan Banjo co-host The Greatest Dancer.

There's no doubting their credentials. Alesha won Strictly Come Dancing back in 2007, and was then bumped up to a judge in 2009. The former Mis-Teeq star also took a judging spot on Britain's Got Talent in 2012, and has previously hosted another ITV dance talent show, Dance Dance Dance, which pitted celebrities against each other.

Alesha said: "I can't wait to be a part of The Greatest Dancer and work with Jordan. As a massive fan of dance I'm so excited about the prospect of finding amazing new dance talent."

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Likewise, nobody needs to question whether Jordan knows his stuff. His troupe Diversity won Britain's Got Talent in 2009, and he's presented backstage for Sky One's Got to Dance and ITV's Dancing on Ice.

Jordan said: "Coming from a talent show myself with Diversity has shown me how much a show like this can change your life, so to be on the other side hosting is going to be an awesome experience."

The Greatest Dancer: what is the prize?

Aside from proving that they are, er, the greatest dancer, contestants will also be competing for a cash prize of £50,000 AND the chance to perform as a special guest on the next series of Strictly Come Dancing.

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where to study, salary, pros and cons

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Dancer is a person of art who performs rhythmic movements to music, taking part in theatrical performances, shows. The profession belongs to the type “a person is an artistic image”, it requires excellent self-discipline and, of course, talent. Children who distinguish literature, physical education, music and singing from all school subjects can become dancers. By the way, the ProfGid career guidance center has recently developed an accurate career guidance test that will tell you which professions suit you, give an opinion about your personality type and intelligence. 9Ol000

  • Best colleges and academies for dancers
  • Best universities
  • Place of work
  • Salary
  • Salary of a dancer as of December 2022
  • Professional knowledge
  • Famous dancers
  • Examples of companies with vacancies as a dancer
  • Brief description

    This profession has a rich history and is closely associated with the arts. However, the success of dancers by more than 50% depends on dedication, endurance, self-discipline. A specialist can work independently, performing solo choreographic numbers, it is also worth highlighting pair and collective dances. There are a lot of types and techniques of this art direction:

    • ballet;
    • pop and folk dance;
    • historical dance and others.

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    Also distinguish styles such as street jazz, hip-hop, R'n'B, contemporary dance, street dance, etc. Dancers choose the style and type of performing arts based on their physical abilities, temperament, personal preferences. On stage, they create artistic images, convey emotions, making the hearts of the audience tremble.

    Features of the profession

    Anyone can become a professional dancer, but it is worth starting training in childhood. Choreographers recommend giving children to dance studios at the age of 3-7 years, which will allow them to develop good posture, plasticity, stretching, a sense of rhythm and other skills necessary for professional performance. Dancers most often work in 1-2 overlapping styles, they pay special attention to training and rehearsals, maintaining excellent physical shape. A career is short, because its peak is at the age of 15-25 years, and after 30 years, most specialists change their field of activity. They can realize their talent and knowledge in other areas, working as directors, choreographers, school teachers.

    Dancers independently or under the guidance of a choreographer create performances: choice of music, sequence and rhythm of movements, costumes and image, facial expressions, plasticity. Before performing the dance, they rehearse for a long time, honing their skills. Many members of this profession often travel around their home country and travel abroad, where they give concerts. The activity is associated with certain difficulties, which leaves an imprint on the lifestyle and character of the dancer.

    Pros and cons of the profession

    1. Excellent physical development, because dancing strengthens the body and willpower.
    2. Opportunity to work on the best stages.
    3. Talented dancers achieve success quickly.
    4. The profession is interesting, active and ambitious people will like it.
    5. Opportunity to earn income from various sources, because dancers work alone or in pairs, can take part in private productions, star in music videos.
    6. Useful business connections in the world of art.
    7. The opportunity to change the field of activity, because dancers often open schools, give private lessons, work as choreographers - the choice of directions is huge.
    1. High injury rate.
    2. Serious injuries can put an end to a professional career.
    3. Short career period.
    4. Very high competition.

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    Important personal qualities

    Dancers have excellent plasticity, but in this profession not only technical performance is important, but also emotionality. The dancers convey the idea of ​​the performance with the help of movements, facial expressions, so they must be distinguished by well-developed artistry. Increased efficiency, resistance to physical stress and low pain threshold are very important, because rehearsals and performances often end with sprains, dislocations and other minor injuries. Only those people who do not suffer from laziness, negligence, and excessive self-confidence ascend to the pinnacle of success.

    Dance training

    Professional education can be obtained in different institutions:

    • schools and academies of choreography;
    • dance studios;
    • colleges;
    • universities.

    There are no special requirements for the education of a dancer, the level of his skill is determined during choreographic tests. It is worth starting training at a young age in order to reach a professional level. Let's consider the most interesting directions:

    • "The art of dance (by type)", implemented in choreographic colleges and schools. You can start training after grades 7-9, which depends on the requirements of the college;
    • The Art of Ballet. The direction of training is open in many creative colleges, studio schools, academies. Children who have completed the 4th grade of the school are invited to study.

    You can also go to study at a university, choosing a specialty related to choreography, folk dance and other areas. Primary training can be obtained in public and private schools of choreographic art, during individual lessons.


    • 4 years

      90,000 ₽/year

      12 budget places

    • 4 years

      158,100 ₽/year

      23 budget places

    • 4 years

      65,000 ₽/year

      8 budget places

    • 4 years

      200,000 ₽/year

      16 budget places

    Best Primary Schools

    1. Dance Quarter School.
    2. School for children "Dancevaliya".
    3. State 27 Dance Studio.

    Best colleges and academies for dancers

    1. ARB im. A. Ya. Vaganova.
    2. MGAH.
    3. MCU at the Moscow State Academy of Theater Arts "Gzhel".
    4. School-studio (school) at GAANT them. I. Moiseeva.
    5. KMTI them. G. P. Vishnevskaya.

    Best universities

    1. IPCC.
    2. GITIS-RATI.
    3. MGAH.
    4. ARB them. A. Ya. Vaganova.
    5. Russian State University A. N. Kosygin.
    6. ISI.
    7. UGAI.
    8. SPbGUP.
    9. AGIIK.
    10. KemGIK.

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    Place of work

    Dancers are in demand in theaters, film industry and organization of holidays and events. They can work as teachers, find vacancies in nightclubs, private groups - there are many options for employment.


    There is no exact tariff rate in this segment, because everything depends on the style in which the dancer works, personal qualities, education, reputation and experience. Dancers can receive a fixed salary or fees for each performance, lesson.

    Dancer's salary for December 2022

    Salary information provided by portal.

    Russia 20000–160000 RUB

    Moscow 40000–60000 RUB

    Professional knowledge

    1. Classical choreography.
    2. Acting.
    3. Fundamentals of physical training.
    4. Art History.
    5. Foreign languages ​​(for professionals who work abroad).

    Famous dancers

    1. Karen Hardy.
    2. Ekaterina Krysanova.
    3. Yankovsky Vyacheslav Vyacheslavovich.

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    Examples of companies with vacancies as a dancer

    The best dancers of the world: Success as a pattern of

    at all times, as a form of art, attracts the attention of millions of spectators. Beginning dancers are inspired by the best dancers in the world . Each of them has achieved success thanks to their talent and long hard work.

    Dance is not just movements honed according to special rules to the beat of music. This is a special philosophy that embodies freedom of thought, a burst of passion and absolute harmony. Dances performed by true masters fascinate, completely absorb, taking them to an unreal world, which is alien to the material. It is not surprising that the names of the best dancers pass from generation to generation, confidently confirming the truth: true talent is immortal.

    What was the creative path of the legendary Movement Masters? How did the best dancers in the world go to success? What did these great people cost world recognition? Is it possible to repeat their path? Let's open a few pages of dance history...

    Bill Irwin: peaks are within reach

    The star of one of the best dancers on the planet lit up in 1926 in the slums, and in the truest sense of the word. The small Scottish town of Kilsief, a simple mining family - let's face it, not the most favorable conditions for the development of creative abilities. However, it was the parents who became the main driving force for this: they only took little Bill to dance evenings. At the age of 11, the boy, easily mastering in different directions, was already known as the best dancer in the district, and at 16 he won the first significant victory, backed by a prize of 10 shillings. Irwin's life path from that moment on was predetermined...

    Joaquin Cortez: to become a king, to be the best

    A native of the North American Kale gypsies, a descendant of an artistic dynasty, Cortez was born in 1969 and until the age of 12 he acquired life experience ... in "street universities ". It is not known what kind of "education" the boy would have received, in the end, if not for the intervention of his uncle, who literally persuaded his nephew to take up dancing. It was a turning point that provided worldwide fame to the Spaniard.

    Today he is the King of Flamenco, the "Dancing Aphrodosiac", the author of a new language of modern rhythmic movements that millions seek to master. However, true mastery requires a professional approach, and the idols of the great Spaniard first need to rent a dance hall and enlist the support of an experienced coach.

    Ulyana Lopatkina: ballet as the meaning of life

    The list of the best dancers in the world includes many beautiful representatives who have reached true heights along with men in different directions. Many of them, having once fallen into the magical fetters of ballet, have remained forever its devoted prisoners. Uliana Lopatkina is a significant name in contemporary art, which is confirmed by world-class awards, including the Golden Mask and Vaganova-Prix. Having taken her first steps into the world of dance at an early age, Uliana Lopatkina is still tirelessly honing her skills, which she generously shares with young talents.

    Benjamin Millepied

    The talented French ballet dancer and choreographer began his career with the New York City Ballet and became its principal dancer. Throughout his busy career, he worked with famous choreographers, performing in famous productions such as Swan Lake, The Four Seasons, Sleeping Beauty. In parallel, he began to try himself as a choreographer, which brought him great success. His performances are imbued with a sense of freedom, a sense of flight without limits and an endless love for music. Fame in the world of cinema brought him participation in the film "Black Swan" as a choreographer and actor.

    Michael Flatley

    An internationally renowned American dancer and choreographer born to Irish immigrant parents. He became famous thanks to his participation in famous shows that demonstrated the national Irish dance to the whole world. The love for tap dancing was instilled in the boy by his mother and grandmother, who themselves were engaged in dancing. As a child, Michael won many dance competitions, but finding a well-paid job proved difficult. He began his career as backup dancers for popular Irish folk bands. He gained worldwide fame by participating in the dance performance "Riverdance", where he demonstrated his uniqueness to the world by combining the rhythms of Irish folk dance and tap dance.

    A few years later, Flatley created his theatrical dance performance "Lord of the Dance", where he himself played the main role. It differed from others in its bright costumes, fascinating plot, but at the same time retained the atmosphere of Irish culture. Every year he continued to improve his show by adding new elements. So another, no less popular dance performance appeared - "Feet of Flames". Thanks to him, the world saw all the beauty and versatility of the national dance of Ireland.

    Mark Ballas

    American dancer, successor to the dynasty of famous figures of dance art. In their dynasty, the best dancers of the world are collected : the grandmother danced the Spanish dance - flamenco, the parents of Shirley and Corky Ballas - the famous choreographers of Latin American dances. Mark began learning to dance at his grandfather's dance studio, which at the time was considered the largest in the world. When Mark was 10 years old, he became the winner in Latin American dance competitions. This was followed by numerous victories in world championships and a victory at the Youth Olympics. He is also known for leading roles in grandiose musicals such as "Copacabana" and "Maria De Buenos Aires"

    He, like many the best dancers in the world , did not bypass the Dancing with the Stars project, in the 5th season of which, together with his partner, scored the maximum number of points.

    Derek Hough

    Hereditary American dancer, Latin American dance champion. His parents, who were themselves ballroom dancers in the past, sent him to study dance in London, where he began his career under the guidance of the famous choreographers, the parents of the dancer Mark Ballas. And there, in London, together with his sister and Mark Ballas, they organized the 2B1G trio, performing together on television shows.

    His main achievements are the victory in the ballroom dancing championship and the victory in the nomination "Outstanding Dancer of the Year".

    Paula Abdul

    The talented American began her career as a cheerleader for a basketball team and has grown to become one of the best dancers and choreographers in the world. At one of the games of the NBA championship, the Jackson brothers noticed her and invited her to participate in their show. From that moment began her successful career as a choreographer for the famous music shows of the Jackson brothers, it was with them that she first choreographed a music video together.

    After a dizzying success, Paula began to collaborate with many famous stars and put on dance numbers for Hollywood films. Her dance shows opened such a large-scale event as the Oscars.

    In addition to dancing, Paula is known as a singer and producer. Many of her popular songs were at the top of the charts in the US, UK, Canada and other countries of the world. Participation in the American Idol project as a choreographer and jury member brought her additional popularity and financial well-being. Now she continues to work on new music albums, tries herself as a jewelry designer and has her own dance studio.


    An American male dance group rose to prominence after participating in America's Got Talent and winning a hip-hop competition. The peculiarity of their performance was that they performed in white masks and gloves, creating an aura of mystery around them and emphasizing the team spirit of the team. Thanks to this success, the guys were able to demonstrate their dance creativity on a world tour with Shaquille O'Neill, acting in video clips and movies.

    Karina Smirnoff

    The road to success in ballroom dancing of this American with Ukrainian roots was very branchy: she was engaged in ballet, figure skating, gymnastics, acrobatics and only then found herself in the multiple world champion, ballroom dancing competitions and a five-time US champion. She is also known for her participation in TV projects and reality shows such as "Dancing with the Stars" and "Chelsea Lately"

    Cheryl Burke

    Another famous member of the Dancing with the Stars project, Cheryl Burke, successfully combines her career as a dancer and choreographer. Her most famous production is the Disney Parks Christmas Parade show. Sheryl has opened several dance schools and has her own dance studio in San Francisco


    Justine Izarik, the vlog star is not a professional dancer, but her performances have made her wildly popular on the internet. She shoots videos on various topics, reflecting on life with humor. Through dancing, she expresses her good mood and positive attitude towards life. These positive emotions and humor are liked by the audience, and bring her many millions of views on the Internet.

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