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The Shield NoSweat Dance Show


9 August 2008 No Comment

On Sunday 10 August at 6.05pm, e.tv launches a brand new youth Hip Hop dance competition, The Shield No Sweat Show, featuring girls between 12 and 18 years old. Hip Hop was introduced to South Africa in the 80s and has become extremely popular among urban youth.It demands enormous physical skill and creativity and it is now regarded as a dance sport in its own right. One of the judges is Craig Bullock, SA Hip Hop choreographer, who has extensive internationally recognised experience in numerous dance styles. Says Zanele Mthembu, Head of local productions at e.tv: “This is a unique opportunity for e.tv to partner with Shield on dance competition for girls. Street dance has been dominated mostly by males and now for the first time on SA television young girls will have the platform to showcase their dance skills in Hip Hop, Kwaito and R&B.” Unlike any other reality show, there will be four  audition phases held in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. During the first phase, the team will scout beaches, fast food outlets, schools and various other spots looking for great dancers. These dancers will be informed about the Shield No Sweat Dance competition and will be invited to attend auditions. The second phase includes the first round of auditions  which will be held in a public space where a DJ will mix tracks that jump between Hip Hop, Kwaito , House and R&B  The girls will freestyle to the tracks on stage. At the end of this session, the judges will choose selected dancers to return for final closed auditions. In the third phase, the dancers will get to audition one on one with the judges, who will give constructive advice and criticism to help them develop their talent even further. At the end of this stage the judges will decided on the top  five dancers who will be then get a one week intense training workshop. During this workshop, the dancers given tasks to do that will test their ability to survive in the professional dance industry and eliminated in three rounds of dance offs. The winner will receive a whopping R50 000 cash prize, the first runner up, R20 000 and the second runner up, R10 000. 

To spice things up even further, there will be viewer competitions throughout the series, where viewers can win loads of prizes.

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