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Dance lessons on TV

tv Updated: Oct 22, 2010 20:21 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times
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Choreographer Saroj Khan will return with the second season of Nachle Ve on Imagine. This time, she teams up with choreographer Terence Lewis and the duo will impart classical and contemporary dance lessons for free with the help of TV celebrities who will participate on the show.

The format has been tweaked: the TV artistes will be divided equally between the choreographers and will compete with each other every week for five weeks. The one who survives the competition will be the winner. The show flags off on October 25 and will run five days a week between 7 and 8 pm.

Backstory
The first season, two years ago, launched Imagine’s programming menu on the day it went on air. Why did the show take a two-year break between seasons? Nikhil Madhok from Imagine explains, “Nachle Ve was well received in the 7 pm slot, especially by women. Then, we introduced Masterji Ki Chhadi as an extension of the show in the same year followed by a break, because there were other reality shows that were ready to go on air.”

Given that there are bigger reality shows like Bigg Boss and Kaun Banega Crorepati already on air, in different slots, wouldn’t this show be lost in the crowd? “It’s actually the best time to bring Nachle Ve back because the wedding season has just started. People can learn innovative dance steps from our show and become the star attractions at their sangeet ceremonies. Viewers can even combine both the styles and come up with a third one. There’s so much to learn from both the choreographers and enjoy a dance competition, without paying a rupee,” argues Madhok.

When asked why Lewis was brought on board, Madhok says he was the channel’s first choice. “Terence is a popular and respected choreographer, especially after judging Dance India Dance for two seasons. People can relate to his style of dancing. He’s an easy going guy and will get along fine with Saroj Khan,” he adds.

Names so far
So far, actors Neha Marda, Naman Shaw, Karan Mehra, Shaleen Bhanot, Barkha Bisht, Sayantani Ghosh and Jay Bhanushali have given the show the nod. The channel has also roped in dancers like Siddhesh Pai, Shakti Mohan and Vrushali from Dance India Dance (Zee TV).

Kiddie artistes like Vatsal and Vaishnavi from Dance India Dance Li’l Masters and Swini Khara, and Sparsh who played little Iccha in Uttaran (Colors), will also be seen competing on the show.