Classy dancers get a chance to shine

Gugu Sibiya

Gugu Sibiya

If you are one of those people who love swaying their hips at parties, and you have earned compliments for your dance steps and believe you are a dancer waiting to happen, then So You Think You Can Dance? is your cup of tea.

So You Think You Can Dance?, the debut local reality dance show inspired by its American counterpart, was screened for the first time on SABC1s Mzansi fo sho, which will be its home for the next few weeks on Saturdays at 6.30pm.

Recognising that the country is teeming with talent the show spotlights the hot, smooth and skilled moves that will give South Africans who think they can really dance a chance to become an instant star on the dance floor and beyond.

Viewers will see the laughter, tears and hard work that goes into battling for the country's ultimate dance accolade - and will be an intimate part of the action through the live shows that kick in in four weeks into the show's South African run, starting in episode 5 on September 6.

Typical of all reality TV shows, the drama and emotion start in full force with the first four episodes that see the best undiscovered dance talent in the land being identified as the judges and production team stop in four South African cities in search of the top 40.

In the first few shows there were plenty of wannabes with not a hope of ever cutting a move on the professional stage.

But there were also many others who proved that South Africa harbours many hugely talented individuals in everything from the street smarts of hip-hop to ballroom, salsa, quickstep, ballet and more.

Set to be potential buffers between the dreams of the wannabes on what promises to be a riveting series, are judges Adele Blank, Harold van Buuren, Didi Moses, Debbie Rakusin and David Matamela.

In the end it will be the Mzanzi masses who will have a key say in who walks away with the crown, taking home super prizes to the value of R250000 and the title of South Africa's consummate dance king or queen.