A New Dance-Centric TV Network is Launching this Fall – Here's What We Think They Should Air in the First 24 Hours
Twist your hair up into a bun and break out your pointe shoes – a new TV channel dedicated exclusively to dance-centric programming is headed your way.
Dance Network, which will officially launch in October 2015, is a subscription-based channel that will bring all of your favorite dance films and TV shows to your iPhones, Androids and Roku devices and online. In addition to providing you with a go-to place to get your Step Up fix, Dance Network will also feature original programming, including Travelling Dance, which will highlight dance styles from around the world, To the Stage, which will follow real-life show choirs around the competition circuit and Steady Mobbin’, a flash-mob series.
And just in case you can’t wait until the fall to get your fill of ballroom, hip-hop, jazz and ballet, Dance Network is hosting a preview even on July 25 – a.k.a National Dance Day – in Nashville, TN.
If you happen to be dance movie fanatics like us, you’re probably also having a hard time containing your excitement right now – Dirty Dancing! So You Think You Can Dance! Footloose! – so, in anticipation of Dance Network’s launch, we decided to offer up a few programming suggestions for the network’s first 24 hours on the air.
You’re welcome, world.
12:00 AM to 2:00 AM:
Saturday Night Fever
When launching a new channel, you want to make sure that you kick things off with something that sums up your brand, appeals to your key demographic and is unforgettable. Since nothing says “dance movie” quite like John Travolta boogieing in a white jumpsuit, this is the perfect choice.
2:00 AM to 4:00 AM: Flashdance
Equally iconic, with just the right amount of cheesy ridiculousness to make it the ideal late night movie – plus, you’ll probably also be dressed in an oversized sweatshirt at this point in the night.
4:00 AM TO 7:00 AM: So You Think You Can Dance
Early mornings call for something easy and comforting, and there’s nothing in the world better to wake up to than a few episodes of So You Think You Can Dance. Which season, you ask? Any season; so long as people are dancing, we’re not picky.
7:00 AM to 9:00 AM: Save the Last Dance
Did anyone do “brooding but relatable teen movie heroine” better than Julia Stiles in the early 2000s? No, which is why watching her “fish out of water” romance with Sean Patrick Thomas is a great way to kick off your day.
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM: Pineapple Dance Studios
Dance Network won’t only carry all of your favorite American dance films and shows, but also some international classics as well. Take the opportunity to familiarize yourself with Louie Spence, the over-the-top, legendary character who became the break out star of the UK’s Pineapple Dance Studios. Trust us, you need some Spence in your life.
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1:00 PM to 3:00 PM:
You Got Served
With a title that spawned a thousand memes (before memes were even a thing), an early-2000s R&B singer as the star and genuinely entertaining choreography, You Got Served is the perfect early-afternoon movie. Besides, it has Lil Kim in it – what could be wrong with that?
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM: Stomp the Yard
Consider it the most fun double feature you could ever possibly hope for.
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM:
It practically epitomizes the phrase “cancelled too soon,” so we’re giving Bunheads a prime spot for new eyes and it also just so happens to be the perfect way to unwind from your day.
8:00 PM to 10:00 PM: Step Up
We assume that all of the Step Up movies will get their turn in the primetime slot, but for launch day, we’d like to relive the movie that brought one of Hollywood’s greatest power couples together. (Besides, it’s not like you ever need an excuse to stare at Channing Tatum.
10:00 PM to 12:00 AM: Center Stage
There’s only one way to close out the first 24 hours of Dance Network and that’s with the single greatest dance-movie finale of all time: The dramatic, Prince-set, love-triangle-exploring finale ballet from arguably the best dance movie of all time, Center Stage. Someone drives a motorcycle onstage, and that’s not even the best part of it. This is how you go out with a bang.