Bravo steps up with dance reality series


Bravo has greenlighted a new dance reality competition series from the producers of its top-rated series "Project Runway" and "Top Chef."

"Step It Up," from Magical Elves producers Jane Lipsitz and Dan Cutforth, will feature contestants from around the country trying to master a range of dance styles, "from ballet and ballroom to Broadway and burlesque," the network said.

Episodes will feature challenges in which the dancers audition for a range of parts, with contestants being eliminated until there is one final dancer, who will win a cash prize.

" 'Step It Up' pulls back the curtain on one of the most lively arts and one of America's favorite pastimes -- dance," said Frances Berwick, executive vp programming and production at Bravo. "Like other creative professions, dance inherently has all the ingredients of competition and drama that make Bravo shows so compelling to watch."

The show was created by Gunnar Wetterberg for Magical Elves. The debut date and number of episodes have yet to be determined.

Added Lipsitz: "We believe there is an emotional, dramatic and visually exciting side of the dance world that has yet to be explored. We are very excited to take the same organic and passionate approach to dance as we do to cooking in 'Top Chef' and fashion in 'Runway.'