November 15th, 2011
04:39 PM ET
Lifetime has "Dance Moms" and ABC has dancing "Stars," and now TLC is getting into the dance competition business with a show temporarily being called "Irish Dancing Tweens" (a working title).
The network known for series like “19 Kids and Counting,” “Extreme Couponing” and, of course, “Toddlers and Tiaras,” has started production on a new series about the competitive world of Irish step dancing, according to a statement from the network.
“TLC is excited to share this subculture of dance with our audience,” TLC’s General Manager Amy Winter says in the statement. “Irish jig dancing is a global phenomenon and the series will reveal the world behind the sport in a compelling combination of heart and competition.”
TLC has ordered eight episodes of the series, which will depict all facets of competition in the little-known dance world from coaches and parents to practice and pressure.
To introduce you to the Irish dancing community, TLC has also acquired the rights to air the feature-length documentary “Jig.” The dance doc depicts competitors at last year’s Irish Dancing World Championships in Glasgow. No air date has been announced.
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