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A Shot at Broadway
October 22, 2008   
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Polish commercial television broadcaster TVN launched in September the third season of You Can Dance-Po prostu tańcz, the Polish version of the popular U.S. dance reality show and competition So You Think You Can Dance. As of Oct. 8 the program, featuring 16 finalists, is being broadcast live every Wednesday.

Auditions for the third season of the show were held for two weeks in the second half of June. The producers visited the cities of Szczecin, Cracow, Wrocław and Warsaw to look for young talented dancers for the program.

More than 2,000 people aged 16-30 took part in the auditions. Among them were not only Poles, but also dancers from India, New Guinea, Afghanistan, Iran, and Belarus. A professional panel of judges selected the 36 most promising and charismatic dancers, all of them Poles, and sent them to a workshop in Barcelona, where they practiced under the guidance of the world's leading choreographers. During the workshop, the judges checked their skills and psychological stamina. Twenty people were sent back home and the lucky 16 are now competing before television cameras for the title of "the most interesting dancer."

Before each program the finalists are matched into pairs to practice a dance style that they are supposed to perform live. Dancers have a week to prepare their routines under the supervision of top choreographers, including Joanna Szokalska and Piotr Jagielski.

Each week the judges pick dancers that they believe should leave the program. The dancers facing expulsion perform a "last-chance" solo dance in an effort to convince viewers to spare them by voting via text messages. It is the viewers who make the final decision on who should stay on and which of the dancers should drop out of the race. Each week two dancers, a man and a woman, whom the audience liked the least, leave the program.

The winner of the show will land a scholarship to hone their skills at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City, one of the world's best dance schools.

Marzena Robinson
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