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Survival dance show ‘Dancing 9’ returns in new format

  • Published : Mar 26, 2015 - 17:48
  • Updated : Mar 26, 2015 - 17:48

Dance survival program “Dancing 9,” on Mnet, is returning for its third season with a new format, familiar faces and fresh energy.
The show will feature dancers from previous seasons in an “all-star competition,” rather than discover new talent through auditions as was previously done.

“Red Wings” leaders Lee Min-woo, Woo Hyun-young and Park Ji-woo (CJ E&M)

Contestants will include Ha Hui-dong aka B-boy Snake, who is much admired on the b-boying scene, ballerina Lee Ru-da, and modern dancer Kim Seol-jin, winner of the second season.
“Blue Eye” leaders Kim Su-ro, Park Ji-eun and Lee Yong-woo (CJ E&M)

The dancers will be divided into two 10-member teams, each with three directing “masters” or experts who act as coaches. Leading the “Red Wings” team are Lee Min-woo (K-pop dance expert and member of boy group Shinhwa), Woo Hyun-young (jazz) and Park Ji-woo (dancesport); on the “Blue Eye” team are Kim Su-ro (actor), Park Ji-eun (dancesport) and Lee Yong-woo (modern dance).
Ballerina Lee Ru-da (CJ E&M)

More cameras will be added to the set this season, said producer Lee Young-joo in a news conference March 26. “We will try to capture every movement, expression and muscle on camera so that viewers can feel the full energy on stage.”
B-boy Ha Hui-dong (CJ E&M)

The show has received attention for introducing various genres of dance to the wider public, from classic ballet and jazz to street, modern and ballroom.

“We will continue to move and entertain viewers through the language of the human body,” said chief producer Oh Kwang-suk.
“Dancing 9” will begin airing on Friday, April 3 at 11 p.m.

By Rumy Doo (bigbird@heraldcorp.com)