Monday, January 13, 2020

Nick Jr. UK to Premiere 'READY SET DANCE', New Australian-Produced Preschool Dance Series, on Monday 6th January 2020

Nick Jr. UK to Premiere New Australian-Produced Preschool Dance Series
READY SET DANCE on Monday 6th January 2020


London - Nick Jr. UK & Ireland will premiere READY SET DANCE, an innovative participatory dance series for preschoolers, on Monday 6th January 2020! Viewers will also be able to catch their favourite episodes of PAW Patrol!

The news follows the announcement that the series, which originally launched on Nick Jr. Australia in January 2019, will be expanding internationally beginning January 2020 in an additional 122 countries and translated in 25 languages.

Bursting with energy and designed to develop confidence, coordination and creativity, the Australian series premiered to critical praise from preschoolers and parents alike, ranking as the no. 1 STV program (excluding live sports/movies) amongst children 0-12 in Australia.


Following its local success and international expansion, READY SET DANCE has also been greenlit for a second season in Australia. Season two will enter production locally in January 2020, and is slated to premiere in Australia in April 2020.

For the stars of the show, a troupe of young Australian actors and dancers known as the Kid Crew, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be seen on screens around the world. Animated hosts Twirl and Freeze, who offer a playful social connection throughout the series, will keep their Australian accents across English speaking markets.


“One of the driving forces behind READY SET DANCE’s local success and international interest, is the fact that dance is a topic with universal appeal,” said Ben Cox, General Manager, Nickelodeon Networks, Australia and New Zealand.

“As part of a global kids’ brand we are constantly looking for content that has the ability to resonate with our young audience locally, as well as translate internationally, and Ready Set Dance fits this criteria.”


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READY SET DANCE features fun and energetic short-form dance videos designed specifically for preschoolers aged two - five years old. Differing from other dance shows on the market, the series is underpinned by a core educational curriculum designed to teach kids fundamental movement skills while building confidence, coordination and creativity.


In each episode kids learn a signature dance move as instructed by friendly animated hosts Twirl and Freeze, and then see the move performed by the talented Kid Crew as part of a story-driven, mini-musical. At the end of the episode kids are encouraged to practice their new move during the preschool dance party, jumping and jiving along together with fellow preschoolers on screen.


This unique Australian series was developed in collaboration with expert preschool dance educators and dance studio owners Jade Barnes, Belinda Agostino, Natalie Ettingshausen, Glenda Yee and Priscilla Severino. The five successful entrepreneurs launched their innovative class-based dance program for preschoolers, also titled READY SET DANCE, after identifying a gap in the market. This program is currently licensed to over 200 dance schools around Australia and New Zealand.

Online at nickjr.co.uk and the Nick Jr. Play app, parents and preschoolers can find out more about READY SET DANCE and watch full episodes and music videos from the series. Parents can also like the official Nick Jr. UK & Ireland Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages and sign up to the official Nick Jr. Fan Club for the latest Nick Jr. news, highlights, video clips, competitions and more.


READY SET DANCE airs on Nick Jr. Australia (Foxtel #703 and Fetch #253) weekdays at 10am and is also available on Nick Jr. Play App.

1Source: Kids and Family Group(Aus) Research & Insights/ OzTAM NatSTV 2018

About Nick Jr.

Where every day’s an adventure, Nick Jr. is a top-performing commercial pre-school entertainment brand in cable and satellite homes. Launched in 1999 as the world's first channel dedicated to pre-school children, Nick Jr.’s programming includes beloved shows PAW Patrol, Shimmer and Shine, Nella the Princess Knight and Peppa Pig. Kids and parents can find lots of video clips, games, exclusive activities and downloads featuring their favourite Nick Jr. friends online at nickjr.co.uk and on the Nick Jr. Play app. Viewers also have the opportunity to catch up with the schedule through Nick Jr. +1. Nick Jr. is available on Sky 615, Virgin 715, through BT Vision and TalkTalk channel 318.

About Nickelodeon

The Nickelodeon Network is a top-performing commercial kids’ TV network in the UK and Ireland with Nickelodeon channels available in over 13 million cable and satellite homes. Having launched in 1993 Nickelodeon UK comprises seven dedicated entertainment channels for kids aged 4-15 and their families, and is a joint venture between Viacom International Media Networks and BSkyB.

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Originally published: Monday, December 23, 2019.
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