Monday, January 13, 2020

Nick Jr. New Zealand to Premiere 'READY SET DANCE', New Australian-Produced Preschool Dance Series, on Saturday 25th January 2020

Nick Jr. New Zealand to Premiere New Australian-Produced Preschool Dance Series
READY SET DANCE on Saturday 25th January 2020


Nick Jr. New Zealand will premiere READY SET DANCE, an innovative participatory dance series for preschoolers, on Saturday 25th January 2020! The series will air as short interstitials throughout weekend afternoons between 12.45pm and 2.30pm, encouraging kids to get up and move in between iconic Nick Jr. shows including Shimmer and Shine, PAW Patrol, Peppa Pig and Top Wing.

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.com.au and on the Nick Jr. App, parents and children can find out more about Ready Set Dance, as well as sing and dance-along to music videos and watch short-form video clips from the series. Parents can also Like the official Nick Jr. Australia and New Zealand Facebook and Instagram pages for the latest Nick Jr. news, highlights, video clips 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

From SKY New Zealand:

READY SET DANCE
EVERY WEEKEND FROM 25 JANUARY 12.45PM TO 2.30PM CHANNEL 104

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to move with the brand new series READY SET DANCE.

Produced by Nickelodeon Australia, this up-tempo, participatory dance program is bursting with energy and designed to inspire preschoolers to be active, all while developing their confidence, co-ordination and creativity.

Each day kids are taught a signature dance move by animated hosts Twirl and Freeze, which they then see performed by the talented Kid Crew as part of a story-driven, mini-musical. Kids are then encouraged to practice their new move during the final preschool dance party, jumping and jiving along together with fellow preschoolers on screen.

With a curriculum of kinesthetics, gross motor skills and problem solving, these bite-size segments allow preschoolers time to commit moves to memory and reach milestones such as skipping and jumping with two feet.

READY SET DANCE airs as short interstitials throughout the afternoon, encouraging kids to get up and move in between iconic Nick Jr. shows including Shimmer and Shine, PAW Patrol, Peppa Pig and Top Wing.

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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 International:

Nickelodeon, now in its 13th year in New Zealand and 40th globally, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon is one of the most globally recognized and widely distributed multimedia entertainment brands for kids and family, with 1.2 billion cumulative subscriptions in more than 500 million households across 170+ countries and territories, via more than 100+ locally programmed channels and branded blocks. Outside of the United States, Nickelodeon is part of Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc.

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Originally published: Monday, January 13, 2020.

Additional source: Wikipedia.
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