Monday, May 25, 2020

'READY SET DANCE' Season 2 Pirouettes onto Nick Jr. Australia

READY SET DANCE season two premieres Monday May 11th at 8.30am, only on Nick Jr. Australia! Meet the new additions to Kid Crew below!:


Nick Jr. found their READY SET DANCE Kid Crew after a HUGE national search across Australia. Watch each crew member - Tsehay, Christian, Rome, Ai, Maddy, Kobyfox, Ali, Arielle, Lachlan, Hunter, Jonny, Jada-Lee, Imi, Alex, Alannah, Jamila and Ewan - find out the big news. Congrats guys!

Bursting with energy, READY SET DANCE is designed to develop confidence, coordination and creativity. The Australian series premiered in January 2019 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.

Learn the Kid Crew's favourite moves and go behind-the-scenes with the aweslime videos below!:



Visit www.readyset.dance for information about READY SET DANCE dance classes for preschoolers.

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.

Watch READY SET DANCE season one on Nick Jr. channels globally!

From FilmInk:

Local Production, READY SET DANCE launches on Nickelodeon


Locally-produced preschool dance series, READY SET DANCE, returns in May with a second season packed full of new songs, signature dance moves and fresh new faces, bringing with them a whole lot of fun and excitement.

Ready Steady Dance

The innovative, participatory dance program premiered in January 2019 to critical praise from preschoolers and parents alike, ranking as the no. 1 Subscription TV program (excluding live sports/movies) amongst children 0-12.

Season two sees animated characters TWIRL and FREEZE reprise their hosting roles, and a new group of talented young Australians take over the dancefloor as part of the newly formed Kid Crew. Each of the season’s 15 new episodes run for 7 minutes in duration, featuring a signature dance move, followed by a performance from the Kid Crew as part of a story-driven, mini-musical set to an originally composed soundtrack. The show is underpinned by a core educational curriculum designed to teach kids fundamental movement skills while building confidence, coordination and creativity.

Developed in collaboration with expert preschool dance educators and dance studio owners Jade Barnes, Belinda Agostino, Natalie Ettingshausen, Glenda Yee and Priscilla Severino.

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From Bendigo Advertiser:

Bendigo kids star in Nickelodeon's Ready Set Dance

Five young dancers from Bendigo were broadcast on telelvision screens across the country last week.

The dances - River Irwin, Saylah Quinlan, Sophia Burdett, Mackenzie Clarkson and Bailey Rokesky - from Sharon Saunders Dancers featured on Nickelodeon show Ready Set Dance on Monday morning.

The pre-school dance show was developed in collaboration with expert preschool dance educators and focuses on core educational curriculum designed to teach kids basic movement skills using confidence, co-ordination and creativity.

Teacher Hannah McBain said there was lots of excitement when the episode went to air.


"The five little ones (had already been) to Sydney and were excited, sending videos back dressed in their gear," she said. "It was a great opportunity to see themselves and see how confident they were.

"I taught them a dance called Dr Mix It Up in Bendigo and they travelled to Sydney and did it there with some of other kids in studio."

The dance schools is part of the Ready Set Dance team and submitted a video audtion following a call out by the show.

"We got together and made video of these five children who were one of a few (groups) chose in Australia," Ms McBain said.

"Their smiles (in the video) were so contagious. Ready Set Dance brings so much joy and the children got caught up in it and their confidence grown."

Ms McBain said Ready Set Dance focused on the three Cs - confidence, co-ordination and creativity.

"They are the three main things we focus on," she said. "We run classes to promote learning co-ordination and creavity. But confidence is a big one for us. So many little ones don't have (much confidence) when they first start."

Ms McBain and her family have been part of the dance school for over 20 years.

"I started when I was two and my sister Ashlea started before me," she said. My family has been going to Sharon Saunders for 25 or 26 years. I have made so many friends that are lifelong friends who started with me. It's awesome the friendships dance can build."


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From Port Stephens Examiner:

Young dance stars from Taylors Beach studio appear on Nick Jr television show Ready Set Dance

Four young Port Stephens dancers made their television debut on Tuesday morning.

Charlie Fisher, 5, Giuliana Culley, 4, Scout Southall, 5, and Sophie Thompson, 3, from Taylors Beach-based dance studio Complete Performing Arts and Classical Coaching appeared in the brand new season of popular Nick Jr show Ready Set Dance.

"It was such an incredible feeling to be able to provide this amazing opportunity to our local talent," said studio owner and head teacher Madelyn Comley.

"We were so proud of all the hard work the students and their parents put in and seeing them dance on set at Nickelodeon studios has definitely been a highlight for us."

Ready Set Dance is a preschoolers dance franchise for 2 to 5 year olds created by four Sydney-based dance studios about four years ago. Taking notice of its popularity, the program was picked up by Nickelodeon and adapted for television. The first season aired on Nick Jr last year.

On establishing the studio in Tanilba Bay last year, Ms Comley also signed up to be part of the Ready Set Dance program.

It was a good first year for the Shearwater Drive studio which won the Examiner's 2019 Annual Business Award for best dance studio as well as the Ready Set Dance Making A difference Award.

The award recognised the studio for making the Ready Set Dance program as inclusive as possible.

"We were recognised because we provide opportunities for kids evenly, no matter what their situation may be," Ms Comley said.

"We have a student, a little girl with mitochondrial disease who is in a wheelchair. She comes into our Ready Set Dance ballet classes. We also have quite a few students with autism or learning difficulties. We welcome students of any ability into all our classes."

As a reward, all Making A Difference Award winners were offered the chance to audition some of its preschoolers to be part of episodes in season two of Ready Set Dance.

Each episode is about seven minutes long and shows a different style of dance for children at home to learn.

In the episodes, the main cast called the Kid Crew and animated characters Twirl and Freeze are assisted by preschoolers to teach children at home a dance.

"Our little preschoolers got to go on set with the Kid Crew who are all these amazing dancers aged about 8 to 16 years old. They're phenomenal," Ms Comley said.

"We picked five students from diverse background who could make the trips to Sydney and handle being on set but only four could make the end date for filming.

"At the beginning of this year the students made the trip to Sydney for a rehearsal. We rehearsed more here at the studio then they made another trip to Sydney late in January to the Nickelodeon studio for the filming. It was the whole works, costumes and makeup.

"Seeing them [students] on set having so much fun in their costumes with the Kid Crew was really definitely a highlight in probably my whole life. Being able to offer these opportunities for our kids is really important to me."

Scout, Charlie, Giuliana and Sophie appeared in the second episode of the season with children from a Sydney-based studio. It aired on Nick Jr at 8.30am AEST on Tuesday, May 19.

It is also available to watch on the Nick Jr. Play App.

With season one of Ready Set Dance now showing on free to air station 10 Peach, it is hoped the episode with Scout, Charlie, Giuliana and Sophie will eventually show on all televisions across the Port.

When the Examiner asked Charlie, Giuliana, Scout and Sophie if they were excited to see themselves on television all four answered an enthusiastic "yes".

STARS: Scout Southall, 5, Giuliana Culley, 4, Charlie Fisher, 5, and Sophie Thompson, 3, from Taylors Beach-based dance studio Complete Performing Arts and Classical Coaching, have appeared on Nick Jr television show Ready Set Dance.

Port Stephens dancers Charlie Fisher, Giuliana Culley, Scout Southall and Sophie Thompson (front) with Complete Performing Arts & Classical Coaching, Taylors Beach owner Madelyn Comley with some members of the Ready Set Dance Kid Crew. Picture: Supplied



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More Nick: Australian-Produced Preschool Dance Series "Ready Set Dance" Goes International on Nick Jr.; Show Greenlit for Season Two!

Originally published: Thursday, May 07, 2020.

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