After months of waiting for more information about the new Irish dance “reality show” on TLC, I hit the motherload — without even trying.
A casting assistant for a two-hour ”special for TLC based around Irish Dance” emailed me this evening. She was looking for leads on dancers who will attend worlds — specifically “4 girls age 10-14 and 1 boy any age from the US who will be attending Worlds 2012.”
When the Irish dance world first heard about the concept a few months ago, rumors flew — and continue to fly freely — about the possibility of it turning out to be a “Toddlers in Tiaras” type of show that would make ID look gaudy and tasteless. This particular casting assistant, from Metal Flowers Media, said she was not aware of any show of that nature, only the two-hour special. So it’s unclear to me if *this* is the reality show, or if this is something totally different — perhaps a new format?
Last I’d heard, CLRG dancers (in the Mid-Atlantic region) were asked not to participate in the show. Now this is unclear, given the fact that TLC will be sending a camera crew to worlds. They must have CLRG’s permission, right? Because TLC is looking only for dancers going to worlds, they’re not going to be pursuing other Irish dance orgs, I presume.
Aside from the demographics listed above, and the worlds qualification, here are some other characteristics the casting assistant included in her email to me: “We are looking for ALL types of stories one much different from the next. We want to know the struggles, happy days, and all in between.”
After exchanging a few emails with the casting assistant, I gave her my phone number to further discuss the show.The company is scouting dancers this week, and interviews will occur in the following weeks, the casting assistant said by phone. Basically, the whole process will happen quickly.