Starz announced today that it is partnering with veterans of “Dancing with the Stars” and “Footloose” to create a new scripted drama series set in the world of international competitive ballroom dancing.
The project involves actor, dancer and singer Julianne Hough (“Safe Haven,” “Rock of Ages," “Footloose”) and her brother, dance champion and actor Derek Hough (“Dancing with the Stars”). The series is "Blackpool."
“The pair will executive produce and serve as head choreographers for the series, drawing on years of first-hand experience as competitors and world dance champions,” Starz announced. “The series revolves around the prestigious annual ballroom competition in Blackpool, England, and will explore the dancer’s obsession with perfection and the darker side of the glamorous world of ballroom dance, which has captured the fascination of audiences around the world.”
Carmi Zlotnik, managing director of Starz, said: “There are no more recognizable superstars in this arena than Julianne and Derek. Their experiences growing up in this highly competitive world are riveting and also shocking. There is much more to uncover than what we see on the dance floor.”
Derek Hough added: “I cannot wait to give audiences a fictionalized view of the world that I experienced growing up. Viewers are going to see a twisted, sexy, funny, dark and passionate side of the drama and politics in the world of ballroom dance that delves deeper than spray tans and sequins.”