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  • For Immediate Release

    UP Greenlights Its First Dance Pilot:


    Docu-Series Follows Eight Aspiring Young Dancers Aged 9-15

    As They Train with Top Hip Hop Dancer/Choreographer Kiki Ely

    Featuring Pop Sensation Singer/Songwriter Leona Lewis

    New Hit Single Fire Under My Feet and

    Singer/YouTube Sensation Jade Novahs

    Upcoming Single Blood, Sweat & Tears

    ATLANTA June 18, 2015 UP announced today it has greenlit its first-ever dance docu-series pilot, Dancin the

    Dream," that will follow eight diverse, highly-talented, young aspiring stars as they go through grueling dance

    classes to perfect their craft, and reveal the sweat, desire and emotion that goes into their intense training, along

    with its impact on relationships with family, friends and each other. Production is currently underway in Atlanta, GA

    Hip-Hop's center of gravity, according to The New York Times, on two half-hour pilots produced by Crazy Legs

    Productions, which produces the new hit series The Prancing Elites Project and Dance Crash. The debut

    episodes of "Dancin the Dream," which feature Pop Sensation Singer/Songwriter Leona Lewis hit single Fire

    Under My Feet and Singer/YouTube sensation Jade Novahs upcoming single Blood, Sweat & Tears, are slated

    to premiere exclusively on UP in Fall 2015.

    For anyone who has ever wondered how top performers like Bruno Mars and Christina Aguilera got to where they

    are today, this series will help answer that question through a new generation of immensely talented, hopeful stars,"

    said Amy Winter, EVP and General Manager, UP. "Dancin the Dream' will give viewers a true sense of the effort

    that goes into becoming a 'star,' the sacrifices that must be made, and relationships and bonds that grow or suffer

  • along the way. As the leading network for compelling content for you and your family, we are proud to unveil

    Dancin the Dream' as the latest example of our commitment to produce original series that move and entertain."

    "Dancin the Dream" follows eight of the hottest young dancers, ranging in age from 9 to 15, as they train in every

    genre imaginable with top Hip Hop dancer and choreographer, Kiki Ely, at her Atlanta-based studio, ATL Takeova.

    She and her assistant, BeeJay Harris, a professional dancer for 12 years, offer the kids Master Dance Classes and

    prep them for a variety of entertainment auditions and professional engagements, ranging from film and TV to music

    videos and concert tours in Atlanta a city on the cutting edge of dance and choreography.

    Each episode of "Dancin the Dream" will follow one or two of "Ely's kids" as they juggle their family lives, schoolwork

    and professional dance training. At times, the kids will work as a team on special performances, booked gigs or in

    competition against other dance studios. Other times, theyll be asked to compete against each other for one

    coveted spot in a show. Ultimately, Ely and Harris have forged these kids and their parents into a band of brothers

    who work together to achieve their dreams. The stakes are high, as most of these families fully support their kids

    shot at the big time.

    But no matter what the assignment, the kids, their parents and mentors will come together at the end of each

    episode for a final, jaw-dropping performance. The high-energy, exuberant performances may include a sudden

    flash mob for a charity event, a reinterpretation of a famous dance performance, dancing backup for a celebrated

    singer, or a music video that highlights an up-and-coming artist.

    Ely started her career as a young dancer in Atlanta and has since toured the world with some of the top names in

    the music industry, including Christina Aguilera, Ciara, Christina Milian, Brooke Valentine and others. A former

    choreographer and member of the Atlanta Hawks Dance Team, Ely has also choreographed for countless music

    videos and films, including Drumline, starring Nick Cannon, Zoe Saldana and Orlando Bloom.

    UP presents Dancin the Dream, an UP Entertainment production in association with Crazy Legs Productions.

    Executive producers are Tom Capello, Keely Walker Muse, Tara Burtchaell and Alana Goldstein.

    Follow Dancin the Dream at:


    Kiki Ely on Twitter @KikiEly and online at www.iamkikiely.com

    Beejay Harris on Twitter @BeejayHarris

    Leona Lewis on Twitter @leonalewis and online at leonalewismusic.com. Download Fire Under My

    Feet on iTunes now: http://po.st/FUMF2, http://leonalewismusic.com/,

    https://www.facebook.com/leonalewis, https://twitter.com/leonalewis, https://instagram.com/leonalewis/

    Jade Novah on Twitter @JadeNovah, on Instagram @Jade Novah and on YouTube at



  • About UP

    UP is television's trusted entertainment brand dedicated to providing viewers with "feel good TV for you and your

    family." UP uplifts viewers every day with premiere movies, original reality, dramatic and comedy series filled with

    compelling stories and characters with character. In keeping with its brand promise, UPs pro-social initiative, Uplift

    Someone, inspires people to do simple, everyday acts of kindness. UP can be seen in 70 million homes on cable

    systems and satellite providers across the United States. Based in Atlanta, UP is a division of UP Entertainment,

    LLC which also operates gMovies, the first faith-friendly streaming movie service and provides sales and operations

    services to the ASPiRE network.

    Follow UP on the Web at www.UPtv.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UPtv, Twitter on @UPtv and

    Instagram at UP_TV.

    About Crazy Legs Productions

    Crazy Legs Productions is a leading developer of unscripted programming and branded content for film, television,

    and commercials. Their diverse array of series include The Prancing Elites Project for Oxygen, Dance Crash for

    OWN, Swamp Murders and Your Worst Nightmare for Investigation Discovery, Hotel Amazon and Hidden

    City for Travel Channel, How to Live to 100 for Cooking Channel, and Mega Dens for DIY. Renowned for their

    cinematic storytelling, Crazy Legs Productions has been engaged by Fortune 500 companies like Coca-Cola,

    Comcast, UPS, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, and others to produce content that promotes their brands

    About Leona Lewis

    Leona Lewis exploded onto the scene in 2007, when she won the UKs prestigious Ivor Novello Award, and her

    RIAA platinum debut album Spirit hit #1 on charts around the world. The album, which sold over 8 million copies

    worldwide, was buoyed by the quadruple-platinum Bleeding Love (#1 in over 35 countries). In the U.S., Bleeding

    Love was #1 for 4 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, the biggest-selling single of 2008, which earned Leona the

    Billboard Music Award for Top New Artist of the Year. She received three Grammy Award nominations, and went

    on to record I See You (theme from Avatar) at producer-director James Camerons personal request.

    Her double-platinum Echo followed in 2009 (featuring Happy), then Glassheart in 2012 (with Trouble featuring

    Childish Gambino), and Christmas, With Love in 2013.

    In addition to the Ivor Novello Award and the MTV VMA for Best UK Video (for Bleeding Love), Leona has won

    two MOBO Awards in the UK, and more than 20 music awards in countries around the world. Her eagerly

    anticipated fifth album, I AM, will be coming out this Fall on Def Jam Recordings.

    About Jade Novah

    Jade Novah is a multi-talented singer, versatile actress, and YouTube Sensation having garnered over 18 million

    views for her covers, comedic skits, and original music. Jade's unique fusion of Broadway musical and mainstream

    Pop/R&B have been praised by music enthusiasts and notable media outlets including Rolling Stone, Ryan

    Seacrest, Ebony Magazine, Perez Hilton, and more!


  • Jade is set to release "Blood, Sweat, and Tears" from her highly anticipated debut album, "In Search of Me which

    is slated to be released before the end of 2015. Written by Novah and long-time collaborator, producer Devin

    Johnson, "Blood, Sweat, and Tears" is an example of art imitating life as it takes listeners on a musical journey of

    Jade's road to success, and the trials she's faced along the way.

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    Chelsye J. Burrows David Gardner

    770.692.4559 770.692.9939

    cburrows@UPtv.com dgardner@UPtv.com