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The biggest West End shows, the most famous pop acts, the highest level auditionees, and some of the world’s most successful dance teachers all pass through Covent Garden’s PINEAPPLE DANCE STUDIOS on a daily basis. In February 2010, Sky1 HD will give viewers exclusive access to the world famous dance space – the largest in Europe – and will capture every move, every performance and all the drama. Blurring the lines between documentary, comedy and drama it will aim to create a new style of documentary filmmaking.

Pineapple Dance Studios will follow the lives of the teachers, pupils and staff at the studio as they attend auditions, rehearsals and performances. Sky1 HD will be there to witness the thrill of their dreams coming true but also their pain at being rejected. Over 200 classes take place each week, covering over 30 styles of dance, taught by industry professionals who choreograph and dance with the world’s leading artists, companies and West End shows.

Pineapple was founded by former model Debbie Moore in 1979, who made history by becoming the first woman to take her company public on the London Stock Exchange. Pineapple is the largest dance studio space in Europe, with over 200 classes each week. Teachers at Pineapple are industry professionals choreographing and dancing with the world’s major artists and companies from Madonna to the Royal Ballet Company, Chicago to Beyonce. 80 teachers hold classes at Pineapple and teach over 30 unique styles of dance - from Jazz to break dance, ballet to bhangra.

Pineapple Dance Studios has been used by Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Beyonce and Girls Aloud, and has been hired for rehearsals, castings and auditions by the likes of West End shows Chicago, Dirty Dancing and The Lion King.Pineapple Dance Studios is an exclusive fly-on-the-wall documentary series that will bring the most outrageous pirouetting, pouting and bitching to Sky1 HD.

It was astonishing. And yet something similar had happened in last week's opener. During an otherwise mundane front-of-house scene, two policemen had burst into an apparently spontaneous backflipping routine. At the time my brain had simply refused to process that incident: even for Pineapple Dance Studios, this was a mad too far– one bonkers too many. And yet last night's routine marked a turning point. Clearly, PDS is not merely a full-scale diorama of vertiginous campery and arrant fabulosity: it's the cleverest thing on TV by a front pike somersault and forward jazz-roll.

The remainder of the show's appeal is divided roughly equally between mesmerisingly hubristic dance teacher/ageing boy band evacuee/snood-wearing fantasist Andrew Stone (typical utterance a divorcee who tries to cheer herself up by recording mind-bogglingly atrocious pop songs and performing to smirking yahs in horrible nightclubs ("I'm unpredictable, sexy and sensational!"). Really, it's amazing. The editing is ruthless, the soundtrack sublime and the peerless "spontaneous dance fantasy" sequences both hilarious and genuinely stirring (subtext: even the staunchly heterosexual are powerless to resist The Dance). It's the touching cherry on a brilliantly inspired meringue.


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