Choreographer/Actor Cris Judd ('Unfabulous'), Tony(R) Award Winner Ben Vereen ('Pippin') and Singer/Actress Vitamin C ('The Amanda Show') Named as Judges of Lifetime's Dance Competition Series, 'Your Mama Don't Dance,' Premiering Friday, February 29
Hosted By Ian Ziering ('Dancing With The Stars'), Series Pairs Young
Professional Dancers With One of Their Parents for an Eight Week
Competition Where America Determines the Winner
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 26 -- Choreographer/actor Cris Judd
("Unfabulous), Tony(R) Award-winning actor/dancer Ben Vereen ("Pippin") and
singer/actress Vitamin C ("The Amanda Show") will serve as the judges in
Lifetime's first-ever dance competition series, "Your Mama Don't Dance."
The show teams young professional dancers with one of their parents as they
compete for $100,000 in cash and prizes and premieres Friday, February 29,
at 9PM (ET/PT). The eight week series is hosted by Ian Ziering ("Dancing
with the Stars," "Beverly Hills, 90210").
"Your Mama Don't Dance" takes the typical "dance show" to a whole new
level by exploring the sometimes love-hate but always complicated
relationship between kids and their parents. Some of America's hottest
dancers auditioned for a chance to be a part of a new dance competition
show under the pseudonym "Dance Nation," but none had any idea what was in
store. On January 26, 2008, contestants gathered at the Orpheum Theater in
Los Angeles where they soon discovered shocking news -- that they would be
competing with a partner and that their partner would be one of their
Now, these up-and-coming dancers will be counting on their parents to
learn the moves to help them realize their dreams, while their parents will
undoubtedly feel the pressure to work harder than ever to keep in step and
not let their kids down. Each week the judges will put the two lowest-rated
teams on the chopping block, then it's up to America to determine which
team stays in the competition via phone, text and online votes on
myLifetime.com, as monitored by the firm, Telescope Inc. The competition
concludes Friday, April 18th in a live finale extravaganza where three
teams face off in front of the judges and America one final time. The
winning team will be announced at the end of the show following a live
Cris Judd is a well known dancer, choreographer and actor. He most
recently guest-starred on the Nickelodeon's "Unfabulous" with Emma Roberts
and appeared on episodes of "Eve," "Half and Half" and "Everybody Loves
Raymond." He made his television debut on the ABC reality series, "I'm a
Celebrity -- Get Me Out of Here," where he won the title of 'King of the
Jungle' and $200,000 for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. He was also host of
the WE dance series, "Dirty Dancing." Judd made an acting cameo in the
film, "Bringing Down the House" and served as the choreographer for Steve
Martin in his dance scenes. Judd also coached Nicole Kidman her dancing
scenes for "The Human Stain."
Ben Vereen is a Tony(R) Award-winning actor, dancer and singer.
Nominated for a Tony for his role in "Jesus Christ Superstar," Vereen won
the award for his lead role in "Pippin." He's since starred on Broadway's
"I'm Not Rappaport," "Fosse," "Chicago," and as the Wizard of Oz in
Broadway's "Wicked." Vereen is also a three-time Emmy(R) nominee for his
work on "Roots," "The Bell Telephone Jubilee" and "Intruders." His
additional television credits include "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "Star
Trek: The Next Generation," "Touched By An Angel" and "Law & Order: SVU"
and "Grey's Anatomy." He is also a two-time Golden Globe(R) nominee for his
work in "Ellis Island" and "Funny Lady."
Vitamin C is an actress and singer, best known for her massive hit
single "Graduation (Friends Forever)." In addition to working on her third
album, she recently assembled a singing group "The Truth Squad." Vitamin
C's television credits include judging The WB series, "Superstar USA,"
appearing on MTV's "The Andy Dick Show," and "Celebrity Bootcamp." She also
made cameos on "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch," "The Brothers Garcia," "The
Amanda Show" and "The Sausage Factory." Her film credits include John
Waters' 1988 feature "Hairspray," "The Naked Gun 2-1/2: The Smell of Fear,"
"Dracula 2000," "Rock Star," "Get Over It" and "Scary Movie 2."
"Your Mama Don't Dance" is produced by City Lights Television in
association with Bob Bain Productions for Lifetime Television. Bob Bain
("Billboard Music Awards," "Miss America," "Kid's Choice Awards"), Dave
Noll and Linda Lea ("Queer Eye for the Straight Guy") serve as executive
producers. Stephanie Chambers ("Bam's Unholy Union") is co-executive
producer and Nate Green ("Dance Life") is supervising producer.
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