This documentary sees two of the UK's most respected dancers putting their reputations to the test, and on the line. Celebrity dancers Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag will select a team of dance rookies aged 14-16 from scratch, to a high performance standard. The students will then have to perform a dynamic dance routine at a major gala event to a packed house at the prestigious Blackpool Tower Ballroom.
Anton and Erin have played a huge part in the country's renewed passion for the rumba, the tango and the Viennese waltz. They're passionate about the potential of ballroom dancing and their outstanding talent and professionalism will defiantly be invaluable to the 12 teenagers. However, this uplifting two-part series looks at the bigger picture; can ballroom dancing have a lot more to offer than glitz, glamour and celebs in sequins?
Ballroom High is inspired by the admirable story of dance teacher Pierre Dulane. He decided to introduce ballroom dancing to kids in some of New York's toughest schools as a way of teaching them the value of discipline, respect and essentially, to give the pupils a sense of achievement. Pierre's initiative was so successful it was expanded into a national programme in American high schools, and was the inspiration behind the Hollywood move Take The Lead, starring Antonio Banderas.