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Strictly’s AJ Pritchard to hold open auditions to find dancers for touring show

AJ Pritchard. Photo: Shuttersock
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Strictly Come Dancing’s AJ Pritchard is holding open auditions for his new show, with the aim of giving emerging dancers a chance to have their “big break”.

Pritchard, a professional dancer who appears on the BBC series, is looking for up to four male dancers and up to four female dancers to join his show Get on the Floor!. He is looking for dancers in genres ranging from ballet to street dance.

The production opens at Grimsby Auditorium on March 3, and tours to Southend, Hayes, King’s Lynn, Bournemouth, Basingstoke, Bromley and Guildford, where the tour ends on March 12.

Get on the Floor! is described as is a mix of “worldwide dancefloor flavours include tango, ballroom, latin, hip hop, contemporary and commercial with stunning live vocals, striking costumes and an exciting remixed sound”.

Pritchard is looking for dancers aged 18 to 30 who each have “unique skills”.

“I want to find fresh male and female dancers who want to have that big break,” Pritchard told The Stage.

“I’m looking for a diverse range of people who are specialists in their area, whether it’s ballet or street dance. I want to see the way they express themselves and their personality through dance.”

Pritchard added: “Having done Strictly, I will be doing dances I love in the show, including the American Smooth and Latin.

“I was the first person to do a contemporary dance on Strictly, to Beyonce’s Runnin’, which demonstrates that the show is changing. I’m keen to be at the forefront of that change and incorporate contemporary into my own show.”

The auditions will take place in London on January 23. Dancers are asked to contact producer Raymond Gubbay with a CV and showreel to book an audition slot.

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