Harvey Weinstein, Michael Flatley Pair Up to Create the Grammys of the Dance World

Dance-themed awards show will reach out to young dance enthusiasts, Michael Flatley says

Last Updated: October 9, 2012 @ 11:48 AM

Harvey Weinstein wants to create the dance equivalent of the Grammys. And he's enlisting none other than the Lord of the Dance, Michael Flatley, to do it.

Getty ImagesThe Weinstein Company co-chairman shared a stage at the MIPCOM conference in Cannes this week to announce the launch of a new televised awards show, the World Dance Awards, British newspaper the Guardian reports.

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"If this show has a cousin, it's the Grammys," Weinstein said, according to the paper. "It's going to be a game changer for all the networks that buy the show. This is going to be a ratings blockbuster that the people who buy it early will have year after year after year."

Flatley, the dancer-choreographer behind the Irish dance shows "Riverdance" and "Lord of the Dance" conceived the awards show idea.

"We owe this to the millions and millions of kids around the world who dance," he said, adding that dance legends such as Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Michael Jackson provided inspiration for the show. "The sky's the limit, we've got to reach all the little children."

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Surely, the throngs of preteen Gene Kelly fans are breathing a sigh of relief right now, and perhaps bursting into a celebratory performance of the Lindy Hop while they're at it.

A spokesman for the Weinstein Company has not yet responded to TheWrap's request for further detail.