BBC announces new dance shows for winter

The BBC will be strutting its stuff on the dancefloor this winter, with a new setlist of dance-themed programming. Highlights include a behind the scenes look at the Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker, a world premiere of BalletBoyz latest production, and Darcey Bussell investigating Margot Fonteyn.

The BBC's season of dance will start in 2016, and run into the following year. Waltz over to BBC One, and you can watch Darcey Bussell: Looking for Margot. The show sees Bussell investigate the life of famed ballerina Margo Fonteyn, following her footsteps across London, New York and Panama to reveal the details of her life - both tragic and inspiring.

Then, on BBC Two, you'll be able to get a behind the scenes look at the Royal Ballet's latest production of the Nutcracker. The programme makers were given an unprecedented amount of access to the production for three months, and the documentary will cover everything that goes into making a spectacular show… well, a spectacle, including the preperations for one of the most challenging roles in all of ballet - the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Staying on BBC Two, we go from the traditional to the unconventional. Young Men, from the all-male BalletBoyz, is the first full length feature film made by a dance company. Filmed in location in northern France, it follows a group of soldiers as they train for and go into battle. Backed by a score by Keaton Henson, the cast will use nothing but dance to express the terror and violence of the battlefield.

After that, it's time to boogie over to BBC Four for Sir Peter Wright a 90. Wright who - spoilers - is 90 years old is a legend of ballet, having worked as a classical dancer, choreographer, director and teacher. This documentary will look at his life and achievements, via a combination of interviews with Wright and former colleagues, and archive footage.

And then, just when you think the jig is up, the BBC Young Dancer 2017 competition will air on BBC Four and BBC Two in April 2017. The final will be judged by Marc Brew, Kevin O'Hare, Kate Prince, Nahid Siddiqui, Kenneth Tharp and Jasmin Vardimon, with respected choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh acting as cross category judge on all panels.

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