January 2012

From "American Bandstand" to "So You Think You Can Dance"

Dancers can find lots of inspiration (and sometimes fodder for jokes) from the many dancing television shows that now grace prime time television. When most people think of dance television shows, they think of the many that have popped up since American Idol became a hit performance show, and reality shows became the norm. However, long before contemporary dance shows, there was an entertainment show incorporating dance as a big part of its success that started shortly after television became popular. American Bandstand aired in some form from 1952 to 1989.