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Jason Gilkinson Attached to In LIGHT OF THE DANCE Film
The film evolves around the stage show hit Burn The Floor. Since 1999 Burn the Floor has thrilled audiences around the world. Years before Dancing With The Stars and So You Think You Can Dance turned ballroom dancing into must-see TV, this sizzling Ballroom and Latin dance spectacular was setting stages ablaze and will now be making its debut on the silver screen.
Those familiar with the Burn The Floor stage show know that it doesn’t have a storyline. It is pure dance entertainment for two hours. In adapting it, screenwriter Steve Curliss has written a touching story of a lost soul that interweaves dance, love and life struggles. In Light Of The Dance exhibits all the elements of the ballroom community-the elegance of the Viennese Waltz, the exuberance of love, the intensity of the Paso Doble and the innocence of friendships that soar into relationships.
“This is a story line so close to my heart and of course ballroom is my heart. The added excitement for me is that this project presents a lot of creative challenges. Bringing the energy and emotion that audiences have come to appreciate from Burn The Floor and my television work on Dancing With The Stars and So You Think You Can Dance, is a goal of mine,” Gilkison comments.
"Getting Jason attached to the project was one of the first things on our list,” says screenwriter Steve Curliss who also is one of the Producers on the project. “He is arguably one of the best ballroom choreographers in the world today.”
The producing team of Steve Curliss and Gayle Dickie will bring In Light of the Dance to the screen. Dickie, President of Red Global Media and Entertainment and Hey Girl Hey Entertainment, brings over 20+ years in the television and film business. Her credits include Writer and Producer as well as extensive experience in syndication, distribution, animation, toy licensing and marketing. Curliss has a diverse background in all phases of entertainment from producing a wide variety of network sports music and regional TV programs to managing major label recording artists and talent on top network television shows. Aside from penning In Light of the Dance, Curliss has written two network TV pilots, a film and a novel.
“Aligning In Light Of The Dance with the creative force of Burn The Floor and having Jason Gilkison onboard, is our way of telling the ballroom community that we won’t let you down,” comments Dickie.
Currently the project is aligning a cast and director. Distribution and production have been solidified.
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