Lifetime Pulls Dancers' Legs

Like a host of other networks, Lifetime is adding a dance-competition series to its lineup. Unlike those others, though, it sprung a last-minute surprise on its participants.

The cable channel is launching a series called "Your Mama Don't Dance" on Friday, Feb. 29. Hosted by former "Beverly Hills, 90210" star and recent "Dancing with the Stars" competitor Ian Ziering, the show will pair 10 professional dancers with amateur partners who they'll train in a number of styles. The catch: The amateurs, unknown to the dancers until they meet their partners, are their parents.

"'Your Mama Don't Dance' distinguishes itself from other dance competition shows because its point of view is truly unique," Lifetime Entertainment president Susanne Daniels says. "The relationships between the dancers and their parents will evolve during the eight weeks and it will be both heartwarming and heartbreaking."

The dancers -- five men and five women -- auditioned for a show they thought was called "Dance Nation" and would be a straight-up competition, a la FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance." Last weekend, they gathered in Los Angeles and were told they'd be competing with their mothers or fathers. The surprise will be featured in the first two episodes of the series.

As with other dance shows, a panel of judges (yet to be named) will evaluate the contestants and put two teams up for elimination each week. Viewers will have the final say via phone, text-message and online voting. The winning team will receive a $100,000 prize.

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