Meet Bravo's 'Step It Up & Dance' Contestants

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Not enough reality dance competitions for you? Luckily, Bravo has put its best foot forward to join the action.

Bravo has revealed the 12 talented hopefuls competing on the new series "Step It Up & Dance," which will premiere on Thursday, April 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

On the show, the dozen dancers will participate in challenges in a variety of dance styles such as hip-hop, burlesque or Latin in order to become the last hoofer standing, winning $100,000. The weekly challenges are set up as auditions for performances that range from a music video shoot to a Vegas spectacular.

"Showgirls" and "Saved by the Bell" star Elizabeth Berkley will host, while Emmy Award nominee and Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell ("Hairspray," Legally Blonde") acts as the competitors' mentor. On the judging panel are director-choreographer Vincent Paterson ( Madonna's "Blond Ambition" Tour, Michael Jackson's "Bad" Tour) and choreographer Nancy O'Meara ("Hannah Montana," "High School Musical Tour").

Although it's too early to know who's good without seeing them show off their stuff, some of the bios and photos have made a few of the dancers stand out. There's 18-year-old Janelle, the youngest contestant, who has been an actress, competitive cheerleader, tae kwon do performer who has appeared on tour with the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme and of course, a dancer.

The self-described "offbeat" Miguel dances, plays the saxophone and is "an amazing whistler," according to his bio. He's also a choreographer whose credits include the sold-out Hannah Montana "Best of Both Worlds" Tour and Rthe Pussycat Dolls in Las Vegas.

And of course, how can you not love the single (and straight) Nick? His dance skills helped him land in numerous music videos and as Theodore's dance double in the "Alvin & the Chipmunks" movie. What, couldn't Bravo get the dance doubles for Simon or Alvin? Wait, there are dance doubles for CGI chipmunks?

Check out the breakdown of the "Step It Up & Dance" contestants below:

Name: Adriana
Age: 25
Hometown: Shrewsbury, Mass.
Residence: Queens, NY

Name: Cody
Age: 27
Hometown: Surrey, Canada
Residence: New York, NY

Name: James
Age: 23
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Residence: Los Angeles, Calif.

Name: Janelle
Age: 18
Hometown: Modesto, Calif.
Residence: Los Angeles, Calif.

Name: Jessica
Age: 22
Hometown/Residence: San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Name: Nick
Age: 26
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Residence: QLos Angeles, Calif.

Name: Nicole
Age: 29
Hometown: Farmington Hills, Mich.
Residence: Chicago, Ill.

Name: Michael
Age: 25
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Residence: Los Angeles, Calif.

Name: Michelle
Age: 30
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
Residence: New York, NY

Name: Miguel
Age: 24
Hometown: Delano, Calif.
Residence: Los Angeles, Calif.

Name: Oscar
Age: 31
Hometown: Bologna, Italy
Residence: New York, NY

Name: Tovah
Age: 21
Hometown/Residence: Chicago, Ill.

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