TWINKLE TOES: International choreographer Jason Gilkison. Picture: Christopher Mann
Internationally acclaimed choreographer and creative director Jason Gilkison is expected to judge the first version of Dancing With The Stars SA next month.

Gilkison will be sharing his expertise on the competing couples’ interpretation of different dancing styles, and overseeing the couples’ choreography and creative execution throughout the show.

The renowned international choreographer said he couldn’t wait to come to South Africa and start working on some dance numbers for the show.

“This is going to be one fierce first season,” he said.

Best known for his for his work as judge and choreographer on the hugely successful TV series So You Think You Can Dance, in Australia and the US, the Australian-born choreographer’s creative skills have been seen around the globe. He has choreographed more than 80 routines for the popular franchise.

The dance master also held the role of choreographer for Dame Edna’s Back With a Vengeance tour for Broadway, in the US, and Australia.

Gilkison has guided the dance routines of a long list of stars, including Celine Dion, Robbie Williams, Andrea Bocelli, Will Young, Take That, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett.

M-Net promises to give audiences a new show-stopping reality show on Sunday nights, and has secured a variety of famous movers and shakers from an array of different backgrounds.

With the help of highly skilled professional Latin and ballroom dancers, 12 untrained local celebrities will be putting their best foot forward to compete in the South African version of Dancing with the Stars.

The list of local celebrities who will be dusting off their dance shoes includes Mzansi’s Best TV Presenter Thembisa Mdoda, actor Frank Opperman, actress Juanita du Plessis, former Miss SA and radio presenter Liesl Laurie, Wayde van Niekerk’s mom, Odessa Swarts, film and TV star Zola Nombona, music star Connell Cruise, Bafana Bafana’s Delron Buckley, ex-Springbok Thando Manana and netball player Vanes-Mari du Toit.

M-Net will be revealing the identities of the last two celebrity dancers soon, as well as which experts will be joining Gilkison on the judging panel.

Dancing With The Stars SA will premiere on M-Net channel 101 on February 4 at 5pm.