Summer Entertainment Preview: Dancing Edition

Summer is a sizzling time of year, and it’s really heating up on the stage and screen! Over the next couple of months, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to tap your toes while nursing your sunburn.

If you think all the best shows are on in the fall, think again. Check out this summer’s lineup!


World of Dance” is a brand new competition hitting the airwaves May 30. Dancers of all ages, performing all styles, will try to wow the panel of judges and add a cool million bucks to their bank accounts. But that’s one tough panel! Jenna Dewan Tatum, Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough and Ne-Yo will decide who is the best of the best. Tune in and see if you agree!


So You Think You Can Dance” is coming back for its 14th season and changing things up a bit. This time around, all the dancers are between 18 and 30 years old. You’ll see various dance styles: contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom. The top ten will be paired with All-Stars who will guide them throughout the competition. You get to vote for your favorite. Watch and vote to help crown the winner.



Sister and brother duo Julianne and Derek Hough of “Dancing with the Stars” fame are on tour right now. Their “Move Beyond Live on Tour” is inspired by the elements — earth, wind, fire and water. They say they use all those to take you on a journey of dance and music. Ballroom, tap, salsa, hip-hop, and “everything in between” — their show has it all. If you’re interested, don’t delay! This wraps up at the end of June, when Derek picks up his judging duties on “World of Dance”!



If you’re a fan of “Dancing with the Stars” and miss it during the summer, you can catch it as it tours the country live on stage! “Dancing with the Stars Live! Hot Summer Nights” is on the road through August. The tour showcases ballroom and modern dances like the ones you enjoy on the hit TV show. And it promises to be over the top.

There are also several Broadway shows on tour. Don’t let the fact that you can’t score “Hamilton” tickets keep you out of the theater! There are lots of wonderful productions filled with beautiful dance numbers that should have you planning a night out.


Last year, “La La Land” had dance lovers dreaming of more soft shoe on the silver screen. This summer will have you en pointe, with an enchanting film about an orphan chasing her dream of dancing in a prestigious ballet school in Paris. “Leap!” may have you doing a pirouette or two before you’re done. It twirls into theaters at the end of August.

Let the bounty of summer dance shows inspire you to try learning some new moves of your own! Find your local Fred Astaire Dance Studio to start your own summer dance fling.