FOX Announces So You Think You Can Dance Renewal, Season 12 To Feature Stage vs. Street Format

FOX has decided to stick with So You Think You Can Dance.

The network announced the renewal of the series today, and that the twelfth edition of the show will premiere in the summer of 2015.

The show will also feature a major format change. Advancing dancers will be placed into two teams. The STAGE dancers will features those who have received formal training in contemporary, ballet, jazz and tap. The STREET dancers will be skilled in hip hop, animation and breaking.

As the auditions continue, the judges along with each team’s All-Star coach will eliminate dancers until only 10 on each team remain.

For the live shows, the Top 20 will be asked to perform a variety of styles where one dancer from each genre will be eliminated each week. In the end, the winner will either come from the stage or the street team.

It is unclear as to whether or not dancers will compete as pairs or individually in the live shows, but we will provide any updates.

So You Think You Can Dance is a rare jewel. It combines high art with mass entertainment in a seamless, sophisticated and hugely satisfying way,” said Simon Andreae, Executive Vice President, Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “It’s produced and consumed with tremendous passion and it’s developed one of the most deservedly loyal followings in all of unscripted television. We are immensely proud to be returning it to the schedule with a thrilling new twist that will bring it up to date and introduce a whole new set of rooting opportunities.”

“The competition is going to be much more exciting for viewers and even more demanding for the dancers,” said co-creator and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe. “Dancers from different genres have always been competitive with each other and we’ve found a great way to harness that to bring out the absolute best performances in the best dancers across the country.”