"Dancin' on Air," the 1980s version of American Bandstand that has since become a cult classic for its high school participants' totally tubular dance moves, may be coming back to Philadelphia as soon as next month, according to a website for the show. It is currently auditioning dancers between 17 and 21 years old.
The show, which ran from 1981 to 1987, was produced in Camden and broadcast from WPHL-17's Philadelphia studio and other local locations live at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
"Dancin' on Air" received renewed attention when it was revealed that New Jersey native Kelly Ripa was a regular dancer. It also featured the television debuts of Madonna, Duran Duran and Will Smith, and John Waters has said that he based "Hairspray" on the atmosphere of the show after visiting the set.
The production company's website says that it doubled WPHL-17's ratings overnight and consistently generated the highest teen rating in the Philadelphia are for the entire six years it was on air.
The show's original executive producer, Michael Nise, is in talks with WPHL-17, which has a photo gallery of past episodes, for a revival that would run Saturday mornings, according to reports.
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