Dave Raymond - who later became the Philly Phanatic - was this show's first adult host. There were over 50 adult and "kid" hosts during the 6 years the show aired. The show's ratings never declined with the departure of any of the hosts nor with the departure of any of the "Regulars." The show never employed any cast members or correspondents, or any writers, actors or professional dancers. DANCE PARTY USA was the longest running national cable TV teen dance show in the history of television anywhere in the world.
Ratings research at the time showed that audiences consistently preferred DANCE PARTY USA 10 to 3 over American Bandstand, 10 to 2 over Soul Train and 10 to 2 over Dance Fever.
DANCE PARTY USA was the 1st TV dance show to allow interracial couples to dance on TV and it was the 1st to incorporate music videos in its format (Club MTV was all music videos).
DANCE PARTY USA was a combination reality, unscripted soap opera, variety, music, theme, comedy, dance and lifestyle show that featured famous people from TV, radio, music, politics, the news, cartoons, sports and film... against the backdrop of everyday kids dancing while having good, clean fun!!! It was a ratings bonanza and gold mine for USA Network's Sales Department and its sponsors for over 6 years.
DANCIN' ON AIR -- produced from 1981-1987 by Dance Party USA's executive producers Michael Nise and his father, Frank -- was the forerunner of DANCE PARTY USA.
DANCE PARTY USA produced from 1986 to 1992 - was taped and broadcast to 50 United States, all US territories and parts of Canada on the USA Network. The creative work was done in the Nise's Camden, NJ offices while the show was taped at various studios located in Philadelphia, as well as at various locations including the Jersey shore, the Midwest and southern United States.
From 1981 - 1992, over 800,000 kids from all over the US and parts of Canada danced on DANCE PARTY USA and DANCIN' ON AIR. During 1986, the same studio set was used for both DANCE PARTY USA and DANCIN' ON AIR, and both shows were taped / broadcasted live on the same days. As a result during 1986, some of the kids that audiences saw dancing on DANCIN' ON AIR were seen dancing on DANCE PARTY USA. Some of the artists -- such as Fresh Prince, Will Smith -- appeared on both DANCE PARTY USA and DANCIN' ON AIR. "Dancin' On Air Presents The 80's Experience" DVD with some of DANCE PARTY USA's dancers is available at www.omni2000.com.
Michael Nise -- Executive Producer and Producer of DANCIN' ON AIR, DANCE PARTY USA, ONE HOUSE STREET, UNDER 18 NOT ADMITTED and America AFTER DARK -- holds the world's record for producing the most number of TV dance shows in the world, in any lifetime or career, and he did it in only 11 years.
Both DANCIN' ON AIR and DANCE PARTY USA were the only TV dance programs to incorporate music from all music genres. Both programs consistently played music and featured artists from the 50's, 60's, 70-'s 80's and 90's and included R&B, Soul, Funk, Pop, Country, Rock, Disco, TV, Movies, Rap, and Hip Hop.
In 1985, KDOC, LA picked-up DANCIN' ON AIR and the show doubled KDOC's ratings the 1st week. The then fledgling USA Network heard about KDOC's success and decided to give DANCIN' ON AIR and its producers a shot. Overnight, USA Network's ratings doubled with Dancin' USA. Shortly thereafter, the show was renamed, DANCE PARTY USA.
Both DANCIN' ON AIR and DANCE PARTY USA jumpstarted the careers of 600+ celebs, many who had their very 1st TV appearances on DANCIN' ON AIR or DANCE PARTY USA including Madonna, The Hooters, Will Smith, Duran Duran, Tommy Verica, Aly Larter, Rennie Harris and Kelly Ripa. For a list of the celebs, visit www.omni2000.com.
The real "stars" -- that kept the audience tuning-in each day were the over 800,000 kids of all races, creeds, shapes, sizes and physical & mental disabilities who danced on both shows. Unlike other TV teen shows -- then and now -- the dancers were not chosen based on their beauty, maturity of their bodies, their clothes, or even on their ability to dance. Kids were not even selected for their "coolness," "hipness," or popularity among their peers.
Kid dancers never auditioned, and were selected by the Producers for their ability of the audience to relate to them. Once the kids appeared on the show, they were allowed to continue on the shows as either "Regulars" or "Permanent Guests." Both were chosen by the viewing audience -- based upon the number of fan letters received each week.
"Regulars" committed themselves to appear on every show during any one 13 week season. "Regulars" were the first, and sometimes the only, ones allowed to sit with, or dance near, the celebs. Only "Regulars" were featured in, or co-hosted, different program segments like Lipsyncs and Starline.
"Permanent Guests" were kids who committed to appearing consistently once a week during a 13 week season. "Permanent Guests" did not co-host, and were not featured in any segments.
DANCIN' ON AIR and DANCE PARTY USA did employ one regular adult host at any given time. The 1st Adult Host was Dave Raymond. The best remembered adult host was Andy Gury. Celebs including Jermaine Jackson, Danny Bonaduci and JoJo Wright were among the thousands of aspiring host candidates. Hulk Hogan asked Michael Nise if he could Host just one show.
For more info and access to the official chat room, feel free to visit the official Dance Party USA website. Thank You.
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