Jenna Dewan talks new display ‘Come Dance with Me’

Ora Sawyers

Jenna Dewan reported that she could relate to both of those the mother and father and the young ones on CBS’s new loved ones dance competitiveness sequence, “Come Dance with Me.” 

“I was in the beginning taken with the notion of the present. I cherished the concept of taking young skilled dancers, and asking them to request 1 of their untrained mom and dad to dance with them. I was comparable to a large amount of these young ones, I was dancing nonstop, and it was my lifetime,” Dewan, 41, advised The Write-up. 

“I know what it is like to be a diehard dancer as a child. But I also know what it is like to be the mother or father who would do nearly anything for her children,” she said. “I could see it in their eyes [in the show], how a great deal the parents wished to impress us and be there for their young children. I get it. It was tremendous-entertaining, but tricky for me to judge, since my coronary heart was so invested in their journey.”

Jenna Dewan smiles in a shiny orange dress.
Jenna Dewan as a decide on the new guardian-little one dance levels of competition collection “Come Dance with Me.”
Mother and son duo Lucas and Carolina dancing on a stage in "Come Dance with Me."
Mom and son duo Lucas and Carolina choose the phase in “Come Dance with Me.”

In “Come Dance With Me” (Fridays at 8 p.m.) is hosted by Grammy-successful songwriter Philip Lawrence — most effective acknowledged for his collaborations with Bruno Mars — with judges Dewan, Dexter Mayfield and Tricia Miranda. 

In each individual episode, a youthful skilled dancer (in between the ages of 8 and 15) faucets a single of their dance-beginner dad and mom to be part of them on phase, doing a choreographed selection for the panel of judges. They are evaluated centered on procedure, group chemistry and showmanship. Each individual 7 days, dad or mum/child duos are removed right up until the last pair standing wins a $100,000 grand prize. 

“I was drawn to the braveness that it can take for these dad and mom to say indeed,” explained Lawrence, 41, who has won seven Grammys and garnered 18 nominations.

Philip Lawrence stands on a stage holding a mic and smiling.
Grammy-winner Philip Lawrence hosts “Come Dance With Me.”
Emelyn, age 13, dances with her novice mom, Nicole, on "Come Dance with Me."
Emelyn, 13, dances with her beginner mom, Nicole, on “Come Dance with Me.”
Ava, age 10, dances with her novice dad, John, on "Come Dance with Me."
Ava, 10, dances with her novice dad, John, on “Come Dance with Me.”

“They’ve been seeing from the sidelines, supporting their kids’ desires, and they’re now thrust into that arena when they’ve had none of that instruction. It can take a ton of braveness to get out of your consolation zone like that. It drew me to give them encouragement. You get to see the young ones telling the moms and dads what to do … and the mother and father are attempting not to be advised!”

In addition to acting stints on “The Rookie,” and “Superman & Lois,” Dewan is most effective acknowledged for the 2006 dance motion picture “Step Up,” and she’s also been a backup dancer for the likes of Janet Jackson and Pink.

But, related to the dad and mom on the demonstrate, she’s also a mom to an 8-calendar year outdated daughter Everly (with ex-partner Channing Tatum) and a 2-yr-aged son (with fiance Steve Kazee, “Shameless”). 

Jenna Dewan and Dexter Mayfield sit on couches laughing.
Jenna Dewan with fellow decide, Dexter Mayfield, on “Come Dance with Me.”

“We have a whole lot of spontaneous dance parties in our dwelling. There are a large amount of fights about the Alexa and what songs are going to perform, and what kind of dance get together we’ll have,” she claimed. “But my daughter, funny plenty of, was not into dance at all. She experienced no interest in it. And then just recently, she grew to become very interested in Irish dance. 

“And so, we uncovered an Irish-dancing course, and she’s obsessed. I have under no circumstances pushed it, I was crystal clear, I was like, ‘If this is not her enthusiasm, I’m not pushing this on her.’ But then, she explained, ‘You know what I want to do? “Riverdance.”‘ I explained, ‘OK.’ And below we are.”

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