Lifetime’s dance competition Your Mama Don’t Dance pairs professional dancers with their parents

Lifetime’s forthcoming Dance Nation has been retitled Your Mama Don’t Dance to reflect its twist: professional dancers are competing along with their amateur parents.

“Contestants who thought they’d signed up for a simple dance-off weren’t told until this weekend that they were actually in for something completely different,” Variety reports. That twist was “revealed to the dancers on Saturday at downtown’s Orpheum Theatre,” and the “show will now follow the young pros (five men and five women) as they teach their parents how to dance. They’ll then team up and compete on a weekly basis in front of a studio audience. One pair will be eliminated each week, with the ultimate mother/son or father/daughter team scoring an as-yet undetermined prize worth $100,000,” Variety says.

Lifetime’s president, Susanne Daniels, told the paper that the show is “a dance competition, but it’s really about the adult parent/child relationship, and how complex that is. It’s going to be an emotional show. I want people to cry.”

The series will debut Feb. 29, and will be hosted by Ian Ziering and judged by people who have yet to be cast.

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