Rocks author Theresa Ikoko is making a Channel 4 coming-of-age drama with A Discovery of Witches scribe Lisa Holdsworth about an eclectic group of dance college students.

Dance School (working title) will present 10 business coaching placements to people with no earlier TV expertise.

Produce by Channel 4 Growth Fund-backed indie Duck Soup Films and impressed by true tales from inner-city Leeds, the eight-part present will observe the scholars as they navigate the extreme highs and lows of coming-of-age in at this time’s complicated world. Teacher Jackie heads up the Saturday class and brings collectively the core friendship gang and dance ensemble: Puppy, Kobby, Liam, Tim, Francesca, Tash and Nohail.

Street casting and recruitment begins in the summertime and the manufacturing will shoot within the Autumn in and round Leeds.

The present has shades of Ikoko and director Sarah Gavron’s method to BAFTA-winning Rocks, which solid younger non-actors in inner-city London in what was an in depth course of. Ikoko can be writing BBC drama Wahala from Firebird Pictures.

Channel 4 Head of Drama Caroline Hollick stated: “Dance School is a heart-warming portrayal of the hardships younger individuals are more and more uncovered to, nevertheless it’s equally a celebration of inspiring and genuine tales that can resonate with our viewers.”

Executive producers are Rebekah Wray-Rogers, Jessica Brown Meek, Libby Durdy, Ikoko, Holdsworth, Kathryn O’Connor and Jessica Straker. Writers are Holdsworth, Dipo Baruwa-Etti, Kamal Kaan, Zodwa Nyoni, Phoebe Okeowo. Dance School will probably be produced by Lisa-Marie Russo and directed by Sara Dunlop. Choreography will probably be led by Sharon Watson and Dawn Holgate. The sequence was commissioned for Channel 4 by Hollick and Commissioning Editor Rebecca Holdsworth.

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