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Star frets over TV role
Steven Rogers and Giselle Peacock

He's represented Australia on the international dancing stage but that doesn't mean Safety Bay-raised dancer Steven Rogers feels any more confident about making his TV debut on Ten's reality show, Everybody Dance Now.

Speaking to AAA this week, the WAAPA-trained dancer - who took up ballroom dancing at age six and went on to compete in world championships - admitted to feeling extremely anxious about his upcoming appearance on the show, which premieres on Sunday.

"It's weird because I've been dancing for three years on stage for audiences of thousands and thousands and I don't get nervous at that, but I'm wetting my pants at the thought that thousands and thousands more people will be watching me on TV," he said with a laugh. "It's intimidating, I guess, but it's exciting."

The 22-year-old recently wrapped up a three-year tour abroad for the popular dance production Burn the Floor, which saw him perform in the US, New Zealand and China.

It was during this time that he crossed paths with renowned Aussie dancer Giselle Peacock, 31, with whom he was later partnered.

"I saw Giselle dance through the international competitors circle for years and years and I've always looked up to her," he said. "I've always seen her as a massive superstar."

Coincidently, it was just a week after Peacock and Rogers' contract with Burn the Floor had ended that auditions opened for Ten's dancing competition.

"It was actually perfect timing because I finished my contract with Burn the Floor a week before the auditions," he explained.

Hosted by model Sarah Murdoch, Everybody Dance Now sees an array of dancers of all ages and styles - solo, duo or in a group - compete for a spot in two rival teams headed up by music superstars Kelly Rowland and Jason Derulo.

Each week the two teams will compete in a series of "dance battles" that unfold in front of a studio audience.

Week by week, the teams are whittled down before a final winner is crowned.

While Rogers hoped he and Peacock would "make it far" in the competition, he also wanted to change the stigma attached to ballroom dancing.

"We kind of want to make ballroom dancing a little bit cooler," he said. "Ballroom dancing has a bit of a rough reputation with the whole grandmother, grandad, ball gowns, tuxedos - we kind of want to rip it apart and kind of show ballroom dancing as it is today and reinvent it so it's more approachable for everybody."

Everybody Dance Now airs Sunday at 7.30pm on Ten.

The West Australian

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