CBBC commissions "My Life: Battle of the Ballroom" from Yeti

The documentary follows two 13-year-old ballroom dancers training for the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool.

9 NOV 2021

"My Life, Battle of the Ballroom"

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Yeti, the Welsh production company, announces its commission from CBBC for "My Life: Battle of the Ballroom" (1x30’), a documentary following two 13-year-old ballroom dancers training for the biggest competition of their lives at the world-famous Tower Ballroom in Blackpool. The episode was commissioned by Kez Margrie, Commissioning Editor BBC Children’s 7+.

"My Life, Battle of the Ballroom" follows Bailey and Summer, two budding ballroom champions from Blackwood, South Wales.  Bailey has autism, and he’s also visually impaired but puts his autism to use positively to help give him focus, determination, and he’s never been self-conscious on the dance floor. Summer is a superstar in the making, she has been dancing since the age of 2 and with aspirations to one day turn pro.

Sian Price, Creative Director at Yeti says: “The moment I saw Bailey and Summer waltzing around a hotel car-park during covid I knew I was witnessing a truly special friendship and 2 extraordinarily talented dancers! It’s been inspiring to follow their journey to Blackpool and have the privilege of sharing their lives over the last 6 months. I’ve no doubt viewers will certainly be rooting for them, and a few might even be inspired to try out ballroom dancing themselves!”

The documentary follows the duo as they train through the covid lockdowns and at their local dance club as restrictions are eased. And as the Blackpool Championships get closer it covers Bailey and Summer’s final preparations: the competition haircuts, the tricky business of choosing the right costume and of course the all-important competition spray tan.  The finale sees the pair battle it out against 600 competitors in the different classes and categories as they dance Latin, Ballroom, and the Cha-Cha-Cha for a chance at a medal.