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Teen dancers -- want to work with man behind Rihanna's hot moves?

TV PRODUCER Bill Hughes has put out a casting call for aspiring dancers for his new project.

And the Diary can reveal how successful applicants will have the chance to work with Rihanna's choreographer, John Graham.

He has signed up as one of the dance masters on TRTE2's new talent search competition Pump Up My Dance, as he helps search for Ireland's next batch of aspiring stars.

He and eight other dance masters are hunting for 180 dancers to take part in nine different shows featuring all the different dance styles. Open to amateurs aged between 13 and 16, producer Bill said how this could be one youngster's big break.


"There are 300,000 young people currently taking dance classes in Ireland right now, it's hugely popular. There's so many good dancers out there and we have a great panel of professionals helping us find the best talent," he said.

"This isn't one of those talent shows where everyone's stabbing each other in the back. The finalists will be genuinely mentored in a masterclass and helped to improve so it's a genuinely great opportunity for them."

The finalists are gradually whittled down until just five remain with the best going through to perform on stage at Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin.

Applicants must learn one of the nine different routines and then email in a video of them performing the dance and the closing date for entries is July 18.

Log on to www.rte.ie/trte/pump for more details.