Hosted by DJ Derrick “D-Nice” Jones from his Los Angeles home, the special will air at 10 PM ET/PT Saturday, April 25, on MTV and simulcast across VH1 and MTV2. Club MTV Presents #DanceTogether with D-Nice will encourage donations to the music education nonprofit Save the Music Foundation to bring music programs to students in underserved communities severely impacted by COVID-19.
Jones has been hosting Club Quarantine (aka “the biggest party in the world”) virtual dance parties on Instagram Live since stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus pandemic became the norm in mid-March, and he’s now taking the viral movement to MTV.
Club MTV, which aired from 1987-92, featured celebrity cameos, pop culture moments and performances from artists including the Ramones, Paula Abdul, Salt-N-Pepa, Debbie Harry, MC Hammer, Vanessa Williams, Vanilla Ice, among others. Hosted by Downtown Julie Brown from the Palladium in New York City, the show cut back and forth between teenagers dancing to a hit song and the video of that hit.
While nothing is set, a return to the franchise with a special could signal more Club MTV in the future. It would be just one in a long list of iconic MTV franchises that have been eyed for revivals including Unplugged, The Real World, Daria, Aeon Flux and others.
Club MTV Presents #DanceTogether with D-Nice is part of MTV’s #AloneTogether, a global campaign that educates audiences on the importance of staying calm, connected and active while staying home during the coronavirus pandemic.
The special is produced for MTV by MGM’s Big Fish Entertainment. Elena Diaz and Candida Boyette-Clemons are Executive Producers for MTV. Jones serves as an executive producer. Dan Cesareo, Lucilla D’Agostino, Jordana Starr and Marta Ravin serve as executive producers for Big Fish Entertainment.
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