We’ve been involved in Dancing with the Stars since the “dance-off” following season one. This year saw the end of the glitzy set full of LED and took a turn toward art deco.
All Access fabricated the main 3-story steel structure for the show ten years ago, and this year brought a minor refit to the stage end of the room. We replaced the bulbous radius audience levels with a proper hard good proscenium bordering the stage. Clean diagonal lines frame the large upstage LED screen nicely, leaving plenty of performance area on the 4’ stage.
All Access provided the supervision for installation of the original (and reworked) steel structure and egress stairs prior to delivery of the expanded rental and automation packages required this season. The stage area was greatly expanded, and we added two 8’x24’ multi-level band risers on Versa Mobilators, which track left and right at the push of a button, guided by a stealth aluminum and UHMW track in the stage surface.
Overhead we added an automated trolley system for the monolithic scenic elements for the programmed moves on and off stage, depending on the choreography required. This system utilizes our Creative Conners computer control system with fail-safe operation. All the way upstage we hung a heavy-duty scenery track and carriers for the manually operated LED screen supplied by Sweetwater. The screen is light enough to have a couple stage hands in show blacks on either side, to push and pull timed moves with little effort. We developed conical locators and the receiver grid for this system, which allows for an invisible center seam when closed, with easy manipulation.
Florian Weider and Anthony Bishop