Nigel Lythgoe has a dance video that's perfect for aspiring Bristol Palin types
While implementing sweeping changes on "American Idol" in the wake of Simon Cowell's departure, exec producer Nigel Lythgoe has also been sweeping across the dance floor himself, promoting the Dizzy Feet Foundation with fellow "So You Think You Can Dance" judge Adam Shankman and the very animated Angelina Ballerina.
The Dizzy Feet Foundation, co-founded by Lythgoe, Shankman, actress Katie Holmes and "DWTS" judge Carrie Ann Inaba, is designed to help underprivileged young people who aspire to become professional dancers realize that dream.
The public service announcement above was one of two launched Thursday in New York as part of the Angelina Ballerina Stars of the Future campaign.
"We look forward to awarding dance scholarships to such deserving aspiring dancers," Lythgoe said at the event, where three kids -- one national, two local -- were awarded dance scholarships for their exceptional promise.
With Bristol Palin's current dance journey in the headlines, the timing couldn't be better to remind kids about how important a dance education might turn out to be. If nothing else, the "Dancing With the Stars" underdog, under the tutelage of partner Mark Ballas, has turned a spotlight on the learning process.
The spots will be featured online and will be included next year on DVDs of kids programs, including "Angelina Ballerina," "Thomas and Friends" and "Barney."
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Angelina Ballerina and Nigel Lythgoe, co-president of the Dizzy Feet Foundation. Credit: Brian Ach / Getty Images for HIT Entertainment.