Lexington SC mother-daughter couple take part in CBS dance show

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The mother-daughter duo and Lexington locals Mia (right) and Crystal Clark (left) will take part in the new CBS Come Dance With Me show which airs April 15.

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After spending three months filming in Australia, a mother-daughter duo from Lexington are set to shine on national television when CBS’ new show “Come Dance With Me” airs in mid-April.

While Mia Clark and her mother, Crystal, have had time to explore Australia, they’ve spent most of their time overseas practicing their dance moves.

“The first thing we had to do was go to rehearsal almost straight away,” 10-year-old Mia explained. “And there are cameras in there, so I was a little nervous at first because I’ve never really been in front of, like, a real camera that’s going to be on national television.”

Mia has been dancing since the age of 3 and has performed styles ranging from tap to hip hop throughout her time at Irmo’s Southern Strutt studio. While the cameras were new, she was used to competitive dancing.

For her mother, Crystal, there were a lot more rehearsals. But that was kind of the point.

The premise of the show pairs talented dancers between the ages of 9 and 15 with an untrained adult who has supported their dancing career. Teams compete in front of celebrity judges for a chance to win $100,000. (You’ll have to watch the show to see how the Clarks did.)

Mia’s uncle, who works as a professional choreographer, first entered Mia into the contest with a video of the two of them, but the rules require the young dancer’s partner to be untrained. So Mia asked her mother.

Crystal also loves dancing. Her two brothers do it professionally, and she incorporates a lot of movement into her preschool classroom at the Saxe Gotha Child Development Center in Lexington.

“I love dancing with the kids,” Crystal said. “They know that’s the kind of energy I bring to the class, so they’re very excited to see their teacher dancing on TV.”

But performing complicated choreography on national television was a touch out of his wheelhouse. She had to think about it, but ended up agreeing. She thought Mia would do most of the dancing anyway.

She quickly realized that was not the case. Crystal should keep pace with her professionally trained 10-year-old.

“When we had that first choreography, I’m pretty sure my mouth dropped,” Crystal recalled.

Mia was admittedly skeptical at first too.

“The most surprising thing was definitely my mom because I thought when we got there she wouldn’t have been very good at dancing, but she actually was,” Mia said.

Both Mia and Crystal said they were happy to have this experience together – the interviews, costume fittings and exploring a new country brought them closer together, Crystal said.

And they’ve both developed a deeper appreciation for what the other is capable of, she added.

When the show airs, it will be the first time Mia and Crystal will see what they filmed.

“It will be new for all of us, and we will all be able to enjoy it together for the first time,” Crystal said, adding that she was nervous but thrilled that her friends and family would see her dance.

The series premiere episode airs on CBS Friday, April 15 at 8 p.m. ET. The show will also be available to stream on Paramount+.

Morgan Hughes covers Columbia news for The State. She previously reported on health, education and local government in Wyoming and won awards in Wyoming and Wisconsin for feature writing and investigative journalism. Morgan is new to the South but has fun learning about the quirks and culture of South Carolina.

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