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Dance Party USA
GenreDance/Variety show / Reality / Music
Presented bySee list
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1986 to 1992
Executive producersFrank Nise, Michael Nise
Production locationsPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, Camden, New Jersey, United States
Running time30 minutes (1986–87)
45–48 minutes (1987–92)
Production companiesNise Productions Inc
On Air Entertainment
Original release
NetworkUSA Network
ReleaseApril 12, 1986 (1986-04-12) –
June 27, 1992 (1992-06-27)

Dance Party USA is an American dance television show that aired daily on cable's USA Network from April 12, 1986, to June 27, 1992. It was originally a half-hour, but was expanded to an hour in 1987.

The program was always shot at, and aired live from, various TV studios including WPHL-17 and WGBS in Philadelphia from 1986 – 1992. The production staff worked at the Nise's production offices and studios located in Camden, New Jersey. For the first few episodes, Dance Party USA's original name was Dancin' USA. Dance Party USA was formatted like its predecessor, the highly rated Dancin' On Air, a daily TV dance show broadcast from 1981 to 1986 on Philadelphia's WPHL-TV.

In 1986, Dancin' On Air was syndicated by KDOC-TV in Los Angeles. The show doubled KDOC's ratings in its first week and was then picked up by the fledgling USA Network. Shortly thereafter, USA Network hired the Nises to produce Dance Party USA for the Network. Two years later, Michael Nise learned from USA Network that his production company was chosen over Dick Clark to produce Dance Party USA for the USA Network.

During 1986 and 1987, the Dancin' On Air studio & set was the same one used for Dance Party USA. As a result, during the 1986–87 season, audiences saw the same regulars, guest dancers, and celebrities on both shows on the same days. The programs also shared a weekly talk radio show, Talkin' On Air, hosted by Michael Nise.


Noteworthy regulars

Theme Song

The show's theme song was written by Philadelphia writer/producer Dan McKeown and Michael Nise and published by Nise Productions Inc.


On April 10, 2016, Philadelphia magazine published an article detailing a new feud between many of the people who were on Dance Party USA in their teens and the producer of the show.[1]


  1. ^ "Facebook Flame Wars, Legal Action, and "Death Threats": Dancin' on Air's Family Feud Boils over". 10 April 2016.