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TLC's 'Dance Kids ATL' trial run airs July 24

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Dance 411 studios has been home to at least a dozen reality shows, usually in a cameo setting.

Examples: Bravo's "Real Housewives of Atlanta." BET's "Born to Dance." Bravo's "Tabatha's Takeover." MTV's "Made." Lifetime's "Pretty Wicked Moms." TV One's "R&B Divas."

A current contestant on "So You Think You Can Dance" (Jasmine Harper) has danced there.

And off camera, they recently brought Will Ferrell and Steve Carell in to learn the two step for "Anchorman 2."

Clearly, the Schneiders - who own the very busy studio in East Atlanta  - have built up quite a reputation in the TV/fillm community in recent years.

But some of the younger kids have never gotten to show their stuff on the tube  - until tonight, when TLC tests a reality show "Dance Kids ATL" after 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."

TLC will air one-off specials to gauge viewer reaction.

In this case, a group of young hip-hop dancers, ages 9 to 16, rehearse for competitions with dance coach Tracey Berry and famed choreographer Sean Bankhead (who has worked with top stars such as Beyoncé, Ciara and Bruno Mars).  It's similar to Lifetime's "Dance Moms," but the emphasis is more on the kids, who are in a group called KIIDS (as in Killing It In Different Styles).

"They are preparing, not just for competitions, but to potentially go on tour with the next Disney star," said owner Sindy.

"I'm trying to do bigger things for my life," said Nyielle Hansley, 11, of Lithonia.

"We have a lot of talent here," added Bankhead, who has been teaching for years and does plenty of choreography for celebrities.

"There's a lot of pressure," said Ed Schneider, who is a chiropractor but helps out his wife, a former professional dancer who runs the studio day to day. "This is really about what we do. In the past, we were just part of the show."

They specialize in hip hop and purposely chose East Atlanta for their home because of its diversity.

TV preview

"Dance Kids ATL," 10 p.m., Wednesday, July 24, TLC

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