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New Dance show for Radio 2

Former Radio 1 presenter Dave Pearce is to present Radio 2's Dance Music show which starts next month for a 13-week run on Thursday nights.

The DJ will play tracks from his vast record collection which have helped define UK club culture over the last 40 years, in the 11pm to midnight slot.

Each programme spotlights a defining era, journeying through the evolution of dance – from disco to jazz funk and from the electronic eighties to the advent of house music, Ibiza and beyond.

Celebrating DJ legends and searching for the ultimate 12" single, Dave will also invite listeners to reveal their adventures in clubland over the years.

Dave said: "I'm delighted to be able to share my passion for dance music with listeners to Radio 2. With nearly all the original heavyweight DJs over 50 now I guess dance music has finally come of age! It's time to bring back some of those great records that we all miss.

"I've been working in dance since playing disco on land-based pirate radio in the late Seventies and have continued going to clubs, DJ-ing and enjoying the music ever since. I'm really looking forward to hearing listener's anecdotes and record suggestions. People often say to me whatever happened to all those great records, the good news is that they are under my bed and in my loft!"

The new show starts from Thursday 14 April. Dave meanwhile will present his last Dance Anthems show on 6 Music this coming weekend (2 April). The show moved over from Radio 1 in autumn 208. On his website, Dave told listeners: "It was a great challenge to go and play something different on a radio station that is known for more or less playing the same indie music 24/7 but I was delighted we built a strong and loyal listenership and increased the audience in the Saturday slot by a third in the first quarter alone."

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