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Sway: Magic Dance

By Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Fun motion filters transform kids into dance pros.

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Hilariously fun motion filters allow even the most rhythmically challenged to see themselves perform popular dance moves that mirror those of a professional dancer. Sway: Magic Dance is a riot. Get ready to laugh! The app is extremely user-friendly and easy to navigate. The tutorial is helpful, and the checklist provides a quick little reminder of steps to follow for a successful recording. The recording prompts are consistently the same, but also permit for freedom of expression. Kids are prompted to crouch, swivel their head, or do a touchdown dance, and those movements are used by the app to produce incredibly funny dances that could pass for professional choreography. The quality of the videos does depend on the range of movement recorded for the avatar and overall quality of the original recording. In addition to dance moves to popular songs, kids can also use the avatar to make videos of themselves dancing ballet and doing karate moves. Families should be aware that although the app doesn’t have a messaging feature, it does provide a direct link to pro dancers' Instagram accounts, where they'll be able to like and comment freely. Also, there's no way to filter out mature lyrics. The app can run a bit slowly and sometimes freezes or closes on its own. It also limits the number of saved avatars to two. If you want to add additional avatars, previous ones need to be deleted. Although it's slightly inconvenient, this doesn't impact the overall fun experience.

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