Dance Central

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Extraordinarily fun dancing game for Kinect.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

This game is a positive one because it's all focused around dancing and having fun. You simply mimic the dancer's movements and learn new steps, compete for points, and unlock new content.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There isn't a lead character in this game, other than the onscreen dancers you mimic in front of the television.


Ease of Play

The game has a very comprehensive tutorial mode, but it can still be challenging!


Some of the female dancers wear short shorts or revealing tops. Some lyrics, however, contain suggestive lines such as "meet him at the door with nothin' on" (from Dip it Low) and "Ah, sss, push it, push it real good" (from Salt-N-Pepa).


Aside from "ass," "damn" and "hell," there isn't foul language in the lyrics, but there are some suggestive lines.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a dancing game, not unlike the Dance Dance Revolution titles, which teaches players contemporary dance moves. Some of the music featured has suggestive lyrics and a few have other potentially offensive lines such as "The interior, like suicide wrist red," from Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot." Overall, however, this game is fairly tame as "Teen"-rated titles go.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byspixmacaw101 May 20, 2017

Best dance game!

Really realistic. And a fun dance game...The best!
I do not have an Xbox, but if I did, I would buy this (I play it at my friend's house).
Teen, 14 years old Written bybrieona January 10, 2012

Provides a fun way to get active

This game is a great way to get moving. It is a lot of fun and can be used by all ages. Many of the songs require practice in order to get a good score on (espe... Continue reading

What's it about?

Designed to work with Kinect for Xbox 360, a peripheral with multiple cameras and sensors that turns you into the controller, MTV Games' DANCE CENTRAL is a new dancing game that monitors your movements in real-time, and in a 3-D space in front of the television. Created by the talented developers at Harmonix, of Guitar Hero and Rock Band fame, Dance Central is like Dance Dance Revolution but instead of stepping on various arrows in time with the beat, your entire body is scanned and analyzed during dance routines. More than 650 authentic dance moves can be learned (totaling nearly 100 routines), plus there are many multiplayer modes to challenge friends

Is it any good?

Dance Central is indeed great fun! This challenging but gratifying dancing game has you mimic the onscreen dancers, and if you move your body in rhythm, you'll rack up points and unlock new songs, dancers, and venues. It's fun to learn the moves by yourself but the game really shines when playing with or aganist friends. There are dozens of dance songs included on the disc, be it oldies, such as Kool & The Gang's "Jungle Boogie," or newer hits, such as Lady Gaga's "Poker Face." While the selection is decent, it would've been great if this title had more songs to choose from (such as the 80+ songs included in Rock Band 3 or DJ Hero 2). Shortcoming aside, Dance Central is one of the better Kinect for Xbox 360 launch titles.

Online interaction: There is no online multiplayer gaming here but players can download new songs from the Internet over time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether Kinect for Xbox 360 makes rhythm games like this more entertaining because no one has to hold anything in their hands.  Does Kinect bring it to the next level? Or is it deja vu?! 

  • Not only does Dance Central make it fun to learn and compete in new dance moves but there's also a calorie counter mode, if you want to get fit and lose weight -- much like the Dance Dance Central games that came before it. Do you play a game like this for fitness?

Game details

  • Platforms: Xbox 360
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: MTV Games
  • Release date: November 4, 2010
  • Genre: Music & Dance
  • ESRB rating: T for Lyrics
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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