Dance Camp

Movie review by
Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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Teens compete in engaging dance movie; some profanity.
  • PG-13
  • 2016
  • 83 minutes

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

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

Positive Messages

Be loyal to your crew. When you work at something you love, it seems a little less like work. People make mistakes, but they can get back on track. If someone threatens you, walk away from violence.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Hunter learns to work with a group. He tends to act selfishly but comes to see that life is better when he isn’t. At first Hunter is condescending and dismissive of the conscientious dancers he meets. Lance is a bully. Jeb demonstrates how to be a great, supportive friend.


Lance shoves Hunter in a demonstration of bullying and schoolyard supremacy.


Hunter dances with his shirt off. The dancers wear midriff-baring outfits. A boy and girl kiss briefly. After Lance mocks Jeb, calling him a "special-needs kid," Jeb shoots back that Lance’s mother took care of his "special needs" last night.


"Hell," "bitch," "a--hole," "s--t." The middle-finger gesture.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Underage drinking at the beginning of the story gets Hunter into trouble, and he's assigned to do community service. He apologizes and doesn’t do it again.


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that YouTube Red production Dance Camp is the Pitch Perfect of dance, with teens competing in their summer dance camp's coveted dance championship. In this production, the kids choreograph and rehearse, demonstrating teamwork, focus, and dedication. Romance brews, but only brief, clothed kissing is seen. There's some brief innuendo. The kids say "hell," "s--t," "a--hole," and "bitch," and we see the middle-finger gesture. One character is a bully. Underage drinking gets the hero in trouble at first, but he seems to reform himself.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKasocon September 24, 2018

Rip off

This is a rip off of camp rock made by a bunch of youtubers! It’s a waste of time, so don’t bother even watching the trailer.
Written byAnonymous August 27, 2017

Jake paul is a threat

Do you know whats going on? 11-16 yr old fangirls keep watching jake paul and heading too his house. I would never let my children watch him. Logan is better... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byconnorclarke12 November 7, 2017

What's the story?

DANCE CAMP begins as Hunter (Nadji Jeter) and his underage friends throw a party where alcohol is served. A judge sentences him to community service -- work of his dance teacher mother's choosing. She sends him to work at a friend's summer dance camp where Hunter's self-suppressed talent as a dancer is unleashed. He joins a team in the annual dance competition and makes it to the finals, learning loyalty, dedication, and focus in the process. He even finds a little romance.

Is it any good?

Terrific performances and a solid comic script make a largely formulaic scenario fun to watch. Nadji Jeter, a talented dancer, is charismatic and self-possessed as the streetwise kid stuck in the woods at summer camp. Philip Labes is a standout, bringing a sweetness and precise comic timing to his portrayal of Hunter's sidekick, Jeb. Teens will enjoy the gentle romance and the impressive dance scenes, and parents will appreciate the positive messages about working hard to achieve a goal.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about dance movies. Why are they so popular? Which one is your favorite, and why?

  • What do you think "don't judge a book by its cover" means? Why do you think it's important to give people a chance?

  • This movie is a YouTube Red production. Why do you think YouTube is producing its own movies? What are the benefits of doing so?

Movie details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love to dance

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