"Something to Dance For" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Disney darling sings of living your dream; great for kids.





What parents need to know

Educational value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive messages

Zendaya sings about appreciating your talents and working hard for your dreams: "There's a moment when you look to decide / who will fall and who will survive."

Positive role models

Zendaya's character on Shake It Up works hard as a dancer and student, and always tries to be a true friend to her BFF CeCe.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Not applicable

Single promotes Disney show Shake It Up, and was featured on an episode. Video premiered simultaneously with Bella Thorne's "TTYLXOX."

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Something to Dance For" premiered on Shake It Up along with a single from Bella Thorne to stir up a little friendly competition between BFFs CeCe and Rocky. The DJ decides to mash the two together, and the result is a fun mix with both singles. Zendaya maintains her clean, positive image with this track about working hard for your dreams and realizing your gifts. No questionable content here, just great messages about striving to be your best.

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Kids say

What's the story?

In their second season, Zendaya and Bella Thorne have shown the ups and downs in the lives of Rocky and CeCe, BFFs and dance stars. Now stretching their wings as semi-solo artists, each girl released a single simultaneously. Zendaya's track is the stronger one, the inspirational single "SOMETHING TO DANCE FOR." The song is featured on Shake it Up: Live 2 Dance.

Is it any good?


We know that CeCe and Rocky work as a pair, and now they're showing they can stand, or sing, on their own, too. In her synth-lite, catchy club beat "Something to Dance For," Zendaya sings about realizing your gifts and talents and not being afraid to go for it: "When it's a gift worth taking a chance for / then this is something you dance for." Although nothing groundbreaking, the song is uplifting and sweet and sure to be a hit for fans of the dancing duo.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the ups and downs of friendship. Have you ever had an argument or disagreement with a friend or loved one? What was it about? How did you handle it? How was it resolved?

  • What do you think makes the show Shake It Up so successful and popular? Why do you like it? Is it the relationship between CeCe and Rocky? The music? The dancing? What makes Shake It Up different from other shows?

  • Does listening to this song make you want to watch Shake It Up? Do you need to be a fan of the show to like the song?

Music details

Release date:March 6, 2012
Label:Walt Disney Records
Genre:Pop music for kids
Topics:Great girl role models
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 17 years old Written byRosebud95 August 10, 2012

Fun, upbeat song for tweens

It's a nice song. But the CSM writer is being sorta bias with this. Just because they like this song better than Bella Thorne's they're put 3 on posistive role models but only 2 on TTYLXOX. Oh well.
Kid, 9 years old April 2, 2012

review something to dance for

really good song telling kids they can follow there dreams.
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 11 years old August 6, 2012


can't stand it so autotuned!


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