Vamos a Bailar/Let's Dance!

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Not so "essential" box set from Nick explorer.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Dora celebrates Latin and African cultures and has a can-do spirit.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

Some songs are in Spanish.

Consumerism

The songs are commercial-free, but this slick Nickelodeon package promotes Dora world domination.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this bilingual 3-CD set is broken into distinct categories -- music from the show, a dance album, and Dora's World Adventure, which takes the plucky heroine and her monkey sidekick Boots to Africa and the Australian Outback. If your kids are fans of the show they'll love this set, but it may grate on adult ears. Dora's high-pitched voice and the relentlessly upbeat music can make even parents long for a little naptime lullaby.

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What's the story?

VAMOS A BAILAR/LET'S DANCE is a triple collection of music that includes tracks from the Dora the Explorer show, the Dance Fiesta! album, and Dora's World Adventure. The collection samples from a wide range of styles and genres, from classic nursery rhymes like "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" to Dora's rendition of Marvin Gaye's "Dancing in the Street" to traditional Latino sing-along tracks that get kids moving.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Preschoolers will no doubt enjoy this collection of tunes from television's beloved explorer, but most parents will hit their limit of Dora's squeaky high-pitched voice just a few songs into the sprawling 3-CD set. For kids though, especially fans of the show, the robust collection of songs will provide hours of upbeat entertainment. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how music brings people together and bridges cultural divides. Also, Dora switches effortlessly between Spanish and English. What are some of the everyday Latino influences in your family's life?

Music details

Artist:Dora the Explorer
Release date:March 11, 2008
Label:Nick Records
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 8 years old January 19, 2010

Dora+World Domination=Fate of the Older Children.

Dora world Domination? DORA SUCKS DUDE!

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