All the Right Moves

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Choreography docuseries features more drama than dancing.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series follows the start-up process of a new business. The dancers' perseverance and dedication, as well as their ability to cope with adversity, are rewarded by success.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The dancers work hard to realize their professional dreams, but they also engage in a lot of arguing and battles of egos along the way.

Violence
Sex

Among the young adult cast, there's a lot of innuendo ("I would love to see some balls," for instance), flirting, kissing, and commentary about their peers' appearance and sex appeal. Two of the guys are gay and playfully flirt with their straight counterparts, plus they talk about relationships with their boyfriends. Guys walk around in their underwear, and female dancers wear booty shorts.

Language

"Damn," "ass," "bitch," "hell," and "pissed" are audible. "F--k" and "s--t" are bleeped.

Consumerism

Shaping Sound enjoys a lot of publicity and name recognition from the show.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults are shown drinking wine and beer at parties and in casual settings, and occasionally some comment about "needing a drink" when they're stressed.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that All the Right Moves is a voyeuristic docuseries that follows four dancers' efforts to get a new dance company off the ground. Expect a fair amount of language ("damn," "ass," "bitch," with "f--k" and "s--t" bleeped) as tempers fly among the friendly but competitive cast, some sexual content (innuendo, kissing, and flirting,) and a lot of arguing when the co-creators' visions clash. On the upside, the show does offer a pretty realistic look at some of the hurdles that exist in starting and marketing a new business.

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What's the story?

Four professional dancers attempt to take their careers to the next level by starting their own dance company in ALL THE RIGHT MOVES. Celebrated choreographer Travis Wall teams up with Teddy Forance, Nick Lazzarini, and Kyle Robinson to create Shaping Sound, a ground-floor project that's the culmination of their longtime dreams. But as they soon find out, there's more to making dreams come true than hiring dancers and choreographing routines, and with opposing personalities, power struggles, and an uncertain supply of funding, there's no guarantee this dance project will have a curtain call.

Is it any good?

All the Right Moves is a predictable docuseries that plays up the interpersonal drama among this strong-willed, outspoken cast of professional dancers. Viewers who arrive at it hoping to see some inspiring modern dance will find themselves only partly satisfied, since the dancing that does take place is first-rate and highly entertaining, but it often plays second fiddle to head-butting among the cast.

On the positive side, the show does offer an intimate glimpse into the real-world workings of a start-up business, and the dancers struggle with familiar woes like securing sponsors, finding and maintaining talented employees, and setting themselves apart in a competitive market. Ultimately, though, the show's voyeuristic style doesn't have a lot to offer teens except some inflated egos and a lot of controversy, so it's better suited for grown-ups who can put this kind of behavior in context.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about docuseries like this one. What is the goal of this show? Does it aim to teach you anything, or is it purely for entertainment? What do the participants get out of their involvement in the series?

  • Teens: What are your goals for the future? How do you envision making them happen? What can be learned from small failures along the way?

  • Why does our society have such a love for reality TV? What can be gained by observing someone's else's life? If a reality show was made out of your life, what would it be called?

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