Parents' Guide to

Dance Academy

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Realistic Aussie drama explores teen issues like dating.

TV TeenNick Drama 2012
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 11+
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age 10+


I thought this show was so good to anyone who thinks kids can’t watch this show are probably the people who won’t let there kids watch ‘full house’ or anything on Disney channel

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (61 ):

DANCE ACADEMY is a striking departure from the glitzy teen-centered shows that have infiltrated the market for the American audience. These Aussie teens don't carry Prada bags and wear 3-inch heels to high school, where they do more gossiping or primping than studying. Instead, they're focused on their passion for dance and are willing to work hard to achieve their dreams. When they hit bumps in the road, they deal with them with the help of friends and, in Tara's case, a strong family unit that inspires the best in her. Their troubles with peers, dating, and personal insecurities reflect real-world issues for average teens and present opportunities for positive problem-solving and self-reflection.

Navigating teen relationships is a central theme that's explored through the eyes of naive Tara, who copes with back-stabbing from frenemy Abigail, a rebellious influence from good-hearted Kat, and the uncertainties of romantic relationships. This pleasant series takes a realistic look at these kinds of issues within the context of an endearing story about overcoming odds and following dreams. As a bonus, viewers are treated to some impressive dancing of various styles as well as some sweeping Australian scenery.

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