Dance Cam Slam

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Webcam dance contest rewards gimmicky, sexy moves.

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

Positive Messages

Most of the time, talented dancers lose out over gimmicky acts. The message implies that hard work doesn't really pay off, but shock value for the sake of entertainment does.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Dancers that resort to shock value outnumber the truly talented by a narrow margin. Most of the female dancers go for "sexy," removing some of their clothes or even using a stripper pole.

Violence
Sex

A few (mostly female) contestants remove pieces of clothing while they're dancing. There's also mild sexual innuendo aimed at adults

Language

Terms like "hell" and "buns."

Consumerism

The show promotes the music of popular recording artists like Usher and Fergie.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, although the "sexy stuff" on this interactive webcam dance competition is relatively mild, most of the dancers' routines are too hot for younger viewers. (Need an example? One woman uses a stripper pole as her prop.) There's also some sexual innuendo aimed at adults, such as "I love a man with a dirty face and a big banana." By comparison, language is pretty clean, with only a few instances of "hell," etc. But parents also need to be aware that the show invites voting from viewers at home via text message, so kids with cell phones might be tempted to particpate.

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What's the story?

Instead of bringing contestants into a studio and having a live audience cast votes for the best act, DANCE CAM SLAM solicts video submissions from viewers at home and then chooses 10 groups to perform live for the show's judges (dance expert Brandon Henschel and style expert Jordan Feldman) and host Marianella via webcam. After watching the acts perform, the judges cast their votes and pick the two finalists who will battle it out in a dance-off that's ultimately decided by viewers at home via text vote. The winning act gets $5,000 and the chance to return and defend its title.

Is it any good?

Although trying to make sense of the process can be confusing at first, once Dance Cam Slam gets started, you quickly realize that it's a lot simpler than it sounds. So simple, in fact, that it's stupid. There are a few truly talented dancers on the show, but in truth, they really don't stand a chance against the vote-grabbing joke acts...like a trio of overweight Chippendale dancers who call themselves the Chocolate Chip Dancers. So if all you're looking for is a few laughs and don't really mind whether the best act wins, then, by all means, tune in for cheap thrills.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about competition and how this show compares to other dance contests on TV. What's more important here: dancing well or coming up with a crazy gimmick? Do you agree with the decisions of viewers at home? Would you have picked a different winner?

  • Why did producers choose the webcam/text voting format instead of, say, bringing each contestant into a studio and having a live audience vote for them? What are the advantages -- and disadvantages -- to having contestants compete remotely?

  • Does the fact that the contestants are "real" people make it more or less entertaining than a show with celebrity contestants like Dancing with the Stars?

TV details

For kids who love to dance

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