Parents' Guide to

Dance Moms: Miami

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Reality spin-off goes South with parents behaving badly.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 18+


teacher is verbally abusive to children; moms are awful

This title has:

Too much swearing
age 9+

Mildest of Dance Moms

Less raunchy and objectionable than Dance Moms and Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition, but still there is sexy dances and it gives Star Dance a bad name, but language is rare.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (7 ):

This excessive show offers precious little substance and serves as a prime example of how wrong reality TV can go. It's hard to believe that any aspect hasn't been staged in some way, nor do these wealthy, flamboyant moms who love to make spectacles of themselves and apparently live to strong-arm their kids into a hobby in any way reflect the average parent. (Or, at least, one would hope not.) Sure, we all want to be our children's biggest cheerleaders, but these women take that role to dangerous extremes, and the infighting that results sends damaging messages about the true spirit of competition and the relationship between a parent and child. What's more, it's the adults' bad behavior that usually rubs off on their kids and instigates animosity where none previously existed.

Fans of the original Dance Moms will find plenty more of the controversy here in Miami that kept things interesting in Abby Lee's studio. Interestingly, her Floridian counterparts, Victor and Angel, often come across as the voices of reason amid the mom-instigated madness, and there are some genuinely touching moments between them and their students. They're still steel-nails tough on the dancers and encourage competition among them by rating them in everyone's presence, but there are some instances in which they step in to tone down an overbearing mom for the kids' sake. Sadly, though, no amount of bedazzling could shine this series to the point of admiration, which is a shame, considering the kids at the heart of it are truly talented dancers.

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