A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Viewers could learn some dance moves.
The show downplays its competitive content and focuses on encouraging viewers to just get up and enjoy dancing. The cast is multicultural.
Positive Role Models
Dancers pursue their passions and persevere to learn new moves and routines.
No cursing, but plenty of teen slang like "sick" and "wicked."
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Products & Purchases
The series is a virtual commercial for the featured music and guest artists, and viewers are encouraged multiple times to visit the show's Web site.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this tween-targeted dance/variety series packs a promotional punch with its many music videos, guest performances, and plugs for its own Web site. If your tween is already up on the latest tunes, the show will reinforce their interest; less musically savvy kids will have their attention piqued by guest artists like Ashlee Simpson and The Naked Brothers Band. That said, tweens will certainly enjoy this high-energy show, which features easy-to-follow dance instruction segments that encourage them to get up and move along.
Is It Any Good?
Tweens are sure to latch on to this fast-paced show, and for the most part, there's little here for parents to sweat over. Competition takes a backseat to the simple enjoyment of dance, and the instructional segments will encourage viewers to ditch the couch and get their own groove on.
The only drawback is the show's blatant promotion of its own Web site, as well as the featured pop tunes and musical guests. Tweens will be hard pressed to avoid marketing tactics like big-screen music videos and the host's reminders that the songs they're hearing are top-fivers, so be prepared for your kids' musical interests to change accordingly.
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