Dance on Sunset

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Hip-hoppin' show fun, but heavy on marketing.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 7 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The show downplays its competitive content and focuses on encouraging viewers to just get up and enjoy dancing. The cast is multicultural.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

No cursing, but plenty of teen slang like "sick" and "wicked."


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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byOriginal February 2, 2011

I give this show a thumbs down!

I don't like this show, because they wanna teach lame dance move to the viewers (No offence)
Kid, 11 years old October 18, 2009

Horrible show

The show is bassically a Kid version of 106 and park on BET.Its horrible
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

OK Show

This show was fun because you get to dance along to some songs. However, just watching the show becomes boring.

What's the story?

DANCE ON SUNSET is a dance/variety series that showcases musical acts, original choreography, and a dance competition for selected members of the live audience. In each episode, the show's pros -- six older teens known as the Nick 6 -- perform two new dances created by choreographer Tony Testa, who breaks the numbers down so both the studio and viewing audience can learn them. Musical guests like Sean Kingston and Menudo mix things up with crowd-pleasing performances, and select audience members compete in a brief dance-off.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the media influences viewers' interests. Did you notice any products being promoted in this show? Which ones? Did your interest in them change as a result of watching the show? Are you more inclined to want things you see advertised on television? For instance, were you inspired to try dancing because of this show?

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