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The show features multicultural contestants and cast and celebrates talented kids. It encourages viewers to get some fun exercise through dance. Judges offer honest criticism of the kids' work, but they always include positive reinforcement as well. Good sportsmanship and having fun are integral to the show, and the contestants are very supportive of one another.
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Some gyrating hips during dancing.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this show features a diverse group of contestants competing for a college scholarship. A panel of three judges offers comments and criticism along with the dancers' scores -- but unlike American Idol (and other reality competitions for older viewers), the overall tone is always positive and encouraging. There's an emphasis on learning, since part of the competition requires that the dancers incorporate new moves into their routines. The show also highlights some of the benefits of dancing -- including getting exercise and building self-confidence -- and health reminders like the importance of staying hydrated while working out.
Is It Any Good?
Dance Revolution is hosted by super-excited (and that's no joke) DJ Rick (Rick Adams), whose hyperactive silliness keeps both studio and home audiences chuckling. Inspired by the hugely popular video game Dance Dance Revolution, this energetic show actively encourages viewers to "get vertical" and try some moves of their own, and frequent pop-ups in the corner of the screen remind viewers that dance is a great way to get some exercise and blow off some steam.
Tweens will enjoy this fun-filled half hour of watching their peers strut their stuff. The show also offers a refreshingly positive portrayal of competition -- laced with good sportsmanship -- that's often lost amid the squabbling and trash-talking usually seen in reality TV.
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