Dance Your Ass Off

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Dance contest pushes overweight contenders toward health.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Although the show's emphasis is on weight loss, it encourages the dancers to get healthy rather than super skinny. To drive the point home, the contestants are teamed up with a doctor, a nutritionist, and a physical trainer in addition to their dance partner. On the downside, some of the producers' choices seem designed to elicit viewer laughs -- like dressing some of the contestants in unflattering costumes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Contestants include both men and women, both single and married, ranging in age from their 20s to their 40s. Many have serious health problems, but most want to get healthy and do something about it.


Occasional references to body parts (particularly buttocks and breasts) in relationship to sexual attractiveness. Somewhat revealing costumes.


The title of the show contains the word "ass," but other curse words are rare. Some refer to having "junk in the trunk," "thunder thighs," a sizable "booty," etc.


The dancers' "cheat" pantry includes a few brand-name snacks like Doritos.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while the central message of this weight loss-oriented reality competition is positive for all ages, the show is targeting adults and older teens, not kids. (Need a clue that it's not meant for young children? Note the word "ass" in the title.) Expect to hear some slang words for body parts -- including "junk" and "booty" -- and see a few brand-name food and drink items. Costumes tend toward the revealing, too, occasionally baring midriffs or buttocks.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12-year-old Written byMommyconcerned July 6, 2010
Parent of a 8, 13, and 16-year-old Written byxword8 June 27, 2009

Bad judgment

I know I'm making comments before this show has even aired, but I have no intention of allowing it to be watched in my home. I have gone out of my way to s... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old September 4, 2009

ok 4 tweens

its ok they put a cuss word in the title. some of the outfits are a little to much for little kids.... it might encourage people to drop pounds.....
Kid, 10 years old July 6, 2009
it is not right

What's the story?

A pack of plus-sized men and women are trying to lose weight and get healthy in DANCE YOUR ASS OFF, an elimination-style reality dance competition. Over the course of 10 episodes, the 12 contenders meet regularly with a physician, a nutritionist, a personal trainer, and a dance instructor -- the latter of whom then joins them on the dance floor as their partner. Ultimately, they're judged both on how much weight they lose each week and how well they perform their choreography.

Is it any good?

A blend of The Biggest Loser and Dancing with the Stars (minus the stars), this dance contest tries hard to entertain. And while some viewers will watch because they find the dancers' stories inspiring, others might be tuning in to have a laugh at their expense. After all, the show goes out of its way to dress the contenders in flashy costumes that are typically unflattering (including fishnet body stockings and ultra-short shorts), so you have to wonder whether producers are milking what could be a 100% postive process for extra comedic potential.

The show also loses points for iffy renditions of popular songs like Cher's "Believe." But at least it's making an effort to help contestants (and, hopefully, viewers) get healthy in a fun, upbeat way.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of staying healthy through proper nutrition and regular exercise. Overall, do you think you do a good job of choosing healthy foods and staying active? What are some things you could do as a family to make better choices when it comes to your health?

  • Families can also discuss the intent of a show like this one. Is it meant to motivate and inspire viewers to get healthy, or was it designed to exploit its contestants for entertainment purposes? Could it be a little bit of both?

TV details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love dancing

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