Dancelife

 
Aspiring dancers (and J-Lo) heat up reality TV.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Shows people working very hard for their goals. Competition is a big part of the show; some dancers handle that aspect professionally, while others seem very immature and catty.

Violence

Some verbal attacks and angry encounters.

Sex

Discussion of dating issues, including some references to sex. Some dance moves are very sexually suggestive. Dancers often wear very little.

Language

Lots of cursing. Some words are bleeped, but others, like "bitch," "p---y," and "ass" aren't.

Consumerism

Lots of clothing labels and L.A. storefronts visible: Calvin Klein underwear band peeking out of a guy's pants, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Radio Shack, Abercrombie and Fitch, high-end cars.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some social drinking possible.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this glossy MTV reality show focuses on six young dancers looking for work in Los Angeles. The performers often wear revealing clothing and perform moves that are beautiful, athletic, and -- in many cases -- sexually suggestive. In typical reality-show fashion, the show's attention to the dancers' personal lives often hones in on conflict and makes the most of emotional scenes. Dancers are sometimes portrayed as jealous, pretentious, catty, and rude. Expletives are used regularly, and only some are bleeped.

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What's the story?

Executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, DANCELIFE follows the path of six emerging professional dancers as they audition and perform in the Los Angeles area. This reality show features amazing dancing and aims to capture the lifestyle of a dancer trying to break into the business. Lopez's voice-over introduction describes dance as a hard life, but a good one, because it's a labor of love. The hard part is well documented on screen as aspiring dancers juggle personal and professional challenges. Some get last-minute calls for auditions and have to get out of their day jobs fast; others experience family and financial pressures, and some hardly have time to enjoy the spoils of their latest success because they're already hustling off to their next job.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Dancelife isn't just another reality show in a sea of plenty -- Lopez's involvement (she appears onscreen regularly) brings the series into the spotlight. Often accompanied by husband Marc Anthony, J-Lo shares her street-smart wisdom with the aspiring dancers -- she empathizes with them, having started out in their place. Viewers watch as she judges dancers' looks and abilities, getting a peek into not just show business, but J-Lo's business.

Aspiring dancers, actors, and others hoping for a shot in show business will recognize and appreciate the challenges that these performers face. For the rest of us, Dancelife offers a superficial guilty pleasure with celebs and eye candy galore.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about aspiring artists'/performers' struggles. Did you realize how much hard work goes into trying to make it big? Are teens interested in pursuing this kind of career? How likely is it that someone can make a career as a dancer, actor, or singer? Do you think jealousy and competition are a natural part of this type of work, or do you think it could be different? How do you think Jennifer Lopez's involvement affects this show? What does the show have in common with other reality series? How is it different?

TV details

Cast:Jennifer Lopez
Network:MTV
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 14 years old Written bymanosa22 April 9, 2008
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This show ROCKS!!!!!!

This show is the BOMB!!!! I think everyone my age would like to watch this show, it has GREAT music on it, SWEET dance moves, and is very inspiering to keep working for what ever dream you might have. I LOVE this show!!!!!!! ~mason~
Teen, 14 years old Written byxoxmandylovesyouxox April 9, 2008
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this show is fun to watch.

i love watching this show...its good..thats all i can say.
Teen, 16 years old Written byKaM April 9, 2008
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I like it

I like this sow its good to watch.

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