Parents' Guide to

Dancing Queen

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Campy reality features dance, drag, positive themes.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Love Dancing Queen!

I’ve Loved Alyssa Edwards since Rupaul’s Drag Race. I knew that she had a whole other life with her alter ego, Justin Johnson. But it was thrilling to watch. The way he combines his drag performances, real life, family, chosen family, and those kids and his career are just fascinating to watch. The kids are amazingly talented, and Justin always finds a way to keep you in the edge of your seat. I just found it, and I loved every minute. This would be a great show for families and older kids to watch together to find out more about drag culture in a safe environment. I really hope Netflix brings this back. It’s been off air for a couple of seasons now, and I can only guess COVID had something to do with it. Please, please bring this show back!!! We love it!!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 13+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
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This fun reality series combines the drama of Dance Moms and a milder version of the campiness in RuPaul's Drag Race to create an entertaining viewer experience. Justin Johnson shares lots of intimate details about his life, and uses his platform to highlight the importance of self-acceptance, and how dance can serve to help people express who they are with movement. Meanwhile, alter ego Alyssa offers her funny commentary about what's happening. Throughout it all, subtle parallels are drawn between the drag world and the dance world in which they operate.

Dance enthusiasts will enjoy the featured excerpts of some of the more outstanding students' performances, while folks who like the behind-the-scenes drama of the competitive dance scene won't be disappointed. But what sets Dancing Queen aside is how it balances the traditional reality scenes of self-reflection in Justin's life with that of Alyssa Edwards, who dons spectacular outfits, makes frequent cabaret appearances, and stars in her own music video-like features in each episode. It's a fun show with a lot of heart, and is as unique as its two main cast members.

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