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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Dancing and movement is presented as a means of communicating and establishing connections with others, and with oneself. The importance of moving confidently and with purpose is highlighted.
Positive Role Models
Some are more talented dancers than others. Most people are good sports about not being chosen for a second date after performing the dance.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to looking and feeling sexy. Some dance moves require the touching of arms, shoulders, waists, and male chest areas.
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Products & Purchases
Choreography is performed to popular songs sung by artists like Shawn Mendes and Marvin Gaye.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Second dates have wine glasses on tables, but alcohol consumption is not evident.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Flirty Dancing is a blind date reality show that features people dancing as a way of establishing a potential love connection. Each date consists of the pairs dancing to a pre-rehearsed, carefully choreographed routine without speaking a word to each other. Finding romance and love are major themes, and there are some references to looking sexy, but the show is pretty mild, and mostly features participants in dance rehearsals and performing with their dates. Choreography is performed to popular songs, but they're not featured in a commercial context.
Is It Any Good?
This surprisingly entertaining series demonstrates how dance and movement can be used as a way to communicate and make emotional connections. While the routines require some physical touching, the choreography is also designed to encourage the dance partners to establish eye contact, express emotion through movement, and perform routines with confidence. As a result, the amateur dancers build a stronger sense of self throughout the process. Rehearsals with professional dancers like Tyce Diorio and Travis Wall are fun to watch, but the actual blind date dances, which take place in well-known public spaces (like the Hollywood Bowl) that have clearly been emptied out for the occasion, sometimes feel like they've been awkwardly plucked out of a Disney movie. Regardless, for those who like mild dating shows or high-concept reality shows, Flirty Dancing is worth taking out for a whirl.
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