A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Kids might learn a bit about different dance styles and traditions.
The overall message is that it takes real dance talent to make it to the top, but the judges also give consideration to passion and heart.
Positive Role Models
Most of the featured acts -- and especially those who get through to the short list -- are positive and inspiring role models, showing off hard work and passion for dance. Dancers represent a variety of ages, styles, and talent levels.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some skimpy outfits and occasional sexy dancing.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, content-wise, there's nothing here that will set off any alarm bells, other than some pretty tame not-so-sexy stuff. That all adds up to a decent choice for families who are looking for clean, multigenerational viewing. Thanks to Paula Abdul's cheerleading, there's also an overriding theme of positivity, and the featured dancers who go the distance make strong role models.
Is It Any Good?
If America's Got Talent is your idea of a good time, you'll find more to like with Live to Dance, which is essentially the exact same show -- just with dance acts, different judges, and lower production values. But if you're a dance purist who prefers competitions like So You Think You Can Dance or Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew, this touchy-feely talent show might not hold as much appeal. At least in the early rounds, heart is sometimes valued too much over skill, which means that some of the acts that get through don't have what it takes to truly impress.
Oh, and that aw-shucks feedback Abdul was famous for on American Idol? Well, it's still intact here, and you'll get plenty of it -- along with Abdul's signature pipes on the show's theme song.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.