Mamemo Dance

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Quirky show teaches basic dance steps, encourages activity.

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

Educational Value

Kids learn basic dance steps, rhythm, and directions like "forward" and "backward."

 

Positive Messages

The series encourages kids to be active as they watch. The movements are fun and the music engaging, and the dance moves challenge kids' mastery of basic directions.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mamemo is enthusiastic and energetic, and he shares that excitement with viewers.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mamemo Dance is an instructional series that teaches  young kids basic dance moves and sequences. The show is engaging with fun songs and choreography that's easy enough for youngsters to follow, and it encourages them to get some exercise with their screen time. It also challenges their ability to follow verbal instructions and visual directions, and to master spatial awareness as they move forward, backward, and in clockwise and counterclockwise circles. The show's original songs also teach kids about each episode's theme, which is reflected in the characters' scenery.

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What's the story?

In MAMEMO DANCE, Mamemo and his animal friends teach kids basic dance moves to original songs. As Mamemo calls out each dance step, a series of screens move across the screen depicting them in sequence. Once Mamemo and his audience have mastered the choreography, they perform it to a song that relates to the episode's theme and the changing scenery behind Mamemo and his friends.

Is it any good?

This unique series pulls double duty, encouraging kids to follow directions and getting them up and moving while they watch. From an adult's standpoint, Mamemo Dance is more than a little bizarre, something of a mix between Bella Dancerella and Wii's Just Dance games with quirky characters who will appeal almost exclusively to young kids. The dance instruction matches the attention span of preschoolers and young grade schoolers, keeping the steps and verbal instructions simple and the visual directions indicated by bold arrows.

Mamemo Dance challenges kids' physical coordination, ability to follow directions, and mastery of directional commands like "right," "left," and "clockwise." It's also a fun workout and a subtle lesson in rhythm when the music kicks in and has some learning content in its songs. As kids' entertainment goes, this unique series has much to offer kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of getting physical activity. How does exercising help both your body and your spirit? What are your kids' favorite ways to exercise? What other screen-free activities do you enjoy? Does Mamemo Dance encourage you to get moving?

  • If this show is your kids' first experience with dance, talk about what they liked and/or didn't like about it. Were they able to follow all of Mamemo's instruction? Are the visual cues helpful? Can they keep the beat?

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  • What's unique about the way we learn from the shows and movies we watch? Does what you see on a screen stick with you more effectively than does something you hear or see in a book? What shows do you enjoy that are educational?

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