Master of Dance

TV review by
Anne Louise Bannon, Common Sense Media
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Real folks bust their best moves in fun contest.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The judges offer the contestants many positive comments, no matter what type or shape of dancer they are.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Some moves can be a little suggestive. Lots of wriggling, and one contestant grabbed his crotch.

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Consumerism

Dancers perform to well-known pop songs, from "Proud Mary" to "Beat It."

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that some of the dance moves performed in this generally family-friendly competition series can be a little suggestive. For example, one of the competitors grabs his crotch while imitating Michael Jackson, and another delivers a lot of hip action. But the vast majority of the action is pretty tame compared to most music videos these days, and the judges are generally more positive than on other dance-themed reality shows.

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What's the story?

In MASTER OF DANCE, ordinary people perform their best moves to a wide variety of music. In each episode, five contestants -- described by host Joey Lawrence as the type of folks who really put on a show at weddings and parties -- are evaluated by a panel of three judges and progressively eliminated. Challenges vary, but include imitating the dance moves of the original performers of a full range of pop tunes, from \"Proud Mary\" to current rap hits. The last dancer standing moves on to the Tournament of Champions at the end of the series.

Is it any good?

While the show has more going for it than not, the final effect is a tad flat. The contestants are mostly good dancers and fun to watch. And parents can join their kids in dancing along. But ultimately, there's not much new here. We've seen the three judges thing. We know the music. The format doesn't leave a lot of room for more creative challenges. It's just a question of whether or not watching enthusiastic strangers busting their moves is sufficiently diverting -- sometimes, it can be, but not always.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the show's messages about dancing. Do you think it's better to imitate other people or do your own thing? Which helps contestants do better here? Why? Do you think the show encourages people to be imitators or original? Or both?

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