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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Dance-themed docu features strong language, mature topics.

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Positive Messages

It explores the journeys of different dancers and choreographers, and shows how they are challenging traditional norms in the genres of dance they perform. It also discusses how a dancer uses her/his/their body to communicate, inspire, and challenge themselves and their audiences.

Positive Role Models

Dancers are male and female, and from various races, ethnicities, and religions. Some dancers discuss how they didn’t have dancers that looked like them, in terms of skin color, body type, or ethnicity, to look up to growing up. They are all committed to their art. 


Some dancers discuss violent events that informed their lives and their art, ranging from racial discrimination and violence to the overthrow of governments. Dances are often an expression of things like anger, violence, racism, and injustice through movement and costume. Anti-LGBTQ+ sentiments and gay bashing are briefly discussed in two episodes. 


Some dance styles, like Dancehall, feature lots of buttocks shaking with very short shorts and skirts, but the historic, cultural, and feminist context of this is explained. 


There are some occasional strong words like "hell" and "damn." These words are not present in every episode. Racist and anti-gay slurs are also referenced, but mostly in an informative context. 


MacBook Pro and iPods are sometimes visible, but the logos aren’t obviously shown. Micheal Jackson is often referred to, and his image is sometimes visible on clothing. Nike and other brands are sometimes referenced. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some episodes feature some social drinking (beer) and cigarette and pot smoking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Move is a documentary series that profiles dancers who are redefining dance in different ways. A few episodes feature strong language ("hell" and "damn"), anti-LGBTQ+ sentiments, cigarette and marijuana smoking, and social drinking. Featured dancers discuss trauma they've experienced, ranging from racially driven attacks to violent national events, and some choreography is an expression of anger or pain over these events. One featured style of dance (Dancehall) features skimpy shorts and buttocks shaking, but this is presented as a cultural art form and as an empowering form of self-expression. Apple computers and ear buds are sometimes visible, and there are references to brands like Nike. 

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What's the story?

MOVE is a documentary series featuring dancers and choreographers from around the world who are shaping the art of movement to change, inspire, and empower. It features U.S. pop and street dancers Jon Boogz and Lil’ Buck, Israel Galván -- a Spanish dancer who is redefining flamenco and its gender norms -- Jamaican Dancehall choreographer and performer Kimiko Versatile, Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, and Bangladeshi dancer Akram Khan. With the help of interviews and archival footage, the dancers highlight their childhood experiences, their aspirations, and what drives them to move their body the way that they do. 

Is it any good?

This interesting series allows viewers an opportunity to learn more about how some of the world’s best dancers think about dancing, as well as what inspires their movements. They note the different things that have influenced their dancing over the years, and how circumstances like family expectations, childhood environments, and cultural norms have inspired them to continue pushing the boundaries of their profession. All of these elements inform the movements they perform today.

The fact that dancers use their bodies to communicate -- whether it be to tell stories, emote feelings, or to find find personal freedom and empowerment -- is underscored throughout the series. Scenes featuring rehearsals, choreography sessions, and dancers’ pivotal performances reveal how they successfully do so. But these moments are more focused on what is behind the movements, rather than offered as flair and entertainment. If you're interested in learning more about what inspires people to dance, Move will fit the bill. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different dancers and dance styles featured on Move. What is the history of each dance style? How do the dancers use them to communicate?

  • How have TV movies made certain dance styles popular over the years? What about digital streaming platforms like YouTube and TikTok? Do you have a favorite dance move that you learned from your favorite TV show or video?

  • How is dance used as a form of expression? Would you consider it cathartic? Healing? Emotional? Or do you simply see it as a fun way to exercise?

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