Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Energetic hip-hop contest is a hit for tweens and up.
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Parents say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 12 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The series presents hip-hop dance as a positive, artistic team exercise for young people.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The dancers clearly love what they're doing and are committed to doing it well. Judges encourage them to be true to their styles, professional, and respectful. Dancers are male and female and from various racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Violence

References to "battles" and dancers "throwing down" and "fighting it out" as metaphors for dance challenges.

Sex

Butt-shaking and pelvic thrusts are part of the choreography but are presented artistically. Lots of references to "booty" shaking. Some of the dance costumes are tight and reveal bare midriffs and underwear.

Language

Rare curse words ("f--k") uttered during frustrating rehearsals are bleeped.

Consumerism

Features mixes of popular hip-hop tunes and other music genres. Hip-hop artists give guest performances during the final challenge.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this fun, energetic hip-hop dance competition promotes dance both as an art form and as a positive activity that builds leadership and team strength. The judges offer constructive criticism while commending every team for their efforts and commitment to their craft. Female dancers do sometimes wear skimpy outfits, and some of the dance moves are a bit suggestive, but it's all presented as part of the overall art form. Rare curse words are bleeped out.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 year old Written bymollsta1234 May 7, 2010

a family show!

the dancers dancing can be slightly horny, but everything else is out of this world!!!!!!!!!!!
Adult Written bysoulwoman April 9, 2008

I wish I could dance like this!

If you love music and dance, you'll love this show. The dancing is so much fun to watch and the talent that is being showcased is just off the chain. I l... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old May 7, 2010

Great show, but there are better alternatives!

It`s great, but some of the dancers can be a little innapropriate. I think I would rather watch Dancing with the Stars or America`s Got Talent, personally. =)
Kid, 12 years old February 18, 2010
Awesome! ^-^

What's the story?

RANDY JACKSON PRESENTS AMERICA'S BEST DANCE CREW is a hip-hop dance competition produced by American Idol=http:> judge Jackson and hosted by Mario Lopez. After auditioning hundreds of dance groups from all across America, nine crews were selected to compete. Every week, their hip-hop inspired routines must impress judges like 'N Sync founder JC Chasez and hip-hop superstar Lil' Mama, who choose the top teams. The bottom two finishers must dance it out in the "battle zone," where they each have one more chance to out-step the other. Meanwhile, viewers can cast votes for their favorite teams to help strengthen their position in the competition. The last crew standing wins $100,000 and the title of America's Best Dance Crew.

Is it any good?

This fun, lively series offers positive messages about dance, leadership, and teamwork. Unlike in many reality competitions, the judges offer both supportive and constructive criticism about the dancers' work; they also remind the dancers -- who range from self-taught street performers to studio-trained choreographers -- to stay true to their own style and not sell out for the sake of being famous. Also inspiring is some of the behind-the-scenes footage of teammates relying on each other for both inspiration and strength.

But it's during the on-stage action that the dancers really show their love for their craft as they demonstrate the different ways that hip hop can be interpreted while having a great time doing it. While some of the dancers sport some skimpy outfits (usually showing off bare midriffs -- and sometimes underwear) and perform suggestive dance moves, this show is still an excellent example of how young people can turn to positive creative outlets for expression, self-esteem, and fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what dancing offers kids. How does dance help kids become strong leaders? Do you think televised dance competitions will get more kids interested in participating?

  • Do you consider dancers athletes? How much work goes into dancing competitively? Do you have to be formally trained in a dance studio to be considered a "real" dancer?

TV details

For kids who love dancing

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