Parents' Guide to

So You Think You Can Dance

By Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Dance version of Idol struts its stuff.

TV Fox Reality TV 2005
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 10+

Maximum age limit is disgusting, it needs to be raised to 104

This show teaches children to disrespect their elders. Why in the name of thunder should they go and impose a maximum age limit on talent. Setting a maximum age limit at 30 is pretty disgusting. It even teaches the public to age discriminate against someone which to me is rude. If the show wants to remain on the air, the maximum age limit should be raised to 104.

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Too much consumerism
age 10+

Show takes a weird turn, becomes harsh and mean spirited.

The "auditions" in the show at the beginning are fine, much like World Of Dance. HOWEVER, the show takes a harsh tone once contestants get to the "Academy" where they are NOT encouraged to show individual talents or showmanship, but are ridiculed and put through a tedious guantlet of different dance genres at hyper speed. They literally boot camp these poor people into learning complex dance routines in 90 minutes, one after another, which is not only grueling for the dancers, but also hard to watch. It's like watching "Showgirls" where the dancers are literally forced into becoming jack of all trade Lemmings for the business end and damn any true artistry. The dancers have been called "stupid" among other explatives sometimes being flat out insulted by the judges, especially the old prune who will turn on someone in a split second. I think this show starts off well enough but becomes mean spirited and obnoxious very quickly. Any fans from other "talent shows" may quickly be turned off by this as some of the treatment is arrogant, pretentious and borderline annoying.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8):
Kids say (19):

When the heat is on, it's great fun to watch a show that combines all types of dance, including ballet, salsa, hip hop, jive, ballroom, tap, and more. But the series needs work. It doesn't have American Idol's polish or fluidity; exchanges between judges are awkward and lacking in conviction, and they give unclear advice to competitors who are turned away.

Kids who like to dance or like to watch dancing will enjoy the program. But some questionable material needs to be screened: One contestant talks about drinking problems interfering with his dancing, another calls himself "Sex" and describes himself as a male sex symbol, others get bleeped when responding to the judges, and so on. If kids (and their parents) can see past this and focus on the dancing, it's very inspiring to watch the dancers' hard work. It's contagious, too.

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