So You Think You Can Dance
By Pam Gelman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Dance version of Idol struts its stuff.
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The contestants work very hard to polish their performances, and the show clearly appreciates those with skill and dedication. But judges also make harsh comments to some competitors: "You look like the Bride of Chucky," "That was a bad car accident," etc.
Positive Role Models
The majority of the competitors are passionate about dancing and dedicated to working hard to achieve their goals. The judges, on the other hand, are a mixed bag, ranging from positive and supportive to negative and catty.
Violence & Scariness
Some dancers fall and get hurt (blood and bruises) during auditions.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some suggestive dance moves. Very skimpy outfits worn by some female dancers.
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Generally quite mild.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Competitors have talked about past experiences with alcohol addiction.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series is the brainchild of Simon Cowell and bears many similarities to his mega hit American Idol. In the early auditions, some aspiring dancers are clearly looking for their 15 minutes of fame, while others are earnest but lacking in skills. And a few are physically hurt in the process. The judges can be mean-spirited in their critiques of the dancers. When the dancers are good, it's awe-inspiring, but there's too much fluff to sort through to get to the real meat of the show. Once the final 20 are selected, wannabe hoofers young and old will enjoy the competition.
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Maximum age limit is disgusting, it needs to be raised to 104
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Show takes a weird turn, becomes harsh and mean spirited.
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What's the Story?
It'll be hard to keep your feet still while watching SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. After a series of auditions around the country, 20 dancer hopefuls tap, break, or sashay their way to Las Vegas for the formal competition, where they work with five of the nation's top choreographers. Live results determine who keeps dancing, who's going home, and who's crowned America's No. 1 dancer.
Is It Any Good?
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.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the amount of hard work, patience, and strength it takes to make it as a dancer. Do you think you could do it?
What do you think of the judges' critiques? Which ones are constructive? How can someone bounce back from such disappointment?
How do you feel about the competitors who weren't serious about the audition? Do you think that impacts the show's integrity?
- Premiere date: July 20, 2005
- Cast: Cat Deeley, Lauren Sanchez, Nigel Lythgoe
- Network: Fox
- Genre: Reality TV
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Last updated: July 7, 2022
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