Parents' Guide to

Step It Up

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Dance reality led by tough-talking, inspirational teacher.

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It's a pleasure to watch this professional dancer use her talent and education to give back to her community, offering young African American people opportunities through dance and discipline. Young-Byron's unapologetic, tough-love approach is guided by her own personal experiences as a dancer as well as her inner-city childhood, but it's clear that she's preparing them to cope with pressure, rejection, and other life challenges by teaching them to work harder for something better.

Much of the show centers around dance practice sessions, which are often intense as Young-Byron scrutinizes technique and singles out the dancers who are struggling or underperforming. But unlike similar dance-themed reality shows, there's no "mama drama." Instead, parents celebrate the fact that someone is showing their children that they can rise above difficult circumstances and be successful in life if they are committed to it. These positive messages, along with entertaining dance performances, make it worth watching.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: September 25, 2015
  • Network: Lifetime
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: June 1, 2023

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