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Superstars of Dance

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Families will get a kick out of international competition.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

In addition to dance, the series exposes viewers to the participating countries' diversity of dress, music, and tradition. Crowd members often boo scores they consider too low.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff

Some female performers wear revealing costumes, and a few dances (the Tango, for instance) hint at sexuality with longing glances and intimate embraces.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series showcases the cultural diversity of the eight participating countries through music, dress, and, of course, dance styles. Viewers are not only treated to stunning performances, but they also learn something about the traditions in the dancers' countries and the role of dance within each cultures. Though the series is rooted in competition, there's no in-fighting among the participants, all of whom show respect for their peers' efforts. But on the flipside, audience members often boo the judges when they disagree with their scores, so parents may want to follow up with reminders about good sportsmanship.

What's the story?

SUPERSTARS OF DANCE pits country against country in a competition that showcases various international dance forms in an energetic battle for bragging rights. Hosted by famed Irish stepper Michael Flatley, the series features performances by soloists, duets, and teams from eight different countries. Each dance is judged by a panel of representatives from the participating countries; the teams' numbers are combined to eliminate the lowest-scoring competitors at the end of each round. Winners are chosen in each category (solo, duet, and team), and the highest-scoring county is named the overall winner.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

This high-stepping show has something for everyone -- drama, athletics, and artistic expression. With dances ranging from traditional Indian solos to Latin ballroom duets to a contemporary American style called "popping," each performance offers something unexpected, and viewers will gain new respect for the world's cultural and artistic diversity as expressed by the dancers. Brimming with high-energy entertainment, this unique series is a fun choice for families to enjoy together.

Unfortunately, while the dancing hits a high note, the show loses footing in its overall format. Flatley can't quite command a microphone like he does a dance floor, and his hosting style feels unnatural and rehearsed. The judging process is rushed and doesn't allow the panel members to offer feedback to performers to qualify their scores -- which often leads to loud complaints from the crowd and confusion for viewers who disagree with the judges' assessments. But if you can see past the pitfalls, this series is a fun way for your family to gain exposure to lesser-known dance styles, as well as a variety of far-flung cultures.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the perseverance and athletic strength that it takes to become a world-class dancer. Did watching this show change how you viewed dancing as a sport? Which dancers in particular impressed you? Why? How does this show compare to other dancing shows you've seen? Which do you like better, and why? Families can also discuss the different cultures represented on the show. What did you learn by watching? Do you think the performers and dances accurately represent their cultures, or does the show feel commercialized?

TV details

Premiere date:January 4, 2008
Cast:Michael Flatley, Susie Castillo
Network:NBC
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Teen, 17 years old Written byemmalynn1992 January 19, 2009

I thought one of the girls needed more clothing

I think this show is a disgrace to dancing. This is not an actual dancing show more of a stripping club. It looks as if some of the judges are judging by how little clothing a contestant is wearing. One of the girls from tonights showing was practically naked and her dancing was horrible. But 2 of the male judges gave her a ten. Make sense to you?
Parent of a 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, and 8 year old Written bywolfepac8 January 12, 2009

I am not pleased with it

I watched the first two episodes of Super Stars of Dance and I think that some of the judges who are on the panel sure don't know what good dancing is. For instance they gave the Irish dancers a very good mark for repetitive steps and yet gave the American tap dancer low marks for a very challenging and good technical performance. She was right to tell the judges what she thought. I don't even know this girl, but I thought she was very good. My grandaughter who is a tap dance teacher also thought the same thing. I will not be watching the show from now on due to the very poor judging. They keep someone like Robert Morain who is a contortionist???? I just don't get it.
Adult Written byjmanabat January 5, 2009

I was irrirated the way the judging is done

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