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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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