The Dance Scene

 
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A-list choreographer mixes hard work with romance, language.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Gibson shares messages about the importance of working hard and being strong, but also mixes in some racially oriented stereotyping through the use of comments such as "white pixy" and "I’m sending her to black."

Positive role models

Gibson attempts to be a mentor to some of her assistants, but her comments sometimes seem more pretentious than constructive.

Violence

Contains some occasional arguing, as well as some tough criticism from Gibson.

Sex

Hugging and kissing is sometimes visible. Choreography often requires dancers to look sexy or make suggestive movements. Dating and relationships are frequently discussed.

Language

Words like "ass" and "bitch" are audible while curses like "s- -t" are fully bleeped.

Consumerism

Gibson’s company, Boom Kack Studio, is prominently featured. Scenes from concerts like Divas: Salute the Troops and other events are also highlighted. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Wine and alcohol consumption is visible during meals.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this reality series that follows a celebrity choreographer as she works with a team of dancers is pretty tame, but it does contain some discussions about relationships that may be too mature for younger viewers. Expect some language ("bitch" and "ass," plus some bleeped words) and social drinking. Teens will be drawn to the behind-the-scenes look at the Hollywood dance world, as well as to some of the celebs featured on the show.

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What's the story?

THE DANCE SCENE follows celebrity choreographer and creative director LaurieAnn Gibson as she trains and leads a team of dancers to work and perform with high profile stars at her L.A.-based Boom Kack Studio. Gibson, who is known for her work with artists like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and the Jonas Brothers, mentors talented and ambitious junior choreographers like Sarah Mitchell, Paula Van Oppen, and Kherington Payne, so that they can maintain a competitive edge in the Hollywood dance world. Also joining "Team Book Kack" is senior choreographer Richard Jackson and Gibson's assistant, Lacee Rose. In between meetings, rehearsals, and other dance-related events, each of the dancers tries to sort out their complicated personal lives.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The reality docuseries offers an inside look into Hollywood’s competitive dance world, and what it takes to succeed in it. But the show’s drama also comes from the dancers’ romantic entanglements, including Gibson’s secret romance with business partner Joe Wilson, which lead to some awkwardly voyeuristic scenes.  

There are attempts by Gibson to send some positive messages about working hard and having a strong sense of self, but they are sometimes offset by her sense of self-importance and her use of racially oriented remarks. Nonetheless, teens interested in dance and/or the Hollywood scene will probably find the show very entertaining.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about professional dancing. How much training does someone have to have to be a professional dancer? Do you have to be formally trained in a dance studio to be considered a "real" dancer? Is having technique and talent enough, or are there other qualities that a dancer has to have to make it big in Hollywood?

  • Why do reality cast members reveal their personal lives in front of the camera? Do they really expect it to remain private once the show goes on the air? How real do you think these conversations are?

TV details

Cast:Kherington Payne, Laurieann Gibson, Sarah Mitchell
Network:E!
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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