Parents' Guide to

The Real Dirty Dancing

By Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Dance competition recreates movie scenes, mature dancing.

TV Fox Reality TV 2022
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This dance competition show is like a highly specific Dancing with the Stars, where all of the performances are Dirty Dancing themed. The B-list celebrity contestants on The Real Dirty Dancing have varying levels of dance experience, so the performances are sometimes more personality-driven than skill-driven. That said, the show is surprisingly entertaining, at least for adults who have watched the original movie and who recognize the celebrity contestants. Teens will likely find the whole show less relevant without that personal connection, but theater- and dance-loving teens may still enjoy it.The Real Dirty Dancing is surprisingly heartwarming for a show that is ultimately about convincingly performing suggestive dance moves. Contestants are putting themselves outside of their comfort zones, and it's hard not to root for them. For teens mature enough to handle the theme of exploring sensuality and sexuality through dance, it could be fun to watch alongside their nostalgic grown-ups.

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