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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that World of Dance is a mild, family-friendly dance competition. It contains positive messages about dance as an art form as well as those who choose to dance professionally. Some choreography emulates violent behavior, and there’s some suggestive moves (and in the case of dance judge Jennifer Lopez, some skimpy outfits), but this all appears in context. Words like “damn” are sometimes audible.
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What's the story?
WORLD OF DANCE is a competition that features dancers from all over the world competing for one million dollars and international recognition. Hosted by Step Up’s Jenna Dewan Tatum, it features dancers of all styles and disciplines competing in one of the three divisions: Juniors (under 18), Upper (up to four dancers over 18), and Team (five or more dancers 18 and older). Judges Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, and Ne-Yo, all of who are dancers, score them on performance, technique, choreography, creativity, and presentation. The competitors must make it through four rounds to become their division’s winner. During the final, world championship round, the three division winners face off for the title and cash prize.
Is it any good?
From ballet and ballroom to b-boys and clogging, this fun and exciting series features energetic dance performances by some of the world’s elite dancers. While some contestants may be familiar from their YouTube videos or touring with celebs like Beyoncé, others are unknown and breaking out from their local dance scene. Meanwhile, they all offer performances that are athletic, inspired, and creative.
Dancers of all ages will be drawn to the competition, which characterizes itself as “the Olympics of dance.” However, even non-dancers may find themselves tuning in, thanks to the wide range of choreography and diverse groups of dancers it features. Ultimately, World of Dance sends positive messages about dance as an art form, and the talented people who are committed to performing.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about dance. What role does dancing play in different cultures? How many different kinds of dances are there? Do you have to be professionally trained in order to be considered a dancer?
What makes televised dance competitions so popular? Is it the challenges? Or the performances? Does World of Dance offer something different from other dance-themed shows? If so, what?
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