World of Dance

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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The Olympics of Dance is a fun, family-friendly watch.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 5 reviews

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Positive Messages

Dance is artistic, athletic, creative, requires practice and passion, and is for everyone to enjoy.  

Positive Role Models & Representations

Dancers are from all walks of life and have worked very hard to get to this skill level. Judges offer supportive comments. 


Some dances contain gestures resembling fighting.  


Some choreography represents passion, intimacy. Some outfits are revealing. 



Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bynuenjins July 22, 2019

Best dance show on TV may win many over, has great spirit.

Even for those who may hate dance shows, this one won me over with the positive spirit and amazing talent from all over the planet. Some complain that "pro... Continue reading
Adult Written byTammy C. June 4, 2017

Professionals Have no Place

World of Dance should be the opportunity to expose the multitude of un-discovered talent, to showcase professionals. such as Fik-Shun and the LES twins is truly... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byCoolCat4682 June 21, 2017

A Dancers POV..........

Being a dancer myself and growing up in the dance world this show really expresses what a true competition is actually like (minus the million dollar prize). Th... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old August 23, 2020

I Loved It So Much!

In World Of Dance, there are so many amazing people. What I like the most about it, is the junior division, where there are younger dancers, and some of them a... Continue reading

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?

  • Families can talk about perseverance. Why is it an important character strength for dancers and other athletes? 

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