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Your Chance to Dance

Dance competition is kid-friendly but really hokey.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The general message is that you don't have to be a professional dancer to enjoy dancing -- or do well on the show.

Positive role models

Most contestants work hard to do as well as they can on the show, and they seem to have fun doing it. People representing a variety of ages, races, and skill levels participate.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Some routines (and costumes) veer into slightly sexy territory.

Language
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Consumerism

The show promotes the songs of popular artists like Reba McEntire, Rihanna, Dierks Bentley, *NSYNC, etc.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's not too much here to be concerned about, aside from a little sexy dancing -- though even that pales in comparison to the sexually charged moves (and skimpy outfits) seen on other TV dance shows. The show also promotes recording artists and their brands by playing their songs, but it's not excessive by any means. The show's message and role models are solidly positive, too, promoting hard work, fun, and inclusiveness.

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What's the story?

In YOUR CHANCE TO DANCE, average people who aren't professional dancers get the chance to appear on television and dance a "tribute" to their favorite artists, with help from a show-appointed choreographer who tells them what to do and when. Initially, contestants are picked through a video submission process. But once they make it on the show, it's up to the studio audience to score them -- and decide who wins the "Your Chance to Dance" medal and a $10,000 prize. Mark L. Walberg hosts.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

In a lot of ways, Your Chance to Dance is a throwback to competition-oriented game shows of the 1970s and '80s, bringing to mind long-forgotten TV classics like Dance Fever (which tested competitors' disco skills) and Puttin' on the Hits (which put their lip-synching prowess to the test). But that retro feel is part of the problem, making the show seem woefully out of touch. Even the logo and theme song feel dated -- and it doesn't help that most of the songs contestants are dancing to haven't been on the hit lists in quite some time.

Of course, that doesn't necessarily take away from the fun; the dancers, at least, seem to be having a better than average time. But will viewers at home be equally entertained since they're not calling the shots with phoned-in votes? In the end, they might vote with their remotes.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about competition and how this show compares to other dance contests on TV. What's more important here: dancing well or having fun? Do you agree with the studio audience's decisions? Would you have picked a different winner?

  • Does the fact that these contestants are average people make it more or less entertaining than a show like Dancing with the Stars? Are celebrities more appealing than "real" people?

  • Aside from having fun, what are the benefits of dancing? Do you think this show will inspire more people to do it?

TV details

Premiere date:July 23, 2010
Cast:Mark L. Walberg
Network:CMT
Genre:Game Shows
TV rating:TV-PG

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Parent of a 9 and 11 year old Written byfunnygrl August 1, 2010

Great fun!

Your Chance To Dance is a fun show and inspires others to get up and dance and have a good time.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models