What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this innocuous site is the online destination for fans of the Dance on Sunset TV show on Nickelodeon. After learning the weekly dance taught to the audience and viewers, kids can learn the advanced version from the site. The short video snippets, photos, and online game are all fine for tweens. Kids can also upload a video of their self-choreographed dance, but they're taken to TurboNick.com to do so. Banner ads are definitely present throughout the site, and commercials play before selected videos.
What's it about?
If kids are left wanting more after seeing the Dance on Sunset series on Nickelodeon, then DANCEONSUNSET.COM is the place for them to be online. Kids can sort through the photos, play lists, and videos snippets from each episode, as well as the advertised "advanced" version of each week's "Fresh Squeezed Dance" taught by choreographer Tony Testa. The site also boasts a biography page on each of its Nick 6 dancers.
Is it any good?
Besides the dance tutorials and the photos and song playlists from episodes, there's not a whole lot that'll keep kids' attention on the site. DanceonSunset.com does sport a great -- and addicting -- online dance game "Get on the Floor!," where the player tries to copy moves generated by the computer (much like a keyboard operated Dance Dance Revolution). The tutorial is well worth the patience it takes to complete it; lots of tricks and tips for successful play are provided. There's room for improvising in this game as well, but it would be so much more fun if after a series was finished, the character performed each sequence.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about whether they're interested in uploading their own dance videos and what copyright laws they need to pay attention to if they do so. Why can't you have videos with music and logos in the background or on clothing? Families can also talk about other situations where the rules of copyright apply.