The Best Dance Shows On TV
Grab some popcorn, put your feet up and get ready to tune in to some of the most emotional Television since the second season of The Real World. Dance television encapsulates everything that's great about the small screen--anticipation, hope, devastating lows and epic highs. Watching your favorite character fall out of her pas de bourrée during an audition is enough to make a viewer sob with empathy. But watching the underdog contestant crump his way to victory is just about the most triumphant feeling we know. After all, great Television is supposed to be complex. Don't waste any time sifting through bad reality contests or poorly-written dramas, get your dance fix from this lineup of the best dance shows on TV!
1. So You Think You Can Dance
When this show first aired back in 2005, it served as America’s introduction to dance in all types of forms, even the forms that had yet to break into mainstream popularity like the lyrical, contemporary moves that we now practice in our bedrooms on a semi-regular basis. It was an instantaneous hit that would cement both the drama of reality dance competition and judge Mary Murphy’s laugh in primetime for years to come.
Mobbed takes all of the surprise fun of flash mobs and gives it a little more depth by allowing people to use a thousands-strong flash mob for help with proposals, reuniting family members, and all sorts of other heart-warming scenarios. Howie Mandel, of the hair splitting show Deal Or No Deal, hosts this feel-good reality show.
3. Dancing Fools
This brand new show premiered this summer and is kind of like the America’s Funniest Home Videos of the dancing world. Viewers are encouraged to submit home videos of spectacular dancing failures, and then favorites are invited onto the show to compete in a dance-off for a $10,000 prize.
4. Breaking Pointe
Ever wondered what your life would be like if you followed through on those pre-teen ballerina dreams? Breaking Pointe gives a raw look behind the curtain of Ballet West, one of the country’s premiere ballet studios based in Salt Lake City. As the name suggests, there’s lots of dancing drama to keep viewers entertained all summer long.
5. Shake It Up
Of course, Disney couldn’t ignore the dance craze taking over TV either, so they put together the teen version of a dance-centered show. Shake It Up is a sitcom that follows two back up dancers for a local show, Shake It Up Chicago, as they also try to navigate high school. Disney is the undisputed leader of making shows about navigating high school, and the dancing twist on this one has kept it on the air for three consecutive seasons.