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The Best Dance Competition Shows Ever Made 

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Updated May 27, 2020 387 votes 76 voters 4.3k views 34 items

List Rules Vote up the most enjoyable competitive television series where the contestants put their dance moves to the test.

Ever since the great Writer’s Strike of 2007, so-called “unscripted” television has taken over, and it isn’t showing any sign of stopping. It’s almost impossible to turn on a television these days and not find a reality television program of some kind and of the most popular genres in the field is the dance competition show. These are programs made to challenge people’s skills at dancing and various other choreographed moves to see who is the best competitor of them all!

Many dance competition shows combine an amateur with a professional, which tends to make for great programming. Shows like So You Think You Can Dance? and Dancing with the Stars are two popular competitive series that show the world just how nuanced and creative dancing can be.

There truly are tons of examples of this genre, but not all dancing competition shows are as good as the moves seen on screen. There’s so much to choose from, but there are a few series that are considerably better than others thanks to the intense competition found in each episode. This list highlights the very best reality TV shows in the dancing competition genre so don't forget to vote up your favorite while you’re here, and it’s possible your favorites are missing, so make sure you add and you don’t see!

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World of Dance is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dance Competition Shows Ever Made
Jenna Dewan Tatum, Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo
World of Dance (NBC, 2017) is an American reality dance competition series, hosted by Jenna Dewan Tatum. Judged by Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo, and Derek Hough, dance performers, including solo acts ...more
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So You Think You Can Dan... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dance Competition Shows Ever Made
Mark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley

Premiered: 2005

So You Think You Can Dance is an American televised dance competition show that airs on Fox in the United States and is the flagship series of the international So You Think You Can Dance ...more
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Dancing with the Stars ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dance Competition Shows Ever Made
Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli

Premiered: 2005

Dancing with the Stars is an American dance competition show airing since 2005 on ABC in the United States, and CTV/CTV Two in Canada. The show is the American version of the British television ...more
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BBC Young Dancer 2015 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dance Competition Shows Ever Made
BBC Young Dancer

Premiered: 2015

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Got to Dance is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dance Competition Shows Ever Made
Adam Garcia, Kimberly Wyatt

Premiered: 2009

Got to Dance, originally titled Just Dance, is a British dance competition that was broadcast on Sky 1 in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 20 December 2009 to 28 December 2014. Auditions for ...more
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Live to Dance is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dance Competition Shows Ever Made
Paula Abdul
Live to Dance is a United States television reality program and dance competition on the CBS network. Dancers from all over the country auditioned for Live to Dance in "specially ...more
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Dance Fever is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dance Competition Shows Ever Made
Adrian Zmed, Deney Terrio

Premiered: 1979

Dance Fever is an American musical variety series that aired weekly in syndication from January 1979 to September 1987. The series was created and produced by Merv Griffin and written by Tony ...more
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Dance Party USA is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dance Competition Shows Ever Made
Dance Party USA

Premiered: 1986

Dance Party USA was an American dance television show that aired on cable's USA Network from April 12, 1986, to June 27, 1992. It was originally a half-hour, but was expanded to an hour in 1987. ...more
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Bring It! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dance Competition Shows Ever Made
Dianna Williams, Camryn Harris, Makalah Whitenson

Premiered: 2014

Bring It! (Lifetime, 2014) is an American dance reality television series. In Jackson, Mississippi, Coach Dianna "Miss D" Williams and her Dancing Dolls compete against other rival
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Abby's Ultimate Dance Co... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dance Competition Shows Ever Made
Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition

Premiered: 2012

Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition is an American dance reality competition series on Lifetime. The series encompasses twelve talented boy and girl dancers who are competing for the top spot and ...more
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Strictly Come Dancing is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dance Competition Shows Ever Made
Tess Daly, Bruce Forsyth

Premiered: 2004

Strictly Come Dancing is a British television show, featuring celebrities with professional dance partners competing in Ballroom and Latin dances. The title of the show suggests a continuation ...more
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Move Like Michael Jackso... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dance Competition Shows Ever Made
Move Like Michael Jackson Jermaine Jackson, Jamelia, Reggie Yates

Premiered: 2009

Move Like Michael Jackson is a British talent show made by independent production company Fever Media and Gogglebox Entertainment and transmitted on BBC Three, which aims to find people who can ...more
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Dancing on Wheels is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dance Competition Shows Ever Made
Dancing on Wheels Caroline Flack, Martin Offiah, Heather Small

Premiered: 2010

Dancing on Wheels is a British Reality TV show made by production company Fever Media and first broadcast on BBC Three on 11 February 2010. The concept of the show is that an able-bodied ...more
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Alesha's Streetdance Sta... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dance Competition Shows Ever Made
Alesha's Streetdance Stars Alesha Dixon

Premiered: 2013

Alesha's Streetdance Stars (CBBC Channel, 2011) is a British competitive reality television series. Dance crews of young street dancers compete in a series of auditions, rounds and finals with ...more
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Strictly Dance Fever is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dance Competition Shows Ever Made
Strictly Dance Fever Pooja Shah, Erin Boag, Anton du Beke

Premiered: 2005

Strictly Dance Fever is a British television programme, broadcast on BBC One on Saturday evenings. It was an amateur dance talent competition, hosted by Graham Norton, which ran during Spring ...more
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U Can Dance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dance Competition Shows Ever Made
U Can Dance Iya Villania, Derek Ramsay

Premiered: 2006

U Can Dance is a reality dance competition TV program of ABS-CBN, hosted by Iya Villania and Derek Ramsay, which ran from June 2006 to October 2007.
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Dance Machine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dance Competition Shows Ever Made

Premiered: 2008

Dance Machine was an American dance game show and competition that premiered on June 27, 2008 on ABC. The show was hosted by Jason Kennedy of E! News. It was created by RDF USA. Due to the ...more
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Dance, Dance, Dance is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dance Competition Shows Ever Made
Dance, Dance, Dance

Premiered: 2017

Dance Dance Dance (ITV, 2017) is a British competitive dancing talent show. British dance contest in which celebrities pair-up with professional dancers to recreate iconic dance routines.
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Legendary is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dance Competition Shows Ever Made
Megan Thee Stallion, Law Roach, Leiomy Maldonado

Premiered: 2020

Legendary (HBO Max, 2020) is a voguing competition television series hosted by Dashaun Wesley. Divas will battle on voguing teams called "houses," with the chance to win a cash prize ...more
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Floored is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dance Competition Shows Ever Made
Liza Koshy, Will 'Wildabeast' Adams, Danielle Brooks

Premiered: 2020

Floored (Quibi, 2020) is a short dance reality television series hosted by Liza Koshy. Two teams of skilled dancers take on an insane dance floor with a life of its own, trying their best to ...more
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The Sauce is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dance Competition Shows Ever Made
Ayo & Teo, Usher Raymond

Premiered: 2020

The Sauce (Quibi, 2020) is a short dance reality competition television series hosted by viral dance sensations Ayo & Teo. The best friends and brothers embark on an epic cross-country road ...more
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Disney Fam Jam is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dance Competition Shows Ever Made
Ariel Martin, Trevor Tordjman, Mitchell Gregorio

Premiered: 2020

Disney Fam Jam (Disney Channel, 2020) is an American dance competition television series. Two families dance against each other, the family with the most audience votes receives a grand prize of ...more
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Dance Your Ass Off is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dance Competition Shows Ever Made
Lisa Ann Walter, Danny Teeson, Lee Wall

Premiered: 2009

Dance Your Ass Off is a reality competition series on the Oxygen Network hosted by Marissa Jaret Winokur in the first season, then Melanie Brown in season two. Similar to the set up of Dancing ...more
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Superstars of Dance is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dance Competition Shows Ever Made
Superstars of Dance Susie Castillo, Michael Flatley

Premiered: 2008

Superstars of Dance was an American reality television show, first broadcast on January 4, 2009, on NBC. The show featured dance routines from eight different countries from six continents. It ...more
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Come Dancing is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dance Competition Shows Ever Made

Premiered: 1949

Come Dancing was a British ballroom dancing competition show that ran on and off on the BBC from 1949 to 1998, becoming one of television's longest-running shows. The show was created by Eric ...more