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The Best Dance TV Shows 

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Dance TV shows are some of the most entertaining programs on the air right now. Recent years have brought in a crop of competitive dance shows, reality series that follow professional dancers in their daily lives. Want some drama and comedy mixed in with your dancers? The shows feature all kinds of different dance styles, including ballet, ballroom, and hip hop. For fans of dancing in all its many forms, dance competitions can be a great escape. This list of dancing TV show names includes many of the most well-known dance TV shows on the air, but it is by no means complete. Feel free to add any and all of your favorite dance-related shows, and vote for your favorites that are already listed.

What are the best dance TV shows? Television dance shows' popularity continues to soar. One great example: ABC's Dancing With the Stars, which pairs celebrities with professional dance partners, has consistently been among the highest rated network programs in recent years. The celebrity/professional pair competes for the coveted Mirror Ball trophy. The show is actually based on the British TV series Strictly Come Dancing. Other popular TV dance shows that feature competition include FOX's So You Think You Can Dance and Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew on MTV.

Dance reality TV shows include Lifetime's Dance Moms, which follows the lives of young dancers, and the mothers that push them (sometimes, too hard). The CW's Breaking Pointe follows members of Salt Lake City's Ballet West, as they endure the challenges of dancing for a professional company.

Which dance TV show is the best? That's up to you to decide, with your votes!

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Dance Academy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dance TV Shows
Xenia Goodwin, Alicia Banit, Dena Kaplan

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Drama, Children's television series

Dance Academy is an Australian teen-oriented television drama produced by Werner Film Productions in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and ZDF. Series one premiered on 31 ...more
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The Next Step is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dance TV Shows
georgia.gribble added Trevor Tordjman, Isaac Lupien, Victoria Baldesarra

Premiered: 2013

The Next Step is a Canadian teen drama series shot in a reality television style. The show was created by Frank van Keeken. The series focuses on a group of dancers who attend The Next Step ...more
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So You Think You Can Dan... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dance TV Shows
Mark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Talent show, Interactive television, Game show, Reality television

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) 4 on the list The Best Dance TV Shows
Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Sports, Sports film, Reality television

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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Bring It! is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dance TV Shows
ArienneJay added Dianna Williams, Camryn Harris, Makalah Whitenson

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Dance, Reality

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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Dance Moms is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dance TV Shows

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Dance Moms is an American reality television series that debuted on Lifetime on July 13, 2011. Created by Collins Avenue Productions, it is set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the Abby Lee Dance ...more
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Bunheads is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dance TV Shows
Sutton Foster, Kaitlyn Jenkins, Julia Goldani Telles

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy-drama

Bunheads is an American comedy-drama television series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino and Lamar Damon, that aired on ABC Family from June 11, 2012 to February 25, 2013. Starring Sutton Foster, ...more
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D 4 Dance is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dance TV Shows
Hippiegal added Priyamani, Neerav Bavlecha, Prasanna Sujith

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Dance, Competition, Dance reality

D 4 Dance (Mazhavil Manorama, 2014) is an Indian dance reality television series. Contestants compete to win a large monetary prize, under the eye of mentors.
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America's Best Dance Cre... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dance TV Shows
Mario Lopez, Layla Kayleigh, JC Chasez

Premiered: 2008

Genres (Tv): Interactive television, Game show, Reality television

America's Best Dance Crew, often abbreviated as ABDC, is an American competitive dance reality television series that features both national and international dance crews. The show was produced ...more
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Shake It Up is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dance TV Shows
BrandonGarner added Bella Thorne, Zendaya, Davis Cleveland

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Television comedy, Sitcom, Teen situation comedy, Children's television series, Comedy, + more

Shake It Up is an American sitcom that originally aired on Disney Channel in the United States from November 7, 2010 to November 10, 2013. Created by Chris Thompson and starring Bella Thorne and ...more
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Hit the Floor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dance TV Shows
inneedofaheroe added Dean Cain, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Charlotte Ross

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Drama

Hit the Floor, originally titled Bounce, is an American drama television series on VH1 series, created by James LaRosa. The series follows Ahsha, a girl who joins the NBA Cheerleading team the ...more
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Breaking Pointe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dance TV Shows

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Breaking Pointe is an American reality television series that premiered on May 31, 2012, on The CW. It goes behind the scenes at Ballet West, a ballet company based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ...more
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World of Dance is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dance TV Shows
Jenna Dewan Tatum, Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo

Genres (Tv): Reality competition, Dance

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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Fame is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dance TV Shows
Debbie Allen, Carlo Imperato, Gene Anthony Ray

Premiered: 1982

Genres (Tv): Drama

Fame is an American television series originally produced between 1982 and 1987. The show is based on the 1980 motion picture of the same name. Using a mixture of drama and music, it followed ...more
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Soul Train is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dance TV Shows
slaft added Nick Cannon, Rosie Perez, Don Cornelius

Premiered: 1971

Genres (Tv): Music, Variety show

Soul Train is an American musical variety television program, which aired in syndication from 1971 until 2006. In its 35-year history, the show primarily featured performances by R&B, soul, ...more
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American Bandstand is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dance TV Shows
slaft added Dick Clark

Premiered: 1952

Genres (Tv): Music, Talk show, Variety show

American Bandstand is an American music-performance show that aired in various versions from 1952 to 1989 and was hosted from 1956 until its final season by Dick Clark, who also served as ...more
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Dance Moms: Miami is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dance TV Shows
JacklynBrown added Angel Armas, Debi Epstein, Hannah Epstein

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Dance Moms: Miami was an American reality television series on Lifetime that aired from April 3, 2012, to May 29, 2012. It is a spin-off of Dance Moms.
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Flesh and Bone is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dance TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Flesh and Bone Sarah Hay, Ben Daniels, Emily Tyra

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Drama

Flesh and Bone (Starz, 2015) is an American drama television miniseries created by Moira Walley-Beckett. The eight-episode limited series follows founder and temperamental artistic director of ...more
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Solid Gold is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dance TV Shows
Dionne Warwick, Andy Gibb, Rick Dees

Premiered: 1980

Genres (Tv): Variety show

Solid Gold is an American syndicated music television series which debuted on September 13, 1980. Like many other shows of its genre, such as American Bandstand, Solid Gold featured musical ...more
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Step Up: High Water is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dance TV Shows
saucecat added Lauryn McClain, Petrice Jones, Marcus Mitchell

Genres (Tv): Dance, Drama

Step Up: High Water (YouTube Red, 2018) is an American drama web television series created by Holly Sorenson, based on the film series. When twins Tal (Petrice Jones) and Janelle (Lauryn ...more
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Dance India Dance is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dance TV Shows
suneeth-sanny added Jay Bhanushali, Geeta Kapoor, Terry Lewis

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Talent show, Interactive television, Reality television

Dance India Dance is an Indian dance competition show that airs on Zee TV in the India, produced by UTV Software Communications and has become India's largest dance-based reality show. The show ...more
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Strictly Come Dancing is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dance TV Shows
Tess Daly, Bruce Forsyth

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Sports, Talent show, Sports film, Game show, Reality television

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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Flirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dance TV Shows
Jenna Dewan, Jordan Tripp

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Reality, Dating

Flirty Dancing (Fox, 2019) is an American reality television series. Strangers each learn half of a dance routine, then meet for the first time on a blind date where they dance together without ...more
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Dancing on Ice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dance TV Shows

Premiered: 2006

Genres (Tv): Talent show, Reality television

Dancing on Ice is a British television show presented by Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley, in which celebrities and their professional partners figure skate in front of a panel of ...more
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Got to Dance is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dance TV Shows
AngelicaPickles added Adam Garcia, Kimberly Wyatt

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Talent show, Reality television

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