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The Best Dance TV Shows

Updated October 12, 2020 20.4k votes 9.2k voters 613.8k views37 items

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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 TV dance competitions, reality shows that follow professional dancers in their daily lives, and even dramas that center around dancers or dancing. Want some drama and comedy mixed in with your dancers? These 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.

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 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

    Xenia Goodwin, Alicia Banit

    Premiered2010

    NetworkZDF, ABC3, ABC1

    More Dance Academy 

    #41 of 143 The Best High School TV Shows#29 of 124 The Best Teen Drama TV Shows

  • 2
    1,588
    550

    The Next Step

    Alexandra Beaton, Victoria Baldesarra

    Premiered2013

    NetworkFamily Channel, CBBC

  • 3
    1,126
    547

    So You Think You Can Dance

    Mark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe

    Premiered2005

    NetworkFox Broadcasting Company

    More So You Think You Can Dance 

    The Best So You Think You Can Dance Winners, Ranked#334 of 340 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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    177
    37

    World of Dance

    Jenna Dewan Tatum, Jennifer Lopez

    Premiered2017

    NetworkNBC

  • 5
    785
    452

    Dancing with the Stars

    Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba

    Premiered2005

    NetworkCTV Television Network, American Broadcasting Company

    More Dancing with the Stars 

    #19 of 277 The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time#20 of 49 The Best Current Shows You Can Watch With Your Mom

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    395

    Bring It!

    Dianna Williams, Camryn Harris

    Premiered2014

    NetworkLifetime

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    1,722
    627

    Dance Moms

    Abby Lee Miller, Maddie Ziegler

    Premiered2011

    NetworkLifetime Television

    More Dance Moms 

    Behind-The-Scenes, 'Dance Moms' Is More Staged Than The Routines The Kids Preform#7 of 50 The Trashiest TV Shows You Can't Help Loving

  • 8
    563
    406

    Bunheads

    Sutton Foster, Kaitlyn Jenkins

    Premiered2012

    NetworkABC Family

    More Bunheads 

    #79 of 102 The Best Dramedy TV Series#89 of 308 The Best Shows Canceled After a Single Season

  • 9
    513
    369

    Shake It Up

    Bella Thorne, Zendaya

    Premiered2010

    NetworkDisney Channel

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    368
    293

    America's Best Dance Crew

    Mario Lopez, Layla Kayleigh

    Premiered2008

    NetworkMTV, MuchMusic

    More America's Best Dance Crew 

    #33 of 50 The Best MTV Original Shows#54 of 123 The Best Reality Competition Series

  • 11
    426
    315

    Hit the Floor

    Dean Cain, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe

    Premiered2013

    NetworkVH1

  • 12
    198
    217

    Fame

    Debbie Allen, Carlo Imperato

    Premiered1982

    NetworkNBC

    More Fame 

    #92 of 508 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time#23 of 40 The Best Golden Globe Winning Comedy Series

  • 13
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    250

    Breaking Pointe

    Christiana Bennett, Elizabeth McGrath

    Premiered2012

    NetworkThe CW Television Network

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    102
    30

    Step up: High Water

    Lauryn McClain, Petrice Jones

    Premiered2018

    NetworkYouTube, Starz

  • 15
    40
    35

    Solid Gold

    Dionne Warwick, Andy Gibb

    Premiered1980

    NetworkSyndicated

    More Solid Gold 

    #72 of 89 The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows#37 of 42 The Best Gold Things

  • 16
    193
    127

    Flesh and Bone

    Sarah Hay, Ben Daniels

    Premiered2015

    NetworkStarz

    More 

    #489 of 538 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time#369 of 389 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate

  • 17
    86
    104

    Soul Train

    Nick Cannon, Rosie Perez

    Premiered1971

    NetworkCentric

  • 18
    107
    113

    Dance India Dance

    Mithun Chakraborty, Geeta Kapoor

    Premiered2009

    NetworkZee TV

  • 19
    689
    922

    D 4 Dance

    Priyamani, Neerav Bavlecha

    Premiered2014

    NetworkMazhavil Manorama

  • 20
    49
    63

    Premiered1952

    NetworkUSA Network, WPVI-TV, American Broadcasting Company

    More American Bandstand 

    #34 of 79 The Best ABC Shows of All Time#9 of 29 The Best "American" TV Shows

  • 21
    150
    183

    Strictly Come Dancing

    Tess Daly, Bruce Forsyth

    Premiered2004

    NetworkBBC One, BBC HD

    More Strictly Come Dancing 

    #6 of 58 The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked#4 of 18 The Very Best British Talent Shows, Ranked

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    21
    13

    Dancing on Ice

    Robin Cousins, Karen Barber

    Premiered2006

    NetworkITV, ITV, TV3

    More Dancing on Ice 

    Dreamcasting Celebrities We Want To See On Dancing on Ice#17 of 50 The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV

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    20
    11

    Pose

    MJ Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson

    Premiered2018

    NetworkFX

    More Pose 

    #43 of 45 New TV Shows of the Last Few Years with the Best Overall Acting#26 of 68 The Best FX Original Shows

  • 24
    157
    204

    Dance Moms: Miami

    Angel Armas, Debi Epstein

    Premiered2012

    NetworkLifetime Television

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    12
    4

    Flirty Dancing

    Jenna Dewan, Jordan Tripp

    Premiered2019

    NetworkFox

    More Flirty Dancing 

    #40 of 98 The Best Dating Reality Shows#134 of 192 The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now