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The Best Dance TV Shows

Updated October 12, 2020 21.6k votes 9.2k voters 609.9k 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 Academy1
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    Dance Academy

    Xenia Goodwin, Alicia Banit

    Premiered2010

    NetworkZDF, ABC3, ABC1

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  • The Next Step2
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    The Next Step

    Alexandra Beaton, Victoria Baldesarra

    Premiered2013

    NetworkFamily Channel, CBBC

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  • So You Think You Can Dance3
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    So You Think You Can Dance

    Mark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe

    Premiered2005

    NetworkFox Broadcasting Company

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  • Dancing with the Stars4
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    Dancing with the Stars

    Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba

    Premiered2005

    NetworkCTV Television Network, American Broadcasting Company

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  • World of Dance5
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    World of Dance

    Jenna Dewan Tatum, Jennifer Lopez

    Premiered2017

    NetworkNBC

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    #65 of 186 The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV#20 of 57 Good TV Shows for 8 Year Olds

  • Bring It!6
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    Bring It!

    Dianna Williams, Camryn Harris

    Premiered2014

    NetworkLifetime

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  • Dance Moms7
    1,812
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    Dance Moms

    Abby Lee Miller, Maddie Ziegler

    Premiered2011

    NetworkLifetime Television

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  • Bunheads8
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    Bunheads

    Sutton Foster, Kaitlyn Jenkins

    Premiered2012

    NetworkABC Family

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  • Shake It Up9
    539
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    Shake It Up

    Bella Thorne, Zendaya

    Premiered2010

    NetworkDisney Channel

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  • America's Best Dance Crew10
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    America's Best Dance Crew

    Mario Lopez, Layla Kayleigh

    Premiered2008

    NetworkMTV, MuchMusic

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  • Fame11
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    Fame

    Debbie Allen, Carlo Imperato

    Premiered1982

    NetworkNBC

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  • Hit the Floor12
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    Hit the Floor

    Dean Cain, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe

    Premiered2013

    NetworkVH1

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  • Breaking Pointe13
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    Breaking Pointe

    Christiana Bennett, Elizabeth McGrath

    Premiered2012

    NetworkThe CW Television Network

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  • Step up: High Water14
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    Step up: High Water

    Lauryn McClain, Petrice Jones

    Premiered2018

    NetworkYouTube, Starz

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  • Solid Gold15
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    Solid Gold

    Dionne Warwick, Andy Gibb

    Premiered1980

    NetworkSyndicated

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  • Flesh and Bone16
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    Flesh and Bone

    Sarah Hay, Ben Daniels

    Premiered2015

    NetworkStarz

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  • Soul Train17
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    Soul Train

    Nick Cannon, Rosie Perez

    Premiered1971

    NetworkCentric

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  • American Bandstand18
    52
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    Premiered1952

    NetworkUSA Network, WPVI-TV, American Broadcasting Company

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  • Strictly Come Dancing19
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    Strictly Come Dancing

    Tess Daly, Bruce Forsyth

    Premiered2004

    NetworkBBC One, BBC HD

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  • Dance India Dance20
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    Dance India Dance

    Mithun Chakraborty, Geeta Kapoor

    Premiered2009

    NetworkZee TV

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  • Pose21
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    Pose

    MJ Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson

    Premiered2018

    NetworkFX

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  • Dancing on Ice22
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    Dancing on Ice

    Robin Cousins, Karen Barber

    Premiered2006

    NetworkITV, ITV, TV3

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  • Dance Moms: Miami23
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    Dance Moms: Miami

    Angel Armas, Debi Epstein

    Premiered2012

    NetworkLifetime Television

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  • Flirty Dancing24
    11
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    Flirty Dancing

    Jenna Dewan, Jordan Tripp

    Premiered2019

    NetworkFox

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  • Fosse/Verdon25
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    Fosse/Verdon

    Sam Rockwell, Michelle Williams

    Premiered2019

    NetworkFX

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