The 10 Best Dance TV Shows of All Time, According to Ranker

The world of dance is a captivating art form that viewers can’t help but stare at. Between popular shows like Dancing with the stars and even Disney Channel shake itall ages can enjoy this moving and exciting form of entertainment.

From hip-hop to ballet to salsa, dance is a versatile yet universal language that can bind even the most different people. Although there are a number of TV shows surrounding the world of dance, there are several that rank higher than others in terms of views and popularity, according to private soldier.

To note: Ranking lists are live and continue to accrue votes, so some rankings may have changed after this posting.


ten Hit the Ground (2013-2018)

Hit The Floor poster with the main characters posing on bleachers

The BET show follows the lives of LA Devils dancers and their messy and dramatic lives. The show includes drama, romance, and lots of exciting entertainment.

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While the show isn’t all about the dance, it features what usually happens behind the scenes of drama-filled team dynamics, as well as killer dance sequences and routines. Viewers love this show because it offers a unique perspective on the lives of older dancers and the shocking adult content that comes with it.

9 Shake It Up (2010-2013)

Shake It Up poster featuring Zendaya and Bella Thorne dancing and posing

The Disney Channel show features Zendaya and Bella Thorne as they navigate school, friendship and, most importantly, their dancing career on a local TV show. Considering that both actresses shot to fame pretty quickly after the show, it’s no wonder this show was such a hit on the network at the time.

The kids’ show features unique dance routines, a catchy soundtrack, and original dialogue in classic Disney Channel fashion. To this day, Disney lovers discuss the show’s impact and how it propelled the two main characters to stardom.

8 Bunheads (2012-2013)

Bunheads poster with ballerinas stretching and posing

ABC Family’s original show centers on the lives of ballet dancers. A wholesome show that features both comedy and occasional drama, this short-lived show was an underrated classic, according to fans.

The family show not only presents a glimpse into the lives of the dancers, but also their moving and heartfelt dance routines. If this show didn’t make viewers want to get up and face the ballet, nothing could!

seven Dancing with the Stars (2005–present)

Dancing With The Stars poster featuring a couple dancing and posing on stage

This show provides a fun twist for beginners learning to dance by inviting various celebrities to take part in the show. Although some would argue that some recent format changes have ruined the show, it is still arguably one of the most popular and longest running dance competition shows.

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With the unique dynamic of professional dancers teaching inexperienced celebrities the art of various dance methods, viewers were instantly hooked. Fans agree that tuning in each year is a highlight, not only to see which celebrities are cast, but to see them gradually grow into incredible dancers by the end.

6 Bring it! (2014-2018)

Bring It coach and dancers posing with hands on hips

This reality show has it all – the drama, the fiercest dance moves, but above all the heart. The show follows The Dancing Dolls as they train for upcoming competitions, with Coach D still providing the heat.

Although she can be tough on the girls if necessary, their success always comes through. Seeing the coach’s relationship with his team inspires fans and warms their hearts at the same time, and the hip-hop routines are pretty cool too.

5 So You Think You Can Dance (2005–present)

So You Think You Can Dance poster with sillouhettes of dancer posing

17 seasons strong, this dance competition is among the most successful, with each year being more entertaining than the last. The show always features a wide array of talent, ranging from a couple of ballroom dancers to a breakdancing group.

The competition is so versatile that audiences never know what to expect and are always blown away by the talent. Plus, the show keeps a fresh and updated panel of judges so there’s always an exciting twist.

4 Dance World (2017-2020)

World Of Dance judges posing together

The dance competition is hosted by experienced judge Jennifer Lopez, professional dancer Derek Hough and hit artist Ne-Yo. Not only does the winner earn the distinguished title of “Best in the World,” they also take home the grand prize of $1 million.

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With the stakes so high, one can imagine how talented these dance teams must be, and the talent is indeed staggering. From costumes to stunts to attitude, these contestants are definitely ready to compete and dominate.

3 Dance Moms (2011-2019)

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Although dance moms was meant to be a documentary-style special about mothers of dancing children, it quickly evolved into something much bigger. The moms certainly play a role in the drama against the dance teacher, but the way some of the extremely young dancers crack under pressure and/or overcome challenges is entertaining, but can also be quite sad.

Although considered quite a controversial show due to Abby Lee Miller and her tendencies bordering on verbal abuse, viewers couldn’t, and still can’t, look away from the drama. However, the show has produced some of today’s biggest stars, like Maddie Ziegler and JoJo Siwa.

2 The Next Step (2013-2019)

The Next Step cast posing together

There’s a lot going on in this dance studio, and it’s not just dancing. As the A-Troupe group trains for upcoming competitions, some relationships and friendships are put to the test, as putting a group of teenagers in a room can definitely get messy.

This family drama features plenty of fun dance numbers, ranging from casual battles on the beach to more orchestrated choreography in the dance studio. Many fans still show love for this underrated classic to this day, due to its ability to balance real life and dance, which means excitement around every corner.

1 Dance Academy (2010-2013)

Dance academy cast posing in front of lockers

A little like The next step, Dance School is a slightly more serious drama that also features a good bit of dancing. The show centers on a student named Tara, who gets accepted into the top dance academy and tries to navigate life from there.

It’s pretty obvious now that viewers at home love any show that features both dance and conflict, which this show has both. Although the show only lasted a few years, the impact it had on fans lasted much longer.

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