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Dance Nation

From 115 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Edgy, Quirky, Clever, Great acting

About the show

Somewhere in America, an army of pre-teen competitive dancers plots to take over the world. And if their new routine is good enough, they’ll claw their way to the top at the Boogie Down Grand Prix in Tampa Bay. More…

In this pageant of ambition and ferocity, these young dancers have more than choreography on their minds, because every plié and jeté is a step toward finding themselves, and a fight to unleash their power.

Member Reviews (115)


Ambitious, Edgy, Quirky, Clever, Great acting
Avg Score

Great writing, Edgy, Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a raw edgy look at what it’s like to be a teen age girl. Sweet. Shocking. Insightful. Sad. Honest. Beautiful.

Don't see it if You’re a misogynist or have no empathy.

Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you liked The Wolves & want a daring, shrewd, original, poignant story of preadolescence played by the most earnest & fearless cast anywhere

Don't see it if you'll be uncomfortable w/a stark, unrelenting portrayal of pre-teen girls, w/all the angst, awkwardness, blood & unfiltered feelings intact

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Overrated

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Also a new look at young teenage problems but solutions seem to be missing.... Read more Read less

Banal, Cliched, Great acting, Odd, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy new plays and support new female writers, interested in concerns of young teens, enjoy innovative casting & unusual digressions

Don't see it if you don't like female nudity on stage, young teens played by much older women, linear plots interspersed with odd musical numbers

Do you want to know what 13 year olds talk about when you're not in the room?

See it if no holds barred/hilarious view of girls on competitive dance team dealing w/ adolescent changes & suffocating pressures

Don't see it if some of the over-the-top monologues simply don't work; feminist message by end hits you over the head

Also One of high points: use of vampirish dance sequence, redolent of Micha... Read more Read less

Funny, Quirky, Slow, Introspective

See it if you enjoy feminist works that aren’t too heavy handed and also have some laughs mixed in.

Don't see it if you’re expecting quality dance. That’s now what this show is.

Confusing, Disappointing, Edgy, Quirky, Slow

See it if You like new plays that are somewhat experimental and try to combine different styles of playwriting and performance.

Don't see it if You dislike plays that are “all over the place” and seem to be hunting for a style that they never really find.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you want to see a highly original play with a stellar cast and innovative staging. Claire Barron is a writer to keep your eye on!

Don't see it if you have no interest in adolescent girls slowly discovering their sexuality.

Excruciating, Quirky, Disappointing, Dizzying, Edgy

See it if You really want to see into the mind of teenage girls played by adults. You like quirky theater that pushes the envelope.

Don't see it if You like your theater to not feel awkward and exhausting. Slow and cringy this was an unpleasant 1hr40.

Disappointing, Dull, Banal

See it if you are a dancer and want to relive the delights of being 13. Not!!Play rarely soars.It has a lot of promise but doesn't deliver.

Don't see it if you are tired of gimmicks--older actresses playing 12-13 year olds; gratuitous and distracting nudity.It has something to say,but fumbles it

Absorbing, Great acting, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if Explores the way teenage dramas can inform our lives for good. Good character study.

Don't see it if I found the choice to have the girls played by grown women puzzling. The author’s note explaining why she did this did not ring true.

Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if you like new plays that are unique while still following a traditional story line. Message came through without preaching to the audience.

Don't see it if you don't care about 13 yr old girls and woman's issues in general.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Relevant

See it if pre-teen girls & their graphic locker room talk as they discuss their physical changes and emotions; played by adults of different ages

Don't see it if don't like graphic talk or want deep individual characters; this goes deeply into their emotional & physical states as a group

Also Different from a play like The Wolves because in this case the roles a... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great writing, Hilarious, Resonant, Must see

See it if you live for Dance Moms drama or want to see a hilarious and relevant new play by a female playwright about women.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with discussions of bodies and all the things that preteen girls go through.

Intense, Raunchy

See it if A pussy riot embodied in 13 year old girls. Explores societal and biological changes women endure with the world and each other.

Don't see it if Seeing menstrual blood or hearing "pussy" abhor you. Mental health issues are triggering. Women's issues don't interest you.

Also Ticket from '35 and under' program for $25.

Disappointing, Edgy, Cliched, Indulgent, Slow

See it if the idea of adolescent girls being played by older actresses appeals to you. An interesting concept that soon wears thin.

Don't see it if you find female nudity on the stage off-putting.

Also The play is slow with pauses so long you begin to lose hope that anoth... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if See a show about pre-teens that one doesn't normally see - intense, brutal, and wistful.

Don't see it if Not for everyone - some audience members just didn't get it - too honest for some.

Ambitious, Funny, Disappointing, Edgy, Quirky

See it if You like non traditional plays that attempt to address issues of feminism and adolescent development

Don't see it if You want naturalism and resolution . ..and object to unnecessary nudity and uncomfortable language

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Intense

See it if entering the mood of a bunch of preteen girls is your cup of tea--especially reflective of friendships, desire, ambition and fitting in.

Don't see it if you don't want to be thrown into a world of angsty teens trying to make sense of their world.

Transgressive, Ambitious, Raunchy, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You want to see the David Mamet of young female playwrights. Coming of age story that says things and goes places others won't.

Don't see it if You need everything to work. She sets a high bar, daring to address serious issues that should be aired. OK, it isn't perfect.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You want to relive those awkward feelings from your middle school years. You want a dark comedy. Like, a really dark one.

Don't see it if You dislike shows with quite a bit of artifice. Although the show is linear it takes a lot of dramaturgical detours.

Also This show lives in an alternating world of primal scream and introspec... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Resonant, Intense

See it if Original plays are your thing. This is not your average dance play, not even close. These young adolescent girls are fierce and feral.

Don't see it if If you would rather not revisit or visit the mind of young teenage girls. For that was where where the truly wild things lurk.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if you appreciate ambitious works that try to give entree to a world you may not otherwise have access to

Don't see it if you have no patience for gambits that only pay off in fits and starts

Bold, Visceral, Original, Funny

See it if Wonderful take on the joys and terrors of being a 13 year old girl. But the girls are all portrayed by adults ages 22 to 60.

Don't see it if It's got profanity, naked body parts, menstruation, awkwardness, and most of the girls are not very good dancers.

Also I thought this show was right on, more so than "Wolves". Several "ah-h... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You are interested in women and women’s place in the world. You like abstract plays.

Don't see it if If subtlety is your thing.

May 8th, 2018
“Conjures the passionate ambivalence of early adolescence with such being-there sharpness and poignancy that you’re not sure whether to cringe, cry or roar with happiness...Blazingly original and unsettlingly familiar...Cuts to the bone...A fearless cast, directed and choreographed with gloriousl...
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May 8th, 2018
"Ferociously funny...Barron’s riotous, rattling, sensational new play...The kids are played by adults of varying ages...They sometimes break out of their time frame to share perspectives they will have years later. The effect of this doubleness is often hilarious—the actors’ dance skills also var...
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May 8th, 2018
“If you were ever a 13-year-old girl, Clare Barron’s daring, raw ‘Dance Nation' will probably hit you hard. If you weren’t, the play might feel like strange, even somewhat disturbing terrain, but I’d urge you to venture in all the same...A brave, visceral, excitingly off-kilter barbaric yawp of a...
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May 8th, 2018
“Fearless and funny but frustrating...Avoids the typical pitfalls when adult actors play pre-teens...The work is bold, with ample profanity and flashes of nudity. But it trips up because it's too freewheeling for its own good...Subjects are raised and quickly abandoned. The tone shifts willy nill...
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