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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 5, 2018
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  • Summary: The docuseries follows Justin Johnson, (who is better known from appearances on RuPaul's Drag Race as Alyssa Edwards), as he deals with running his dance studio in Texas where he prepares his young charges for the competitive dance season.
  • Genre(s): Reality, News/Documentary, Documentary
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Oct 1, 2018
    80
    Few characters challenge Johnson for dominance or even parity in the first two installments of “Dancing Queen,” and as it goes on, it’d be nice to get a bit more texture of the Beyond Belief community. ... That interplay between earnest parents and the serious side of a fun-loving queen makes for TV that edges up to inspirational. But it’s also just fun.
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Dana Schwartz
    Oct 1, 2018
    75
    From scenes of heartbroken tweenagers to music-video-style footage of Edwards' performances, the show makes for uneven but still magnetic reality TV. [5 Oct 2018, p.41]
  3. Reviewed by: Robyn Bahr
    Oct 5, 2018
    70
    There's always a certain stunted, hokey filmic language to "unscripted" television, but these girls and their moms too obviously reveal the cracks of being produced. They try desperately to foist themselves into archetypes: the Crazy Mom, the Fragile Dreamer, the Plucky Upstart. ... Dancing Queen is incandescent when the narrative focuses on Johnson's personal journey.
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Oct 29, 2018
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The directors of this heavy handed and banal reality TV series should be fed to the cows they insist on slow panning over every episode. The dance moms should suffer a similar fate. Netflix series usually have one common denominator--they are bingeable. If you try to binge this series, you will cancel your Netflix subscription.

    THAT SAID....Alyssa, nee Dwayne Johnson, the fabulous, is an antidote to hate and complaints. For those who love Alyssa, this will confirm everything you suspected about her. She is talented, big hearted, and sincere. Knowing s/he is on the planet is comforting. But if you are looking for her to be Willam in her off time, you will be disappointed. Dwayne's life traumas and dreams have led him to covet suburban bliss over drama-ama-ama and while most lovers of drag might cringe at this (as I did), there's something softly comforting and beautiful about his happy ever after in a place so many of his fans would think of as hell.

    If you are looking for insight, go elsewhere. He is open about the fact that language is not his talent; dance and body is. And heart. So much heart...but in a series that is heavily dependent on the reality TV show confessional session model AND dance mom drama, his struggle with articulating deep thoughts is painful for viewers and the editing exacerbates this. Bad directors. No donuts!

    Don't get me wrong. Alyssa/Dwayne is thoughtful, kind, fierce, and a champion in all the ways.....but this series fails to translate that effectively to viewers. Don't waste your time. Spend your time and money reading and watching interviews with him and going to see Alyssa perform instead.