We are huge Dancing with the Stars fans here at the Riverside Cafe. We were a little late to the party and didn’t start until the 2nd season, but we haven’t missed since. We get very excited on the two days during the week that it broadcasts because it’s a feel-good show. Yes, it’s the simple things in life that make us happy:)
Way back when we got the Wii (3 weeks ago), we did a lot of research into which kind of games we wanted to purchase – we looked very carefully at the wall of games. We stayed away from anything that had blood, gore, or guns on the covers, which brought us down to a single row. Then we took out anything that looked like it might be too young for us which left us with 3 or 4 games to choose from. Dancing with the Stars was one of these.
Actually, Dancing with the Stars jumped out at us immediately because of our love of the show. We weren’t sure how the Wii would read your “dancing” since there is no mat included. It turns out, you’re just doing hand and arm movements, but you’d be surprised at how much your bottom half follows the upper’s lead, especially during the twist or the locomotion (2 dance moves we pros like to whip out when we need to impress).
Helen, Amanda and I are all at the beach for the weekend and we decided to give Dancing with the Stars it’s inaugural run last night. You know how White Men Can’t Jump? Turns out these white girls can’t dance – there is not one rhythmic bone between the three of us. And it didn’t help that we could barely take our turns because we were laughing so hard. We started with the Mambo (dancing as Monique Coleman – sorry Monique, we did not represent well). While simulated dancers dance in the background, you need to move the remotes by following icons that come across the bottom of the screen. Holding the Wii remote in your right hand and the nunchuk in your left, you hit the symbols pass through a box in the middle of the bottom of the screen. There will be arrows pointing to the left, right, up or down. You must flick the remotes in the direction of the arrow as it hits the middle of the box, and in time to the beat of the song.
If you do it properly, you will get a good score. If not, Carrie Ann, Len and Bruno, the judges, will give you scathing reviews (I was told I looked like I was walking to the guillotine) and low scores. Each judges you on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest. You need a combined score of 20 to move on to another dance. It took us several hours to make it past the Mambo, but we did. Then we hit the Jive. The Jive HATES us. We are having a terrible time making it past a score of 16. This is better than the 11 we started with and we are grateful for that. However, we are having a hell of a time getting Carrie Ann up from a 4. So, today, we are exploring the Practice portion of the game where they explain the moves because I for one cannot get anything with the up arrow and I’m not even going to start on the Wave.
Dancing with the Stars is rated E10 – for everyone aged 10 and up. It cost $39.99 and we more that got our money’s worth last night alone. But if you are getting this as an exercise program or if you want to learn the dances, this is not the right game.


  1. noble pig Says:

    I love DWS too, when I remember it is on! It makes me want to relearn ballroom!

  2. the dragonfly Says:

    Oh, <>Dancing with the Stars<> is one of my favorite reality shows…the game sounds fun! You had me laughing out loud reading your description of trying to dance. I know I’d probably be falling over trying to play the game…but I’d have fun doing it. 🙂

  3. sketched out Says:

    I never seem to have the time to watch DWS with any regularity, but you made the game sound like pure hilarity and fun. I might have to make some time and spend some money on that, hee hee!

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