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Just Dance

  • October 29, 2013
  • By Brittany
Just Dance

Hi there!  So if you have a really good memory, you may recall that I mentioned I was working on super secret surprise to share with you.  Well, this is it!

I had the opportunity recently to test out Just Dance 2014 presented by Ubisoft.  Now, it’s no secret that I love dancing as a form of fitness.  I talk endlessly about my love for dance on this blog so you would probably not be surprised to find out that I own every edition of Just Dance for the Wii.  And yes, I do them all the time!  The Hubs and I even learned a duet to perform at the after-party for our wedding.  Yep, that’s us shaking our tail feathers! 

I was so excited when the package arrived but I couldn’t contain myself once I popped the disc into the Wii and started exploring.  This version is SO MUCH BETTER than the older versions and to be clear, I love all the old ones.  

Just Dance 1 Collage

Here’s a breakdown of what you will find on Just Dance 2014:

  • The traditional play per song mode.  Browse through the songs and select the one you want to play.  Try to gain mojo by performing moves in sync with the on-screen dancer.
  • Just Sweat Mode.  While this mode was offered on previous versions on Just Dance 2014 you can create a custom playlist or choose a playlist already created.  There are options for 10 minute, 20 minute and 40 minute sessions or you can just play continuously with free mode.  Just Sweat will give you not just time elapsed but also approximate calories burned.  I use this mode the most because it’s a great workout!
  • On Stage Mode.  This is new to Just Dance 2014.  On Stage allows you to take center stage and make your friends the backup dancers.
  • World Dance Floor.  Also new to Just Dance 2014, World Dance Floor allows you to dance with other players around the world.  You can join a virtual crew made up of real-life friends or other Just Dance friends and compete.  You can also track your standing on global leader boards and see fun stats from participants around the world. 

The music on Just Dance 2014 is so much fun!  A few of my faves include:

  • Applause- Lady Gaga
  • Get Lucky- Daft Punk
  • Blurred Lines- Robin Thicke
  • Starships- Nicky Minaj
  • Feel This Moment- Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera
  • C’mon- K$sha
  • Limbo- Daddy Yankee

Plus there is a *free* download of Katy Perry’s Roar!  I also purchased Macklemore’s Can’t Hold Us because I absolutely love that song.  Overall there is so much more current popular music on Just Dance 2014 than on previous versions. Plus, new songs are available in the Just Dance Shop every month!

Just Dance 2 Collage

Another really cool feature for Just Dance 2014 is the different dance types for each song.  Besides the classic mode which features the original choreography and allows up to 4 players at one time there are three more dance types:

  • Battle.  Two songs go up against one another and solo players can compete against the in-game dancers or if you have two or more players you can compete against each other on teams.  The player or team winning a round makes the opposing player dance to their music.  Whoever wins three rounds, wins the battle!
  • Mash-ups.  Dancers from other songs appear in your song with new choreography.
  • Alternative Dances.  This dance type allows you to rediscover a song with new choreography for the same song! This is my favorite feature because I love trying out different moves to the same song.

I am really excited about Just Dance 2014!  The new features really enhance the game and make it much more likely to keep my interest over the long-term.  The choreography is a little more difficult than previous versions, which I actually think is a great thing because it makes you repeat the song multiple times in order to get a better score and makes the game more challenging.  It is also a fantastic workout!  The Just Sweat mode keeps you moving and really gets your heart rate up.  In a one hour session, I burned 500 calories!

Just Dance 3 Collage

If you aren’t a dancer, you don’t need to worry at all!  Some songs have easier choreography than others.  Plus you don’t have to do every move perfect to do well in the game.  The key is trying to move in sync with the dancers and move the Wii remote in same direction as the on-screen player.  Perfection is not required here!

Just Dance 2014 is available for Wii (which I have), WiiU, PS3, PS4, Kinect for Xbox 360 and Xbox One.  You can purchase Just Dance 2014 on Amazon (affiliate link).

Check out this clip!

Readers, have you ever tried Just Dance?  Would you try Just Dance 2014?  Have you ever done a video game workout?  

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

By Brittany, October 29, 2013
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  • Elise @
    October 29, 2013

    My friend had an older version of that game, but I wasn’t very good at it sadly lol

  • Kimberly
    October 29, 2013

    I bought my sister the old version this past Christmas & loved playing. We even have my Dad playing now. He loves Moves Like Jagger. Lol

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    October 29, 2013

    I have just dance 4 and a host of other dance video games for the kinect. I need to get back on it, these look like so much fun!!! Great song choices, I love the modes and options too. I think I see a christmas gift to myself in the future! Great post!

  • Melissa Burton
    October 29, 2013

    I can’t dance worth a lick but this looks like fun! Have you tried Ilyse Baker’s “Dancinerate”? She’s fantastic and breaks down dance moves so even a dork like me can not feel like a dork.

    • FitBritt
      October 29, 2013

      No I have not! It sounds like something I need to check out! 🙂 I think the goal of this game is improve your skills overtime and you don’t have to do it perfectly to get a good score!

  • Melanie @ HappyBeingHealthy
    October 29, 2013

    Wow, you made this look like so much fun! I love Just Dance, but the 2014 version looks awesome!!

  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    October 29, 2013

    omg I love this so much! Now to dust off the old WII…I know it’s hiding somewhere!

  • Allie
    October 29, 2013

    OMG seriously I want this right now!! I wasn’t aware of this at all?! How lame am I? And girl – you can dance!! I love the faster beats (of course) and I KNOW my husband will do this with me b/c he thinks he’s an amazing dancer. And for parties? SO fun!! Thanks for this. I’m clicking over now…

  • Allie
    October 29, 2013

    Just tried to click the amazon affiliate link and it’s not working? I want to make sure I get it through your site so just let me know…

    • FitBritt
      October 29, 2013

      Hey Allie! I’m not sure why it isn’t working. It’s working for me and I asked a family member and she was able to get to it by right clicking on her PC…. I hope you can get through! I’m really sorry if you can’t but thanks for trying! 🙂

      • Allie
        October 29, 2013

        Got it!! Not sure what happened the first time but just bought it. Thanks again!! I can’t wait to try it out.

  • Holly
    October 29, 2013

    Wow–great video–I cannot WAIT to try it!

  • Carla
    October 29, 2013

    I don’t have any games like this here at the house but for some reason my MIL has a huge amount of them. I do find them fun, entertaining, and quite a workout. I really need to get a copy for here at the house.

    This one sounds just great. Not so sure that I’d be open to dancing with others around the world, though.

  • Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady
    October 30, 2013

    I have never tried but I know it is right up your alley! It sounds super fun. I have a wii so maybe it will be on the list for Christmas!

  • Elyse @ Lizzie Fit
    November 2, 2013

    That looks like so much fun! I don’t have a WII but it might be worth having one for at home workouts in the winter. I can’t believe how current the music is for Just Dance. Might have to look into this 😉

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