Maybe you dominate the dance floor and stir up a crowd every time you flash your moves at the club. Maybe you just like to flounce around your bedroom with the stereo blaring. Whether you're a master of the beat or a just-for-fun dancer, one thing is certain you love the freedom of moving to beat. But when it comes to grooving along to games on screen, controllers and wires hold you back from letting loose and dancing with the wild abandon that makes dancing, well, dancing. Starting today, that's all in the past. The future of dance has arrived leave the controller on the coffee table and let your body do the talking in the next wave of body-rocking gaming.
The same masterminds of music who brought you the ultimate stage experience in Rock Band have collaborated with the motion-sensing magic of Kinect to bring you to the dance floor like never before in Dance Central. With the innovation and intuition of Kinect, you are the controller and the moves you make power the action. That means you're totally free to shimmy, shake and spin up a storm, and with the advanced, funky choreography in Dance Central, there's no question that's exactly what you'll do. Get ready to move to the hot beats of all the chart-topping hip-hop, pop and R&B artists of today in routines that show off your skill and your style. Whether you choose to take it step by step with the basics or jump right in and start performing for your family and friends, you'll be transforming your living room floor into the ultimate dance floor and owning it.
Bonus Dance Central Track: Janet Jackson's "Control"
Dance Central and receive a code to gain access to the Dance Central track "Control" by Janet Jackson
Master mind-blowing dance moves and routines without holding a controller
Kinect motion-sensing technology tracks your body as you move to the beat, for a dance game experience that, like dancing itself, focuses on your whole body
Learn authentic, expert-quality choreography at any skill level, from beginner to expert
Get into the beats of a killer soundtrack that spans today's current pop, hip-hop and R&B artists
Enter Break It Down mode to learn moves step by step, or jump right into the routine and perform in front of your friends
Killer 32-song track list includes Audio Push's "Teach Me How To Jerk," Basement Jaxx's "Rendez-vu," Beastie Boys' "Body Movin' (Fatboy Slim Remix)," Beenie Man's "King Of The Dancehall," Bell Biv DeVoe's "Poison" and Benny Benassi's "Satisfaction"
Additional tracks include Cascada's "Evacuate the Dance Floor," Christina Milian's "Dip It Low," The Commodores' "Brick House," Craig Mack's "Flava In Ya Ear (Remix)," Dirty Vegas' "Days Go By" and Eric B. & Rakim's "Don't Sweat the Technique"
Tracks also include Fannypack's "Hey Mami," Jay Sean ft. Lil Wayne's "Down," Kool & The Gang's "Jungle Boogie," Kylie Minogue's "Can't Get You Out of My Head," Lady Gaga's "Just Dance" and "Poker Face," Lipps Inc's "Funky Town" and M.I.A.'s "Galang '05"
Tracks also include Nelly Furtado's "Maneater," Nina Sky's "Move Ya Body," No Doubt's "Hella Good," Pitbull's "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)," Quad City DJ's "C'mon 'N' Ride It (TheTrain)," Rihanna's "Pon de Replay" and Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It"
Tracks also include Snoop Dogg and Pharrell's "Drop It Like It's Hot," Soulja Boy Tell 'Em's "Crank That (Soulja Boy)," Technotronic's "Pump up the Jam," Wreckx-n-Effect's "Rump Shaker" and Young MC's "Bust A Move"
Created by Harmonix, the developer that brought you Rock Band
Requires the Kinect Sensor (not included)
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