Remember The Slumber Party Girls?

…no? Okay, what about Dance Revolution? Not the arcade game (that’s Dance Dance Revolution, which the show was named after), the TV show that came on during CBS’s Saturday morning children’s programming block from 2006-2007.

I imagine a faint haze is entering your mind as you slowly begin to remember. Or maybe not. Either way, let me tell you about this gem of a musical group and why I still listen to their music as a full grown adult.

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I loved Saturday mornings as a kid. We didn’t have cable growing up, so getting to see shows like That’s So Raven, Lizzie McGuire, and Kim Possible on ABC Kids was quite the treat.

ABC Kids (originally Disney’s One Saturday Morning) was one of the OGs of children’s programming on over-the-air television, along with Fox Kids and Kids’ WB. It launched in 1997 and ran until 2011.

Discovery Kids aired on NBC in 2002, leaving CBS’s KOL Secret Slumber Party to be the last major network to hop on the children’s programming bandwagon in 2006.

I probably caught the first episode of Dance Revolution by accident. ABC Kids was my go-to, but I would often jump around when a show I didn’t love was on or if I’d seen an episode before. So when I discovered this new entity that was clearly targeted at girls, it piqued my interest.

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Dance Revolution was one of three first-run shows in the original lineup and was essentially a dance competition show, complete with judges and a choreographer. But that wasn’t the best part.

Each episode started with a performance from The Slumber Party Girls (or SPG.) They’d usually sing the same five songs (they only released one album), but I immediately fell in love with their musical style.

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The group was created in 2006 by producer Ron Fair, who propelled Christina Aguilera to fame. The members were Caroline Ferguson-Scott, Karla Deras, Lina Carattini, Mallory Low, and Cassie Scerbo (of Make It or Break It and Bring It On fame.)

The group was very diverse as well, representing Asian, African-American, Latina, and European backgrounds, giving them a unique look and sound.

Their debut album, titled, you guessed it, Dance Revolution, didn’t chart. However, their singles “My Life” and “Summer’s Gone” were featured in Bratz: The Movie (which really needs its own separate review.)

Source: Geffen Records. From L-R: Low, Scerbo, Carattini, Deras, and Ferguson-Scott.

A review of the album sums up my sentiments about the group perfectly:

“[They] all have great voices and sound much more mature than the 15- and 16-year-olds they were when they recorded Dance Revolution, and the songs are catchy in that fun and unmemorable way, a decent nice combination for kids who are too old for something like Kidz Bop but not quite mature enough for Christina or Britney.”

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Speaking of Christina and Britney, SPG compared their competition with the Cheetah Girls for the tween audience to the former duo. In an interview with the New York Times, Carattini shared “…you’re going to choose one or the other.”

While everyone else seemed to have chosen the Cheetah Girls, I was firmly in the SPG lane. I would get so excited to see them perform each week, and they left such an impression on me that I’d find myself searching for their music online years later until their album was added to the Spotify library.

It’s kind’ve sad that they didn’t make more of a splash, but I think I can guess why. Take a look at this music video:

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This was one of several they made to promote the album, but clearly there was little thought or budget put into these productions. The green screen, poor choreography, and tacky wardrobe didn’t do them any favors.

Their sound made up for all of that, though. It was immaculate. All five of the group members had a really nice voice and they blended well together. With the right team, they could have been up there with Danity Kane and Fifth Harmony when it comes to discography.

Sure, the lyrics are deep in teenybopper territory and don’t really make any sense, but they’re catchy and the beats are respectable. If you are a sucker for that distinct 2000s R&B/teen pop sound, I highly recommend giving Dance Revolution a listen. The album is available on most major music streaming platforms.

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  1. While I was firmly a cheetah girl with friends I can say I know all of SPG’s discography because of having no cable . They made my Saturdays and were the best kept secret gem

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