New Songs & Story Mode Detailed for Dance Central 3

Today Harmonix let loose some details on new songs and a new story mode for their controller-free booty shaker Dance Central 3.  The soundtrack will feature 40 songs on disc by artists such as Usher, 50 Cent, Daft Punk, and the Trammps.  All tracks have “authentic dance routines created by professional choreographers.”  These songs can be used to cut a rug as you travel through time in the game’s new story mode.  In this completely realistic scenario, you have to Marty McFly yourself to previous decades to learn the hottest moves in that time period, starting with the 70s.  Once you master The Hustle and The Electric Slide (among others), you can stop the evil villan from turning the world into that town in Footloose.  Seems like a good time, no?

Check out the video and image gallery below, which shows off the characters’ new looks and some of the new era-specific venues.  You can also check the press release for further details on the story mode and newly announced songs.  Dance Central 3 will be available exclusively on Xbox 360 Kinect in North America on October 16th and everywhere else October 19th.

Press Release




Cambridge, MA – August 21st, 2012 – The soundtrack for Dance Central 3™, the latest installment of the best-selling dance franchise on Kinect® for Xbox 360®, gets even hotter today with the announcement of tracks from Alexandra Stan, Daft Punk, Dev, and more!


With more than 40 tracks on the disc, Dance Central 3 includes previously announced music by Usher, 50 Cent, Cobra Starship, and more. Today, Harmonix is announcing 9 additional tracks for the soundtrack, each with authentic dance routines created by professional choreographers, including:

  • Afrojack ft. Eva Simons – “Take Over Control”
  • Alexandra Stan – “Mr. Saxobeat”
  • Ciara ft. Missy Elliott – “1, 2 Step”
  • Cupid – “Cupid Shuffle”
  • Daft Punk – “Around The World”
  • Dev ft. The Cataracts – “Bass Down Low”
  • Enur ft. Natasja – “Calabria 2008”
  • Martin Solveig ft. Dragonette – “Hello”
  • The Trammps – “Disco Inferno”

Dance Central 3’s newly revealed Story mode sends players back in time to learn classic dance moves alongside their favorite crews and characters from the series. Played solo or cooperatively with a friend, players will join the ranks of Dance Central Intelligence (DCI) to uncover a dastardly plot to destroy Dance Central.  To put a stop to the villainous machinations of Dr. Tan, players must journey through time to learn iconic dance moves from the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, and beyond. Can DCI master classic crazes like The Hustle, The Electric Slide and more in time to prevent the ultimate dance criminal from ending the dance party permanently?


Dance Central 3’s Story mode is a full-featured campaign experience that combines the award-winning controller-free dance experience seen in previous iterations of Dance Central with new game mechanics that’ll surprise and challenge even most experienced dancers! Unlock power moves, decode crazes from across the eras, and travel through time to save the world…all while interacting with the great personalities and unparalleled choreography that define the Dance Central experience


Today, Harmonix also revealed that dance crew Riptide’s Bodie and Emilia have been drafted by Dance Central Intelligence to take down Dr. Tan and his army! Dispatched to the 2000s, Bodie and Emilia have been secretly studying the moves of that decade, all while rising to fame on the flashy set of the popular dance and music program, “Dance Central Live”! New in-game images of Riptide and their 2000s venue “Dance Central Live” can be found at


Finally, to further illuminate this dive into the universe of Dance Central 3, Harmonix has released the third Dance Central 3 developer diary, which focuses on the characters, their new looks, and era-specific venues! The video is available here:


The winner of two “Best of E3 2012” Game Critics Awards – “Best Social/Casual Game” and “Best Motion Simulation Game” – Dance Central 3 pushes the franchise into new territories, with innovative new features and the hottest tracks from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, ‘00s, and today! The beat keeps rocking with an innovative new party mode for up to eight players, the ability to import your songs from previous Dance Central titles, and more*! The best full-body dance experience and highest rated overall franchise on Kinect for Xbox 360 is better in every way with Dance Central 3!


Dance Central™ 3, will be available in stores on October 16th in U.S., Canada and Latin America, and October 19th in Europe, Asia, Australia and Japan!


For additional information on Dance Central 3, as well as new art and video assets, including new in-game images of Riptide’s Bodie and Emilia in action, please visit


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About Harmonix Music Systems, Inc

Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., based in Cambridge, MA, and established in 1995, is the leading developer of groundbreaking music-oriented videogames. Harmonix was founded by Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy, who formed the company to invent new ways for non-musicians to experience the unique joy that comes from making music and have pioneered music and rhythm gaming in the US. For more information please visit


© 2012 Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Dance Central, Dance Central 3 and all related titles and logos are trademarks of Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. Dance Central and Dance Central 3 developed by Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.


Microsoft, Xbox and Xbox LIVE are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.


* An additional fee, Xbox LIVE®, a storage device and the original Dance Central or Dance Central 2 game are required to import songs from Dance Central or Dance Central 2, respectively.



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