Savage Rhythm Review: No Cool or Sensual Dance Moves Can Save This Weak Show!

Savage Rhythm, aka Ritmo Salvaje, a Columbian dance series, is now out on Netflix. Juliana Barrera has penned the story directed by Rafael Martinez Moreno and Simon Brand. The series stars Paulina Dávila as Antonia, Greelcy Rendón as Karina, Juan Guilera as Mateo, David Palacio as Checho, Angela Cano as Zimena, Martina La Peligrosa as Bombita, Sashua Lopez as La Chama, and several others. There are 8 episodes of 40-45 minutes each. The show is available in Spanish and is dubbed in English with subtitles.

The synopsis reads, “The opposite worlds of two dancers in Colombia clash on and off the dance floor when their ambition to succeed leads them down a treacherous path.”

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Netflix has released several dance-based shows or movies for the past few years. Some are feel-good movies, while some are high on emotions. Savage Rhythm has a more serious tonality with lots of drama and messed up characters. The show features two amazing dancers, Antonia and Karina. Both the ladies strike a mutual deal. But things go wrong in no time, and they compete with each other.

Both Antonia and Karina are good dancers. They’re passionate about their art and need to win a big opportunity for different reasons. Will the clash bring out the best in both or turn out to be a huge mistake? You have to watch the series to find out the same.

In the Netflix show Savage Rhythm, Antonia desperately wants to participate in the play. However, the play’s director isn’t easy to please. Antonia doesn’t share a great equation with him. On the other hand, Karina is a part of a girls’ dancer group called Pura Kaye. The other dancers in the group are Bombi, Chama and Ximena.

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With so many fantastic dancers, one would expect the story to be quite intriguing. However, everything that happens comes off very lame. Even the way the makers built up the differences between Karina and Antonia doesn’t boost the plot. The lead characters are presented in a very boring way. So you are not concerned about anyone in the show.

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To make the show more “thrilling”, a subplot of money and threat to someone’s life is added. Sadly, that’s ignored later the way the play instructor ignores Antonia. The synopsis uses the very big word “treacherous” while describing the plot. When you watch the show, you realise it’s two adult women who are ignorant of their talent and waste time trying to convince who’s better to rigid man and each other!

Yet again, a gay love story is added to the show just for the sake of it. The scenes between these two men show up only when the plot becomes dramatic. Otherwise, the writer didn’t care to show anything more about these men. The Netflix series has some cool dance sequences. But it does nothing to save the poorly written and presented story.

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Savage Rhythm Review: Final Thoughts

Overall, the Netflix show isn’t worth your time. Other than some dance scenes, Savage Rhythm has nothing exciting to offer. Even the nude scenes won’t entice those who are into erotic content.

The show is now streaming on Netflix.

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Savage Rhythm: Netflix dance based series has nothing good to offer with its story and characters.


  1. I’ll be honest. I enjoyed watching this show at it’s lowest level. But I think your review was valid and honest. I would like to add that the characters aren’t necessarily boring, they’re just not very likeable. They’re all kind of just terrible, childish people. Which would be fine if they were in high school, depicted as teenagers. But these are full grown adults. Karina lacks loyalty and goes where it suits her best. Antonia is entitled and selfish. Bombi plays the fence too much. Chama is forgettable as she fades into the background. Ximena is spiteful, vindictive, and is a bully. And all of them except for Antonia and Karina are so quick to give up and cover it up with the excuse “nothing goes out way cuz we’re from the hood” Ximena could’ve been a freaking stylist/cosmetologist.I hope this gets a second season, JUST so I can get some answers to some loose ends. Otherwise, I could see this ending and not caring either way. If you want a GOOD dance show, watch JIVA! It’s a similar concept but set in Africa.

    • Thank you for your feedback. I agree, it felt strange to watch grown-up women with teenage kinda plots and characters. Both the characters are talented and the makers underutilised their skills. Thank you again.

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