-Estimated achievement difficulty: 7/10
-Offline: 50 (1000)
-Online: 0 (0)
-Approximate amount of time to 1000: 30+ hours
-Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 3 per song
-Number of missable achievements: 0
-Do cheat codes disable achievements? No cheats
-Does difficulty affect achievements? Yes
-Glitchy achievements: Yes (Robots Doing It For Themselves, Pure Perfection, and Flying Blind)
-Unobtainable achievements? No
-Extra equipment needed? No
Dance Central is a really fun game and a great workout. Unless you've taken dance classes before it will be a pretty long and tough game, but at least you're likely to lose some weight along the way! There are 32 songs and you will be playing each one at least 3 times (more likely in the 5-10 range). Since you'll likely be doing dance moves you've never seen or done before, don't stress out if you can't do really well your first attempt. Just relax and enjoy the exercise and you'll gradually get better at each song by learning the moves. Steps 1 through 3 below are interchangeable and can be done in any order, or simultaneously.
Step 1: Perform It!, Workout Mode, and Flash Cards:
Start by playing through each song in Perform It! mode on Easy since that's the only difficulty available initially. When you select the first song, turn on Workout Mode to start working on the two related achievements, both of which are cumulative. Play each song until you get 5 stars on it.
When you get 5 stars on a song, this will unlock No Flashcards Mode for that song. It is best to immediately replay the same song with Flashcards turned off, that way most of the moves should be fresh in your memory, and getting 5 stars without Flash Cards shouldn't be too difficult. Take cues from the dancer on screen and react quickly and you should be fine. The challenges count toward the flash card achievements as well.
If you obtain at least 4 stars on each of the songs in a set, you'll unlock the corresponding challenge for that set of songs. The challenges consist of a collection of moves from each song in the set. Again, it's best to play the challenges after finishing each song in the set, that way you'll still remember each move. Replay each challenge to get 5 stars as well.
Step 2: Break it Down :
Play though each song on Break It Down mode on Easy. If you break on song down on any difficulty higher than Easy, you will have to 100% it on the hardest difficulty you've attempted. To make these achievements easier on yourself, do every song on Easy first. Replay each song on Easy until you get 100%. The 100% includes nailing each move 3 times, and then getting at least a Nice rating on each move during the recaps.
Step 3: Dance Battle Mode:
Play 10 Dance Battles in a row. Play on Easy so you get 5 stars on at least one song. You can play both parts yourself, so you don't need a second person for this. Have a friend jump in during the freestyle section so it takes pictures of both of you. Or, if you're alone, use a chair or jacket to trick the Kinect into thinking there are two people on screen.
Step 4: Play on Hard:
Now comes the hard part. You have to play every song on Hard in Perform It! mode and get at least 5 stars. To be able to play a song on Hard, you first need to get 3 stars on Easy and then on Medium. You may want to do Break It Down mode on Hard for each song first, to get the hang of the new dance moves you'll be doing, and since this will also unlock the song on Hard without having to play Medium. At this point, there's no pressure to 100% the recaps in Break It Down mode since you've already done that. Just keep practising all the moves in a song until you can nail them, then work on 5-starring each song.
Step 5: Mop Up:
The following achievements may still be left by the time you finish everything else. Read the descriptions below for tips to unlock them.
Robots Doin’ It for Themselves - Successfully passed a robot move with ELIOT.
Living Legend - Reached the "Living Legend" rank.
Get This On Unlock - Unlock all bonus content.
Pure Perfection - Get a "Flawless" rating on every move in a song in Perform It! or Dance Battle Mode
The Dance Is Legendary - Earn gold stars on any song, at any skill level
Dance Central is extremely fun, but don't expect to start up and jump right in unlocking achievements without any effort. It is not an easy game by any means, and for most people it will likely take a lot of practice. Don't let this stop you from enjoying the dancing and the exercise, laughing at friends attempting songs, and having fun.
[x360a would like to thank Necrophage33 for this roadmap]