At Microsoft's press briefing yesterday, Harmonix announced a sequel to hit dance title Dance Central. As a fan of music games, Dance Central has been my favorite Kinect title thus far, so imagine my excitement when I got to check out the latest installment at the Dance Central 2 stage on the show floor.

In the original Dance Central, two players took turns shaking their groove thing for the high score. This time around Dance Central 2 features simultaneous multiplayer (two players can dance together at the same time). A member of the booth staff was kind enough to join me in busting a move on the show floor.

Menu navigation in Dance Central 2 is just as responsive as it was in the original so my selection of Far East Movement's "Like A G6" was a breeze. During the routine the staff member and I followed the dance cards scrolling along the right side of the screen, and even with two players in motion in front of Kinect, the sensor didn't miss a beat. After the ridiculous freestyle section and the hilarious replay, our performances were scored (I won, of course) and I walked away itching to play the rest of the track list. With Dance Central 2's new tracks, moves, and head-to-head multiplayer, I couldn't be more excited to hit the dance floor once again with Kinect.

Similar to Rock Band, you can import tracks and DLC from the original Dance Central. Here are the tracks that have been announced so far:

  • Rihanna – “Rude Boy”
  • Nicki Minaj – “Massive Attack”
  • Montell Jordan – “This Is How We Do It”
  • La Roux – “Bulletproof”
  • Far East Movement – “Like a G6”
  • B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars – “Nothin’ on You”
  • Bananarama – “Venus”
  • Usher – “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love”

Check out this behind-the-scenes video of Dance Central 2 from Harmonix: