Dance Moms Candy Apple Showdown

Dance Moms Candy Apple Showdown

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Dance Moms
Lifetime
April 30, 2013

This has been the season for extended specials on Dance Moms. My cablebox says that this is the season finale, so perhaps it’s appropriate for it to be a two-hour block tonight. Last week, we left off just before the titular show down against Cathy and her Candy Apple Dance boys. So that’s what we’re going to see a lot of tonight, I assume. I wonder if there will be any purse-assaults this time? Solos go to Chloe, Asia, Maddie and Kendall. Since Brook doesn’t have a solo, Kelly wants to take her meet with a music manager. Abby thinks it’s a joke, but agrees to dismiss her for the day so she can give it a try.

While Abby works with the girls, Christie tries to stir up trouble with Kristie. She says she would have felt like a pawn (concerning the incident with Asia, Mackenzie and The View last time), but Kristie just says that she and Asia looked at it like an audition, which they’re both used to, so neither of them were too surprised when Mackenzie was chosen instead.

Brook goes to her music producer meeting, where he complements her on the number of downloads that her single’s gotten on iTunes and introduces her to Melody Thornton, of former Pussycat Dolls fame. Thornton gives her some tips on being a recording artist and some singing tips. Brook seems to have fun.

While watching Asia rehears her solo, the moms discuss her and Mackenzie. Melissa says that Asia has a bigger stage presence, and they all agree that she’s sassier on stage. Still, Holly points out that all the girls on the team are equally talented, and being talented doesn’t necessarily make Asia better. Kristie’s talking head explains that she heard all of this from her place inside the studio, where she’s watching more closely. I think Abby was just trying to keep her and Melissa from fighting over Mackenzie’s foot again.

It’s not long before they’re fighting again. After deciding that Cathy is not the threat, but the particular combination of dancers and choreographer that she had when they got the perfect score is threatening. Some of her other dancers aren’t such big threats. When they notice that Asia is being cast as the bad guy in the dance, it somehow gets into an argument over whether or not Asia cries…? I’m very rarely certain about how we get from Topic A to Topic B with these people. Hm.

Next, the moms decide to take the girls ice-skating. Maddie doesn’t want to, but Melissa makes her. (“I am your mother. Put your skates on. Do you know what this is about? It’s about fun. So put your skates on and have fun!” Hmm…) Kristie, on the other hand, won’t let Asia skate even though she wants to because she doesn’t want to risk her getting hurt. Asia is upset to not be able to play with her friends and starts to cry, although Kristie insists that she never cries.

Then Cathy pops up. Apparently Brook is friends with one of Cathy’s boys and mentioned their adventure to him. Cathy auditioned a local girl last week (local meaning New York), and she apparently wants to psyche out Abby’s dancers because she takes advantage of this opportunity to introduce them to Victoria and let them know about her latest scheme. What’s funny, is that Kelly has no idea that Brook is the team’s mole and just thinks that Cathy is stalking them. In reality…I’d say it’s about fifty-fifty on who is responsible for Cathy’s constant presence.

It turns out that the reason Maddie was so freaked out about dancing is because they aren’t allowed to. It’s part of their contract for them not to participate in dangerous sports like ice-skating. As a result, while Asia runs her solo, the other girls do a hundred pushups, and the moms get into a fight outside that almost results in a fistfight! While they shout, curse, and almost punch each other out, Abby and the girls stand in the studio and watch them because, oops, you can hear everything in there that is said (screamed) outside.

After escaping Kristie’s wrath, Christie and Kelly take Chloe and Paige to see a talent agent. Ironic because they’re always getting angry with Melissa for doing what she can to “get Maddie ahead.” The girls audition for a part about a twelve-year-old girl and…well, the agent say they do well. I am not a professional, so I will not remark on child acting abilities.

Christie and Kelly go exploring NYC and stumble upon a bar. Some of the other moms join them and they discuss Kristie and her temper tantrums, and decide that they’re the mom team that counts. It’s a show of solidarity that I can’t blame them for considering that not long ago, Kristie was threatening to hit them…

During their next rehearsal, Abby gets frustrated with Kendall and basically tells her that she’s on her own. Jill goes in to yell at her for picking on her daughter, and Abby agrees to never say Kendall’s name again. Not in rehearsal, not to a casting agent…she’s finished trying to help if Jill is just going to keep jumping on her all the time.

As the competition begins, there is very little drama. Abby encourages the girls to do their best, so they at least don’t regret their performances, win or lose. They have a slight altercation with one of Cathy’s dads, but nothing big. No real comments on the solos, because all the girls live up to their usual quality.

Back in the dressing room, Abby is happy with the girls, but she wants to know about all the screaming at the studio the other day. This launches another fight. Abby is very confused and Jill actually makes Kendall leave the room. Abby’s not happy that Jill and Kendall left just before going on stage, with her makeup all helter-skelter. So she has an Abby Rant, and Jill comforts Kendall in the hallway.

To her credit, Kendall makes it through her solo without forgetting anything and does an impressive job. Even Abby admits that she is a contender to hold up against Maddie and Chloe. One of Cathy’s boys is performing a solo too, and he is one of her better dancers. He does some pretty impressive moves and he emotes well. Plus he’s a boy. Though I do agree with Abby that the point of the routine might be a bit confusing. Something about a stethoscope? I don’t know.

Cathy also enters a duet with two of her boys. It is…a thing. There are breakdancing magicians. I thought it was kind of funny. I don’t know if it was supposed to be. It was cute. Abby says that it was more like two solos performed side by side, rather than a duet. Then, in the hallway, Cathy’s choreographer (some guy named Anthony) starts yelling at Christie for touching one of his props. It’s a bit confusing, to be honest.

Up next are group numbers. Cathy’s group does a number about the Mexican holiday, the Day of the Dead. I’m not going to lie, it looks pretty cool. Though the costumes clarify what it’s about, the music and dancing work well together in their own right.

Abby’s number is about runaway children. While the girls perform, Cathy and Anthony are saying mean things about Paige loudly enough that Melissa and Abby can hear them clearly. Abby calls Paige over to address the situation, and instead of apologizing, Anthony escalates the situation. Kelly goes over to defend her child and try to defuse the situation. Abby defends Paige in her own way, too, but the damage is already done. As the adults continue their spat, Paige leaves the stage, visibly upset. Kelly and Brook follow her out, worried about her since she was obviously humiliated by a professional calling her out like that.

Kelly holds all three of them responsible, but she convinces Paige to go back for awards. Asia takes first place for her solo. Kendall gets fourth. Chloe ties for second but gets a lower technique score (and therefore third place) while Cathy’s soloist takes second. Cathy and Abby will both be all over her for that. Maddie gets first place. Cathy’s duet takes first place. Abby’s group takes second place and Cathy’s group takes first. Abby says that she can handle it since she was beat by a little girl that Cathy “stole,” three little boys that she flew in from around the country, and a guest choreographer were responsible for the win, not Cathy herself.

Still, Cathy is all too excited to go gloat to Abby. Meanwhile, Kelly tells the other moms about what happened with Paige and the others. The other moms all agree (even Kristie) that what happened was wrong and that Abby should have protected her. Abby gives her side of the story, says that it was Paige’s choice to confront Cathy and Anthony. Kelly still doesn’t approve, she’s still upset, but she doesn’t argue. Abby says that Asia is the one who ruined the group dance. Cathy comes to the door and tries to put all the blame for embarrassing Paige on Abby’s shoulders. Then, as she is leaving, Abby tells the moms that she is looking for property in LA to open a studio and might be moving. What a way to end a season!

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Dance Moms The View From the Top

Dance Moms The View From the Top

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Dance Moms
Lifetime
April 23, 2013

At the Pyramid, Abby congratulates the girls and announces that they’ll be facing off with Cathy again this week. On the bottom is Mackenzie, Nia, Asia, Brook, Paige, Kendall, Maddie, and Chloe on top. As Christie points out, this is the first time that Chloe’s been on top of the pyramid since all the blow ups and walk outs that made the first part of the season. Everyone is in the group number. Solos go to Asia, Chloe, Maddie, and Kendall. Then there’s the big question: Who will be in “The Last Text” for the view? Mackenzie or Asia? Abby thinks that Melissa needs to be held accountable for her claims concerning Mackenzie’s foot. Melissa plans to talk to Abby about it because it’s Mackenzie’s spot, since she performed the number at National’s. Jill and the other moms agree with her, but Kristie thinks that it isn’t fair for Asia to work so hard and then be expected to just forfeit her spot because Mackenzie is “suddenly” better.

Abby pulls Mackenzie aside in the studio to tell her that she just doesn’t understand why Melissa is just letting Kristie and Asia come in and usurp Mackenzie’s spot on the team. When Mackenzie tells Melissa about this, Melissa decides that it’s time to confront Abby. Abby just brushes her off and ignores her, though, calling Asia into the studio to practice her solo. When Melissa finally calls her on replacing Mackenzie, and Abby gives a list of complaints about Mackenzie (too short, too cute, etc.). Melissa says she doesn’t want to make her eight-year-old sassy; she wants her little kid to stay cute for as long as possible. Of course Christie, Kristie and Kelly are all on the same side – team Asia. Kristie later has Asia buy a Thank You card for Abby, which the other moms pounce on as something to create an uncomfortable atmosphere on the team.

While the moms watch Asia rehearse her solo, Kelly observes that Asia’s had a solo or duet every week since she’s joined the team (which earns her a dirty look from Kristie), while her own kids no longer expect any special callouts. So, she plans to take advantage of being in NYC to do some promoting of her own. She wants to take Paige to talk to a modeling agency and Brook to look into furthering her music career. If Abby won’t help them, she’ll do it herself.

During the group rehearsal, Abby grows frustrated with the girls not being spot on. So…she decides that she’s going to put it all on them. Giving a warning that she won’t give them any reminders and won’t review any steps (because life can’t just be handed to them, after all), she storms out of the studio, telling them to figure it out for themselves.

Abby is not pleased with how the rehearsal for The View goes, saying that it’s embarrassing to her how the girls are performing this award winning number. Backstage, Melissa and Kristie get into a big fight about the girls and who will be in the routine. They spend a lot of time yelling and most of it is unintelligible. When Abby comes backstage, they demand a straight answer that she refuses to give them. When it comes down to it, both moms try to prepare their girls for the probability that they won’t be going on stage (as it seems to be equally likely for both of them. It really could go either way). It’s a tough lesson to give kids, that life just isn’t fair.

The moms watch the show from backstage, expressing their surprise at how much the hosts seem to like Abby. Then it’s time for the girls to go onstage. Abby ends up using Mackenzie in the number, warning her that this injury thing won’t fly again and that she’s going to the doctor with her, next time. She doesn’t feel that Melissa is being totally honest. Mackenzie says that as soon as she started dancing, she really felt like she was back.

Backstage, after the show, Abby tells Melissa that she thinks she’s been lying, too. Melissa denies it, but there isn’t time to argue before the girls come back in. They did good that day, but the real challenge is still to come. Next week is the competition, where they face off against Cathy (who is scheming as always) as this two part episode concludes!

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Dance Moms May I Have This Dance?

Dance Moms May I Have This Dance?

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Dance Moms
Lifetime
April 16, 2013

At pyramid, Abby is getting nervous. Her team has “lost” (they placed second last week) two weeks in a row and she isn’t sure how to get her kids back on track. Pyramid goes Mackenzie, Paige, Kendall (she is improving, but the next thing on her list is to work on her focus, rather than watching Maddie), Brook, Chloe (her corrections focus on techniques), Nia, Asia (won first place in the petite division, and Maddie on top (after winning the junior division and the vote as the best dancer from her teammates). Mackenzie is out of her cast, saying that her foot feels better, but Abby does not want to let her dance just yet. Since she hasn’t actually been back to the doctor for a second physical, she doesn’t want to risk little eight-year-old bones. The team is going to Ohio, so Abby figures they’ll be facing Cathy and the Candy Apples there. The group will include everyone but Mackenzie and Maddie (who will instead be assisting in the choreography. Abby does not want to let the other girls rely on her to match the counts). Solos go to Maddie and Chloe, and Asia and Nia will be dancing a duet.

None of the moms are pleased with Maddie or Abby. They say that if Abby thinks that Maddie is too good for their team, she should pull her and put her in the senior company instead. They work to make Melissa uncomfortable by asking her if she’s okay with Maddie being assistant choreographer, but Melissa asks them not to put it that way. So they move onto Mackenzie, pressing to find out what the deal is with her foot. Melissa is visibly on the defensive, but that doesn’t do much besides launch a bickering match. Christie thinks that either she wasn’t so hurt to begin with, or she isn’t better now. Either way, she’s certain that something is fishy.

After the break, Abby gets a call. She’s been invited to guest host The View, and the girls have been invited to perform on the show as well. She gathers everyone together and gives them the big news. She’s thrilled and everyone is happy for her. So it looks like next week, we’ll have them in New York for the show. Ultimately, Abby decides to submit the group number that won the team Nationals last season, called “The Last Text.” Asia is filling Mackenzie’s role in the dance during rehearsals and there is some more fighting among the moms about the health of Mackenzie’s foot.

Kelly decides that, since Brook loves to sing as well as dance, the trip to New York is a good opportunity to let her record/produce another song. So they’re off to her voice coach, to prepare for the trip.

When the team gets to Ohio, they’re pleasantly surprised to find that Cathy and her boys aren’t there. With solos starting soon, Holly is worried that there won’t be time to run Nia and Asia’s duet before they go on stage. Abby assures her that there will be time, but she is still concerned.

Chloe performs very well. After how big a deal Abby made about how much better Maddie is than any of her peers, Maddie’s feeling a lot of pressure. But she does beautifully too. It looks like it’s going to be a tight race between the solos this time. Then, suddenly, they announce that the duet is coming up right after Maddie’s solo, despite the promised break between them. So the girls have to rush onto the stage without any last minute runs or warm ups or anything. The girls are distressed about the turn of events as well, but they still go onto stage and dance their hearts out. Holly’s opinion is that the duet ended up looking good, but Holly and Kristie are both unhappy with Abby about her recklessness in rehearsal time for the girls. When they call her on it, Abby does…exactly what Holly says she did. She “deflects the blame and turns it into a lesson on being prepared.” Not cool at all, Abby.

Just as the group number is about to go on, Abby sends Maddie backstage to run their dance with them. She warns Maddie that if they don’t win, she’ll be needing a new assistant. The poor kid tries her best, but she looks so nervous backstage.

At awards, Chloe takes second place for her solo (though only by one point), and Maddie takes first. The duet takes first place. And the group also takes first place, giving Abby the clean sweep she’s been waiting for. After the competition, Abby runs the girls in “The Last Text” one more time, still using Asia. Although Kristie pushes, she still refuses to give a clear answer on which little girl will appear on The View.

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