Dance Moms Boy Crazy, Mom Crazy

Dance Moms Boy Crazy, Mom Crazy

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Dance Moms
Lifetime
June 4, 2013

After a few weeks off, we’re back with Abby Lee Miller and the Dance Moms. Our summer premier is a two hour special which sees tension rising between Christie and Kelly, and the ALDC facing off against the Candy Apples once again.

We begin at pyramid, as per usual. Abby is not happy with how things went last season, and she hopes that everyone conducts themselves more appropriately this time. On the pyramid, we have Kendall at the bottom, followed by Mackenzie, Nia, Brooke, Chloe, Asia, Paige, and Maddie on top. Asia is in Los Angeles this week, and will not be dancing with the group this week. The only solo goes to Paige. The group number will include only four dancers (Maddie, Chloe, Nia, and Kendall). Maddie and Chloe will have a duet. Then she gives a special surprise to Brooke – she will be doing a routine with the senior dance company, and Abby warns her to do her best, because these dancers strive to be professionals. As Abby tells the girls and moms about the competition that they’ll be attending (a local event, in Pittsburg) and that Cathy and her Apple Cores will likely be attending as well. She does not want any conflict, since it’s a local event.

While Abby settles Brooke in with her senior company, Kelly is all complaints. Despite Brooke’s promotion, she sits upstairs saying things such as that she hopes the dance sucks, and she hopes they loose. She doesn’t think that it’s fair that Brooke wasn’t put into the company sooner, and that she’ll have less time to learn the dance than the others have had. Abby explains that she wants to give Brooke a taste of professional dancing, and we see from the studio camera that the other dancers have not practiced the routine much either. Jill states that Kelly is impossible to please, and that it doesn’t matter how many opportunities her children are given. She will not be happy. Judging from her behavior tonight, I am inclined to agree.

With her two most skilled dancers performing a duet together, Abby is putting a lot of pressure on it. We find out, however, that her annoyance is about more than just their dancing skills. It seems that Maddie was seen kissing a boy back stage at a competition recently, and it was none other than one of Cathy’s dancers! Abby warns her that boys are off limits, and especially boys who are the “enemy.”

Kelly is annoyed that Paige is not in the group number, but she’s happy that she has a solo, so she wants to keep her feelings to herself. Jill, however, thinks that she’s being ungrateful for her child’s opportunity, so she goes to talk to Abby about it. Abby says that Kelly should realize what a chance this is for Brooke, so she won’t point that out to her. Kelly overhears the conversation and snaps for them to stop talking about her kids. This leads to an argument when everyone goes back upstairs between her and Jill, and she says flat out that if Brooke messes up the seniors’ dance, it’s Abby’s fault, and she hopes the team loses.

Realizing that something is seriously bothering Kelly, the moms decide to have a special lunch without her and stage an intervention. Jill remarks that Kelly sees everything as the glass-half-empty, and she needs to be more optimistic. So the moms decide to hold a slumber party for Paige, to make Kelly feel that she’s more part of the team. However, when they pose the idea to Kelly, they are met with suspicion. Despite their promises that the party is just something fun for the girls, Kelly tells the audience and she isn’t stupid. She thinks that the moms went to lunch to gossip about her, and not to plan something nice for children.

Later, when Jill and Christie leave the room to “look at costumes,” Kelly explains that she wasn’t angry with Jill, but she didn’t think that it was Jill’s business to pick a fight between her and Abby. She doesn’t understand why the moms want her to be upset. When Christie and Jill return, everything blows up into a big fight, culminating in cursing and hurtful words. The mothers are so loud that they can be heard in the studio, where the senior company is rehearsing, and the dancers stop to listen. When the moms start dropping f-words, Abby gets fed up. Downstairs, Christie shouts at Paige that it wasn’t her fault, and if everyone wanted to be jealous of her 11-year-old daughter, that was their problem.

Paige is naturally hurt by her words and tone and runs upstairs to her mother, crying. Maddie explains what happened and the other mothers try to comfort her. The next day, Kelly and Christie are immediately at each other’s throats again. The fight escalates quickly, until Abby interrupts and warns her that she does not want a repeat of the night before. In the end, Christie leaves the observation room and Kelly breaks down into tears.

Down in rehearsal, Abby decides that Brooke isn’t quite grasping the dance. So she sets Brooke up with the male lead from the senior company dance, to engender trust between the two. Brooke admits that she isn’t sure that she wants a boyfriend. After their date, Brooke says that she would do another duet with the boy, but not another date.

The next morning, the moms try to mediate the fight between Christie and Kelly. Both of them, however, are tired of apologizing to each other. Abby soon notices that it’s affecting Maddie and, especially, Chloe. Chloe is visibly upset, and Abby assumes that it’s because of her mother’s behavior. She thinks that the moms need to learn to behave themselves and the girls need to get their heads in the game.

Finally, it’s the day of the competition. Since Abby is upset by Cathy being there, Holly steps forward to make sure the girls are ready. The first to compete is the duet, with Maddie and Chloe. For all of Abby’s complaints, the girls do a really good job. They look beautiful as they dance together. Melissa remarks that they look like mirrors, and that the girls are back.

After Cathy’s boys perform, Abby feels that the choreography was subpar. Since the number was a tribute to the choreographer’s late father, he and Cathy take offense to her remarks. Ironic, considering how they behaved with Paige last time. So while Abby takes her leave, the Apple Cores prepare for battle and confront Abby and her girls.

Fortunately, the choreographer decides to keep the peace and move on from the remarks without incident.

Up next are solos. One of Cathy’s boys goes first. He does well. The dance was well done. Next is Paige. It’s a cute routine and she performs what she’s given very well. Following the solos, Kelly and Christie face off once again and they admit that things might not get mended this time. After a brief confrontation with Cathy in the hallway, it’s time for the group numbers.

First up is Abby’s senior company, who usually does not attend competitions. Abby wants to see how she does performing with dancers who are older than her, rather than younger, and wants to see if she can keep up with more advanced dangers. They do very, very well and Brooke more than kept up with those older dancers. Next are the Apple Cores. Their dance is…strange. It’s about bicyclists? Hard to say. Finally, we have the girls’ group number. They do a good job. Overall, Abby’s routines had more choreography than Cathy and her choreographer’s did.

At the awards ceremony, Paige is given second place, but Cathy’s soloist gets first. Chloe and Maddie’s duet gets first place. The senior company gets first place. The girls’ group number gets first place. Overall, it is a successful day.

Back in the dressing room, Kathy is so concerned about her fight with Christie to be happy for how well her children performed. Then, one of Cathy’s parents goes to Abby and asks her to find a place for his son on her team. Shortly thereafter, Cathy kicks the man out of her team for being a mole. It looks like it’s going to be an exciting season for the ALDC! Asia’s back next week, so tune back in to see what happens next!

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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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