"You look so pretty tonight. Did you get that in jail?" —Nick Lazzarini, Voice of Reason, "All the Right Moves"
Last week on "All the Right Moves," Shaping Sound had a successful premiere show at the Saban Theater. There was a standing ovation and an after party with booze and, thankfully, no inappropriate kissing. Success! (Although Alana, Robert Ulrich's assistant is there, and from the first .2 seconds of her interaction with Kyle, it seems like something's gonna happen there, am I right? Am I also right that she looks strikingly like Noelle? You have a type, Kyle. Sorry that I'm blonde. Dang it.)
And now, it's time to wrap up the season, but not before Travis books roughly 1,200 jobs and everyone's dreams come true. Here's what we learned in the process...
1. Hey, it's Gil! Gil, the owner/director of JUMP and NUVO, is famous now. "He's the Daddy Warbucks of the dance community," Nick says. Gil was at the Shaping Sound show, and he adored it and hey look it's Ray Leeper, too! This may not seem like a big deal right now, but trust me...it will become a very big deal. For the guys, at least. Not so much for the rest of us.
2. Injuries are the worst. The absolute worst. Especially when you are a dancer and your body is your instrument. But Jaimie Goodwin, lovely lovely lovely Jaimie Goodwin, handled her knee injury with so much poise, composure and maturity. It must be impossibly difficult watching your best friends form a company and gain so much exposure while you're sidelined. But guess what? She's baaaaack! "I can't keep away from this," Jaimie says. "I have to be in it." And Travis is ready to take her back. Yaysies! "You're the best friend I've ever had," Jaimie tells Travis and what is happening to me right now? Am I tearing up? No, I was chopping onions while watching the show, I swear.
Then, when Shaping Sound books "Dancing with the Stars" and Travis tells Jaimie—on her birthday!—that she's going to be the star of the piece, I was all "awwwwww" because what else is there to say?
Oh, and the "DWTS" piece? Loved it. I really did.
3. Teddy is always missing. It's the day after the show and the rest of the crew is chilling on the couch at The Manor, while Teddy is out hustling and running his "Misery Loves Company" rehearsal. The boys worry he's going to get hurt or he's going to burn out or something and I'm totally concerned, too—wait! Hold up!
Now I'm distracted because I love her so much. Plus, I'm sure Teddy will be fine. And while the concerns the other dudes have are valid, I admire Teddy. I like that he's ready to jump into another project, and I get it. Life's more fun on the go, right? Way to keep it exciting, Ted. Just, um, try to be on time for stuff. Your crew hates it when you're late. Also, Allison Holker. Girl can do no wrong.
4. Kyle is good at a lot of things, like being hot. He is not, however, good at hiding his emotions. It's clear from the start of the "Misery" rehearsals that Kyle's not fully invested. Unsurprisingly, after they run the routine, Kyle tells Teddy he's "exhausted." He's not up for it. "I've been giving so much of myself and my time to my friends' projects," he tells Teddy. Naturally Teddy is bummed, but Kyle is being smart. It's time for him to further his own career, which is essentially what all the other guys are doing now anyway. I applaud Kyle for going right to Teddy and talking it out with him rather than just idling and sucking it up and not doing what's right for his own professional career. Also, not being in "Misery Loves Company" will free up Kyle so he can spend time helping me plan our wedding.
5. Write this one down: Having a mentor is so important. Travis has found someone who has successfully pursued the exact career he wants for himself. Adam Shankman is a dancer turned choreographer turned director turned producer. Travis is so smart for solidifying a strong relationship with Mr. I Wear Vests And Many Layers All The Time And Everything On "So You Think You Can Dance" Makes Me Cry Shankman.
Travis tells Adam Shankman he wants to branch out into a solo career, and Adam is happy to offer advice, which is "talk to the guys ASAP." This scene was great. Good working relationships are so so so important in this business! "You have to make your own opportunities to get paychecks," Travis says later, when he's talking to the guys about his offer to choreograph a video for Ingrid Michaelson (who, BTW, is one of my favorite singers, in line right after Celine Dion). Travis, you are inching closer to becoming the new Voice of Reason on this show. As long as you don't eat any more bananas, you're a shoe-in. Give me your sequined backpack and we'll call it a deal.
6. The guys are great together—but is it possible that they really flourish and prosper best on their own? In this episode, after weeks of trying to get Shaping Sound off the ground (I rhymed! See what I did there?), suddenly the focus isn't on the company. Travis is booking individual projects left and right, including a video for Ingrid Michaelson and getting the company on "Dancing with the Stars." Teddy is busy with "Misery Loves Company" and Nick is off auditioning to be a host for the web series "DanceOn." "People have been wondering where I've been for the past, oh, 80 years," Nick tells us. Meanwhile, Kyle is just trying to figure out his purpose in life.
Instead of planning his dream proposal (to me), Kyle decides to have a talk with his boy Teddy, who invited him to L.A. to be a part of this company and Kyle thought that meant being co-director but TWIST, he's just another member of the company. Let's listen in on their conversation, shall we?
"You hooked up with Noelle...and I didn't even know what to make of that," Kyle tells Teddy. "My friend, who asked me out here to be part of this process, is now kissing the girl that I was seeing..." Your response, Teddy? "When you put it like that...that's terrible, actually." Later, Kyle goes on a date with Alana (called it!) and quips, "I will not be introducing her to Teddy anytime soon." Ohhhh, burn!
7. Travis gets it. Watching him run rehearsal for the Ingrid submission is really cool. I love getting into his head a bit. He says he wants to direct and eventually produce, and that seems like an absolutely attainable goal for him. Beyond choreography, he understands costumes, camera angles and what will and will not look good to an audience. His submission for the video was impressive (I mean, duh, it starred Kyle and Jaimie, and my fave girl Chantel Aguirre was in it, too) and Jaimie's knee held up just fine. Hooray!
Then, as if he's not busy enough, in this episode we also see Travis get his offer to choreograph the Off-Broadway show Bare. (He's living in NYC and working on the show now, kids—stalk accordingly.)
P.S. Kyle you're a dashing groom. Just saying. My old, new, borrowed and blue are ready to go. xoxo.
8. If you lie, you will get caught. "Did we invite Taja today? Or was she too busy getting pulled over by the cops again?" Nick asks after the group teaches a class at Crunch Gym. Scandal! Taja didn't really get pulled over that time she said she did. Jaimie confesses that the whole thing was a little lie, according to Taja's big sis, Deja. Evidently Taja didn't want to perform in the Madonna submission video, and she wanted to have a day to herself, so she lied. Big time. Yikes. "No bueno. She's out," Nick says. Travis says he no longer trusts Taja, and as much as I've always liked her, I've gotta say I'm with the guys on this one. If you are a liar, people will find out.
9. You've heard this before: It's not what you know, it's who you know. And it this case, man does it pay to know (and impress) Gil Stroming. He's going to produce the Shaping Sound live tour! "This is something bigger than a few guys just getting together and dancing," Gil tells the boys. And Nick says, "You hate everything...except Frank Sinatra." Funny jabs aside, Gil is their biggest fan and he's ready to prove it by sending the Shaping Sound crew out on a 2-year national (and maybe international) tour. NBD.
Hey Gil, I would like a mini pony and a home in Turks & Caicos and also a sequined backpack. Let's discuss. Preferably at a rooftop party. We can unveil the mini pony there. BYOBackpack.
10. There's always a "but": "It's everything I've ever wanted, but..." All of Travis' dreams are coming true—at once. "I don't know what to do," he says to Nick during an adorably honest heart-to-heart by some hotel elevators. He's worried about disappointing people and he's worried about hurting himself. He wants to do it all, and everyone wants everything from him. Everyone wants a piece of Travis Wall! It's an awesomely difficult situation to be in. Enjoy it, Trav! No more bananas.
Remember, kids, say it often and with meaning—and sometimes sarcastically if needed: "I cherish our friendship!"
So that's it: Season 1 of "All the Right Moves" is a wrap. Thoughts? What'd you love? What'd you hate? Which performance was your favorite? Sound off and let's chat.
"Drop the attitude? Why don't you...drop off the face of the earth?" —Nick Lazzarini, Voice of Reason, "All the Right Moves"
This recap is tardy, and for that I'm truly sorry. I was out of town last week hanging out at "So You Think You Can Dance" (more on that soon—I promise many details) and tragically, the Sheraton Four Points didn't grant me access to the Oxygen network!
But now I'm back on the east coast and here to recap all the lessons we can take away from last week's pretty awesome episode of "All the Right Moves." There was prop drama! Teddy being late for stuff...again! Kyle getting important meetings that may help propel his budding career as an actor! And, ultimately, we saw snippets (not nearly enough of them, FYI) from Shaping Sound's premiere show, Come Together.
So what did we learn? Now's the time to tell you...
1. The kitchen at The Manor is disgusting. Filthy. Come on, guys. You're better than that.
2. Teddy has a touch of Dance A.D.D. The Shaping Sound premiere show is just three days away—OMG!—but multi-tasking Teddy is busy working on a documentary of his own called "Misery Loves Company." It's based on Plato or something. "I don't have time for this criticism," Teddy snaps at the "Misery Loves Company" crew when they're trying to figure out how Teddy can split his time. And naturally Nick and Travis are "kind of annoyed" that Teddy is having these other meetings, thus making him late for Shaping Sound stuff. "It's Teddy, he doesn't think about anything," Nick quips. Teddy, we love that you're so passionate in so many ways and you want to try so much different stuff, but you've gotta prioritize dude. Because Nick's about to snap...
3. When it comes to being hilarious, Travis is getting up there with Nick. "Misery will have to wait for its company until Shaping Sound is done with its performance." This is fantastic, Travis, and I love you for being so pithy and witty. But seriously, Travis has ceased all other commitments so he can focus on this company, and so has Nick. If Teddy wants co-founder credit and he wants to be as important as Travis in this company, he needs to start respecting everyone's time. Right?
4. As much as I love Nick when he's being sarcastic and funny, I love him even more when he's got his little black jazz shoes on. Sometimes when I'm watching this show, I forget that it's a dance show and not a soap opera...which is fun, because it's during those soap-operatic moments that Nick delivers his most memorable one-liners. But every now and then, the boys are quiet and the music is loud and they just dance it out. And in this episode, Nick danced it the heck out. With a red chair (previously seen in the May/June issue of Dance Spirit!). Nick rocks out during his solo, and by the time he's done with his pirouettes (roughly 800 of them in a perfect row) he's deliciously sweaty. I definitely wouldn't not date Nick if he were into that...
Later, there was some mega-drama with that little red chair. It may be made of velour and it may look nice, but it's a real pain in the glutes because it won't slide on the marley floor at the theater. The guys were like, "Nick, you have to ditch the chair for your solo because it's not gonna slide, literally, or maybe it's gonna slide too much" but Nick is all, "whatevs boys, I'm using the chair, it's my best friend." So he uses it...and...he falls. Sad Nick. Like a true pro, though, he gets right back up and keeps grooving.
5. It would make me slightly jealous, but Nick and Kyle would make a pretty awesome (and hot) couple. I know there's the whole "I'm gay, but he's straight" issue, but can't these two just make it work? Kyle's happy jig dance when he found out he landed a meeting with casting director Robert Ulrich was precious. Also Nick called him Michael Flatley. They have the witty banter thing down.
6. It's possible the Shaping Sound lady dancers had to sign a contract saying that in order to be in the company, they would maintain exceptional hair. See: Taja's ever-growing bouf. Alexa's wildly out of control yet stunning curls. Ryan Ramirez's similar curls. Allison Holker's lusciously long locks that seem to hold flawless beach waves for days. Kaitlynn Edgar's bleachy bob that is amazing. I guess this is why I will never be in Shaping Sound. Also I'm not a very good dancer anymore. So there's that. But more importantly, it's about the hair.
7. Kyle was a tapper! Did you know this? I did not know this! When he went to Juilliard (straight from high school, no less), he started with a specialty in tap! Granted, he eventually ditched it. But Kyle is pretty, and he's a good dancer, and he knows how to do flap-ball-changes and time steps?! Holy perfection.
8. Melanie slipping and falling during dress rehearsal was tragic. OK, maybe not for her, because she was all, "I'm OK, I promise," but OMG I hated watching that! She dashed out of the studio and immediately went to snag some ice, and you could see tiny tears of sadness dripping down her face once the guys found her. I thought she was going to be broken forever (which, come on Alison, you know she's not, you just saw her and chatted with her and watched her dance on Tuesday...). Travis was quite dapper about the situation, saying the guy should never ever ever ever under any circumstances ever in life drop his lady partner. And yet...down went sweet lil' Mel. Anyway, she's fine. Thank goodness.
9. Denise Wall gets stuff done. She swoops in hours before the performance and is like, "What needs to get done?" and then she does it all. As Travis proclaims, "Best Mom Ever!" (Our sister mag, Dance Teacher agrees: DT presented Denise Wall with a Lifetime Achievement Award this year. During her acceptance speech, Queen Wall talked about how her boys mean the world to her. Clearly. She sewed pants for them at the last minute before the show...and all that jazz.) She also helps with the chair dilemma. Crucial!
10. You've gotta love this crew. Seeing the Shaping Sound dancers literally come together (Get it? The show is called Come Together!) backstage before the premiere show was heartwarming. The boys put in so much hard work that went far beyond choreography. They costume shopped. They put down a marley floor. They ripped up a marley floor. The invested their own money in addition to so much of their time.
From what I could see, the show was killer. Like seriously killer. The dancers were just so into it, and it was electrifying. I loved the montage of all the routines and I was so happy it went well. The whole "we're a company of best friends" thing is slightly cheesy, sure, but ultimately it makes for a really good show because everyone is having so much fun together onstage. The chemistry is palpable. Also, the "Sing Sing Sing" Act I finale was a crazy good time. Travis, you say you want to choreograph, and you're great at that, so I get it. But please don't stop performing yet. You're great onstage.
Offstage, though, slightly scary, huh? Travis sort of passes out after "Sing Sing Sing" and it's unclear whether it's from exhaustion or because Allison Holker secretly fed him a banana while they were partnering. My guess is exhaustion. Dr. Someone is called to the dressing room where Travis is given special medical attention, and is told "everything is fine." Miraculously, Travis is cured and cleared to make it through the second act after a hefty dose of fresh air. The company gets a standing ovation, Travis solidifies his spot "on Cloud 9" and everyone is sweaty and high on adrenaline. Nick cries and Teddy pops champagne. And Kyle takes off his shirt. Hooray!
Bravo to the Shaping Sound dancers who put on a fabulously fun show. I can't wait to see what the company does next.
And I won't have to wait long: Tune in tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10 PM EST for the 2-hour finale of "All the Right Moves." Jaimie is going to dance! Travis meets with Ingrid Michaelson! (Love herrrrrr OMG.) Kyle has a pretty significant beard! Adam Shankman gives advice! Dun dun dunnnnn.