Taja Riley's bold, full-out presence and unique ability to mix hard-hitting hip hop with smooth, sensual choreography paved the way for her success in the commercial industry. She's danced with music icons like Chris Brown, Janet Jackson, Ne-Yo, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Pitbull, and Bruno Mars, and has assisted with choreography for Britney Spears' Femme Fatale tour, Demi Lovato's Skyscraper tour, and Beyoncé's Mrs. Carter tour. She also appeared in Beyoncé's groundbreaking visual album Lemonade. Raised in Virginia Beach, VA, Riley grew up training at Denise Wall's Dance Energy. Currently, she's on faculty at New York City Dance Alliance, where you can catch her touring the convention circuit. —Courtney Bowers
Last night's episode of "All the Right Moves" was mostly hilarious (Nick compares riding a bike with "Toddlers & Tiaras") with a tiny touch of boy drama (don't kiss your best friend's girl, people) and, naturally, an explosive blow from Taja, who threatened to leave the company. There wasn't enough dancing for my liking, but there was still plenty of action, so let's talk about that, OK?
The 10 Lessons We Learned From “All the Right Moves” Episode 3:
1. The backpacks on this show continue to be amazing. I realize that during the first scene I was supposed to be focused on the blowout between Travis and Taja and the whole "this needs to squash" drama. But really, all I could think was that last week, Travis rocked a black sequined backpack (which appeared again this week before he did his solo), and this week Taja made her exit wearing a yellow fur backpack thing. I would like to pitch a spin-off to Oxygen called "Backpack Shopping with Shaping Sound." I will gladly let Travis and Taja hook me up.
Oh yeah, and Taja quits the company. She says her work ethic is "misunderstood," and this makes Travis sad because he feels like he and Taja have such a long-standing relationship and she would never do this to him. Luckily the other female dancers in the company are pretty much awesome, so I think everyone will be OK.
2. At some point, you have to make a decision: Are we best friends or are we professionals? Obviously leading a company of your peers is going to be challenging, and this came to a head in last night's episode with the Taja/Travis stuff. I think Travis could have come down on Taja a bit harder, honestly, which I know is tough. But by saying, "Enough is enough, shape up or you're out," he would have maintained the upper hand instead of letting her be the one to leave.
Travis made a great point later when he was talking with Jaimie, and it's a point I wish he had made directly to Taja: "You would have never done that with Brian Friedman. You would have never done that on 'X Factor.' " It's so true. Look, I like Taja, I really do, and I get where she's coming from sometimes. But she does act differently around Travis than she does around Nicole Scherzinger, I'm sure, and that's not fair.
Also, Taja's hair bouf gets bigger every week.
3. Jaimie and I have the same bunny onesie. I got it for Christmas. It's really snuggly and wonderful. It's no sequined backpack, but it's still pretty cool.
4. Travis doesn't want to be a dancer. "It may be hard for people to believe, but I don't like dancing as much as I like choreographing," he said last night. I like that he's evolved, and that he's done it consciously and at his own will. It wasn't like he stopped growing as a dancer or got injured or dried up. Travis was always a really good performer. But he realized it wasn't what he wanted to do, and so he took action to transition into choreography, and ultimately he wants to be a director. I give him a lot of credit there.
"My life as a dancer, to me, means nothing," Travis said. It's kind of a bummer because he's really talented and he can do something like 4,200 pirouettes, but hey, if he's not digging all that spinning, why do it? Power to you, Trav, for doing what you want and not just doing what you're already good at.
5. Kyle and Noelle together should be illegal. It's just too much good-looking-ness happening.
6. Chantel Aguirre is my favorite female dancer right now. She doesn't even have to dance. I just think she's so stunning.
7. The whole "Teddy kissed Kyle's girlfriend" thing from the episode previews was just slightly blown out of proportion, don't you think? First of all, it didn't really seem clear to me that Noelle and Kyle were actually dating. Were they? Did I miss that? I don't know. So yeah it's a bit shady that Teddy and Noelle kissed (where were the Oxygen camera crews for that one?), and Teddy says it was all "intense," but the bro code didn't seem quite as broken as the previews indicated.
What have we learned from all this, dancers? Don't drink tequila. It's evil and it ruins lives and friendships.
Also, in the "morning after everyone got drunk and kissed the wrong people" scene, Teddy's Gatorade matches his bright-green shirt. I realize this has little relevancy, but it's something I noticed and appreciated.
8. Nick taking hip hop is the best ever. He walks into Bryan Tanaka's class with a sideways hat and a greeting of "What up, gangsters?" Nick claims he's terrible at hip hop. "I'm stressed out about this!" he exclaims. He says he doesn't like doing hip hop because he's not good at it. I get that—but I thought he looked pretty good! Granted, he was dancing next to Teddy, who crushed the choreography effortlessly, but Nick held his own. Still, Nick doesn't want Shaping Sound to do hip hop in its show, and then he drops a "You go, Glen Coco." Just...yes. Yes, Nick.
Then, Nick and Travis have a heart-to-heart back at the house, which is great. Nick recounts his day of hip hopping, dropping great lines like "Not to mention, Teddy was like DJ Swagaroo." He tells Travis that when he's not good at something, it stresses him out. And that brings us to knee pads...
9. Travis teaches Nick how to ride a bike, but it's about so much more than that. This was, hands down, the most excellent part of the episode. To summarize: Nick agrees to learn to ride a bike (which he refers to as "a machine") if, in turn, Travis will overcome his fear of performing a solo. Travis is practically giddy about getting Nick into knee pads, elbow pads and a helmet and it's so ridiculous to watch.
Nick in a helmet is cute enough, but Travis wanting to teach him to help him "overcome his control issues" is even more precious. Then Nick slams his head into the ground to make sure his helmet works. Now, we all realize this scene wasn't just about learning to ride a bike, right? There's deeper contextual meaning here as Nick "takes one for the team, bites the bullet and tries not to break his face" on the bike. This was about Nick pedaling around ("pushing like a mom from 'Toddlers & Tiaras' ") and overcoming his own fears so Travis could take that energy onstage with him to perform a solo. That's friendship, man. Bromance—brodance—at its best.
10. Kyle is angry. Luckily, anger looks good on him. Everything looks good on him. Teddy confesses that he and Noelle kissed, and Kyle seems a little "kicked while I'm down." He tells Teddy he's "been lost the past couple weeks" and ultimately snaps that he's "over L.A. and over Shaping Sound." But considering he's in the previews for next week's episode, I don't think he's going too far. And I predict he forgives Teddy, because they are besties.
Next week: tWitch is back! Plus, the boys plan to go to NUVO to perform a Shaping Sound piece, but then everyone bails and it is scandalous.
Until then, tell us what you thought of this week's episode!
Hi, Nicole Scherzinger! We've missed you. It's been a little while since the smokin'-hot singer has put out new music, so we've been having fun dancing along to her catchy single-of-the-moment, "Your Love." (And singing along. Dooo do do do do do-do dooooo!)
If this track wasn't already screaming "song of the summer" to you, it definitely will be after you watch its sunny, beachy video, which just came out today. The best part? There's a whole group of A-list dancers frolicking in the sand along with Scherzinger. (We see you, Lil Buck and Taja Riley!)
(L to R) Lil Buck, Nicole Scherzinger and Taja Riley get beachy
The result is, unsurprisingly, awesome—or should we say Schamazing? Take a look:
I don't like magic.
Card tricks confuse me and I don't like it when I can't figure things out.
And yet, I loved the most recent Macy's Stars of Dance performance on "Dancing with the Stars," which was filled with visual trickery and was, well, magical.
My first thought during this performance was, "I want a checkered outfit." My second thought: "OMG WHAT ARE THEY DOING???"
The routine, choreographed by RJ Durell and Nick Florez, featured a few of my favorite dancers, including Jaimie Goodwin (she tends to steal that spotlight time and time again with her picture-perfect side tilt extension, doesn't she?), Taja Riley and Will Wingfield. But more importantly, it just blew my mind.
This piece wasn't about amazing technique or fancy choreography—it was all in the special effects.
Check it out and help me figure it out! I'm thinking some of it was pre-taped and then it's being played backward. Criss Angel, a little help, here?
"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.
"I'm making a little, like, brunch. I was gonna season the chicken with some banana chips...but I thought not...because you're allergic to them." —Nick Lazzarini, Voice of Reason, "All the Right Moves"
This episode is all about "theater shopping," and I realize that sounds more like a QVC special than an hour of fun and dancing with four pretty boys. But don't worry: This was actually a very productive episode! It wasn't the funniest—there were no scenes with Nick learning how to ride a bike—and there were no cool backpacks. By the time the episode wrapped, though, the guys had a theater for their show, they held a successful fundraiser, they got a surprise visit from studly Dom and, I think, they finally finally finally wrapped up the "we got drunk and kissed the wrong people" love triangle drama.
It was the fifth episode of the series—only three left!—and Travis, Nick, Teddy and Kyle taught us many important-ish lessons about dance and life.
1. Kyle and Chantel Aguirre should be in love. Think of all the talented, beautiful, dark-haired, perfect-skinned babies they could have! These two performed a duet to Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" and it was fantastic, and it was fantastic because the dancing was good, not just because Kyle was shirtless.
2. Kyle is always shirtless. I'm not complaining, I'm just a little curious. Was this in his contract? "Kyle, you must be half-nude for at least 50 percent of every episode. Please sign at the dotted line." I mean, why is everyone hanging out in the kitchen and Kyle is a little bit naked at the breakfast bar?
But in other news, Kyle is exploring additional, non-dance career options, and his head shots would make great wallpaper in my bedroom. He reads a script for this casting director lady, and she doesn't seem to think he's very talented, but what she doesn't realize is how pretty Kyle is. No one cares whether or not he can act or sing or dance or emote. Look at him! Just let him live his handsome life. But Kyle is frustrated because he's not booking anything and he's waiting for his break, and I get how discouraging that must be. Pretty people struggle sometimes, too.
3. Noelle does not get to get angry. When she says Kyle and Chantel's duet was "so good" she may as well have said "My mouth is filled with vomit right now and I'm going to cut Chantel while she's sleeping tonight." Noelle, it seems you've boarded the train to Jealous Town, which is crap because you had Kyle! He was all in like with you and stuff, but then you got tequila-ed and you kissed Teddy. You don't get to be jealous now! Sorry.
4. "The kiss" is, without a doubt, the most insanely blown-out-of-proportion, dragged out storyline on any docuseries ever. In this episode, Nick finds out about "The Kiss." He is not enthused, and it's affecting the company! "I would have hit your face repeatedly...Come on, homewrecker," Nick says. He's so mad at Teddy when he finds out about it! How dare he kiss Kyle's girl!
Later, Teddy and Noelle talk it out, and Noelle is like, "Teddy, it's cool, I've forgotten about the kiss because I've been channeling my energy into making my long hair look flowy and flawless, and also have you noticed I'm wearing pinky-purple lipstick now and it looks really awesome on me? I'm so hot." Teddy, meanwhile, likes to talk about feelings, so they do that, and then things are all patched up. No more scandalous homewrecking. Just dancing.
Yay. This storyline is over.
5. Just because your haircut is very specific does not mean you can't make it look different all the time. Taja's got the side-shaved, mohawked-on-top, braid-down-the-back hairstyle, and you may think you can only wear that one way. But false! Taja proves this is quite the versatile 'do. This week, her ever-growing mound of locks was a bit more tousled and messier than usual, which I like. It was edgy yet casual.
Oh also, Taja showed up at the company's rehearsal (I thought she quit, no?) and had a long talk with Travis. She compared Travis to her dad, and Trav wasn't into that. Something about wanting her dad's attention, and arguments, and getting defensive. But then there was an apology! She apologized to Travis for letting things escalate, and he apologizes back and wait for it...wait for it...they exchange I love yous and they hug! Peace has been restored in the world of Taja and Travis!
6. Theater shopping is boring. Sorry, guys. You're pretty to look at, but there's nothing exciting about looking for a place to perform. But it is an overwhelming process, which means Travis's stress level is at an all-time high. No bananas for you, Trav!
7. Zippers are the new sequined backpack. No, J/K. Nothing could ever replace that magical notebook-toting beauty. But did you see that shirt Nick was wearing during Dom's party? It had two vertical, not-really-functional zippers. Maybe zippers are the new tank top? I don't know. I'll ask the people at Fashion Week.
8. Travis and his boyfriend are so cute. Like really, really adorable. When Dom shows up and surprises Travis, it's the sweetest display of puppy love ever and it makes me happy. They're a precious couple. Also, it's Dom's birthday! Which means party at The Manor! Zipper shirts for everyone!
9. Jaimie wants to be in the Shaping Sound show! It's been four-ish months since her surgery, and she wants in, but Travis says no. He doesn't want to sacrifice her potential and he says she's not ready to dance. This actually blew my mind. I really thought Travis would give in because he and Jaimie are so close, and honestly just because Jaimie is an amazing dancer. But wow. Jaimie cries and it breaks my heart. This was one of the sweetest moments on the show. Good for you, Travis, for looking out for your friend, and Jaimie, your time will come (we know because you were an All-Star on "So You Think You Can Dance" like two weeks ago).
10. Nick is Mr. Business Savvy. The guys start brainstorming ways to make money, which involves "dance moms dropping some dollars in some hats." Genius! They're going to use their fan base—competition and convention kids—and they're going to do a fundraiser. They'll do a performance, they'll have a class, they'll charge $15 per dancer and they'll auction off things like solo choreography and backstage passes to their show. Just off the top of my head I can think of about 600 kids who would absolutely be into this. Good idea, guys! Also I like your fedoras.
When they're negotiating the "going rates" and "starting bids" for the items (a private lesson from Kyle Robinson!!!), Nick is the one who keeps jacking up the price. And did you see those fan girls in the audience during this performance? Yeah, their moms will be fine with dropping fedora dollars just to see their kids so happy. (Um, bidding $1,400 for solo choreography from Nick Lazzarini? Holy crap. You comp kids have some seriously generous parents!) Finally, I really liked the performance the four guys did together. It was fun and it was, well, bro-dancing at its best.
Next week: Teddy is going to be late! Teddy needs to prioritize! Adam Shankman is there! Dom is there! And the company debuts its show, "Come Together." Oh also we see Travis laying flat on the ground, seemingly unable to breathe. I swear to the Dance Gods, if that kid ate another banana I'm going to hire a group of gorillas to teach him a lesson. (No really, hope you're OK, Travis. And we can't wait to see the show.)
"I will bury you far underground. You'll be saying hi to the Chinese by the time I get done burying you." —Nick Lazzarini, Voice of Reason, "All the Right Moves"
Last night on "All the Right Moves," there was convention dancing (at NUVO, with brief appearances by Denise Wall and Chantel Aguirre!), there was love triangle drama (Kyle, Teddy, Noelle, work it out, come on now) and there was allergic banana eating (why did you do that Travis, why?!). Overall, I'd say it was a good episode even though there wasn't enough Nick for my liking. But, as always, there were many lessons to be learned.
1. Kyle is so kind and forgiving and handsome. As the episode starts, we're back in Kyle's bedroom, which is an OK place to be, and we're apparently still harping on the whole "Teddy kissed Kyle's girlfriend because he was drunk off tequila" situation. Kyle says he wants to hit Teddy! It's so aggressive and violent! Luckily, the cameras take us along on Kyle's date with Noelle later that night. Her hair looks fantastic, but I hate her because she made Kyle sad. (J/K, Noelle, totally don't hate you. You're pretty and you can rock a center part like few ladies can.)
Kyle confronts Pretty Center Hair Part Noelle, and she says she and Teddy were drunk when "the kiss" happened, and all I can think is, "Noelle, you should not have had the tequila, and you should not have kissed Teddy and also, how do you wear red lipstick without it smudging on your teeth?" Then everyone starts crying, and sadness fills the restaurant, and still Noelle's makeup is smudge-proof.
Later, Kyle and Nick are hanging out in the graphic design place (Seriously, where are they? Is that a loft? An attic?) and Teddy doesn't quite apologize to Kyle, which is crap, and yet Kyle is nice and stuff.
2. These boys love tank tops. Travis, Teddy, where are your sleeves?
3. tWitch and Bryan Tanaka should be regulars on this show. Do you know why? Because they're talented. Also because they're charismatic. But most importantly, because they are hot. tWitch is undoubtedly one of my favorite dancers right now, and when he's onscreen I cannot turn away. Plus, they were dancing to Calvin Harris, and the music was like, "I feel so close to you right now" and in my head that was all true. I really did feel so close to tWitch right then. But he's taken. You knew that already. And his girlfriend is pretty darn cute.
4. This was so not Teddy's episode. I've met Teddy. We spent a day together during Dance Spirit's Shaping Sound cover shoot back in February, and he was great. He was nice, he was helpful and he was very genuine. So I'm not sure what's coming across on camera, but Oxygen seems to want to make Mr. Bohemian a bit of a bad guy. And I don't think he's a bad guy. I guess that's "reality TV" for you.
In the course of this episode, we saw Teddy not apologize to Kyle and then ditch his bros for NUVO-fest 2012. Plus, Teddy turns in his "So You Think You Can Dance" submission two weeks late. Evil Teddy! Bad Friend Teddy! Unprofessional Teddy! Tank Top Teddy! (Really, Oxygen, just let the guy dance. Kid's got moves.) OK one last thing: Why did everyone know about the "Dancing with the Stars" rehearsal schedule except Teddy?
5. I don't get it. Kyle was always planning to go to NUVO...and yet...he wasn't going to be in the trio? That makes no sense. Why would he be there if they weren't planning to have him dance with the company?
6. The sequined backpack is basically the fifth roommate, and it is my favorite roommate. You other guys are cool, but every time I catch a glimpse of those sparkling sequins, I want to reach through my TV screen, rip those backpack straps off Travis's back and steal his sweet accessory. He could at least drop hints as to where he bought that thing. I've never wanted an onscreen item so badly. Give a girl a clue, Trav!
7. Travis gets so stressed. So so so stressed. When Nick calls to say his rib exploded out of his body and snapped in half (something like that—I zoned out for a second) and that he may not be able to perform with the guys at NUVO, Kyle is like, "No worries dude, we'll make it work" and Travis is like "DIJFADKAFLIEGH, OHMIGOD, WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO, I NEED TO COLLECT MY THOUGHTS."
Travis, if you are reading this (Hi!), let me tell you something directly: You. Are. Talented. You have good choreography. You have exceptional dancers. Everything will be fiiiiine. You just need to breathe through all this and let things come together, because they always come together. A little stress is good because it means you care, but too much stress will make you sick. More deep breaths, fewer panic attacks, and it's all good. Deal? No more water bottle throwing, K?
8. As predicted, Taja's hair bouf did, in fact, get bigger this week. It continues to grow and at this point I am wondering if she is harboring a tiny fugitive in there. Or maybe a pigeon. It's a big bouf. Also, I think Taja is stunning and I think she has a killer, super-strong dance body. Work it, Taja. Buy that $500 knit woven bathing suit thing! If anyone can pull it off, it's you, Taj.
9. Nick is an exceptional friend with really white, straight teeth. Even with a dislocated rib, Nick showed up at NUVO to be supportive. Maybe it's just because, as he put it, "I love Kyle...in more ways than one." But I really do adore Nick and think he's an awesome asset to this group. Yeah he's cute and yeah he's a really good dancer, but he also seems really caring and like he wants what's best for the group and each of its members. And as Nick eloquently says when Travis is freaking out about the choreography, "There's always time for a joke." Granted Nick's jokes were "homoerotic ones" about Kyle, but he's right. Less stressing, more playing.
10. We don't always learn from our mistakes and sometimes we just want to eat a banana. Travis is allergic to bananas! He knows he's allergic to bananas! But he still munched on a banana! Why would he do that?! Luckily, Travis's banana ingestion and near-death (OK, allergic) reaction lent itself to some classic lines from Nick. "There goes the big Shaping Sound debut." Why? Because Travis ate a banana.
So, moments before the NUVO performance, we're down to just one healthy dancer: Hot Kyle. "It's like Final Destination for dancers," he says. To which Nick responds, "This has happened before...when he eats bananas and when he gets stressed."
But wait! Then there were two again! Travis is going to fight through the Attack of the Killer Banana, and he's going to perform! I love that Kyle and Travis didn't do a classic contemporary routine and instead they went for something a bit more upbeat and jazzy. I could have done without the terrible slow-motion filming (work on that, Oxygen—whatcha doin?) but I was digging the crazy headstand-pop-legs-out move (the technical term, of course) that Travis did. Fun performance! And Travis was happy with it, which was a relief. And it warmed my heart when Travis said, "You did a great job, Kyle, thank you." Yay!
Of course, it's not a happy ending, because as soon as the bromance-brodance boys exit the NUVO hotel, Nick gets a text from Teddy. Taja is thinking about leaving the company OMG. Travis lays down the law later though, and is all, "This is not the Taja show." Not everyone has all the right moves I guess.
To wrap this up: It appears as though Travis's sparkly sweet knapsack is adorned with an Adidas logo, which helps with my shopping investigation...ON IT!
Next week: Taja's bouf blows in the wind during a confrontational with Travis! The boys have to build a stage in two weeks! Travis is stressed! The guys dance with fedoras!
It's going to be a good one. Until then, tell us what you thought of this week's episode. Did you dig it?