All photos by Adam Taylor, courtesy ABC Family

If you’re like the DS staff, you’re already obsessed with “Bunheads,” the new ballet-centric show on ABC Family. What’s not to love? The show’s star, Sutton Foster, has serious Broadway cred, the plot gives us a sometimes dramatic, sometimes hilarious look at the life of a dancer and, best of all, four real-life dance students get their big breaks on the small screen! Kaitlyn Jenkins, 20, who has trained in ballet, modern, hip hop, tap, jazz and ballroom, plays Boo, who loves to dance but struggles with the fact that she doesn’t have the perfect ballet body. Former School of American Ballet student Julia Goldani Telles, 17, plays Sasha, who’s got the dream body and the talent but doesn’t really have the heart. The musical-theater loving Bailey Buntain, 22, plays Ginny, who yearns to break out of her small town life. And Emma Dumont, 17, who has a couple of small movie roles under her belt, plays fun-loving Melanie. Read on for The Dirt with all four breakout stars.

JULIA

Dancer you would drop everything to see: Natalia Osipova!

Biggest guilty pleasure: “The Ellen Show’s” Hidden Camera Pranks and Dance Dares.

One thing most people don’t know about you: I eat raw garlic. It’s great.

What are your pet peeves? People who leave the toilet seat up! GROSS!

Dance-wise, do you have any bad habits? Many, but I like to think of it as interpretive dancing ;)

What’s the strangest thing in your dance bag? A plastic monkey watch that I once found in a classroom

What was your reaction when you found out you were cast in Bunheads? I ran around my house in my pajamas, howling.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? A spy.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? On a remote island, formulating my world-domination plan.

BAILEY

If you could dance with any performer, past or present, who would it be? Fred Astaire. But before we could start dancing he would have to pick me up off the floor from fainting.

Biggest guilty pleasure: Cuddling up in bed, eating Wheat Thins and watching Instant Netflix on my nights off. Wow, I’m exciting… J

Favorite food: I LOVE Mexican food.

One thing most people don’t know about you: I’m an Auntie to 9 nieces and nephews, and I’d rather hang out with them than most adults. They are the sweetest little people.

One thing you can’t live without: My sisters. They’re my best friends, my inspiration, and the good kick in the butt I sometimes need.

Who would play you in a movie? Oh probably one of the Victoria’s Secret models. Oh wait… HA! I’m sorry I fell asleep for a minute and was DREAMING.

What are your pet peeves? The sound of snoring drives me a little nuts. Oh and I hate getting to a movie late and missing the previews.

Dance-wise, do you have any bad habits? I carry tension in my shoulders. If I had a penny for every time I’ve heard “Shoulders down!”…

What’s the strangest thing in your dance bag? Floss. Oral hygiene is no joke.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? Belle from “Beauty and the Beast.” Clearly, I was a very realistic child.

EMMA

Dancer you would drop everything to go see: Ariana Lallone. She used to dance for Pacific Northwest Ballet, and she is stunning. I’ve ever seen anyone command attention in their dancing like she does.

Most played song on your iPod: “Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett

Favorite movie: Billy Elliot. I own it on VHS and have seen it a thousand times. I also love Fight Club.

Biggest guilty pleasure: Butterfingers. Butterfinger Crisp. Butterfinger ice cream. Anything Butterfinger.

One thing most people don’t know about you: I play Roller Derby.

If you weren’t a dancer/actress, what would you be? A biomedical engineer.

Who would play you in a movie? A teenage Amanda Bynes.

What’s the strangest thing in your dance bag? An allen wrench.

Do you have any pre-performance habits or superstitions? Right before I go on stage, I like to put a little Tiger Balm under my nose. It smells great and reminds me to smile.

KAITLYN

Dancers you would drop everything to go see: Desmond Richardson & Diana Vishneva

Favorite movie: The Help and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland

Biggest guilty pleasure: CUPCAKES!!!

One thing most people don’t know about you: I have this burning desire to ride a motorcycle.

If you weren’t a dancer/actress, what would you be? I would want to pursue a singing career or possibly photography. It would have to be something “artsy!”

One thing you can’t live without: My iPhone <3

Who would play you in a movie? Jennifer Lawrence

What are your pet peeves? When people lie

Dance-wise, do you have any bad habits? Sometimes my turnout isn’t as good as it could be.

Do you have any pre-performance habits or superstitions? First I jump up and down and then I shake my arms out. Then, I give a little prayer and blow a kiss to my pointe shoes!

Say what you will about “Dance Moms” (After blogging about it for several years now, I’m pretty sure I’ve heard it all), but I’m still as hooked as I was during the first episode of Season 1. The girls, the moms, Abby’s incredibly uncensored mouth…How could I resist tuning in for Season 3? Plus, last season’s finale left us with so many unanswered questions. Mainly, will Brooke and Paige come back?

Read on for my three most awesome—and three most awkward—moments of this week’s episode.

 

AWKWARD Brooke and Paige do not come back. We still watch them eat breakfast and stuff though, so something tells me they’ll try to make a comeback at some point. Auditions to replace them went great—besides the fact that all the girls were twice as old and twice as good as the girls already on the team. Oh and remember when Abby used her catchphrase from “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition” to cut a girl? “Today is not your day.” Caught that, Abby. I know you’re super famous now, but let’s try to remember which show we’re on.

AWESOME 13-year-old Ally (the Paige-and-Brooke replacement) is great. She seems mature, technically amazing and has a positive, respectful attitude. But brace yourselves for her mom Shelly, because she’s…also really great. Wait, what’s going on here? Is this still “Dance Moms”? I guess we’ll just have to leave it to the other moms to crush Shelly and Ally’s souls until they snap. I’m sure it won’t take long.

AWKWARD Kendall is the first to find out she has a solo, so Mom Jill runs to the dressing room to rub it in the other moms’ faces. Good move. Turns out, everyone but Nia and Ally get a solo in the end. Way to count your chickens, Jill. Kendall may have been showing up for rehearsals all summer, but it looks like she may have skipped those technique classes. She cries about how mean Abby was, Abby yells at her for crying, and things fall apart. At least she’s not on probation this season…

AWESOME I love this group number. “Angel and Demons” deserved that first place win. OK, we’ve seen themes like this before, but I still have to hand it to Abby—everything from the cool choreo to the costumes to the casting (sorry Chloe) was flawless.

AWKWARD Justice is gone! What will ALDC’s rival studio Candy Apples do? Studio owner Cathy’s daughter Vivi seems devastated about the loss of her dance partner. Just kidding, Vivi doesn’t show any emotion. Then Vivi gets kicked off the team by her own mother. She seems devastated. Got you again; she didn’t care at all. Now Cathy’s creating an all-boys team. If nothing else, this will certainly be interesting.

AWESOME Chloe’s solo “Nobody’s Perfect.” Chloe is a champ. Ally may have stolen her part in the group dance, but she handled it like a grown up and then kicked butt when she took the stage alone. Oh right, that’s why she’s the national title winner. This girl’s got it. Mark my words: This season, Chloe’s the new Maddie.

 

Oh yeah, and because I can’t NOT mention this, the most AWKWARD, most uncomfortable moment of the episode:

Abby leaves the competition to go on a date! I think I’m in shock.

 

And finally, the QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

“You were just a dumb little kid, doing your thing, with a sister who was amazing.” —Abby to Mackenzie

Agree to disagree on that one, Abby. Mac has always been amazing. And now she's old enough to have braces? I’ve got to say, she totally pulls them off.

I think little Mac says it best: “Haha Abby, I won anyways.”

 

Fess up, did you watch? And what did you think? Let me know in the comments below, and I’ll be back with another recap next week.

 

 

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