This week on “Dance Moms," the moms get angry and the girls sweep the competition. Here are my top three AWESOME and AWKWARD moments:
AWESOME: Abby says the ALDC is going to Ohio, so I fear that the worst is about to happen: Cathy and her annoying Candy Apples will come out to play. But then…Cathy’s not there! Best episode ever!
AWESOME: Asia and Nia’s duet. I love this! If these two can do anything it’s put on a good show, and this drag queen-inspired routine—complete with lots of shiny spandex—is absolutely perfect. The moms freak out when they don’t get a chance to rehearse backstage. And while I would never condone dancers going onstage without warming up, Asia and Nia rise to the challenge. What a fantastic duo. First place, baby!
AWESOME: Maddie as assistant choreographer. For the group number, “Hear No Evil,” Abby pulls superstar Maddie out of the dance to test the other kids’ musicality without her. Instead, Maddie gets to help Abby out with the choreography. I have to say, Maddie impressed me! She does an excellent (and very mature) job giving directions and drilling the other girls backstage. She definitely deserves some of the credit for their first place win.
How come Chloe doesn't get the opportunity to show this kind of emotion?
AWKWARD: The whole Chloe vs. Maddie debacle. Normally, I don’t buy the moms’ conspiracy theories about Abby setting Chloe up to lose. But this week, Chloe’s solo is just so darn boring. And what's up with that song? Depressing. Chloe’s great technique makes scoring second place a cinch, but I’m convinced that her lack of exciting choreography (especially compared to Maddie’s) is what’s holding her back from first.
AWKWARD: Asia vs. Mackenzie…still. Ugh, this “Is Mackenzie faking her injury?” battle has gone on way too long. Props to Abby, though, for asking Mackenzie to wait to dance until her doctor-prescribed two weeks of rest is up. To add insult to injury (literally), apparently Asia is now bullying Little Mac! Given that the cameramen that are constantly following these kiddos around haven’t captured any bullying footage, I’m going to assume Asia’s innocent until proven guilty. But all this madness has made Mom Kristie’s true colors come out, and she’s done playing nice.
AWKWARD: Abby gets invited to co-host "The View"—and the girls get to dance as well. Asia replaces injured Mackenzie in rehearsal, so the moms are super concerned about which tiny dancer will get to perform in NYC. Since we already know the outcome because we watched that episode of “The View” two months ago, it kind of takes all the fun out of seeing the drama unfold. (Spoiler alert: Mackenzie gets it.) And it won’t even be resolved until next week’s episode. What a nail biter!
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Chloe is second only by one point. Maddie, Melissa, you better wake up. Chloe has learned her lesson and she is hot on your trail.” —Abby
Sounds like we may be in for a change next week…
Until then, let me know what you thought of this week’s episode in the comments!
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Isabella Boylston in "The Bright Stream" (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy American Ballet Theatre)
Beloved by ballet fans for her lucid technique and onstage effervescence, by her Instagram followers for the deftly curated photos and videos she shares of her glamorous life, and by fangirl Jennifer Garner for all of the above, American Ballet Theatre principal Isabella Boylston is one of the rare ballet stars who's achieved mainstream fame. A native of Sun Valley, ID, Boylston trained at the Academy of Colorado Ballet and the Harid Conservatory before joining the ABT Studio Company in 2005. She entered the main company as an apprentice in 2006, and attained principal status in 2014. In addition to her successes with ABT, where she dances nearly every major ballerina role, Boylston has served as artistic director of the annual Ballet Sun Valley Festival, which brings high-level performances and classes to her hometown. And speaking of famous Jennifers: Boylston recently appeared as Jennifer Lawrence's dance double in the film Red Sparrow. Catch her onstage with ABT as Manon, Odette/Odile, and Princess Aurora during the company's Metropolitan Opera House season this summer in NYC. —Margaret Fuhrer