Hey guys it’s Sam, and needless to say, no braggadocio intended, I’m a darn good dancer. I’ve mastered Dance Central and beat Dance Central 2, but that doesn’t mean I’m perfect. I can’t do full cartwheels or handsprings or flips (on trampolines, yes), but at least I can somersault without breaking my neck. I’ve seen a lot of dancing shows and said to myself, “I’m not nearly as good as them.” And there are lots of kids out there that can kick my fanny anytime, anywhere in dancing. There was even an entire successful show that chronicled the lives of young aspiring dancers and the dysfunctional relationships of their mothers intertwining with that of the choreographer. There are some kinds of moms out there: Soccer moms, basketball moms, football moms. And then there are Dance Moms.
This show just hit the radar last summer and is probably my most/only-watched Lifetime show to date. Dance Moms is about the Philly-based dance studio Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC), started by its eponymous founder Abby Lee Miller at the age of fourteen. Now an adult, she is choreographing the dance routines for six (formerly eight) young female dancers: Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler, Chloe Lukasiak, Brooke and Paige Hyland, and Nia Frazier. (Not counting Payton Ackerman. She was Brooke’s replacement when she left for cheerleading tryouts, and she was kicked off the show upon Brooke’s sudden return in what is now the greatest plot twist in TV history.) Two former dancers were Kendall Vertes and Vivi-Anne Stein before they both transferred to ALDC’s bitter rivaled dance studio, Candy Apples. (Vivi-Anne is actually the daughter of the studio’s founder, the now hated “Crazy Cathy” Stein. The scariest part is that she was a former dance mom herself!) In every episode, Abby, the dancers, and their moms go to dance competitions around the country, from ones in their own backyard to others in even Michigan. Usually, the following things occur:
- A) Something goes horribly wrong.
- B) The dance moms get into arguments, as they usually should.
- C) Everyone shuts their pieholes and the day goes by swimmingly.
At the start of the episode, there is a “Pyramid” that tracks, in Abby’s eyes, how good her dancers are doing. The Pyramid has actually evoked a viewer controversy due to its negative aspects, but Abby herself has admitted that the show’s producers are the makers of the Pyramid and not herself. The bottom 3 on the Pyramid are the worst of the bunch , the middle 2 are mediocre , and the top 1 is the best . Nia, Mackenzie, and Paige were the first at the bottom of the Pyramid, Chloe and Brooke were the first midpoint dancers, and Maddie was the first to top the charts. (Not surprising, considering she is Abby’s most favored dancer. ) You may notice that the most recent episode of Dance Moms was last month (“Abbygeddon”, the season 2 finale), but as a lot of people ensure themselves online, the show has suddenly broken its thin ice with the cancellation bear and disappeared. Well, those people are wrong, because the third season has only begun. Next Tuesday, Dance Moms is coming back, and the anticipation has been just as heated as the dance moms’ ever-continuing squabbling. Now, you’re probably wondering, “Why should I care?” Well, Dance Moms has been one of the most successful Lifetime shows on the market, mister! Anyway, you can check out Dance Moms when it returns on June 5 @ 9:00 on Lifetime! (Now make a decision, this or E3? ) Can’t stand the wait? Check out the Dance Moms spinoff @ the Sunshine State, Dance Moms Miami, every Tuesday at 10:00 on Lifetime!
Anyway, you might be disappointed by this topic , but stay tuned next Monday and you’ll probably get something even better! Leave a comment below about what you’d want me to talk about next, and make sure you subscribe, rate, like, reblog, share, and stay tuned! Because do you know what Benjamin Franklin once said? “A penny saved is a penny earned.” 8)
p.s. Would You Rather o’ the Week: Would you rather…be the best dancer while ugly, or the worst dancer while beautiful?
p.p.s. Random Video o’ the Week: If you’ve been up to date with the Fine Brothers’ monitoring lately, you’ll hear about a new upcoming React series called Seniors React. There have been React shows starring kids, and teens, and now the sweet elderly. With the name changed to Elders React, watch as they cope and are questioned about the very viral hit that got a Kids React episode over 10 million views: the Nyan Cat. Some are vexed with the video’s repetition while others are indulged by it, but either way the first-ever Elders React episode has come sooner than expected, with 1.4 million views since last Thursday, as well as very positive reception with only 1% of disliking. So this seems like a good video to dedicate the week to.
p.p.s.s. If you’re bad enough to preview the show before it even releases, then go to http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/dance-moms to get to the show’s official site and check out an official sneak peek of a brand-new season three episode! Among this, you can check out other things like the show’s app, the dance moms’ blogs, tours of the dance moms’ homes, never-before-seen photos, the show’s “dance dictionary”, the weekly “Top Mom” competition, and even biographies behind the dance moms and Abby Lee herself! This is something you don’t want to miss, comrade.