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volatilebe925   , 33

from Amarillo


Dance Moms at Energy Dance Competition Again with New Rivals

6013614847807970142.jpgLast week, Abby Lee's dancers earned an overall group high score...are they back on top, where she wants them to be? The choreography and costumes for "Glam" were great, but unfortunately this week Abby goes back to some old standby routines (and doesn't even hide that fact) and doesn't deliver.

Dance Moms Season 2 Episode 17 Pyramid

No one is surprised that the bottom two dancers on the pyramid are Brooke and Paige. Their mom, Kelly, pulled their solos at last week's competition because she was upset that Abby wasn't paying attention to them. Or something like that. Actually, Kelly was supposed to paint a chair for Paige's solo and put rubber pieces on the bottom so it didn't slide, and she forgot about it. That set off a huge argument between Kelly and Abby, and led to Kelly's childish antics at competition. Now, Brooke and Paige are on probation.

Rounding out the bottom of the pyramid is Chloe. There was some talk of her going to a doctor's appointment last week and missing rehearsal. Apparently, Christi took her to the movies after the appointment, since she wasn't allowed to dance. Melissa told Abby about it, probably because she was tired of Chloe being at the top of the pyramid the last few weeks.

In the middle are Mackenzie (who did a good job last week, but needs more ballet classes, according to Abby) and Nia (who also did well in her duet with Mackenzie last week).

Of course, Maddie is back at the top of the pyramid because she did her solo well at the last-minute last week, even pushing through when the CD skipped and performing her routine through to the end. At this, Kelly comments that Abby has been in the dance world long enough to know that when your music skips and you finish the routine without a hitch, you pretty much automatically win. She thinks Abby knew what she was doing.

Energy Dance Competition (Again) Rehearsals

This week, they're heading back to Energy Dance Competition. This time, in Waterford Township, Michigan (which is actually Detroit). Abby tells the dancers that there are apparently two studios registered who simply want to beat ALDC, and she wants to make sure they work hard to prevent that from happening.

The group routine is "Silverspoons", and the dancers rehearse with a big spoon, which later becomes a smaller spoon tied with a ribbon after they have trouble lifting the large prop.

Maddie and Chloe also have a duet, "Inside of Me". If that sounds familiar, it's because they already performed this together at another competition, a fact which Abby doesn't hide.

There are three solos this week: Nia ("Bound", a mature lyrical number that is very different for her), Mackenzie ("Daisy Chain", a cute acro number, of course), and Maddie ("Helen Keller", which is also a recycled routine).

Dance Moms Drama

There are two storylines this week with the dance moms. First, Abby actually calls Kelly to task for her behavior from the previous week. She brings up the fact that Kelly uses foul language in the studio and in front of the dancers, and shows her that her competition team contract specifically prohibits this, from students and parents. Kelly gets a warning, but Abby says that the next time she uses language like this in front of her will be grounds for expulsion.

In the other storyline, Melissa tells Christi that she is the one who told Abby about Chloe going to the movies last week. At this, Christi confronts Melissa about the skipping CD from Maddie's solo last week. She mentions that Melissa told Kelly that Maddie rehearsed her solo with music skipping and she knew what to do. Whether or not this actually happened last week, this is probably a good tactic to use for dancers who learn many routines at once. This helps them prepare just in case a CD does skip or a sound system goes out.

At any rate, the moms try to convince Melissa that Abby cheated for her daughter, and Melissa actually gets mad at Abby. She skip hire slough goes down to the studio to confront her, and Abby denies any wrongdoing. After Melissa actually stands up for herself for a minute, she accepts Abby's word and drops the subject. Holly, usually the voice of reason, tells Melissa that the moms need to be able to trust each other, since they are a team.

As the moms watch the group rehearsal, they agree that the choreography is nowhere near the level it was for "Glam" last week, and don't think it will win. Melissa says this is fine to take to Ohio and compete against Cathy's Candy Apples, but not for Energy in Detroit with two studios gunning for them.

Kelly gets her dose of drama (but does not curse at all in this episode, so go Kelly!) with the group routine's costumes. There are five girls in the dance: Brooke, Paige, Chloe, Maddie and Nia. They have dresses as costumes, and there are two pink, two blue and 1 green dress. Based on sizing, Paige originally has the green dress on. To Abby's credit, she does put them into their formations to determine what the colors look like, and then decides that Paige shouldn't be wearing the odd color. Chloe ends up getting the green dress, and Paige takes a pink dress.

They end up with Paige and Nia in pink, Maddie and Brooke in blue, and Chloe in green. Kelly thinks this is part of Abby's crusade against making Paige feel special (or something to that effect). Not only that, but now Chloe's costume is too small and Paige's costume is too big, and Kelly refuses to alter it.

Energy Dance Competition, Waterford Township, Michigan

At competition, Abby starts to get nervous about the other two studios that are determined to beat them ("they're fierce").

Maddie and Chloe perform their duet together, and they're very good. The movement is in sync, and pretty, if a little boring. This should be a piece of cake for them, since the "Inside of Me" routine is at least a year old.

The group's "Silverspoons" routine is another one of those cute, wholesome, Abby Lee routines that, while technically correct, doesn't wow the judges or the audience. It is billed as a ballet routine, but those aerials and acro tricks in the beginning probably put it in the "open" category.

Maddie's "Helen Keller" solo is full of angst, and not much else. She did well with it in the past, but she's at an older age level now and competing against very good dancers. Nia's "Bound" is very mature compared to her other routines, and while she has improved very much over the last two years, her movement is still too stilted and not fluid enough to pull this off yet. Mackenzie did well with "Daisy Chains", remembered all of it, and hit all her tricks. It's hard to believe how young she is when she can pull off new routines like this in two days.


Energy Dance Competition Awards

This time, the awards shown on the episode actually match the reality of the competition day, which doesn't happen much on this show.

In Junior Duo/Trio, "Inside of Me" took 2nd place. Christi says Abby's "substandard choreography" is the reason they didn't win. (Incidentally, 1st place went to Dance House - remember that name.)

In Junior Small Group, "Silverspoons" also took 2nd place. 1st place, again, went to Dance House. Could that be one of the two studios that was aiming to beat ALDC? Abby is on a rampage, and tells the soloists that 2nd is not acceptable and they need to "either win, or lose big", which obviously receives an outcry from the soloists' moms.

Melissa is all tears in the audience, because Mackenzie gets her first crown! Congratulations, Top Petite Soloist and "Miss Petite Energy"! Karen's School of Dance took the 2nd and 3rd place in that category, so perhaps that was the other studio "enemy"?

For Junior Solos, in the Top 10 overalls, Nia placed 9th and Maddie placed 4th. Nia and Holly are very excited (these are, after all, for overall points awards in the category and she placed in the Top 10), but Maddie is not. Abby is not happy with 4th and 9th. Dance House took 1st and 2nd place overall in the category, and 3rd went to Karen's School of Dance.

Dance House and Karen's School of Dance must have been very good. While there were some clips of other studio performances on the show, none of theirs were actually called out, which leads me to believe that they did not sign the release to have their choreography (or their dancers, besides holding their awards) shown on television. There is still a small part of me, however, dreading that one of these two studios might become the next in line for a "Dance Moms" spinoff.

Next week, Payton returns! Why? It sounds like Brooke might be skipping competition to go to her first high school formal dance.