The thing about Dance Moms is that even though it becomes more and more scripted every week, at least these people knew each other and were arguing before the cameras ever showed up. Tonight’s recap is the final half of the season finale. If you missed last week you can catch it here. The first part of the finale was all about the convention and Nia’s video premiere. Tonight, we have the competition between ALDC, Candy Apples and the Detroit Team. Nia, Holly, Jo Jo and Jess are the only ones who have arrived at the competition. Holly is convinced something is going on behind her back.
Apparently Abby got special permission for the other girls to arrive late due to their commitments at JUMP! the dance convention. I have no idea why Nia and Jo Jo have been excluded from that appearance.
The competition confronts Holly, Jess who are joined by Jill and Michelle about where the rest of the team is. Jess blabs the whole story to the ENEMY and Holly chimes in with her two cents. Abby walks up and Jess and Holly get in to a verbal sparring match with Abby right in front of the ENEMY making their whole lives complete. What a bunch of idiots. Handle the conflict in private. Abby basically says that Holly stabbed her in the back and that is why she was excluded. Jill tells Holly to shut her mouth in front of the ENEMY and Holly claps back with, ” Don’t tell me what to do!” Well, Holly, somebody needs to put you in check. You’re embarrassing yourself and ALDC. Holly and Jess stomp off like two little brats.
Oh God. Cathy put Vivi in her group dance. Poor Vivi.
Abby just decided to give Nia, Kalani’s solo and Jo Jo Kendalls solo. They are on in less than an hour. This won’t really happen will it? Nia will be doing a solo she has done before and Abby says that Jo Jo can just improv. What? This just gets crazier and crazier. I am a Nia fan, but there is no way she can beat Ava. And this competition is huge. She may not even make the top five. Nia looks longer and leaner today, like she had a growth spurt since last week.
Nia’s solo is shown first. It was good. It was sort of a bit Xena Warrior Princessy, but she committed to the dance and gave good face. We shall see.
Ava’s dance was beautiful. She beat Nia by a mile and would have beaten the girls who were supposed to have solos today as well. I wonder if that is why Abby didn’t put them in. Ava has such beautiful lines.
There is no way in hell that Jo Jo’s dance was an improv. It was perfectly choreographed. But didn’t seem at all like Abby’s usual routines. Jo Jo was better than Nia and almost as good as Ava.
The group dances start and the majority of ALDC is still MIA. Jill says the kids can’t get their scholarship if they leave Jump. What does that even mean? The ENEMY is in the audience and they point out that the ALDC doesn’t have a group dance in the program at all.
The Candy Apples Dance was good in sort of a middle school play meets the Rockettes sort of way. If the ALDC shows up, they can beat them easily. Vivi basically just ran out with a flag and did a leg lift. It was kind of cheesy.
The team from Detroit did a fantastic hip hop group dance. It was a big risk for them as hip hop doesn’t usually beat the lyrical or contemporary dances. But the should beat Candy Apples and who know, they could win the whole thing.
ALDC finally shows up with no time to warm up or do a run through. After several hissyfits about make-up, and nearly being disqualified for being late, the girls give an excellent performance. It has a shot a winning. I’d say ALDC will beat Detroit by a hair and Candy Apples will be somewhere behind them both.
Jo Jo places third in her solo division. Ava wins first place. Holly looks like she thought Nia had won. So does Abby. Abby had to know that was not a first place dance that Nia did.
Somehow Candy Apples crappy group dance got SECOND. That is just wrong. ALDC won first. Detroit was robbed.
After the competition, they have one final brawl between the three groups of moms. Both coaches come for Abby. Jill starts filming Cathy acting like an ass with her iPhone and Cathy snatches her phone out of her hands. Suddenly, things are about to get physical with these two. Security has to come in and separate them.
Next Week: The Reunion.