I get the feeling that Maesi was not someone who Abby chose to be on the show. She certainly has some sort of vendetta against Maesi’s mom. Nia was on top of the pyramid this week which is a minor miracle. Abby is generally reluctant to give Nia her due.
There are three duets and a group dance this week. Abby doesn’t like competing in Fresno because for some reason they always score poorly there. I suppose that is why there are no solos this week. But with nationals drawing closer, I would think she would want her top soloists getting all the practice in they possibly could.
And since Abby has two black dancers, she chooses to do a group dance based on the movie, The Help. She proceeds to tell Nia that her role makes the statement for the whole dance and if they don’t win, it’s on her. No pressure. I knew there would be a catch to her being on top of the pyramid. At leash she is not making her dress in a dog costume. I expect that Nia’s big moment will be a shit pie. Daviana is back to be the third maid.
Holly and Camryn’s mother, Camille, try to explain that segregated communities still exist. The discussion is awkward. As a country we need to be able to talk to each other about things like politics and racism, unfortunately we are raised to believe those are two of many taboo subjects. Every other country in the world discusses politics from a very early age. When I was in college, dating my way through all of the international students, one thing they all had in common was confusion over why young people didn’t discuss or have much awareness of politics in the United States. It really is quite odd.
Maesi and Elliana’s duet is a gymnastic number called, Invaders. This is causing some problems because one mini, Lily, is not dancing this week.
Camryn has a washboard stomach. It’s rather amazing. Her duet is is with Brynn.
Kendall and Kalani’s duet is called Tango Para Tres where there is essentially an invisible male dancer they are fighting over. I’m not so sure they are being set up to win.
When they get to Fresno, Jill reminds us that Fresno is where Abby had the on camera meltdown in her bra.
Elliana’s mom, and Maesi’s mom get into it almost immediately in Fresno. Elliana’s mom feels some kind of way that Maesi is her kid’s duet partner and not the other mini. Elliana’s mom says in front of everyone, including Abby that Maesi’s mom has been mocking Abby over her impending incarceration. Okay, now we know why Abby hates Maesi’s mom. Abby gets up and goes to the director to scratch their duet moments before their performance.
Maesi’s mom goes to Abby and asks if she “tried to” pull their routine. Abby holds up scissors and tells the mom to back off and calls her a bitch and a joke. I almost commented that Abby seemed fairly sane during pyramid. But crazy in Fresno Abby is back. Abby storms out of the room and flips the mom off in the process. Abby does not sit with the moms but sits along in the back of the auditorium, which seems pretty empty to me.
While looking for photos to pull for this post, I found out that Maesi and Elliana did dance their duet and that Abby screamed out from the audience that it was not to be judged and instructed the girls not to accept their awards. Wow.
Kendall and Kalani
Well the duet was good. It was not a tango of course, and they seemed to be tossing some flamenco into the mix with the usual lyrical moves. It was interesting and could win. I don’t think anyone understood they were fighting over an imaginary guy. But it was an enjoyable dance to watch nonetheless.
Brynn and Camryn
Their duet is called “Snap That” and it’s a jazz routine, allegedly. Their routine was actually contemporary in my opinion. Also, it’s very sexy professional cheerleader and not particularly age appropriate. These two are not as together as Kendall and Kalani. I don’t see how this wins.
During the intermission, Elliana apologizes to Abby for her mother’s behavior. She is not happy with her mom.
The Group Dance
The audience for the group dances seems much larger. Amazingly, the group dance was fantastic. They should definitely win first. The music helped get the theme across a lot.
In the duets, Camryn and Brynn take first and Kalani and Kendall take second. While I am thrilled that Camryn got her first win, I don’t think the judges got it right. The group dance took first overall. Kendall got up to snatch the award that Nia should have accepted. Abby actually complemented Nia. Abby doesn’t give Daviana a spot on the team. She says she will bring her back as a swing if she needs six dancers. The moms are very concerned about having a solid team at nationals.
Next week: The two minis have solos. Yolanda dresses up like her kid and does her own dance. I’m shocked that Elliana was not cut from the team for Yolanda’s behavior. But then again, it was all very scripted.