I can’t believe I am about to write another Dance Moms recap. I just watched twenty minutes of a one hour program documentary on her health journey after prison. It was raw and sad and terrifying. I believe it was a one hour show that cut off after twenty minutes. That was enough for me to see that she has been through hell. She’s had cancer, major spinal surgeries, chemotherapy, lost her ability to walk, and nearly died. But her desire to start a new ALDC elite team in Pittsburgh has pulled her through at all.
While she was still in the hospital in really bad shape she announced she was auditioning for new dancers. She got thousands of applications. On the season premiere of season eight we meet the new team. And their crazy mothers.
Abby starts right away telling them they can lose their spot at any moment. No one’s position is promised. Lilly is the only returning dancer. She has earned a coveted ALDC jacket. But Abby takes it away so they will all be on the same playing field. It’s the first episode and Abby Lee has already told them, “Everyone’s Replaceable,” One of the moms is wearing a hot pink, floor length mermaid dress. It’s like she wants us to know she is the hot mess.
The first group dance for competition is called “Broken Hearts.” It’s going to be her trademark over the top choreography. The dancer will have hearts bursting and bleeding out all over their costumes. The is one boy dancer, Brady. He’s got the lead in the first group dance.
Stacie Wastes No Time Before Starting Trouble
There are also two trios. Lilly’s mom, Stacie, is already complaining that Abby has her in an acrobatic trio. She wants Lilly to branch out. Then she randomly goes after Sarah’s mom. She claims Sarah has never competed at the tops levels in competitions. Then she tries to tell Abby Lee what sort of choreography she should give Lilly. Abby pulled her from the trio. Lilly cries. Stacie cries and we are off to the races! Abby decides it’s too late to pull her and puts her back in. Plus, Lilly is her favorite. For now.
GiaNina’s mom is insufferable. It does seem like GiaNina has a great dance resume. But her mom, Joanne, is a bragger. Fact.
Abby had the kids share stories of their heartbreaks as a source to draw from while on stage. Then Abby whips off her wig and shows them her scars from her two spinal surgeries. Is this really necessary? No. But it is very Abby Lee Miller.
Off To The Competition
I felt some kinda way seeing Abby’s wheelchair being lifted into the tour bus. I was a little bit heartbreaking. Then, there was a huge crowd of little girls screaming when she arrived at the competition venue. Abby needed that.
I thought this would be a little rinkydink competition so that Abby could start with a win. It’s not. There appears to be a lot of teams there. When Abby rolls in to the audience, she gets a standing ovation from the audience. I get a bit misty-eyed. I feel for Abby she has no one in her life other than bosses and employees. She went through hell basically all alone.
It was smart for Abby to enter two trios. That’s not a very popular category. So even though she is pitting her trios against each other, she could still pick up two trophies. I thought the first trio did well. They were not always perfectly in sync, but I thought it was a great first dance. Abby clapped. But she did not do her overhead clap she does when she loves it.
The second trio featured Lilly. The name of the routine was The Favorite. Because, Lilly is her favorite. It was really cute. They had some spacing issues. Abby clapped and gave it a little whoohoo so she was pleased. Or not. Apparently the spacing issues that I noticed were because Lily slipped. And she rushed the choreography. Abby is not amused.
The Group Dance
The dancers are in all white so that their heart can break and blood will cover them. Everyone is nervous because they have never danced as a team before.
The group dance was perfection. They have to win. It was haunting and sad and I cried. Brady is an amazing dancer. It was just brilliant. She’s back. Abby cried. I cried. Hannah cried. Half the moms cried. Brady says that he saw Abby do the overhead clap. So that’s all he could hope for.
In the trio awards, The Favorite got third. Abby was not happy with that. She thought it was the better of the trios. So she doesn’t think Dance With The Devil will place. But they won! And of course the group dance took first place.
Stacie tells Abby that Lilly came in third because is was an acrobatic dance. She is trying really hard to get Lilly kicked off the show.
I loved this episode. Is anyone else still interested in Dance Moms recaps?