When Dance Moms: Miami began last night, you just knew the peace and tranquility between the moms was going to be short lived. It was strange watching them act all… hmm what’s the word I’m looking for…. oh, right… “nice” to each other. Aside from Susan looking like she was about to shoot laser beams at Victor and Angel when Jessi was still near the bottom of “the list”, the moms were relaxed and ready for an easy week. Right? Wrong.
Out of nowhere, the moms started to pile on Abby (Sammy’s mom), and I don’t mean that in a Cinemax after-dark type of way. This was bordering crazy, unless there is a side to Abby that we’ve yet to see because of editing. So far, DMM has portrayed Abby as a drama free Jill, someone who just wants what’s best for her daughter by coming to a new school. That’s entirely possible, but to see the way the moms have been treating her either means there is some “behind the scenes” stuff we’re not seeing, or competitive dancing is named more for the moms than the dancers.
Debi (Hannah’s mom) has had a history with Abby at a former school, and from what Susan and Brigette said, has been trying real hard to sabotage Abby and Sammy’s welcome into the studio. It sounds a little Melrose Place for me, and felt the moms were exaggerating a little, until Abby pulled Victor and Angel to the side and confronted them on the issue. Victor all but confirmed that Debi did indeed approach him on trying to sabotage Sammy’s choreography. Wild stuff. (side note, I don’t believe, nor does Abby, that Victor or Angel would actually go along with that. Their reputation and careers are on the line, and not going to sacrifice that for some petty issues)
I thought it was pretty ruthless when Melissa took the guy out to lunch in L.A. to try and secure a better spot in the music video for Maddy, but if Debi is really trying to sabotage another dancers future, she should be ashamed and hopefully learns from this. I’m in the camp that you do what you have to in order to push your child further, but not at the expense of knocking someone else back. What Melissa did was a little sneaky, but fine.. what Debi did was not so fine.
Aside from the drama, it was actually a pretty light episode. The teachers showed compassion and a sense of humor this week by first sitting all the kids down and talking about their insecurities, and then having some fun by making them act like their moms. The funniest part was when little Kimmy acted like her mom, Ani, by offering a mint. I can totally picture Ani just sitting back trying to remain drama free by offering mints to everyone.
Lucas, Kimmy and Sammy topped the list and were rewarded with solos this week, and the team was headed back to L.A. to Starbound to compete against more than 2x the amount of dancers as last week. Sadly, despite dancing pretty well, neither Lucas or Sammy even placed, however Kimmy managed to finish 2nd overall!
The group number fell kind of flat, as it didn’t send the message the instructors were trying to put out there. Sure, they finished 5th, but it was definitely a bit sloppy and probably could have taken 1st overall with some more work. Victor and Angel were not too happy with the results, so expect some harder training next week. Also, based on the results, I’m expecting Lucas and Sammy to fall a bit, likely allowing solos by Jessi and/or Hannah in the next episode.