I know this recap is a bit late, but I wasn’t home during Dance Moms last night, so I wasn’t able to live tweet or give an instant recap. That also goes the same for Dance Moms: Miami, which is sad considering I was looking forward to that. Luckily with the magic of DVR, I was able to watch Dance Moms today, and will watch Miami tonight.
The girls were still preparing for their audition to the Joffrey Ballet School this week, while Abby decided to bite off more than she could chew (no pun intended) by also attending the Starbound Dance Competition. Why not, right? I mean it’s normal to have 9-10 year olds memorize three completely new dances a week… nothing could go wrong!
Before Starbound, the crew made it to NY for the Joffrey audition, and no episode would be complete without Cathy making her appearance. I understand the show needs drama to keep people watching, but I think the Cathy aspect is getting a little old. The only redeeming quality of showing Candy Apples is that Kendall still makes appearances (until she re-joins Abby Lee, which I believe happened at some point after this season ended).
At the Joffrey audition, it basically went like this:
- Cathy shows up, decides to act younger than any dancer on the show and start nagging Abby within minutes.
- The judges were not at all impressed by the “tricks” the girls can do. It’s understandable, I’m sure no ballet school cares about hand stands and flips. Just different styles. Needless to say, that immediately eliminated all the girls except Chloe and Maddie.
- Candy Apples also auditioned, and I did get a kick out of the judge asking why the girl had on so much makeup for an audition. I thought I was the only one who noticed how much makeup those girls pack on.
- All the mothers, Abby Lee, and Cathy completely embarrassed both dance studios and themselves by arguing in the hall right outside the audition. One of the judges had to come outside to tell them to stop. Completely disgraceful and selfish, they should be ashamed after re-watching how foolish they looked.
After all that drama, it came down to one person receiving a summer scholarship to Joffrey, and that is…
A huge congrats to Chloe, and hopefully she has a fantastic summer.
Naturally that didn’t sit well with the usually poised Maddie, who threw a little tantrum inside the Starbound rehearsals. This resulted in Melissa taking away her phone for 10 days, and Mackenzie cracking up over it.
Of course, Christi probably could have taken the call in private, let alone put it on speaker so the entire room can be disappointed. I know she was excited, but minutes before a competition is probably not the greatest time to crush the dreams of all the girls in the room. This probably hurt Maddie the most because she felt she had a really good chance at also getting a scholarship, and it clearly had an effect on her solo routine.
Right in the middle of her routine, Maddie forgot what she was doing, turned around and ran off stage. Right away she knew she messed up and begged to go back on, but unlike the competition in Florida with Nia, she was not allowed to do-over, and it’s precisely the message Abby was trying to drill into the girls.
Abby then decided to clearly show her favoritism by crying non stop over this, which really upset the mothers. She didn’t congratulate Chloe on her first place finish, or the scholarship (that we seen), and just sat there in silence as the mothers drilled into her about being a hypocrite and showing favoritism. Then, Abby decided to take her ball and go home. At the end of the episode, we were left to believe that Abby was done teaching and the girls were left on their own. Hint: They’re not. Abby was just being an attention w**re and wanted everything focused on her. Whatever. It was a good season finale, and I will be announcing a Dance Moms season 3 as soon as I hear about it!