I haven’t really been recapping every episode because they overlap with 16 and Pregnant, which is what I watch instead. So, I DVR the show, forget about it for a few days, then finally watch it. By then, people don’t care about my recaps because they’ve already seen the episode! Side note: Please make sure Dance Moms is back to 9pm EST. I don’t like the 10pm time slot at all.
I’m going to review the season up to this point, not an episode by episode recap, but as a whole. I’ll try not to compare to the original Dance Moms because they should be their own shows, but I know I will because it’s hard not to. Let’s start with the easy one:
The dancers for this show are around the same age as the original cast, which is the 9-14 or so range. That would be too young for me to criticize even if I wanted to, but I really don’t. Jessi’s little issue on week 1 aside, the dancers are fantastic with both their skill and personality.
- Hannah, the one who the moms act like is a terrible dancer is actually really great, and has an even better personality.
- Jessi is extraordinarily focused, driven and talented. She’s going to be a star without a doubt.
- Sammy is also a great dancer, but is still treated as an ‘outcast’, but mostly by the parents.. which I’ll get to.
- Lucas and Kimmy are super cute, super talented and I’m hoping in 5 years they end up dating.
Every week I have different feelings towards both Angel and Victor. Some weeks they’re incredible with both the way they run things, and instruct, other weeks they both sound whiny and annoying. Let’s break each one down…
- Angel – He’s more of the wild card every week. Sometimes you’ll see him joking with people, other times he’ll be complaining, whining or trashing the mothers. While it’s entertaining to us for him to trash the mothers, I don’t like how he consistently does it in front of their children. I don’t find that very professional at all, no matter how frustrated he gets with them. Susan was exactly right this recent episode when she was upset that Jessi was starting to sound like Angel in the back talking. Let the parents parent, teachers teach, and students dance.
- Victor – While a bit whiny at times, he’s far more consistent with the way he acts and handles himself on a weekly basis. His focus is clearly on making the children better dancers, and when he does have problems with the parents, you’ll find him in the mothers room yelling at them.
Both instructors compliment each other very well, and work great together, my only hope is that they ease up on the mother bashing in front of the kids.
As different as Angel and Victor are from Abby Lee, the mothers are the biggest difference between the two shows. This is probably part of the show I dislike the most, and it’s sad because on their own, the mothers seem like great ladies, but together they get really catty. If they’re not bashing one another, they will be bashing the teachers, or even worse, the children. The closest the Pittsburgh moms came to bashing the children was when Payton was in the group and Jill would bring up how she doesn’t look like she belonged with the others.
In Miami, Hannah was on the receiving end of a few shots, and based on the previews, looks like it’ll be even more next week when she’s in a trio. Debi, Abby, and Susan consistently go at each other, and it kind of gets a little old. Ani and Brigette tend to sit back and watch the other three go at it, but Brigette even gets involved on occasion, leaving Ani as the only drama free mom on the show.
While it’s clear from watching it, and the reactions I see on my fan page, Dance Moms is still heavily favored over Dance Moms: Miami, however I believe it’s mostly because the show simply isn’t Dance Moms. The two are different shows, but being a spin-off, it’s hard not to compare the two the entire time watching it. I’d still watch Dance Moms over Miami if I had to choose, but when I watch the Miami version, I do find myself entertained, even if it’s for different reasons than the original. Hopefully they’ll give it a second season so we can try to form the connection we have with the original cast.
What are your thoughts on the show so far?