On this week’s “Dance Moms,” the moms were increasingly questioning of Abby’s decision-making process and the direction of the competition. Tracking the preparation for the final competition before Nationals, notable changes to the elite team caused the tittering amongst the moms to reach levels only seen when they consider themselves or their daughters to be under personal attack.
The Tuesday (Sept. 16) episode, “Another One Bites the Dust,” finds every mom defending her daughter from either Abby or one of the other moms with the viciousness of a coyote protecting their young. This isn’t an entirely new phenomenon, but the proximity to Nationals forced the tensions up notch on the viewing couch. To properly track the in-fighting happening in the studio this week would take a bulletin board the size of a truck and countless amounts of string and push-pins, but there were a few major spats that took up the majority of the episode.
Abby and Holly’s ongoing issues resurfaced this week with a continuation of the disagreement regarding how Abby treats the dancers during rehearsal. The nice thing here is that both sides have valid points and important perspectives about how rehearsals should be run, and in the end they were able to move partially beyond their differences and mutually coach Nia to a first place finish.
As impressive as Nia’s tribute to Maya Angelou was in the competition, it is an unfortunate truth that the only reason she was assigned such a specific theme for her solo was because of her race. In addition to the label “the sassy one” in the group dance, there were a few too many racial stereotypes popping up that are even more obvious because of the lack of diversity in the studio. Fortunately, it didn’t seem to affect Holly or Nia’s excitement about getting to perform a solo this week or presumably at Nationals and therefore the show didn’t feel the need to include any commentary on the subject.
Abby’s friction with the moms didn’t end with Holly, but it did end with Chloe and Tracy getting the boot at the end of the competition. Chloe’s dour mood and her mom’s attitude surely contributed to their getting kicked off the elite team after only a short tryout. She was barely spotlighted during rehearsals but after a few glimpses it was obvious she did not belong compared to the rest of the girls.
Potentially taking Chloe’s place is a mom and daughter duo who know what they’re doing more than most of the other parents. Kayleigh and Katie not only came in with the confidence of a team that knew they were there to prove Kayleigh belonged on the team but also had the intelligence not to engage too much with the other parents and their problems but instead focus on Abby and her wishes.
Thus, the rotating cast of dancers continues apace. With only two episodes left before the girls head to Nationals in the season finale it stands to reason that none of the girls currently on the team are safe in their position and more cuts are probable before all is said and done.
Watch below as Abby Lee dishes on this season’s drama.