July 2, 2014 by Nicole
Abby’s Studio Rescue was back with the second episode of the season and it kinda felt like more of the same. It’s unfortunate because I felt like this show really had the potential to be both interesting and educational about what it takes to run a great dance education facility.
What I did like from this week’s episode:
- Abby sharing her personal experience of being in trouble and not always making the best business decisions
- Showing Abby connecting with the kinds and being kind – not the version we usually see in Dance Moms.
- Introducing the idea of a competition team as a business strategy
What I didn’t like from this week’s episode:
- A more thorough and honest conversation about the benefits of a competition team and what that decision would mean for the business
- Referring to the studio owner as “old school”, all the way down to her choreography…but never having an honest conversation about how to improve it
- The disrespectful and unprofessional tone in the rehearsals – not a good example!
This week also marked the 200th episode of So You Think You Can Dance and the first live show of season 11. Overall, the episode was great – I don’t think any couple completely bombed their performance. And I loved that the dancers not only got to show their strong suit, but the pairs weren’t necessarily boy-girl.
Some thoughts on the performances that stood out to me:
- Valerie Rockey and Zack Everhart: Clearly proficient tappers, these two gave us a tap routine choreographed by Anthony Morigerato. The choreography was delightful and TOUGH! The duo danced well, but I felt like they were overwhelmed and maybe a bit distracted by the addition and added difficulty of the stairs. There was too much looking down for me to be able to feel connected to either of them.
- Bridget Whitman and Stanley Glover: In a contemporary piece choreographed by Bonnie Story, I thought these two showcased great technique and connection. It was my favorite routine of the evening, until Sonya’s number took the stage.
- Jourdan Epstein and Jacque LeWarne: I was excited (and nervous!) as anyone to see classical ballet on primetime television. The black swan pas de deux, choreographed by Marat Daukayev, was ambitious! I thought Jacque did a beautiful job and I have to give both ladies credit for the synchronicity of the fouettes, but I felt like Jourdan struggled a little bit. Could have been a shoe issue or even just an off night. I’d have to review the film, but would have loved to see both ladies come out and represent classical ballet with precision and passion.
- And the performance of the evening: Jessica Richens and Ricky Ubeda, choreographed by Sonya Tayeh. The word “mesmorizing” gets thrown around a LOT on this show….but this routine truly was. The choreography used the dancers’ bodies superbly and the dancers were connected to each other and the emotion and mood of the piece all the way through. It was beautiful and interesting and exciting to watch.
Next week will be interesting and painful, as some likely hard cuts will have to be made since the overall talent level is so high this season. Every dancer is talented and really good! But that’s the reality of the show and dance life.
What did you think of this week’s dance on tv?