A Nip and a Tuck (My "Dance Moms" Episode 12 Recap)
Greetings, Dance Moms fans!
Long time, no talk. I have been very hesitant to write a blog again because, frankly, some people have written some brutal things about my daughter in the comments section in previous blogs and she does not deserve that. But I have decided to not allow them to stop me from voicing my opinion and sharing with my fans. So, to the true fans out there, this one’s for you!
Let’s start with the dreaded Bermuda Triangle. I was so sad to see Chloe at the bottom! But I think all of the girls have been at the bottom this year, so it was definitely her turn. Will that “light a fire” under her butt? Probably not, Abby. Chloe is not built that way. She is very sensitive and internalizes things and takes them to heart. Some people will criticize her and say that is a bad quality to have, but I think her sensitivity will serve Chloe well in life. So, I knew being on the bottom would probably affect her more than some of the other kids, but it’s part of the studio, so she has to deal with it.
Up to the cuckoo’s nest…plastic surgery was on every one’s minds. Nip/Tuck is a little much for the girl’s group dance, but what else is new? Their group dances are usually “a bit much”. But I am a strong believer in being comfortable in your own skin and none of those girls have body image issues, why plant the seeds? I think girls (especially dancers, gymnasts, ice skaters, etc.) are under constant pressure to look a certain way. I don’t want to see any of them struggle with that, especially because they are at such a vulnerable time in their lives. They are starting to go through that awkward, preteen puberty stage. Girls grow 8 inches in a year (Chloe!!) and not really gain weight until after or they will gain weight first and grow taller after, so their bodies can look different any given day. I just don’t like making them more concerned about that than they already are. Now the moms, we are another story….
As long as I’ve known Kelly, she has wanted a boob job! We talk about it often. Actually, I think her ideal is a “sporty B”. Ha! I thought it was hilarious that’s he put that out there on national television. But that’s’ Kelly. Dr. Holly is very comfortable with all her parts. I think she has said “I like all my imperfections!”. Melissa wants liposuction. I agree with that! I would love liposuction, too, but I think it would be easier if I just upped my exercise routine? But that would require effort and….ugh. I just don’t know. When would I find the time? I’m always too busy sitting on my butt watching dance all day!
And I know, I know, the obvious surgery for me would be my nose, but, I said it on the show and I’ll say it again, I wear this thing like a badge of honor. I went through the toughest parts of growing up (junior high school!) with kid’s being downright mean! Now that I’m older and things like that are not supposed to matter, why would I choose now to change? What kind of message would I be sending to my girls? “Love yourself, Chloe, you are beautiful just the way you are. But mommy’s gonna go get her nose cut off now.” I don’t think so.
Let me step off of my soapbox now… On to the competition!
First, let me say, I loved Maddie’s solo this week. I actually think it was so much more beautiful in person. Gianna gets a definite shout out from me from me for that choreography! I love when she choreographs “dark”, like Chloe’s “Raven”, this number, and the infamous “Black Swan” duet. I don’t think Gia gets enough credit on the show, so I just wanted to show her a little love. Yay, Gia!
Next up: the trios. I was excited for Chloe to dance with Brooke. Brooke is definitely the “cool, older girl” that all the girls look up to, so it was exciting for Chloe to have the chance to dance with her. I thought the trio was lyrical and beautiful, just as I expected it would be. And Paige, Nia and Mackenzie’s trio was so fun and bubbly! It definitely made you smile. I really, really just wish they could have been on different weeks so they were not competing against one another. I think every kid should get a chance to shine in their “special” dances and not have to live in other’s shadows. Que sera…
Then came Chloe’s solo. I knew all week that something was up with Chloe. She seemed “off” and to be honest, it started in Miami the week prior. Chloe was exhausted mentally and physically and things were beginning to take their toll. One thing viewers need to remember is the girl’s are still going to regular school full time, learning new choreography and traveling. It is a schedule that would crush most adults and they hang in there with a smile. But I knew Chloe was not herself and I really just wanted her to just make it through that dance.
But we all saw what happened, she forgot. Poor girl. My heart breaks for each of those kids when that happens. First it was Paige, then Chloe, then Nia, now Chloe again. I am actually surprised they don’t forget more often. But I was just proud of Chloe that she tried to cover it up, kept going and finished the dance. That’s improvement in my eyes from last time, so great! Besides, I always tell her: it’s a dance. Is anything really going to change in your life because you forgot a dance? Are you still a great kid? Do you still have people who love you? Are you still healthy? Then there is really not much to cry over. Let’s move on.
And we will move on to next week. I hope you all are ready. I’m not sure if anything can prepare you for what’s coming….
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