Pyramid Games (My Season 4, Episode 1 Recap)
It's a new season for the Abby Lee Dance Company and as usual, there’s no shortage of drama or tension. We caught up with Holly and asked her a few questions about the first episode. Here’s what she had to say:
1. During the pyramid, Nia was originally placed on the bottom row. What was your initial reaction?
Disbelief! When Abby unveiled the pyramid I was shocked to see that Abby placed Nia at the bottom of the pyramid. Nia’s strong performance at Nationals and her dedication during the summer classes should have been enough to place her higher on the pyramid. Nia demonstrated her commitment to the team by continuing to make dance a priority after Nationals. Nia’s hard work definitely paid off as others noticed her progress and maturity as a dancer. Although it was terrific that teachers, guest choreographers and students noticed Nia’s promise and training, I wanted Abby to acknowledge Nia's evolution too. I think higher placement on the pyramid would have shown that Abby finally did.
2. How did you feel when Abby switched Nia with Kendall and she was higher up?
I do not think it was right to swap pyramid photos after they were revealed in front of the kids. I would not want that done to my child so even if I disagree with Abby’s initial decision I would not want anyone to treat my child that way. I think the way Abby handled the situation was humiliating and awkward.
3. Jill kept complaining that Kendall should have had the solo instead of Nia – did that make you angry?
Regardless of what Jill thinks, Nia earned the solo this week. It is disappointing that the entire team did not rally behind Nia when her accomplishments were being celebrated. Nia worked hard over the summer and her attitude, technique and training reflect her efforts and discipline. Jill’s complaining about Kendall not having a solo was unfair and illogical. I think Jill's behavior speaks for itself. Yet, I am always surprised by Jill’s sense of entitlement. I did not expect that Nia would be given a solo this week so it was a pleasant surprise to see Nia rewarded for her diligence and performance over the last several weeks. Abby has begun to take notice of Nia and this solo was not just about a dance competition, it was a sign of Abby’s affirmation of Nia’s strength as a dancer. Nia needs to embrace her talents and push her self-doubts aside. She is not the same dancer as season one and her steady progression reflects her passion and dedication for her craft. Nia has worked hard to achieve her goals and I will continue to support and advocate for her. I have made a conscience decision to be more vocal in ensuring Nia gets the opportunities and recognition she has earned and she will continue to work diligently.
4. How did you feel when Nia performed at the competition? Do you think she got nervous or did she nail it?
Nia’s performance at the first competition of the season was fabulous!! I think she nailed it!! Nia was wonderful and I think despite not placing in the top 5, I still believe that this will be Nia’s year. Although a top score would be fulfilling, Nia’s growth as a dancer is not hinged to a title, crown, or placement. She continues to evolve as a performer and her growth is robust and steady. Nia is maturing as a dancer and she is definitely coming into her own. I firmly believe that this is Nia’s year. I see Nia emerging as a leader in the group numbers and this will boost her confidence despite Abby’s continuous declarations about auditions and replacing the team. Given the pressure of hearing Abby’s replacement tirade, I hope all of the elite team members can maintain their composure and focus so they can perform at their optimal best. The girls are definitely feeling the pressure and the need to redeem themselves after the disappointing loss of coming in third place. No one could have imagined that as National champions we would face a loss and open auditions the first week of the season.
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