‘Dance Moms’ Season 5 Recap: No More Solos for Nia Frazier
“Dance Moms” Season 5 Episode 11 “Nia’s Last Chance” aired on Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. on Lifetime. The episode kicks off with Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) gathering for the performance pyramid. Read on to know why Holly Frazier seems distracted.
Holly admits to feeling lost in the team, especially since Melissa Ziegler and Jill Vertes never protected her from Abby Lee Miller. After Abby congratulated the team from the previous competition, Holly tells her that lyrical is not good enough for the real world because it is too safe. Abby shoots back and says that Nia Frazier is not good at lyrical.
Abby proceeds to her plans on JoJo Siwa. She lets the group judge why JoJo should or should not be part of ALDC. Mackenzie Ziegler describes JoJo as crazy and loud but is actually kind and determined. Her sister, Maddie, says the same thing. Interestingly, Kalani Hilliker shares that JoJo lip syncs in her performances. JoJo accepts the constructive criticisms by heart. Abby tells her that she is a good performer and gives her a team jacket. She hugs JoJo and makes it clear that it is for the whole season, not forever. Jessalynn Siwa is one proud mama and promises to make no drama, no trouble and no lawsuits.
Abby seems to be in a good mood when she told everybody that none of the girls is at the bottom. However, she still chooses Maddie as the topmost performer for winning the overall solo competition. Jill suddenly makes a face.
About the upcoming competition, Abby explains that they are heading to Philadelphia for the New York Talent Experience. She promises a challenging contest because of their rivals from New York schools. She says that live criticisms will be made like in talent competitions on television.
Abby proceeds to the assignment of roles and routines. She explains that there will be three solo routines and one group performance. “Decadent Darlings” is the group’s non-lyrical musical piece back in the 20s. For the solos, Maddie performs “Mannequin,” Kendall dances with a huge steamer trunk and Nia goes with “The Color Purple.” Abby warns Nia that it is her last chance to be an option in the solo category if she loses.
It is no surprise that Holly makes a violent reaction. She cannot handle the pressure for Nia and demands support from Abby. While the dance moms are talking, she continues her rant on Melissa and Jill. She insists that she is always right. She starts to consider Jessalynn and Kira Girard her closest pals now. Jessalynn calls out Melissa to be so “braggy” and criticizes Kendall with her lack of attitude. Kira starts to describe herself, Holly and Jessalynn as “the three musketeers.” Jill bursts Holly’s bubble when she claimed that Jessalynn stayed with Holly at MattyB’s film shoot for JoJo, not her.
After Abby talked trash about Holly in front of Nia, Nia goes out to tell her mother about the talk. She emphasizes that Abby called Holly “a murderer.” Holly comforts her daughter and says that they can find another dance studio. Nia prefers to stay with ALDC. Holly has no choice but to tell Nia to put all of her emotions on the dance.
At last, it is the day of the competition. Abby is excited about the live critique to teach the girls a lesson. After Nia’s solo, the judges like it except the tiny bit about the routine being “fleeting.” In Maddie’s performance, the judges agree that her supporting leg always bends. A judge even talks about how tense Maddie’s face is during turns. Abby cannot accept the criticisms about Maddie while Jill is excited about it. Kendall is told by the judges that her dance lacks emotions. For the group performance, a judge comments that their dance has a lot of jumps and tricks, which starts to get predictable.
The most worrisome part of the awarding ceremony is that only the top five will be called. Unsurprisingly, Maddie wins first place in the solo competition. Bad news for Kendall and Nia (especially) because they did not win any awards. Holly believes that Kendall will still get solos, which is unfair for her. For the worst part, ALDC only places third for the group competition (oh, no!). Jill blames Holly for her negativity (blame game, indeed).
However, Abby blames all the moms for insisting non-lyrical routines. She gets furious, promising lyrical routines all the way and cutting Nia out of the solos. Jill opens up about the new trio of moms in the team. Abby ignores her sentiment and blames all of the moms for the team’s problems. Holly tells her about the murderer comment and walks out.
There you have it for the recap on “Dance Moms” Season 5 Episode 11 “Nia’s Last Chance” aired on Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. on Lifetime. Catch the next episode on March 24. For more updates about this show, including spoilers and recaps, follow Movie News Guide (MNG) and like our Facebook page What Movie is this.
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