After months of preparing for the 2014 nationals, the Abby Lee Dance Company is headed to Los Angeles to attend In10sity Dance L.A. Nationals Invitational on next Tuesday’s episode of “Dance Moms.” “The time has finally come for nationals,” coach Abby Lee Miller tells her students in a promo for part one of the Season 4 finale “Hollywood, Here We Come.” “I’ve narrowed it down to three soloists.”
So who will be performing a solo routine in the hit Lifetime series finale? Despite Miller’s favoritism toward dancer Maddie Ziegler, the 11-year-old powerhouse and Sia “Chandelier” music video star will not compete. “Maddie, I am telling you right here and now, you’re not doing a solo,” says Miller. Miller’s statement comes just one week after she told Maddie her work commitments may prevent her from participating. Ensemble member Kamryn Beck, 14, is the only dancer from Miller’s new team to be granted a solo. Elite students Chloe Lukasiak, 13, and Kendall Vertes, 11, will also reportedly perform.
Despite Maddie, Nia Frazier, 13, and Mackenzie Ziegler, 10, not earning a solo, the girls will still join their teammates in a group routine. Miller’s ensemble group will also reportedly compete.
Before the ALDC goes head-to-head on the nationals stage against their longtime rivals the Candy Apples, the studios will compete in a dance battle on the streets of Los Angeles. “Oh, Abby, come out and play,” Candy Apples coach Cathy Nesbitt-Stein can be heard taunting Miller before the dance-off. "Cathy, if you want a dance-off, bring it on!” says Miller. (See a sneak peek of the dance battle here.)
The episode proves victorious for fan-favorite dancer Chloe. Despite suffering from a foot injury in last week’s episode, one “Dance Moms” spoiler site is reporting that the teen walked away with the ALDC’s highest-scoring solo at nationals in Calabasas, California, July 5. Chloe’s contemporary number “Soaring” reportedly placed fifth in the teen division and sixth overall. Her longtime rival, Kamryn, placed seventh overall for her contemporary solo "This Is the Start." Kendall reportedly came in ninth with her jazz number “My Name in Lights.” Miller's former student, Ava Cota, 12, who competed as an independent, placed 1oth overall for her lyrical dance “Sweet Revenge.”
Unlike the ALDC’s soloists, who were unable to bring home a first-place win, the studio’s group numbers were reportedly a success. After facing several losses against Miller’s ensemble team, the elite team managed a first-place overall win for their open number “Amber Alert." The ensemble team, which consisted of Sarah Reasons, Jade Cloud, Tea’ Hunt and Kamryn, placed second overall with the contemporary dance “Hollywood Stars.” Unfortunately for the Candy Apples, their tribute to Maddie with their dance entitled “Chandelier" only placed fifth.
“Dance Moms” airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. EDT on Lifetime.