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Bring It! A Reality Show about Competition
Set in the city of Jackson, Mississippi, Lifetime’s reality hit Bring It, returned this summer for its second season in 2014. This viewer was drawn in earlier this year when the show premiered during the month of March. Initially, I was a bit skeptical about what the show had to offer. Typically not a fan of shows where parents seem to want this life for their children more than the child wants it themselves, I found myself hooked on this show within a few minutes watching.
The Premise of the Show
Each week, the show features the Dancing Dolls, a team of young school age (ages 7-17) girls, preparing for competition with local and regional dance teams of similar dance styles. The dance styles featured each week tends to primarily focus on that of majorette dance with a splash of hip-hop dance style. The dancers generally compete in the categories of creative dance and stand-battle.
Viewers are treated to a glimpse of the trials and tribulations associated with competition.
Dianna "Miss D" Williams
Dianna “Miss D” Williams is the dance instructor and owner of the Dollhouse Dance Factory which opened in 2010. To date, the Factory has more than 75 students enrolled. She comes from a background that is steeped in dance experience. Reportedly she like her students has been a dancer since the age of 4.
Although Miss D's methods might be perceived as brusque towards dancer parents and the Dancing Doll dancers alike, she visibly cares about the success of the girls as well as that of the team as a whole. She pushes them to strive for perfection in preparation for each dance competition and for those who are not prepared or perhaps pose a risk to the overall chances of the team winning, she cuts them prior to the competition.
Camryn, Crystianna, Kayla, Sunjai
Bring It! primarily focuses on four of the Dancing Dolls: Camryn, Crystianna, Kayla, Sunjai
Camryn is perhaps the most versatile of dancers among the girls on the show. Having been a dancer since the age of six, Camryn joined the Dancing Dolls at the age of 10. Camryn has stated many times on the show that it is her dream to own a dance studio.
Crystianna is the youngest of the featured dancers among this group. Thought to be the more timid of the bunch, Crystianna has been a part of the Dancing Dolls since the age of 5 where she actually joined the Factory as a member of the Baby Dancing Dolls. She transitioned to the Dancing Dolls at the age of 9.
Kayla is the team's captain who each week manages to impress this viewer with her bravery to lead a squad of this size through stand-battle competitions. Kayla joined the Dancing Dolls in 2008. She has stated more than once on the show that it is her dream to be accepted into a dance program at a college/university and to perhaps one day own a studio like Miss D.
Sunjai is perhaps the dancer viewers probably root for most. Although she has been dancing since the age of 5, she is depicted on the show as an underdog who until recently had managed to be cut from stand-battle every week.
The Mothers of the Dancing Dolls
The parents of these four featured dancers are perhaps one of the more entertaining aspects of the show. Miss D does not permit parents inside of her studio as she feels they can prove to be a distraction to the girls and the practice sessions, so they are relegated to watching from outside of the studio windows, no matter the weather conditions.
They are an eclectic bunch but one thing they have in common is the desire to see their daughters succeed.
On those occasions in which the competition includes the parents of the dancers, Miss D will invite the parents of the Dancing Dolls to participate in the parent dance/creative category of the competition.
In summary, if you're looking for something different in the way of reality dance competition shows, check out Lifetime's Bring It!
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