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  • Dance Academy: Crime and Crushes

    Posted on 04/05/2012 by Lisa

    Did you watch this week's episodes? Things got a little sketchy for some of the dancers... and a little romantic for others. Let's discuss:

    Yesterday, on "Through the Looking Glass," we got a peek into Christian's past when his friend Aaron visited and revealed that Christian had been involved in robbing a gas station (ahem, "petrol station"). Is it just me or does Aaron have a bit of a Heath Ledger thing happening?

    Meanwhile, the last person I expected criminal behavior from was Abigail... but yet there she was, shoplifting from a nice old lady's store. The National Academy of Dance seems like an insanely stressful place to go to school -- especially for someone like Abigail who's so focused on perfection. I'm worried about her.

    On tonight's episode, "One Perfect Day," I was reminded of how glad I am that I'm not in ballet school. Miss Raine (played by Tara Morice, who starred in the movie Strictly Ballroom) says such mean stuff to her students, I can't even handle it. I feel like her teaching style is more intimidating than helpful.

    I totally understand why Abigail is struggling to cope with the pressure, but it hurt to see her taking it out on Paige. Watching Abigail's little sister give her a talk about self-esteem was heartbreaking, especially the line, "Only you hate you."

    Random question: When Sammy put his old pointe shoes in the harbor for their "funeral," was I the only person thinking "That's litter!" ? I probably was, but seriously... there's enough trash in the ocean! Couldn't he have tossed them in a dumpster instead?

    Of course I have to mention that moment at the end of the episode when Tara got what she's been after forever: a kiss from Ethan. I'm not a huge fan of Ethan's character (for exactly the reasons his mentor described), but I was happy for Tara in that moment. Also, that dance she did just before the kiss? Amazing.

    What did you think of these episodes?


  • Dance Academy: "Growing Pains" and "Heartbeat"

    Posted on 03/29/2012 by Lisa

    What did you think of Sammy's shopping trip, the rumor about Tara and "Damo," Abigail's body issues, Kat's music video, and the competition between Christian and Ethan? Let's discuss.

    Kat and Sammy

    I felt like Wednesday's Dance Academy episode, "Growing Pains," could've been subtitled "the embarrassing moment episode" because there were soooo many embarrassing moments.

    Which "Growing Pains" moment did you think was the MOST embarrassing? I'll give you a selection:

    *Ethan telling Tara "You're like my other little sister." (OUCH.)
    *Sammy getting a wedgie in class.
    *Christian getting assigned to take Sammy shopping for a dance belt (btw, if you don't know what one is, it's basically the dance equivalent of a jockstrap. I had to google it, haha.)
    *Tara's attempt to cover her giant zit with her hand as she walked around school.
    *Tara getting yelled at by Miss Raine in front of her entire pointe class for wearing too much makeup.
    *Abigail getting yelled at by Miss Raine in front of her entire pointe class for wearing a sweater.
    *Abigail's awkward conversation with Kat about how it sucks to grow breasts if you want to be a ballerina.
    *Tara getting in trouble for the rumor that she's dating Damian (even though she didn't start it).
    *Tara getting yelled at by Damian for almost ruining his career.
    *The moment where I had to google "dance belt." (That wasn't shown in the episode, but it happened around the same time.)

    Overall, I thought the worst moments to watch were the ones that involved Tara trying way too hard to cover up the zit. I kept saying, "You're making things worse! Leave it alone!"

    I secretly liked Abigail's awkward conversation with Kat, because it was so rare to see those two characters share a moment. I hope at some point the show does a flashback so we find out how their former best-friendship fell apart. (It's not hard to imagine, since they're very different people, but I want details!)

    Ethan and Christian

    Tonight's episode, "Heartbeat," focused on Kat, Christian, and Ethan.

    How did you feel about the Kat storyline? It felt somewhat possible to me that if a cute dancer uploaded a video of herself making fun of a pop song, the original performer might see it and want to meet her... but would a guy like Myles Kelly really let her change the costumes and choreography on his music video? That felt like a bit of a stretch to me. And besides, I want Kat to have a love interest who isn't a celebrity. I want her to fall for a really nice down-to-earth guy who won't hurt her.

    On the other hand, the competition between Ethan and Christian felt very realistic. It was so hard to watch Christian get picked for that role, knowing how much Ethan wanted it... but it was also hard to watch Christian throw that opportunity away. Do you think Ethan will ever find out the truth? (I really hope not. I don't think he'd take it well.)

    More Dance Academy is coming... tune in next Wed. and Thurs. at 7:30pm et!


  • Dance Academy: Dancewear

    Posted on 03/29/2012 by Lisa

    I was looking through the photos that go with this week's Dance Academy episodes, and I realized that two of them have something silly in common. Usually the episode photos include lots of beautiful dancing shots but this week, I also found these:

    In this picture from "Growing Pains," Sammy is holding up a dance belt, even though he reaally-eally doesn't want to buy one. (Christian looks so happy to be there, doesn't he?

    Sammy holding up a dance belt.

    In this pic from "Heartbeat" (which airs tonight at 7:30pm et), Kat reacts to the short shorts she's expected to wear to dance in a music video.

    Kat and some short shorts.

    I guess life as a dancer isn't always pretty?


  • How cute is this "Half-Hearted 'Til I'm with You" pic?

    Posted on 03/07/2012 by Lisa

    We posted a bunch of sneak peek pics from "Can't Tell Me Nothing, pt. 2," but this one is my favorite, without a doubt.

    Tristan and Tori sing Half-Hearted 'Til I'm with You

    I love Tristan and Tori, and I love their "half-hearted" pose. I also love that Tori wears capri-length khakis. Even in dress code, she's the definition of adorbs!


  • Who wants more pics from Degrassi: Nowhere to Run?

    Posted on 11/15/2011 by Lisa

    You guys seemed pretty psyched about the Degrassi pictures I posted last week, so here are a few more...

    Degrassi: Nowhere to Run. Marisol at the cabin.
    THIS is how Marisol dresses to hang out in the woods? I hope she's wearing bug spray.

    Degrassi: Nowhere to Run. Alli at the cabin.
    At least Alli brought an air mattress. (Is every air mattress ever made that army green color? I'd rather have a pink one.)

    Degrassi: Nowhere to Run. Katie and Drew at the cabin.
    I'm proud of Katie for wearing mismatched clothes and her hair in braids. This is how you dress for the woods, Marisol!

    Degrassi: Nowhere to Run. Jake at the cabin.
    If this were a horror movie, that cooler would be full of body parts!!! Just sayin'.

    What are you doing on Friday? Because I heard there's a party going on at Jake's cabin... Degrassi: Nowhere to Run. TeenNick. Friday. 9pm et.

    p.s. Have you seen this Nowhere to Run flipbook? It's got even MORE photos!


  • Pictures from Degrassi: Nowhere to Run!

    Posted on 11/11/2011 by Lisa

    Sometimes for work, I have to look through lots of pictures and pick out the cutest ones.

    I found some VERY cute pictures of Aislinn Paul (Clare), Luke Bilyk (Drew), Alicia Josipovic (Bianca) and Munro Chambers (Eli) on the set of Nowhere to Run. Here they are, nice and big.

    Degrassi: Nowhere to Run. Clare at the cabin.
    If Clare's mom marries the cabin's owner, does that mean Clare and the cabin can't date?

    Degrassi: Nowhere to Run. Drew at the cabin.
    Drew looks happy to be at the cabin... at least while it's light out.

    Degrassi: Nowhere to Run. Bianca at the cabin.
    If I had a cabin, I would totally let Bianca visit. (I bet she could protect me from the bears.)

    Degrassi: Nowhere to Run. Eli at the cabin.
    When you're in the country, it's important to always have a farm animal on your shirt. Right, Eli?

    See all that cuteness in action next Friday! Degrassi: Nowhere to Run is coming to TeenNick, Friday, Nov. 18 at 9pm et.


  • Congratulations, Degrassi Class of 2011!

    Posted on 08/30/2011 by Lisa

    Want to see some pictures from Degrassi's graduation? Here you go. (Possible visual spoilers if you haven't seen "Take a Bow, Pt. 2" yet.)

    Holly J, you've come so far.
    Holly J, you've come so far.

    Anya and Riley, please stay friends forever.
    Anya and Riley, please stay friends forever.

    Anya, Chantay, and Holly J -- thanks for the memories and the handprints.
    Anya, Chantay, and Holly J -- thanks for the memories and the handprints.

    Zane, it's so sad to see you go.
    Zane, it's so sad to see you go.

    Sav, Chantay, and Holly J, please come back and visit!
    Sav, Chantay, and Holly J, please come back and visit!

    *tears up*
    I love this pic. Thank you ALL for everything you brought to Degrassi. *tears up*

  • A Tribute to Ziley

    Posted on 07/28/2011 by Lisa


    Don't read any further unless you've already seen "Dirt Off Your Shoulder, Pt. 2."

    I sometimes take notes as I watch Degrassi to keep track of the things I want to write about, and the main note from tonight's ep (aside from a few things about Eli and Imogen) was the word ZILEY written in giant letters. Giant sad letters.

    I can't bring myself to rewatch that scene at the Dot. I'm tearing up just thinking about it. Ziley (or Rane, whatever you want to call them) are one of my all-time favorite Degrassi couples. I'm still using the present tense, because I'm not ready to accept that they're over. ...and now I'm tearing up as I type. Seriously. I'm a sad little blogger tonight, so instead of writing a thoughtful post about the whole episode, I'm going to post a bunch of pictures of Ziley in happier times.

    Zane (aww, look at his messy hair) and Riley.

    Panthers. :)

    Ziley kiss!

    Ziley makes me sigh-ly.

    Zane and Riley in suits... because they *suit* each other.

    Think they'll ever reunite? (Just tell me yes. I'm crying here.)


  • Happy 4th. Two More Weeks 'Til Degrassi...

    Posted on 07/04/2011 by Mary

    Happy 4th of July...

    Two more weeks 'til new Degrassi.

    Dave from Degrassi, lighting up the night.


  • Degrassi: Behind the Fireworks

    Posted on 06/10/2011 by Mary

    We have a new Ryan this summer (everyone should have a Ryan -- they're very good to have around) and he took some of the behind-the-scenes footage from the Degrassi: Now or Never teaser shoot (aka: the fireworks promo) and put this together for you.

    Wasn't that thoughtful of him?

    I like it. Particularly watching Munro, Jahmil, and Ray doing their little bonfire dance.

    Oh, summer. I hope you have lots of bonfires in you this year, because I want to set off bottle rockets with my friends and feel nice nice like in the video.

    Behind the scenes at the Degrassi fireworks promo shoot
    Behind the scenes at the Degrassi fireworks promo shoot