Reality Check: 'Dance Moms' picks up pace with bodyguard, jazz number

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Well, things haven't changed very much.

It's been a while since checking in on Lifetime's "Dance Moms," where interesting developments included Candy Apples owner Cathy Nesbitt-Stein hiring bodyguards to protect her from the show's star, Abby Lee Miller.

This week, an old friend of Ms. Miller's drops by and choreographs a very saucy Fosse group number. Toes in, tip the hat, jazz hands up!

Pittsburgh native Rachelle Rak is a Broadway veteran touring with "Flashdance." But when she was in town with the show around New Year's, Ms. Rak dropped by the dance school in Penn Hills.

She looked fabulous. The girls of the ALDC weren't quite as shiny, but their number, "Gold Digga," was good for first place at a competition in Michigan.

We also learned this week that Dance Mom Melissa Gisoni finally got married. So there was a bit of Moms-y bickering about that. But it was a Candy Apple-free episode, so fans of the rival Ohio team will no doubt be thrilled that next Tuesday promises their return.

Also in reality TV ...

• Toy engineer Chris Hardouin, a Carnegie Mellon University graduate, and teammate Diana Yang advanced to the semifinals of Syfy's "Robot Combat League" (Tuesdays).

Despite an almost 100-pound weight disadvantage against A.X.E., their robot, Scorpio, literally broke the competitor in half.

• For a town with a former blue collar reputation, Pittsburgh is now the setting for a white-collar reality competition.

Authentic Entertainment, a production company whose credits include "Ace of Cakes," "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," "Auction Kings" and "Best Thing I Ever Ate," has put out this casting call:

"Are you bored at your job? Have a competitive co-worker or boss that you feel needs to be put in their place? Want a challenge? Then this show is for you! Our show 'White Collar Brawler' is now casting men 18-55 that are willing to take on a two-month challenge with their co-worker that includes new diet, new workout regimen, and a whole new way of thinking. At the end of the training period, you'll step into the ring and box it out to see who truly is the best 'White Collar Brawler.'" Please submit name, age, city and story to

• Fox Chapel's Lani Lazzari, 18, was scheduled to appear on Friday's episode of ABC's "Shark Tank." The Ellis School graduate has worked on her skin-care line of scrubs, Simple Sugars, since she was 11.

ABC will hold open casting calls for Season 5 of "Shark Tank" at five locations in April and May. Beginning with The Fox Theater in Atlanta (April 14), auditions are in Dallas (April 20), Chicago (May 9), Philadelphia (May 11) and North Hollywood (May 24).

In a nice touch, the Chicago tryouts are scheduled to be held at the very cool Shedd Aquarium, where they do indeed have real shark tanks. For more information, go to


Maria Sciullo: or 412-263-1478 or @MariaSciulloPG. First Published March 30, 2013 4:00 AM


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