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Evolution more so than competing because the Dolls don’t compete because the brand speaks for itself.  The most consistent brands evolve but still keep their foundation.  The goal is to be fresh, not unrecognizable.  Take McDonalds for example.  The Golden Arches of today  don’t look like the Golden Arches of the fifties, however it is  no mistaking the brand,  although the brand symbol has evolved.  I want to see the Dolls go from “we don’t compete and we are unbothered about you” to “we don’t compete and here is why we don’t....because we are so far and above other dance lines we don’t have to; you can’t compete where you don’t compare” vibe.  You do that by performing, not just pretty execution. 

Bee4Bands said:

So, evolution and ability to compete is definitely a part of the problem too?

You’re right the Stings are THAT team this year and I haven’t been disappointed with KG and the Settes. PV is also growing on me or probably just Cassandra. I’m thinking it has a lot to do with growing the brand to match the needs of 2019 than anything. Dolls can always keep their style and I APPRECIATE THEM for being as technical, clean and precise as they are. But, is there a way to incorporate this into a more modern, sassier and competitive look?



Sugamama said:

@Bee4Bands: YES. For me I had high expectations due to NTOB. In a general sense, I definitely think that is the case. Doll fans thought that we were going to get something way outside the box due to a milestone year. But we are getting is the standard. That is a great thing, but at the same time bad thing. For 50 years, the Dolls have been beautiful, clean, precise and ladylike. That will never change. But at what point does the brand itself interfere with entertainment value? Let’s tell the truth: The Stingettes are THAT team this year, but they are the Dolls’ D league team. It is nothing wrong with NOT being a battle squad, but you want to give a lesson as to why you are the elite team. You do that through performance. The team executed, but did they perform? Not last night in my opinion. Dolls don’t have brand inconsistency like he rest of the SWAC teams. However, the consistency can read as stagnant if you aren’t careful.

I never like those excuses, because there are plenty of captains that come out swinging. She actually did better at the PWI games. I also agree about Tourist. That arrangement of tourist deserves more than singles! I still think that Dollsvillage account is run by a relative. I don't understand why they don't rebrand that page. It's nothing wrong with being a page that is dedicated to a doll.

SpanishFly said:

"Wait until later in the season"

"This is a PWI game"

"Ain't nobody to battle"

"It's too hot out there to be bussing it"

I see y'all eating y'all words up like a seafood buffet. I been told y'all this about mighty mic and this years squad. I can't even believe I still saw someone say "she holding back for the hard hitting game" WHAT?! The season ends in like 5 weeks. Y'all and dolls village is DELUSIONAL. She is still missing IT. A lot of IT. Tourist was the most bored I ever been on Tourist. The woodwinds was throwing better counts to Tourist than the dolls. SINGLES?! SINGLES!?

@Bee4Bands-I did all of that pontificating and didn’t answer your question:  YES.  And as a matter of fact, it is little subtle things,  such as facial expressions, and execution exaggerations.  For example, the counts where they dip, make the movement back up more dramatic by spreading out the fingers more and slightly elevating the hands off of the thighs so just the fingertips ever so slightly touch the thigh while and tilting the head toward the audience while giving seductive look.   Also bend that knee a little more.  Counts where there are head movements, give just a little more drama with the head movement.  

One more thing: the Settes are TRASH on that field.  Out of all the teams, the GGs are really entertaining and I am not a fan of the style.  However, when they perform togetherness to that African inspired beat I deem the ancestors in that hump! 

Although I was disappointed: don’t get it twisted, the Dolls will forever be THAT team to me. I just want them to get back to that place where they are head and shoulders over every other team instead of teams being on their character heels. 

BLOOP! took the tea out of my cup.

What's happening? said:

Sis this ain't it. All of yall know I'm riding hard for Miss Micah but she disappointed the hell out of me yesterday. When they marched in with that gym attire, I thought they was about to eat since they were so relaxed. When I tell you i was wrong baby was I wrong. Micah did good during Neck, IDGAF, and who shot Johnny. After that it went downhill quickly. We've all heard Tourist since 16, she heard more than us. Why in the hell would she do singles on Tourist? That was the dumbest thing I've seen her do all season. I understand they're trying to get back to classic doll, I'm trying not to bring Dannie up but 16 Dannie who gave classic doll with a hint of flare would not have gotten eaten up like that. She wouldn't have gotten eaten up period. Take Dannie away, look at Seaera a traditional doll she wouldn't have gotten eaten up either. Micah either needs to learn her music or call her Muva up for some damn help. They got dragged by just Nyah, Brianni and Janae by themselves. Brianni ass when she did Asia 16 count glided her ass over there looking like she was ready to pull the dolls wigs. On the positive note: Jada looks better tailing, the crabs look great. Yal betta watch out for Miss Lindsey other than Taneria she had the best singles on Tourist. I'm glad to see the return of the Leg(Miss Taneria). Kaylon is shining in the middle spot. What was IKEA thinking having the girls dressed up like that? Yal can say what you want about DT but we know for a fact those girls would not be wearing that attire to the battle. If they were about to be dressed up so relaxed they should've been on go but no they got dragged by the stings. All I know is if this is what we getting for the rest of the season, homecoming will be the highlight and the current dolls are about to get eaten up by the big sisters especially the 2010 era dolls. Unto this damn fieldshow, they had a two week break and your telling me they did a fieldshow that they had to rechoregraph three times just to get it right during the battle. They could've used a fieldshow from last season something other than that fieldshow. Overall I'm disappointed and I'm keeping the faith that this season will get better. Micah season is touching Kayla Smith season.

buckingANONYMOUS said:

THIS is the 50th? Yall sure? :(

Did this happen last night? I haven’t seen the video, need to do so sometime today. 

Yes! DT may have had alot of drama under her riegn as sponsor but the girls looked better and were more involved then. I know shirley is sitting on some fire ideas, why they’re not being implemented? Guess is as good as mine. Ikea can go so can Taylor.

Love Dance said:

The captain definitely got all of the flak last year too.

P.H. said:

I haven’t watched any of the videos, but what’s interesting to me about the discussion is that Akai receives praise for being borderline overbearing because “she’s in charge of the girls,” but Micah is receiving all of the flak for an underwhelming season. I think the duties and responsibilities of the captain have been significantly reduced under Akai. I wouldn’t be surprised if the gist of Micah’s role is simply throwing counts in the stands, which is still under the discretion of Akai.

Yes. It happened last night! LOL.

TICtoc said:

Did this happen last night? I haven’t seen the video, need to do so sometime today. 

This cracked me up!

TICtoc said:

what video was this? I want to see

Love Dance said:

This cracked me up!

TICtoc said:

SUArchitect didn't make that comparison, I did. He would never say that. LMAO! 

MiamiVice92 said:

This is exactly how I felt. Jordan was practically a shoe-in last year and when that didn’t happen, I was so disappointed that it was hard to appreciate Gabby’s musicality, count selection and grace. Even though I will still maintain that she cemented herself a little too late, Gabby was not a terrible captain at all. Micah at the helm just feels like she could’ve stayed in the back and let Gabby run things. Not everyone is meant to be captain.

I can see why SuArchitect compared Akai to Bridgette too. Even though she’s not as horrific, Akai seems to have too much say in the creativity and direction of the girls and she may be stifling them. I like that she’s been protecting the girls but being overprotective at the expense of allowing the girls to truly shine? That’s not going to work. Guide them but let them be great too!

P.H. said:

We know each captain will get their share of criticisms based on performance. I think most of the flak Gabby received stemmed from a logistical issue concerning the Jordan ordeal. Gabby was just the unfortunate target in the crossfire. The mob of Jordan fanatics needed someone to blame for it. The long and short of it—Gabby’s flak was mostly based in slanted perceptions of fanatics feeling slighted that Jordan was overlooked for captain. People were grieving and mourning that loss rather hard.

D’Tara’s card has been getting pulled since 2014. She’s gotten it more than KP and Stamper. It was made clear, by many posters, they didn’t like her influence on the squad. Specifically, she wasn’t hands-on enough. Yet, here we are with Akai, who’s apparently boss H.B.I.C autonomously runnin’ thangs and nothing gets past her; however, Micah is a dud. Yet, Taylor gave Akai sovereignty. Where are we going???

Love Dance said:

The captain definitely got all of the flak last year too.

P.H. said:

I haven’t watched any of the videos, but what’s interesting to me about the discussion is that Akai receives praise for being borderline overbearing because “she’s in charge of the girls,” but Micah is receiving all of the flak for an underwhelming season. I think the duties and responsibilities of the captain have been significantly reduced under Akai. I wouldn’t be surprised if the gist of Micah’s role is simply throwing counts in the stands, which is still under the discretion of Akai.

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