There is comedy, tears and a lacking amount of tongue pops throughout Netflix's Dancing Queen, which premiered on October 5, 2018.
This series is about Justin Johnson as he runs Beyond Belief Dance Company in Mesquite, Texas, while also being famous drag queen Alyssa Edwards. Fans of RuPaul's Drag Race will remember Edwards for her dance moves, beef with Coco Montrese, back rolls and tongue pops in season five. Imagine Lifetime's Dance Moms combined with a reality show - work drama mixed with personal drama and side interviews with him as Johnson and Edwards.
The students - the majority being girls - range in age, technique and time at the dance company, but they all live and breathe dance. Johnson favors some, but is tough on everyone because that's how they truly make it in the industry. The pressure is on when Johnson decides to create an elite traveling team to compete nationally. While he needs all the help he can get, the majority of the mothers don't like the choreographer Marcella because she is too hard on the younger kids, so she decides to quit. As the show goes on, trophies are won as a group and individually, but other are lost.
Johnson's personal life could be relatable - failed dates, buying a house and dealing with family issues. Personally, it was too relatable and painful seeing him at his mother’s grave. There are emotional talks as he tries to reconnect with his three sisters or drives to his childhood home. On a lighter note, his drag daughters Laganja Estranja and Shangela Laquifa Wadley make appearances. Luckily, Laganja acts more mild than she did in season six.
Who doesn't love an entertaining show ending on a cliffhanger, right? Wrong. Johnson decides to do auditions for the final few spots of the now decreased elite traveling dance team. It's also unclear if Marcella will return to the company. There better be a season two because Netflix definitely set it up that way by leaving it on such a big decision. One positive part of the ending was that Johnson has a stronger bond with his sisters, and two came to his big one-woman drag show.