By Briana Williams–
The Louisville Ladybirds are known for their spirit, iconic dances and their array of national titles. But recently, they’ve been in the spotlight for something else: their reality show, “So Sharp.”
“So Sharp” follows the Ladybirds from earlier this year during the months leading up to their National Cheerleading Association Championship performances. The show focuses on a few members (mostly Ladybird veterans), the head coach, Todd Sharp, and the weekly routines he creates that prep them for Nationals.
Perhaps the greatest center of drama in every episode is seeing who will make it in the weekly routines and, more importantly, who will take the coveted center spot.
When dancing isn’t highlighted, viewers are shown Sharp’s life outside of dancing and his journey to get in better shape. When he’s not yelling at the girls for missing a Bronco or stepping out of line, he has a soft side that reminds viewers he’s actually a nice guy.
While Sharp’s coaching is also highlighted from episode to episode, what really captures the audience is his obvious passion for the sport. As the winningest coach in college dance history, he thrives on the challenge of creating new dances that push the Ladybirds to be the best.
It’s that passion and his love for the Ladybirds that makes “So Sharp” fun to watch. Yes the drama is good too, but seeing the Ladybirds bleed, sweat and cry for a sport they love is perhaps the best part of the series. It’s also interesting seeing notable Louisville sites like Waterfront Park and the KFC Yum! Center on something other than the news.
The show could easily be compared to the notorious “Dance Moms,” but “So Sharp” has an extra flair that pushes Abby Lee Miller’s iconic series out of the water.
Like any good reality show, “So Sharp” has its fair share of drama, mostly between the Ladybirds themselves, but the show does its job of keeping viewers entertained. While it may not reach the heights of reality shows like “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” or “The Bachelorette,” it does satisfy one’s need for a good guilty pleasure.
“So Sharp” airs on Lifetime on Tuesdays at 10 p.m.
Photo by Karen Nguyen/ The Louisville Cardinal