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Dance Moms' Abby Lee

"Dance Moms" review by Suzanne
Airs Tuesdays at 9 PM ET/PT on Lifetime

This is a horrible show about terrible people. They should all be put in jail and have their kids taken away.

Dance Moms is about this dance studio in Pittsburgh where they train little girls to dance in competitions (and for a future in dance, presumably). The woman who runs the studio, Abby, is like a drill instructor. She works the kids hard and says horrible things to them.

The mothers are even worse. They are like every bad stage mother you've ever seen. All of these people are awful. This is the kind of show that makes you want to take a shower afterwards.

I'm all for the arts, but these little girls are being treated badly, and I don't know if they really want to be there. They sure do cry a lot, but some of that may be encouraged for the camera. It's hard to know with a reality show, since so much of it is faked.

It certainly doesn't help that the woman in charge of the dance studio, Abby, is a big fat woman that barks everything. The little girls are like the ones that compete in beauty pageants. They wear lots of makeup with their costumes. These are young girls, probably of around 8 or 9. You don't really see much dancing. You see more yelling than anything.

When they do show the dancing, it's fun and entertaining, but it's just not enough to make up for the rest of the show.

I don't like reality shows, so you can take this review for what it's worth. I especially don't like the kind that exploit people, and this one reeks of that type of exploitation. If you like really trashy TV, you will probably like this one.

Update: I have seen the season finale. It's pretty much the same as what I said above.

More info, sent by Lifetime:

We're working on behalf of Lifetime in support of the new series, DANCE MOMS, which follows devoted dance instructor, Abby Lee Miller as she works together with over-the-top mothers who go to great lengths to help their children's dance dreams come true.

DANCE MOMS will pose the tough questions many ask about what really goes on behind the scenes and I think your readers will enjoy discovering how talented these young girls really are! The show kicked off with its premiere last Wednesday...
Here are some additional links that you should also find helpful, including a link to the full version of the premiere episode:
Official Website Facebook Twitter  Watch the premiere episode online
Tune-in to new episodes of DANCE MOMS at 10/9c on Lifetime

UPDATE: The show returns January 10th. I still think it's a terrible show. Maybe even worse. I don't know why parents are allowed to put their kids on TV and then have them abused and humiliated.

A lot of people say that reality shows are not real and that they are completely fake. I really hope that is the case with this show and that everyone is "in on it". Because then that means these poor kids are not really being yelled at and embarrassed publicly. It means these moms and the woman Abby are not really as mean as they seem.

One poor girl gets yelled at by Abby because her mom couldn't make it to rehesrsal - she had to work. Now, how is that the poor girl's fault?  Then, later, her mom and Abby get into a shouting match.  There's a lot of shouting, fighting, and back-stabbing.  The only good parts are watching the girls dance.

I just hope they don't all end up in therapy...

The episode I reviewed is "Everyone's Replaceable", in which the departure of Cathy and Vivi-Anne creates an opportunity for Abby to change the make up of her dance group with a big open audition.  Holly's busy career schedule forces her to miss Nia's rehearsals and competitions, which Abby sees as a lack of Dance Mom dedication. Abby also has to come to terms with Chloe's growing success.


Last Summer’s Most Talked about Series Returns for Second Season

LOS ANGELES, CA (December 5, 2011) – Ever since it wrapped its hit first season shrouded in sequins, costumes and fiery catfights, die-hard fans have been clamoring for more of Lifetime’s fast-rising docu-series Dance Moms . Last summer’s most talked about show, featuring infamous dance instructor Abby Lee Miller, her world-class students and their mothers, Dance Moms will take its long-awaited leap back into the world of competitive dance – this season alongside several new faces -- on Tuesday, January 10, 2012, at 9:00pm PT/ET. Dance Moms will debut prior to the premiere of Lifetime’s new fashion competition series 24 Hour Catwalk, hosted by global style icon Alexa Chung.

Once again set in Pittsburgh’s renowned Abby Lee Dance Company, owned and operated by the notoriously demanding and passionate Miller, Dance Moms follows children’s early steps on the road to stardom and their doting mothers who are there for every rehearsal, performance and bow…all under Miller’s discerning eyes. Presenting a powerful cast of characters that has inspired water-cooler talk across the country, the show immerses itself in the highs and lows surrounding dance competition season, delivering a captivating and dramatic look at the cast’s intense pursuit of National Dance titles. Centered on the devoted Miller, who runs her school with an iron tap shoe as she instructs her young, talented students while also dealing with impassioned mothers who go to great lengths to help their children’s dreams come true, Dance Moms will continue to pose the tough questions many people have been asking since the show’s launch about what really goes on behind-the-scenes in the fast-growing and controversial sport of competitive dance.

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