"I Hate 'Dance Moms,' But I Can't Stop Watching!" Sound Familiar?

The former start of the popular show, Abby Miller. Photo by Matthew Murphy

As another season of the popular show "Dance Moms" just wrapped, many are left wondering, "How is this still a show?" The switch from Abby Miller, now behind bars, (wonder if she's able to watch from her new home?) to ballroom's sweetheart Cheryl Burke, to the cat-fighting between moms and daughters, clawing their way through competition life, makes the "reality" show feel like an endless stream of sequined drama! OK, I get it! Sort of.

Despite all the theatrics, the show does raise some interesting questions for teachers and the dancers they train. Especially when it comes to appropriate costumes and choreography.

For example, this recent competition performance sparked a debate on the show's official Facebook page. Watch and see below.

Not everyone was pleased with the performance...

While others had no problem with it...

This commenter took a more zen approach...

And some just miss the way things were...

Allie Burke, courtesy Lo Cascio

If you'd hear it on the radio, you won't hear it in Anthony Lo Cascio's tap classes.

"If I play a song that my kids know, I'm kind of disappointed in myself," he says. "I either want to be on the cutting edge or playing the classics."

He finds that most of today's trendy tracks lack the depth needed for tap, and that there's a disconnect between kids and popular music. "They have trouble finding the beat compared to older genres," he says.

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Courtesy Lovely Leaps

After the birth of her daughter in 2018, engineer Lisa McCabe had reservations about returning to the workforce full-time. And while she wanted to stay home with the new baby, she wasn't ready to stop contributing financially to her family (after all, she'd had a successful career designing cables for government drones). So, when she got a call that September from an area preschool to lead its dance program, she saw an opportunity.

The invitation to teach wasn't completely out of the blue. McCabe had grown up dancing in Southern California and had a great reputation from serving as her church's dance teacher and team coach the previous three years (stopping only to take a break as a new mother). She agreed to teach ballet and jazz at the preschool on Fridays and from there created an age-appropriate class based on her own training in the Cecchetti and RAD methods. It was a success: In three months, class enrollment went from six to 24 students, and just one year later, McCabe's blossoming Lovely Leaps brand had contracts with eight preschools and three additional teachers.

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Courtesy Shake the Ground

Dance competitions were among the first events to be shut down when the COVID-19 pandemic exploded in the U.S. in mid-March, and they've been among the last able to restart.

So much of the traditional structure of the competition—large groups of dancers and parents from dozens of different studios; a new city every week—simply won't work in our new pandemic world.

How, then, have competitions been getting by, and what does the future look like?

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