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While training with Abby Lee Miller in Pittsburgh, Rachel Kreiling underestimated the studio's requirement of enrolling in every class. The versatile curriculum (tap, ballet, hip hop, modern, acro, lyrical and jazz) paired with Miller's unconventional teaching style, since showcased on "Dance Moms," greatly impacted Kreiling's own style and relationship to music. "Abby would play the music and choreograph within the phrasing, but rarely to actual counts," she says. This resulted in a huge positive learning component. "I had to learn musicality myself," says Kreiling, who left the studio at age 18 after graduating, more than a decade before the Lifetime network show aired. "And studying every style became instrumental in my attachment to music," she adds. "I'm always seeking out new genres and diverse songs." After a performing career that included a Broadway-style revue at Tokyo Disney, Revolution (a tap tour with Mike Schulster), and dancing with Alison Chase/Performance and in a Rasta Thomas contemporary ballet, Kreiling began assisting Suzi Taylor at Steps on Broadway in New York City. In 2007, Kreiling, who describes her class as extremely athletic and technical, became full-time NYCDA faculty.

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Q: I have an amazing group of polite and dedicated dancers, but their moms are constantly at each other's throats. What's worse, they spend all of their time at the studio, stirring the pot. It really changes the mood here. What can I do to stop this?

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via @therealabbylee on Instagram

The year 2019 is already off to a dramatic start for dance fans, thanks to Abby Lee Miller's latest announcement. The infamously tough dance coach just let the world know that she'll begin filming Season 8 of the hit reality series "Dance Moms" at the end of January.

Her return to the show will come as a surprise to many, because Miller's been dealing with a myriad of personal challenges since quitting in 2017. Even though her battle with cancer is ongoing, it sounds like she's ready to dive back into the world of reality TV.

We're most curious to meet the next crop of talented dancers Miller will coach. The original "Dance Moms" cast members have distanced themselves from the reality mogul, but we're guessing there are plenty of gifted students ready to tackle the challenges that come with working with her.

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Q: What do you do with parents who constantly complain about where their daughter is placed in choreography?

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The ultimate dance mom: Debbie Allen with her daughter, Vivian Nixon (courtesy Nixon)

Dance moms: Where would we be without them? We all know how much support and help they give us—in addition to loads of love. Here are 10 reasons real-life dance moms are undeniably the best.

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The ultimate dance mom: Debbie Allen with her daughter, Vivian Nixon (courtesy Nixon)

Dance moms: Where would we be without them? We all know how much support and help they give us—in addition to loads of love. Here are 10 reasons real-life dance moms are undeniably the best.

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Mother's Day has come and gone, but the Instagram posts it generated are forever—thank you social media. 🙌

Heaven knows it takes a village of mothers and mother figures to make a dancer's dreams come true. Here we share some of our favorite posts of the day from some wonderful dancers. You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll want to call your mom and wish her a happy Mother's Day all over again.

Enjoy!

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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.

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