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?
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.
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.
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.
Whether you consider "Dance Moms" a guilty pleasure or a legitimate depiction of competitive studio life (or maybe you just don't consider it at all, these days), you're definitely aware that change is brewing for the Lifetime TV show. Abby Miller (DT, October 2012) just announced she's leaving the show after seven seasons and under less-than-ideal circumstances (bankruptcy fraud claims, feuds with producers). And it appears that "Dancing with the Stars" ballroom performer Cheryl Burke (DT, October 2009) will be taking the helm—at least according to Burke's latest Instagram posts: