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Who’s at the top of the pyramid? JoJo Siwa, Maddie Ziegler and more stole the spotlight on Dance Moms — and their parents weren’t afraid to bring the drama.
The Lifetime reality series premiered in 2011 and followed the Abby Lee Dance Company’s junior elite competition team as they rehearsed and performed rigorous new routines each week. Originally, the team consisted of Maddie, Mackenzie Ziegler, Nia Sioux, Chloe Lukasiak, Brooke Hyland and Paige Hyland. While the talented tots put their moves to the test, their mothers bickered about how to get their child to become a star.
Dance Moms originally ran for seven seasons through February 2017 and inspired several spin-offs, including Dance Moms: Miami and Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition. In March 2017, studio owner Abby Lee Miller announced that she was leaving the series amid ongoing legal troubles. Two months later, she was sentenced to one year and a day in prison, followed by two years of supervised release, after pleading guilty to fraud charges.
Abby’s ups and downs didn’t end there. In April 2018, she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and was ultimately left wheelchair-bound after several surgeries. However, the longtime dance instructor took her own advice and “saved her tears for her pillow,” making a triumphant return to an additional eighth season of Dance Moms in June 2019.
Before new students swarmed the Pennsylvania-based dance studio for season 8, original dancers Maddie and Mackenzie were ALDC favorites. Us Weekly confirmed in December 2015 that Maddie was leaving the series — and the dance studio she grew up in — as her career took off.
“Acting is something she’s really excited to pursue and [Maddie] is in high demand,” a source explained at the time following the young dancer’s impressive collaborations with Grammy-nominated artist Sia.
The Music star’s younger sister and their mom, Melissa Gisoni, departed the Lifetime show soon after. In a candid personal essay for Cosmopolitan published in June 2016, the mother of two opened up about the unexpected challenges that came with raising her kids in the spotlight. Though it was hard to leave the studio they loved behind, Melissa knew it was time to say goodbye.
“Dance Moms was really a great platform for my kids, but they were pretty much done with it,” she wrote at the time. “It’s the same thing over and over, week after week. My kids told me they didn’t want to do it anymore. When my kids aren’t happy anymore, I don’t care about anything else. It was also holding the kids back. … My kids are very happy. They miss the girls but they don’t miss the drama.”
Scroll down to learn what your favorite Dance Moms stars are up to now:
Who’s at the top of the pyramid? JoJo Siwa, Maddie Ziegler and more stole the spotlight on Dance Moms — and their parents weren’t afraid to bring the drama. The Lifetime reality series premiered in 2011 and followed the Abby Lee Dance Company’s junior elite competition team as they rehearsed and performed rigorous new routines each week. Originally, the team consisted of Maddie, Mackenzie Ziegler, Nia Sioux, Chloe Lukasiak, Brooke Hyland and Paige Hyland. While the talented tots put their moves to the test, their mothers bickered about how to get their child to become a star. Dance Moms originally ran for seven seasons through February 2017 and inspired several spin-offs, including Dance Moms: Miami and Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition. In March 2017, studio owner Abby Lee Miller announced that she was leaving the series amid ongoing legal troubles. Two months later, she was sentenced to one year and a day in prison, followed by two years of supervised release, after pleading guilty to fraud charges. Abby’s ups and downs didn’t end there. In April 2018, she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and was ultimately left wheelchair-bound after several surgeries. However, the longtime dance instructor took her own advice and “saved her tears for her pillow,” making a triumphant return to an additional eighth season of Dance Moms in June 2019. [jwplayer 7d23YeBo-zhNYySv2] Before new students swarmed the Pennsylvania-based dance studio for season 8, original dancers Maddie and Mackenzie were ALDC favorites. Us Weekly confirmed in December 2015 that Maddie was leaving the series — and the dance studio she grew up in — as her career took off. “Acting is something she’s really excited to pursue and [Maddie] is in high demand,” a source explained at the time following the young dancer’s impressive collaborations with Grammy-nominated artist Sia. The Music star’s younger sister and their mom, Melissa Gisoni, departed the Lifetime show soon after. In a candid personal essay for Cosmopolitan published in June 2016, the mother of two opened up about the unexpected challenges that came with raising her kids in the spotlight. Though it was hard to leave the studio they loved behind, Melissa knew it was time to say goodbye. “Dance Moms was really a great platform for my kids, but they were pretty much done with it,” she wrote at the time. “It's the same thing over and over, week after week. My kids told me they didn't want to do it anymore. When my kids aren't happy anymore, I don't care about anything else. It was also holding the kids back. … My kids are very happy. They miss the girls but they don't miss the drama.” Scroll down to learn what your favorite Dance Moms stars are up to now: [podcast_block]
The Abby Lee Dance Company founder appeared on Dance Moms for eight seasons before inspiring spin-off series Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition, Dance Moms: Miami and Dance Moms: Abby's Studio Rescue. In 2016, Abby pleaded guilty to felony bankruptcy fraud and was later sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison, but was released early. The Pennsylvania native was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma in 2018. After 10 rounds of chemo and several surgeries, which left her wheelchair-bound, Abby announced in May 2019 that she was cancer-free.
Us confirmed in December 2015 that Maddie — who was Miller’s star student — would be leaving the reality show after its sixth season. By that point in her career, she had appeared in Sia’s “Chandelier” and “Elastic Heart” music videos and had performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Dancing With the Stars and Saturday Night Live. After her Dance Moms exit, Maddie became a judge on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation and wrote a trilogy of YA novels. In 2021, she starred in Sia’s controversial film, Music, and in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of West Side Story.
The Teen Choice Award winner, like her older sister, left the Lifetime show in 2016 after six seasons to pursue other projects. Prior to making her Dance Moms exit permanent, she recorded a hit album, Mack Z, and made her acting debut on Nickelodeon’s Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn. Mackenzie continued to reach for pop stardom in 2017 when she joined singer Johnny Orlando on tour throughout the U.S. and U.K. From 2018 to 2020, the “Girl Party” artist starred in high school drama series Total Eclipse on Brat TV. She returned to reality TV in 2021 when she competed as the Tulip on Fox’s The Masked Dancer, finishing in third place overall.
Maddie and Mackenzie’s mom admitted in a June 2016 Cosmopolitan essay that she “never wanted to be on TV” — and never wants to return, even though Dance Moms was “really a great platform” for her kids. Though she’s grown more “protective” over her daughters since their time on the show, she doesn’t consider herself a traditional “stage mom. ” In 2020, Melissa reunited with fellow Dance Moms alums Kelly, Holly and Jill to launch the “Because Mom Said So” podcast.
The former ALDC member was constantly pitted against Maddie for competition glory and eventually couldn’t handle the pressure. Chloe left Dance Moms in 2014 after four seasons, but she and her mom briefly returned for guest roles in season 7. In 2016, she starred in Lifetime’s TV movie Center Stage: On Pointe and made a cameo on NBC’s Superstore. Her first book, Girl on Pointe: Chloe's Guide to Taking on the World, was released in January 2018. The Pepperdine University student now has a successful YouTube channel with more than 2.2 million subscribers.
One of the OG cast members, Christi’s rocky relationship with the ALDC founder was at the center of her Dance Moms story line. Before ultimately deciding she and Chloe were done with the show in 2014, Christi frequently called out favoritism toward Maddie in the studio. She has since turned toward charity work, signing on with mental health advocacy organization YourMomCares in 2019. Reality TV fans have also found Christi on TikTok, where she shares her best “Adulting 101” tips.
The Nebraska native joined Dance Moms during its fifth season after making the top five on Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition in 2013. Following her reality TV stardom, JoJo released pop singles “Boomerang” and “I Can Make U Dance,” later launching a nationwide U.S. tour in 2019. The Masked Singer alum was named one of TIME magazine’s most influential people in the world in September 2020. Four months later, she publicly came out as a member of the LGBTQ community. “Personally, I have never, ever, ever been this happy before and it feels really awesome,” she said in an Instagram Live at the time, shortly before introducing her girlfriend, Kylie Prew, to her social media followers.
In August 2021, Siwa joined season 30 of Dancing With the Stars and danced with a woman, becoming the first celeb on the show to be paired with a professional dancer of the same sex.
Siwa and Prew eventually split in November 2021 amid her stint on DWTS, in which she placed second with pro Jenna Johnson. The songstress — who cohosts Siwas Dance Pop Revolution with mom Jessalynn Siwa — has since moved on, confirming in March 2022 that she has a new partner.
JoJo’s mom owned her own dance studio in Nebraska before the mother-daughter duo moved to Pennsylvania to join the ALDC. She now hosts her own podcast, “Success With Jess,” and sells rhinestones to make competitive dancers’ costumes pop on stage.
The UCLA student was one of the original members of the ALDC and remained on the team until the seventh season of Dance Moms, making her the longest-tenured dancer on the reality series. She has since kept fans hooked on her YouTube channel and has released her own music. In 2016, Nia made her Off-Broadway debut in Trip of Love and later joined the cast of CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.
In September 2021, she returned to Lifetime for the film Imperfect High. She played a teen drug addict opposite Sherri Shepherd.
The former school administrator was one of the most vocal parents on Dance Moms, often calling out favoritism and typecasting in the ALDC studio. She and her daughter, Nia, remained with the company until the show’s seventh season. Known to fans as Dr. Holly, the Carnegie Mellon alum cohosts the “Because Mom Said So” podcast with several of her fellow Dance Moms alums.
After joining the ALDC in season 2 of the Lifetime series, Kendall had a rocky road to the top of the pyramid. She was put on probation several times throughout her time on the competition team and briefly performed with Candy Apples Dance Center, the ALDC’s rival. Like many of her fellow Dance Moms alums, Kendall turned to vlogging after the show ended in 2019
The former pharmaceutical sales rep made a strong impression when she and Kendall joined the Dance Moms family. Jill was known for wanting to get her daughter to the top — no matter what — and frequently disagreed with the other moms. After her time as a reality TV star came to an end, Jill joined Kelly, Holly and Melissa in launching the “Because Mom Said So” podcast.
Once the eldest member of the ALDC elite team, Brooke and her sister, Paige, were dismissed from the show after season 4 in 2014. The “I Hurt” singer struggled with back injuries throughout her dance career due to her acrobatic routines. After leaving Dance Moms, Brooke pursued a business degree at Ohio University and graduated in 2019.
Like her older sister, Paige experienced plenty of ups and downs with her dance teacher before being kicked off of the competition team in 2014. She graduated high school in 2019 and enrolled at West Virginia University.
A former ALDC student herself, Kelly’s long history with Abby often caused tension between them. Her explosive behavior led to an alleged physical altercation between her and the studio owner, causing Kelly and her daughters to exit the show. In 2014, a lawsuit was filed against Abby on behalf of Kelly’s daughter Paige, alleging emotional distress. The case was dismissed one year later. Amid her drama with the ALDC, Kelly tweeted that she would be writing a book about her experience at the studio. In 2020, she started cohosting the “Because Mom Said So” podcast with former Dance Moms castmates.
The Arizona native made her Dance Moms debut in 2013 and was quickly promoted to a regular cast member once she earned a permanent place on the ALDC elite team. She previously competed on season 2 of Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition and had a small role on ABC Family’s Bunheads. Kalani began to put more focus on acting in 2018 when she starred alongside Noah Centineo in Swiped, a coming-of-age romantic-comedy. The Dirt actress sparked controversy in 2020 when she was pictured with a Blue Lives Matter flag and later revealed that she was voting for former president Donald Trump when he ran for re-election.
Kalani’s mom ran her own dance studio in Arizona before they made the move to the East coast to join the ALDC team. Kira is also the mother of two sons: Jax, born in 2007, and Jett, born in 2015. She’s engaged to Arizona real estate mogul David Newman.
The choreographer was a constant presence in the ALDC studio throughout all eight seasons of the Lifetime series. She continued working with Abby, her former instructor, when the Los Angeles-based studio had its grand opening in 2015. During an emotional Lifetime special before season 8 of Dance Moms aired in 2019, Abby admitted that Gianna was her greatest “legacy.”
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Download the app"Dance Moms" first aired nearly 10 years ago. Jason Merritt/KCA2015/Getty Images
- The reality show "Dance Moms" first premiered on Lifetime 10 years ago in 2011.
- JoJo Siwa has gone on to achieve a massive social-media following.
- Maddie Ziegler made it big when she danced in Sia's music video.
Maddie Ziegler was 8 years old when "Dance Moms" started filming.Maddie Ziegler on "Dance Moms." Lifetime
In the first episode, her mom, Melissa Gisoni, proudly declared that Maddie was Abby Lee Miller's, the controversial and strict teacher of the elite Abby Lee Dance Company, favorite student.
The dancer kept that title for most of her ALDC career.
The 19-year-old is one of the most famous dancers to emerge from the show.Maddie Ziegler appeared in the "West Side Story" remake. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images
In 2014, Maddie hit it big when musician Sia tapped her to appear in the "Chandelier" music video. The two have continued to work closely together, and Ziegler starred in Sia's 2021 movie "Music," which has been criticized for casting an able-bodied actor to play a disabled character.
Maddie also played Velma in the 2021 "West Side Story" remake.
In addition to dancing and acting, she judged Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance?" in 2016, released a memoir titled "The Maddie Diaries" in 2017, and launched a makeup collection with Morphe in 2020.
Maddie's younger sister, Mackenzie, was one of the youngest ALDC dancers.Mackenzie Ziegler on "Dance Moms." Lifetime
Mackenzie was around 6 years old at the start of the show, so she competed in a lower age bracket than the rest of the team.
She was known for her comedic quotes, like when she said she didn't need to be a Broadway dancer, she just wanted to stay home and eat chips.
She's now focusing on an acting and singing career.Mackenzie Ziegler released an album, "Phases," in 2018. Paul Archuleta/Getty Images
After leaving "Dance Moms," Mackenzie has released music under the stage name Kenzie.
She dropped her first album "Phases" in 2018 and even collaborated with Sia for her 2020 song "Exhale."
With a growing presence on YouTube and TikTok, Kenzie's also branched into acting by starring on the Brat web series "Total Eclipse" and voicing the main character in the US version of the film "Ice Princess Lily" (2019).
Recently, Mackenzie competed as Tulip on Fox's "The Masked Dancer" and came in third place. She also played Ivy in "Let Us In" (2021).
In September 2021, she marked a new era of her music career with her single "Happy for Me," and she also released her collaboration with NOTD, "Worst Thing," in May 2022.
Chloe Lukasiak often played second fiddle to Maddie.Chloe Lukasiak on "Dance Moms. " Lifetime
Chloe was 9 years old when she first appeared on "Dance Moms," and she was one of Maddie's biggest challengers.
Every week was a battle to see which one of them would win the solo at the competition.
Now, she's a published writer.Chloe Lukasiak has talked about attending Pepperdine University. John Wolfsohn/Getty Images
Chloe stepped away from the often-toxic competitive-dance world when she left the series at the end of season four. Now, she's 20 years old.
She has a separate Instagram where she posts her poetry, and she previously released a book in 2018 called "Girl on Pointe: Chloe's Guide to Taking on the World."
She also uploads vlogs on YouTube for over 2 million subscribers. In her videos, she talks about attending Pepperdine University and her college experience.
Additionally, Chloe has appeared in various movies like "Center Stage: On Pointe" (2016) and "Loophole" (2019).
Nia Sioux was 10 when her "Dance Moms" journey began.Nia Sioux on "Dance Moms." Lifetime
Although Abby Lee seemingly didn't consider her one of the top dancers, Nia held her own and even learned how to perfect a difficult signature move — the death drop, in which the dancer falls to the ground in a split-legged pose.
Nia is currently enrolled at UCLA.Nia Sioux is acting and singing while attending UCLA. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images
The 20-year-old is attending UCLA while also staying busy with a budding singing and acting career.
She's worked on shows like CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" and Brat's web series "Sunnyside Up. "
Nia dropped her latest single "Low Key Love" in 2020, and she vlogs on YouTube for over a million subscribers.
In 2021, she started the podcast "Adulting with Teala and Nia" alongside Teala Dunn and played Hanna Brooks in the TV movie "Imperfect High."
She also appeared in the film "I Am Mortal" in 2021.
Brooke Hyland was the oldest member of the team when the show started.Brooke Hyland on "Dance Moms." Lifetime
At 13 years old, Brooke had already been dancing for years and seemed, at times, to be getting tired of it.
Throughout the series, she would say that she was missing out on regular high-school activities because she was so focused on dance.
Brooke eventually got the normal school experience she wanted.Brooke Hyland graduated from Ohio University. Presley Ann/Getty Images
After leaving the show at age 16, Brooke finished up high school and eventually went on to graduate from Ohio University with a marketing degree in 2019.
She tried her hand at a singing career shortly after she left "Dance Moms," but now she runs a popular food-themed Instagram account and occasionally posts on her YouTube channel, which has over 200,000 subscribers.
She still seems to be close friends with Nia and was pictured hanging out with her in late 2020.
Brooke's younger sister, Paige, was 10 years old when the show started.Paige Hyland on "Dance Moms." Lifetime
Paige tried hard to keep up with Chloe and Maddie but often found herself relegated to group dances instead of solos.
Kendall Vertes joined the show on season two.Kendall Vertes on "Dance Moms." Lifetime
Dancing since she was just 18 months old, the then-9-year-old stayed on the show through season seven.
Kendall is now an actress and singer.Kendall Vertes has appeared in several films. Paul Archuleta/Getty Images
Under the stage name Kendall K, she released several albums and singles, with her latest song "Girl Talk" debuting in 2018.
The 19-year-old also branched into acting, recently appearing in the movies "Rapunzel: A Princess Frozen in Time" (2019), "Santa in Training" (2019), and a live-action version of "Anastasia" (2020), about the Romanov royal family.
In 2021, she started hosting "The Kendall K. and Friends Show" on CBS-TV.
She also regularly posts on her Instagram page, which has over 9 million followers.
Asia Monet Ray joined the show during season three.Asia Monet Ray on "Dance Moms." Lifetime
When she was 8 years old, Asia was brought onto the ALDC team and challenged other performers like Mackenzie.
Asia is now focusing on a singing career.Asia Monet Ray posts song covers on YouTube. Yuchen Liao/Getty Images
After "Dance Moms," she had her own Lifetime reality show called "Raising Asia" that ran for a single season in 2014.
Asia also jumped into acting, appearing on multiple episodes of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" and FX's "American Crime Story."
These days, the 16-year-old is prioritizing a music career, as she released her single "Real Life" in 2019 and frequently posts song covers on her YouTube page to nearly 500,000 subscribers.
Kalani Hilliker joined the elite dance team during season four.Kalani Hilliker on "Dance Moms. " Lifetime
Kalani gained attention on Lifetime's "Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition," a "Dance Moms" spin-off in which young performers compete for $100,000 and a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet School.
She officially joined the reality-show cast when she was 13 years old.
The 21-year-old is still dancing.Kalani Hilliker launched a line of prom dresses. Dana Pleasant/Getty Images for boohoo.com
Her Instagram page, which has over 6 million followers, is filled with videos showing off her moves. She captioned one clip, "Dance is always my 1st love."
In addition to dancing, Kalani now vlogs on her YouTube channel for over 800,000 subscribers.
She also dove into the world of fashion with a line of formal dresses for Prom Girl, and several "Dance Moms" alumni, like Nia and Kendall, attended her launch event.
Kalani's also acted in projects like the movie "Swiped" (2018) and on the Brat TV show "Dirt."
She still seems to be friends with Kendall, and shared a selfie with her on Instagram in January 2021.
JoJo Siwa joined the "Dance Moms" cast in 2015.JoJo Siwa on "Dance Moms." Lifetime
JoJo was a late addition to the series, officially joining during season five.
Before her entrance to the official team, JoJo was on "Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition" when she was only 9 years old.
She's one of the most famous stars to come from the show.JoJo Siwa has millions of followers and subscribers across multiple platforms. Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for GLAAD
JoJo has over 12 million subscribers on her YouTube channel and she's also gained over 41 million followers on TikTok.
The 19-year-old does a little bit of everything, from acting to singing to vlogging.
JoJo also has an accessories line with Claire's, portrayed T-Rex on Fox's "The Masked Singer," and was named one of Time's 100 most influential people of 2020.
Recently, she starred in Nickelodeon's dance flick "The J Team" (2021).
She also competed and got second place on season 30 0f ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," though she earned the first perfect score of the season for her and dance partner Jenna Johnson's foxtrot.
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Children dance - mothers rejoice: how to teach a child to dance?
Many mothers and fathers today are sure that the more their child can do, the more successful he will be in life. The more successful this very life will be. Children are taught reading, drawing, music, dancing almost from the cradle…
All this is very good and very beautiful when children dance, draw, read, but not everyone is able to master such a load and a list of activities. And even the point is not so much in the load (although it must be selected taking into account the characteristics of each child), but in the fact that one kid will have both a craving for dancing and talent. And the second, no matter how you teach him or force him, nothing will come of it at all. nine0003
What do classical psychologists say about this? And what do systems psychologists think? Do they give a clear answer to the parent, should children be taught to dance, and if so, who exactly?
Undoubtedly, dance is art, creativity, beauty. When children dance, the soul of the parents rejoices - it is so sweet and sincere for the kids. In addition, children who dance well are flexible, plastic, all their movements look much easier than adults. But can dance become a way of self-expression for all kids? No .
Think of a child whom you must have met sometime: strong, slightly clumsy, slow, clumsy, calm and reasonable. This is the best mother's helper, a golden child, clean and a true friend to his comrade.
Yury Burlan's system-vector psychology refers people with such mental properties to the anal vector. These people are completely unmusical, inflexible, inflexible. Dancing for them is a real torment, because they do not have an innate sense of rhythm, their body is not flexible, but simply stands firmly on the ground. nine0003
Which little children dance the best? With a skin-visual bundle of vectors. The skin vector is the same "factory" that does not allow the child to sit still for a long time . He runs, jumps, instantly grasps new knowledge, including the movements that the dance teacher shows. The visual vector allows the child to be graceful, beautiful, dance with a special feeling and inspiration. It was about such a child that the psychologist spoke in the quotation above.
Dancing helps a little person
Little children dance and get rid of anger, resentment, irritation, and most importantly cope with an explosion of emotions . As for emotions, the psychologist is right here, but only in relation to children with a visual vector. It is they who are walking "clumps" of emotions, and to enjoy a beautiful dance, costume, general admiration and approval for such children is the most important thing.
As for anger and irritation, these are negative manifestations of the skin vector. Dance allows you to fill the skin vector that craves movement, thereby leveling the emotional background .
If a psychologist's quote refers to a real offense in the anal vector (and in the rest it is not - except perhaps some minor childish discontent), no dance will help get rid of it. Especially for a child with an anal vector. Here you need to work on the development and filling of the anal vector, but this has nothing to do with dancing.
Which approach to choose
How to teach a child to dance if he has an anal vector? If there is no “skin” among the lower vectors, it is better not to torture the child . Do you want your child to be athletic? Arrange walks with him in the mountains, bike rides - he will like this.
Dancing will be especially useful for children of two types - modest and very mobile. Fidget dancing will allow you to direct your energy in the right direction. And it helps quiet people to open up and become bolder. In the second case (about very mobile children), we are talking about babies with a skin vector. They are fidgets whose energy can be used in dancing. nine0011 Clear rhythms organize little "skinners" who, dancing fast and slow dances, learn self-discipline and self-control .
As for calm, modest children, everything here depends on their complete vector set. Today, there are practically no one-vector people, and each child has certain ligaments that endow him with specific abilities, inclinations, desires .
If there is a skin vector in the "children's set", it must be developed, including through dancing. If this vector is not there, it is worth choosing other ways to develop your child's abilities - believe me, there are a lot of them. And if you choose them correctly, the child will not only be satisfied, but also happy. nine0003
The article was written based on the materials of training on system-vector psychology of Yuri Burlan
Author: Kudryavtseva Anna, teacher-philologist
, why mom in the dance is completely fake
Dori Dori. Jackson
In 2011, Lifespan Network graced the world of Dance Moms, a reality show that followed in the footsteps of other successful shows starring young girls and their pushy, squabbling mothers. I guess tots & tiaras with franchise flavors real housewives mix in for good measure. Moms in Dance revolves around Abby Lee Miller of the "Pittsburgh" studio of the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC), and her junior elite standings. What drives the show is the consistent yelling and insane demands from Miller, coupled with Mom's drama. The series presents a behind-the-scenes look into the world of dancesport, while lighting a steady dose of over-the-top chaos. nine0003
From the beginning, many dance mom fans were wondering if certain aspects of the show were being rolled out on camera. How entertaining, how dramatic can it be, how real is it? Conflict on the series as a choreographer, like his performances? Let's find out what's really going on behind the scenes at one of life's most lucrative programs.
Show choreographer drama
It's not rocket science to the viewers that "reality" TV is not entirely authentic. Reportedly, elements of many programs are improved to keep viewers interested, and life seems to feel free to use this method. Dancer Kalani Hilliker opened OK! A magazine that in some situations were staged during the season 5 finale. nine0003
As a rule, the girls at the show are required to perform every week for a new competition. Sometimes, if they land on Miller's good side, they get the opportunity to showcase a solo. During the finals, Miller had Hilliker and ballet dancer Nia Frazier compete against each other in a fight to the death to determine who would get the chance to perform solo at the Nationals. In the end, Frazier was declared the winner of the challenge. Naturally, Miller's decision caused an air of rift between the dancers' mothers. nine0003
However, a few key components of such a tense situation were reportedly omitted from the footage that was shown on TV, such as this important piece of information: "I did do a solo on the Nationals," Hilliker said in a buzzword. "It just wasn't on TV." Yes, all that TV drama was ostensibly for nothing, since both girls got their moments in the spotlight. While it's fair to say that a staged version of this story sounds much more interesting than the so-called truth, fans want to keep this tale alive next time Moms in the Dance tries toying with the audience's emotions. nine0003
His big stars say it's fake
Dancer Maddie Ziegler became a worldwide sensation after starring in Dancing with the Stars. She demonstrated her abilities for five seasons before taking on an international title for herself as the heroine of Asya's "Chandelier" video. Miller's mom and bandwagon certainly catalyzed Ziegler's career, but despite acknowledging the show's impact on her life, Ziegler also confirmed that more than just dance moves are being performed on the show. “It's hard to do a reality show when there are so many tears and drama. Manufacturers tweak it to make us all yell at each other,” Ziegler told USA Today. “Moms fake sometimes fight. Then they just start talking and laughing about it.” nine0003
Even Miller's boss says the show team has gone too far. “They're just spurring people on. They push you to the brink of exhaustion and the brink of going insane," she told TMZ. “I just don't think the show should be played. I think we should just let things happen."
Practice (and reshoots) to make it perfect
When it comes to TV shows and movies, it's not unheard of for a scene to be shot multiple times from different angles, but where does the line lie with reality TV? You may have heard of Kim Kardashian requesting that her marriage proposal to basketball player Kris Humphreys be re-shot for E!'s Keeping Up with the Kardashians, but did you know dance moms are too much, even with actual dance competitions? nine0003
According to Radar Online, "everything I've recorded multiple times to ensure the producers got the maximum take for the show. " As a result, the days were long and the young people were often exhausted. The show may air for a 60-minute block, but daily shoots reportedly can last as long as nine hours. The girls allegedly got multiple opportunities to perform dances too in the competition, which definitely doesn't sound fair to other teams. "Dance mom stars got a few chances to perfect their dances," Radar reports. "The other participants in the competitions were allowed only one performance." nine0003
Still in denial? Reportedly attended by a reporter from Business International once one of the contests for girls in 2014 and checked the inequality. "I can confirm clicking on [the show] does not represent a typical event," the journalist said. "Not only is the number of participants noticeably less than average...the production and single-handedly pushed back the start time of the competition are awaiting the arrival of the OANRC's group."
The seemingly exhausting pace of life for the dancers on the show raised eyebrows among the audience. The OANRC girls attend a new competition every week and somehow manage to win with honors in the vast majority of them. How do the kids pull off such memorable performances, as well as filming shows, attend school, and try to lead pretty normal lives? nine0003
By manipulating reality, of course! From the moment the girls arrive at the competition, the whole stage turns into an organized event. According to the International Business Competition time shown on the program, there is often not enough real competition. "OANRS LA swept the devotion competition 2 dance [season 6] but that's not certain because they were the 'cream'," NTT reports. "Looks like [Miller's] two teams were the only groups to compete." In the addition of a farce cast, the contestants are reportedly given a reserved seat for the competition, and the crowd's reaction is allegedly staged too, because they were filming separately from the actual performances. nine0003
And it turns out like this: bossy Miller, they say, they don't talk much because of the music and choreography that you see on the show. While viewers tune in for a week to watch her coach the girls on a gorgeous routine, the network reportedly selects and approves all of the music and dance featured on the show.
Not all girls are loyal members of the OANRC
If the reality show was going to call itself "Dancing with the Stars", one would assume the dancers and their moms would be full members of the dance studio, but you know what they're saying about assumptions? nine0003
The Hilliker dancer has been an asset to the Pennsylvania OANRC studio since she jumped on our TV screens, but you knew she was trained at a club dance studio in Mesa, Arizona. before joining mom in dance and, at the time of this writing, continues to be an active member of the dance club? According to USC Annenberg media, Hilliker only trains with OANRS when filming is shown; during the off-season, she returns to Arizona to resume training with club dances. Ballet dancer Ziegler told the International Business Times that Hilliker "don't go to the [OANRS] studio". Hilliker isn't the only one hiding a dick at the dance moms part of the time. Season 5 addition JoJo Siwa is also reported to train with Miller only during filming. nine0003
So why throw these outsiders around? Drama, of course. "These new moms of girls usually start problems with the original mothers, claiming that their kids will keep the spots of the originals," USC Annenberg told media. "Once again, all hell breaks loose."
Fan favorite Mackenzie Ziegler, the younger sister of superstar Maddie Ziegler, is not even a member of OARRC's most elite team. Sis is reportedly just joining Maddie and the rest of the elite squad for filming. "I don't really dance with them," McKenzie told the International Business Times. "I'm dancing with another group, it's completely different." In reality, little Mackenzie spends much of his time with dancers his own age. Sorry guys, photos this time. nine0003
No matter how much the dance mom tries to produce suspense, the ratings say viewers can see through the façade and move on. During the show's fifth season, ratings began to drop after several stars, including showgirl Chloe Lukasiak and mom Christy Lukasiak as well as sisters Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler and their mother, Melissa Gisoni. The aforementioned ladies seemed to take a lot of unmissable drama with them as they left. nine0003
To stir up interest, the series refocused on a cold, hard dose of truth: the coach's legal troubles. At the time of this writing, she is facing federal charges of fraudulent bankruptcy and money laundering. According to the Post-Gazette of Pittsburgh, Miller is "accused of withholding $755,000 in assets from her television shows from bankruptcy proceedings.