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Dance Moms (TV Series 2011–2019)

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The series follows doting mothers and their childrens' early steps on the road to stardom, all under the discerning eye of a notoriously demanding and passionate dance instructor.The series follows doting mothers and their childrens' early steps on the road to stardom, all under the discerning eye of a notoriously demanding and passionate dance instructor.The series follows doting mothers and their childrens' early steps on the road to stardom, all under the discerning eye of a notoriously demanding and passionate dance instructor.






  • Stars
    • Abby Lee Miller
    • Nia Sioux
    • Holly Frazier
  • Stars
    • Abby Lee Miller
    • Nia Sioux
    • Holly Frazier
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    • 71User reviews
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      • 2 wins & 6 nominations


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    Watch Dance Moms: Brady's Blindfolded Solo Causes Controversy

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    Watch Dance Moms: Abby Says Gianina Is Just Not Good Enough

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    Watch Dance Moms: The Aldc Is Triumphant At Nationals

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    Watch Dance Moms: Pressley's Solo Flower Child

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    Watch Dance Moms: Lilly's Solo Inside Out

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    Watch Dance Moms: Brady's Solo Eyes On Me

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    Watch Dance Moms: Pressley's Solo Annabelle

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    Watch Dance Moms: The Prom

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    Watch Dance Moms: Gianina's Crossroads

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    Watch Dance Moms: Sarah's Solo Shame

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    Watch Dance Moms: The Aldc Must Place First

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    Watch Dance Moms: Studio 19 Invades Aldc Territory


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    Abby Lee Miller

    Nia Sioux

    Holly Frazier

    Kendall Vertes

    Gianna Martello

    Jill Vertes

    Maddie Ziegler

    Mackenzie Ziegler

    Melissa Ziegler

    Chloe Lukasiak

    Christi Lukasiak

    Kalani Hilliker

    Kira Hilliker

    Kelly Hyland

    Paige Hyland

    Brooke Hyland

    Cathy Nesbitt-Stein

    JoJo Siwa

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    This show needs to stop

    Dance Moms is a T. V. series about little girls, most of them between the ages of 9 to about 16 who want to dance. This appears to be a pageant show where little kids where makeup which is not acceptable for their ages. And there is way too much drama, conflicts, injuries and crying through out. I do not like watching a bunch of kids going through all this pressure.

    What is wrong with these dance instructors? Do they hate kids? If they have such a short fuse with kids, why are they working with a whole bunch of kids? They shouldn't even have jobs for having such intolerance with these dancers. They should have learned about patience before they signed up for this job.



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    • Mar 9, 2017

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    • Release date
      • July 13, 2011 (United States)
      • United States
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      • English
    • Also known as
      • ¡Esa es mi niña!
    • Filming locations
      • Orlando, Florida, USA
    • Production company
      • Collins Avenue Productions
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    Reasons Why Dance Moms Is Totally Fake

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    In 2011, Lifetime Network graced the world of Dance Moms, a reality show that followed in the footsteps of other successful shows In Young girls and their persistence, 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.”

    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 scenes 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?

    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."

    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."

    Competitions manipulate

    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?

    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.

    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?

    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.

    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.

    Game Over

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    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.

    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. The case began after a bankruptcy judge saw her on TV in December 2012 and thought she should be making more than $8.89.9 she claims the monthly income.” The series milked her on TV, producing tears the moment that implied Miller was leaving the show.

    All that premonition turned out to be for nothing, however, because Miller didn't miss a beat and was back for season 6, though we can't say the same about the show's ratings. On TV by the numbers (according to online radar) the series' mid-season premiere attracted only 961,000 viewers, a drop from the 1.3 million people who tuned in for the season's premiere, leading many to believe the jig (literally and figuratively) was.

    Season 7 debuted in November 2016. Can the cast and crew concoct enough reality to keep audiences coming back? We will keep you informed.

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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 almost from the cradle to read, draw, music, dance ...

    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.

    And 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.

    System-vector psychology of Yuri Burlan 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.

    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. 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.

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