Dance Moms’ tears, tantrums spill Down Under
When Abby Lee Miller and her elite dance team came to Australia earlier this year, they brought the TV cameras along.
And now we’re getting to see all the tears, temper tantrums and tattle tales that also came with them in a two-part special. Or came along with Miller to be more precise.
The controversial dance instructor told Switched On that during her visit producers goaded her into getting angry by “making the mothers be disrespectful to me”. But she insists her harsh teaching methods are all part of the secret to her formula for creating stars, including current dance sensation Maddie Ziegler.
“I want my dancers to be the best they can be, to be proud of themselves and what they’ve accomplished,” she says.
“One of my alumni, Katie Hackett, was the Maddie of her time. She went on to win Junior Miss Dance America, Teen Miss Dance America, then she went on to work professionally for 14 years — she’s done it all.
“Someone interviewed her about me and she said, very eloquently, that what Abby wanted for all of (her students) happened to her. And that’s true.”
With 17 of her former students currently dancing on Broadway, Miller hoped to help aspiring Aussie dancers do the same during her visit.
Having visited our shores before, she was determined to return and hold workshops, all of which were also captured on film for the Dance Moms special.
“The level of talent and decorum and behaviour of the students when they come to my masterclass is incredible,” she said of the kids she met on the tour. “The teachers are doing a wonderful job but you don’t have your own West End or Broadway here. So all of these kids train and dance all these hours but there’s really nothing for them to do with it unless they want to come to America or go on a cruise ship around the world. And that’s sad.”
Still, if Miller has her way that may all change. During her trip to Australia she held talks with the network which airs Dance Moms.
“Hopefully if all my meetings went well I might be doing some work here,” she says.
Brace yourselves, dance mothers of Australia, the Abby apocalypse could be on its way.
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