LOOK OUT, ABBY’S ON HER WAY

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When Abby Lee Miller and her elite dance team came to Aus­tralia ear­lier this year, they brought TV cam­eras with them.

And now we’re get­ting to see all the tears, tem­per tantrums and tattle tales that also came along with them in a two-part spe­cial. Or came along with Miller to be more pre­cise.

Dur­ing her visit, the con­tro­ver­sial dance in­struc­tor said that 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.”

With 17 of her for­mer stu­dents cur­rently danc­ing on Broad­way, Miller hoped to help as­pir­ing Aussie dancers do the same dur­ing her visit.

“The level of tal­ent and deco­rum and be­hav­iour of the stu­dents when they come to my mas­ter­class is in­cred­i­ble,” she says of the kids she met. 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. And that’s sad.”

Still, if Miller has her way that may all change. Dur­ing her trip down un­der she held talks with the net­work which screens 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.

Kendall, Kalani, Abby Lee, Macken­zie and Mad­die

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