Dance moms

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 26 JANUARY -

sea­son 5 of re­al­ity show dance moms (2011-cur­rent) sees feisty, fear­some dance in­struc­tor abby lee miller in hol­ly­wood as she opens a sec­ond dance stu­dio, in los an­ge­les. the show is leav­ing the abby lee dance company in pitts­burgh be­hind for now as they fo­cus on her new girls, but we’ll still see favourites like ken­dall vertes, and mad­die and macken­zie ziegler. don’t like it? tough. as abby would say, “save your tears for the pil­low.” but what is the 49-year-old dance diva not say­ing?

abby and dance mom kelly hy­land wound up in court last year after a heated ar­gu­ment turned into a phys­i­cal fight off cam­era, with abby claim­ing that kelly tore out clumps of her hair dur­ing the brawl, while kelly’s pe­ti­tion claimed that abby tried to bite her. abby was a hair away from los­ing her dance company be­fore dance moms first aired in july 2011 – she filed for bank­ruptcy in de­cem­ber 2010 with $400 000 (over r4.5 mil­lion) debt. grow­ing up with a mother (her mom maryen lor­rain died in feb 2014) who taught dance set abby on the path to found­ing the abby lee dance company when she was just 14. why not be a dancer, though? abby claims that she hates per­form­ing and be­ing on stage. if you think that she’s strict now, abby ad­mits that “as far as teach­ing goes, i was a lot tougher 20 years ago…” in july 2014, abby faked her en­gage­ment to com­mu­ni­ca­tion spe­cial­ist michael padula. she later said that “my mother was very ill and she’d just passed away… i just think it was a com­fort thing for her to know there was somebody [in my life]”.

there’s no mess­ing around when it comes to abby lee miller and all things dance.

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