Dance Moms is Kind of Fake, But Also Kind of Real

Reality TV World did an interview with Abby Lee Miller of Dance Moms, and some interesting things came to the surface.

* The show initially was supposed to focus on the dance moms, not Abby Lee. The idea for the show came from Abby's complaints about the moms of her dancers, so the moms were supposed to be the focus. However, when Abby's crazy personality came out, the show really fell into place. After all, we really watch the show for Abby, not the moms! And this explains why the show is called Dance Moms, not Abby Lee: Extreme Dance Lessons.

* The competitions shown on Dance Moms aren't the ones that Abby Lee's studio usually frequents. The competitions we saw on Lifetime took place in April, which is after Abby's usual competition season ends. The show actually found the competitions for Abby and her girls to attend, which explains the extensive (and expensive!) traveling. Abby Lee and her dancers actually attend local competitions during their traditional competition season. I'm glad to hear that this isn't really how the moms and kids compete - this was a lot of crazy traveling in a short amount of time! That being said, Abby and her students do travel frequently for auditions and other things.

* Dance Moms was cast by Collins Avenue Entertainment, so the girls we see are not the only girls on Abby's competition team. Moms of the dancers were interviewed to determine how entertaining they'd be on TV, and Melissa, Kelly, Christi and Holly were chosen. The dancers did not audition. Maddie, Chloe, Paige, Brooke, Nia and Mackenzie actually are Abby's students, but they aren't the only ones that compete for Abby's studio. I still believe that Cathy Nesbitt-Stein and Vivi-Anne were 'planted' and were never part of Abby's studio - the whole cast was determined by producers!


Was Dance Moms real? Sort of. Abby does teach dance and she does have a successful studio. But she has a lot more going on than coaching the girls featured on Dance Moms, and the competitions we saw weren't the ones that Abby Lee Dance Studio usually attends. That's reality TV for you - mixing the real with the fake to come up with something entertaining.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

i do not get why people would only show a few of the girls in Abby Lee dance company.I would like to know a reason why they even let cathy in their group.Please tell me why kellys kids and hollys kid are always the ones getting the end of the rope.It is pretty sad that kids do not get as much help as other kids do. I just feel very bad for chloe,brooke ,paige and nia.If i was Abby i would give everybody equal amount of help. I love the show.ROCK ON!

Anonymous said...

My name is Jaedyn-Rialy Rae Miller!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

the show was originally supposed to show case multiple studios from different states. cathy's studio was one of them. Thats how cathy was introduced to the show. The only moms the directors found interesting were the ones from abby lee. The reason the show is casted is because they could only have so many kids traveling since the show pays for the hotels and flights. They went to so many competitions because the show wanted them too. most studios dont do that but it doesnt make a difference, a competition is still a competition.

Less Than Reality said...

I think Lifetime producers made a good call, if the show was supposed to be about a lot of studios but kept it limited.

Someone commented on another post that Cathy and Abby Lee are actually friends, and I would believe it, although I would think there's definitely rivalry even if their fighting is fake.

Anonymous said...

Looking up the actual results from episode 4's competition the show is FAKE. Chloe won, the group won-- Why they have to manufacture drama is beyond me. The kids are interesting enough without all that bs.

Anonymous said...

My friend has met them going to her son's hockey game.. they were at the same hotel as her. She got to meet them, and she claimed all of them where very nice to eachother & Abby was very sweet. She mentioned that she was told that most of the drama between them all was fake and only for entertainment purposes.

Anonymous said...

I love it. My kids had a cheer coach that was so much like Abby... its a love hate relationship. No matter how many times Matt (coach) made the girls cry, they didnt want to compete anywhere else or with anyone else. And they were winners. Even won tour of chamions... tough love and championsips.... they go together

Anonymous said...

Dance Moms is a ridiculous fraud. Almost every week, one of the moms argues with Abby Lee, and walks out, quitting the studio and taking her daughter with her. Next week, they're back! Collecting the money and continuing the fake drama. The moms fight with each other, threatening violence, gesticulating and cocking their heads back and forth like chickens. So stupid...

The only watchable part of this show is the beautiiful athleticism and grace of the young dancers.

Anonymous said...

The show is trite and stupid but I like the girls at ALDC. Watching them grow up is fun and watching the moms tear up when their daughters dance is priceless.

The show would be much improved without the screaming and added fakery- real competitions would be more interesting to watch.