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The rebellious moms of the Dance Moms reality show

Updated on September 7, 2013

The reality show Dance Moms offers shock and dance and now boys

Lifetime's Dance Moms reality show continues to reach new heights of bad behavior amid screaming moms. Have you tired of all the moms and their non-stop drama? What do you think about the latest blow-up between Abbey Lee Miller and Dance Mom Kelly Hyland?

Once more Kelly Hyland pulls that dirty old rug out from under her kids (Brooke and Pagie) and storms off. Naturally Abbey cuts her and her girls from the team. However, Kelly has somehow managed to get herself and her kids back on the show. Let me know what you think below.

And how about the Candy Apples and the new focus on boys? In the best of showtime drama crafting, the evil Cathy Nesbitt-Stein, Candy Apple Dance Studio's owner, has somehow managed to make Sleeping Beauty's evil queen come off as a saint. It's rather stunning if you think about it. Abbey Lee Miller, Queen of Dance Drama, is almost sympathetic.

The Birth of Dance Moms

Lifetime's entry into the roiling sea of reality shows came in the wake of TLC's chum-churning Toddlers & Tiaras and continues to capture a growing audience.. For fans of Toddlers & Tiaras and their dysfunctional moms, the dance moms and their shenanigans put T&T to shame. We can only wonder how the new Dance Moms franchise, Miami Dance Moms will fare in the mama drama department.

Why do I watch Dance Moms?

Why does a reasonably smart, I hope, person like myself visit this sort of macabre behavior on a weekly basis? I don't know. Maybe it's part of that whole there-but-for-the-grace-of-God mentality.

I spent nine years in dance schools in the US and in Germany and finally hung up my slippers at the ripe old age of twelve. I suffered through the constant practice sessions, the dress rehearsals, and the famed end-of-year recitals. But the only claim to fame I'm left with is that I attended dance class with the then president's granddaughter.

I don't remember anything remotely like what goes on with these girls and their moms--and thankful I am. Who are these people?

Dance Moms Kelly Hyland hits a new low showing up at competition - What motivates Kelly Hyland, the rebellious Dance Mom?

I'm sorry but I really don't get Kelly. How she thinks she is helping her kids is beyond me. Her actions seem to sabotage her girls more than anything Abbey Lee Miller could dish out. I often feel sorry for Brooke and Paige.How does showing up a dance competition after you've been thrown off the team help?

Check it all out in Dance Moms episode Recital Rebellion:

Maybe our Dance Mom should read this:

You Decide: Does Dance Moms Kelly's actions help or hurt h er kids?

Of course she hurts her kids. (share how below)

Of course she hurts her kids. (share how below)

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      The boys have invaded Dance Moms - Candy Apple's all-boy group

      This season the Candy Apple boys are competing against the Abbey Lee Dance Company.

      Sound Off: Do the boys have what it takes? - The boys have invaded Dance Moms

      Tell us what you think about the latest drama of boys versus girls on Dance Moms.

      Should Dance Moms be an all girls show or should the boys stay?

      I say kick the boys off the show and return to the usual Dance Moms drama.

      I say kick the boys off the show and return to the usual Dance Moms drama.

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        No way. The boys are great and make the show even better.

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          • SimonJay 3 years ago

            I think they should just do a separate show for the boys.

          Bye, Bye Broadway Baby!

          Bye, Bye Broadway Baby!
          Bye, Bye Broadway Baby!

          Broadway Baby leaves Dance Moms forever - Abbey Lee Miller says farewell to Broadway....baby

          If you haven't heard, this season Abbey mourns the loss of her dog.

          Bye Bye Baby
          Bye Bye Baby

          The loss of Abbey's beloved dog Broadway Baby is clearly felt in this episode.

           

          Meet the young dancers of Lifetime's reality TV show Dance Moms

          Beauty Queens vs Tiny Dancers - Reality show buffs, show your love for Toddlers & Tiaras or Dance Moms

          Which show edges ahead when it comes to mama drama, little divas, and outrageousness? Both shows generate a lot of controversy and all the moms come under fire for putting their young girls into these situations.

          In Toddlers & Tiaras the whole thing about little girls parading up and down the runway captures a lot of attention, while in Lifetime's Dane Moms Abby Lee Miller's teaching style is up for debate. Both have moms who display amazing behavior and not the good kind. Both shows feature rivalries between the girls as in the pitched and hyped battle between Toddlers & Tiara's MacKenzie and Eden.

          Dance Moms - I love Abby and her dancers! And the mothers. . . .

          Dance Moms - I love Abby and her dancers! And the mothers. . . .

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            • Elaine Chen 4 years ago

              I am a mom of a 5 years old boy; so I support Dance Moms :-)

            • anonymous 4 years ago

              i love dance moms

            • 'Vikk Simmons 5 years ago from Houston

              These days I'm finding myself in the Dance Moms camp. What about you?

            Toddlers & Tiaras - Give me these sassy, divas-in-training any day!

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              Missed the previous Dance Moms seasons? - Abbey Lee Miller and her Dance Moms create dance drama

              This reality show will make you wonder at the moods and methods of everyone concerned. The one good thing about the Dance Moms is that they tend to make dance maven Abbey Lee Miller teeter toward sainthood.

              Dance Moms: Season 1 [DVD]
              Dance Moms: Season 1 [DVD]

              Watch this if you want to begin at the beginning and get to know the dance cast. Talk about mama drama.

               
              Dance Moms - Season 2 Volume 1 [DVD]
              Dance Moms - Season 2 Volume 1 [DVD]

              You'll love this season which ends with the famous Abbeygeddon. Talk about guilty pleasure, watching this season is a definite acquired taste.

               
              Dance Moms - Season 2 Volume 2 [DVD]
              Dance Moms - Season 2 Volume 2 [DVD]

              Would you believe it? Jill and Kendall return to Abbey Lee Miller's dance studio?

               

              Abby Lee Miller - Queen Diva of Dance Moms

              Abby Lee Miller on Dance, Drama and those Darn Moms - Just Dance interviews Abby Lee Miller of Lifetime TV's Dance Moms

              Do you agree with Abby Lee Miller's teaching style?

              Do you agree with Abby Lee Miller's teaching style?

              Yes, it works.

              Yes, it works.

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                No way, it's destructive and demeaning.

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                  • CalobrenaOmai 3 years ago

                    Students function better with positive re-enforcement when compared to favoritism and down putting. I'm surprised a lawsuit hasn't been filed especially after that stint where she had the girls go into competition in skimpy outfits; the only dance team at that.

                  • DebW07 4 years ago

                    No, I don't believe it is healthy for the children in the long run.

                  Who is the real Abbey Lee Miller? - Just Dance: Dance Moms - Abby Lee Miller Tells Her Story

                  The Young Dancers

                  Maddie

                  Maddie
                  Maddie

                  Dance Mom's Maddie Ziegler shows why she's a winning young dancer

                  Maddie and Chloe Black Swan Duet -- Dance Moms

                  Dance Mom's Chloe Lukasiak shines

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                  Abby VS Moms

                  The cast of Lifetime TV's Dance Moms
                  The cast of Lifetime TV's Dance Moms

                  Obsessive moms ramp up the mama drama on Dance Moves

                  Abbey Lee Miller has her hands full with these crazy moms

                  Let's face it, these Dance Moms are obsessive, manipulative, outrageous and a hoot to watch. Niccolò Machiavelli could take a few lessons from the sly Candy Apple. Not only is her daughter a student dancer at the Abbey Lee Miller Dance Company, but she's the owner of her own dance studio and in competition with Miller's company. Ms. Apple plays the passive aggressive but loving mama all the while she's countering Abbey's moves locked in some kind of invisible chess match.

                  Then there's--there's too much to tell. Check out the clips below and flip on Lifetime to join the rest of us in paralyzed shock as we watcg in horror as the drama plays out. (Did I mention the whole draq queen thing?)

                  Dance Mom's new dancer Sophia LUcia - Dance Mom's Maddie has major competition with Sophia

                  Is she a better dancer than Maddie? That seems to be the thought with many viewers. What do you think?

                  Abbey Lee Miller Dance Company vs Candy Apples Dance Studie - You be the judge

                  The Return of Candy Apples

                  Dance Moms Episode -- Return of the Candy - Watch the full episodes of the television show Dance Moms

                  Ballerina Gifts for Dancers

                  Dance like no one is looking bracelet
                  Dance like no one is looking bracelet

                  More than a slogan or sweet saying, these words are a mantra for life. Dancers and non-dancers will appreciate the meaning and enjoy wearing a bracelet that provides a daily reminder that life is not a rehearsal.

                  Sterling Silver "Dance Like No One Is Watching" Heavy Weight Cuff Bracelet

                  Don't forget your slippers

                  Sansha Pro 1 Canvas Ballet Slipper
                  Sansha Pro 1 Canvas Ballet Slipper

                  These wonderful ballet slippers are sewn from the inside out so they have longer wear. If you've been longing for a good classic ballet slipper, try these.

                   

                  A Music Box for the ballerina in your heart - Ballerina music box

                  BALLERINA Silver Gold Swarovski Crystal Music Box by KG&C
                  BALLERINA Silver Gold Swarovski Crystal Music Box by KG&C

                  Here's an iconic pose of the ballerina that is worth having and it doesn't hurt that it include Swarovski Crystal. Capture the magic.

                   

                  Remember the magic of The Nutcracker Suite - Peter Carl Faberge-style Musical Egg

                  Clara And The Nutcracker Musical Egg by The Bradford Exchange
                  Clara And The Nutcracker Musical Egg by The Bradford Exchange

                  Every year memories are made when children and parents watch The Nutcracker Suite for the first time. Every year memories are remembered when families return for the latest performance of The Nutcracker Suite. What better way to capture that memory than with this musical egg? Listen again to Tchaikovsky's classic melody, "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy played in this Faberge-like musical wonder.

                   

                  I love dance. It's an exquisite art form and I admire those who joyfully pursue it and strive to give us performances that make our jaws drop. Most of us experience the final performance. We don't see the years and tears that lead up to that magical moment. We miss the relentless drive that is almost demanded by the craft. Even during the episodes, the childish and often downright mean behavior is forgotten when the first note falls and the dance begins.

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                      SimonJay 3 years ago

                      Sounds like a popular show i haven't really heard of the show but heard about the concerns of parents.

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                      CalobrenaOmai 3 years ago

                      I enjoy watching dance but can't stand the competitive nature within the training group; namely because they are still young and may think it is a good thing to have the spotlight shined on them all the time. It is understood that you have to do what it takes to win a competition but there are lines that should not be crossed especially when it comes to young girls. The number one issue, having them do performances in attire that isn't age appropriate. The same goes for dance numbers.

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                      Louidam1 LM 4 years ago

                      I'm a reality show drama junky and I'm surprise I'd never watched this show. I know it's very popular so hopefully one day I'll get a chance to watch it.

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                      jayavi 4 years ago

                      This must popular show. never heard about this before. thanks for sharing.

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                      reddoordance 5 years ago

                      This show is very overdramatic- while it may portray the dance competition scene as well as dance studios in general in a bad light- it is entertaining to watch the dancers grow and the dances themselves. I take the drama with a grain of salt- there has to be a lot of "producing" behind these crazy situations.

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                      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

                      I have never watched the show dance moms so am not sure if it is available here in Canada. I cannot imagine that dancing at a young age could be a bad thing. Dance is very healthy. Being under the spotlight however may not be.

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                      anonymous 5 years ago

                      interesting show,enjoyed reading this

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                      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

                      I haven't seen this show, but can just imagine the types of mothers because I am a dance mother and sadly the ugliest of people do exist in this category - not many thank goodness, but they do exist. The saddest victims are the children who are forced to live Mum's dream!

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                      BestSoundtracks 5 years ago

                      Interesting lens!

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                      'Vikk Simmons 5 years ago from Houston

                      @anonymous: I remember those days. :) Glad you enjoyed your time here.

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                      'Vikk Simmons 5 years ago from Houston

                      @anilsaini: Thank you and thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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                      anonymous 5 years ago

                      enjoyed reading this, my daughter who is 11 has been dancing since she was 5.

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                      anilsaini 5 years ago

                      Nice lens

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