Dance Moms: These girls can dance!

By Deborah

Lifetime’s Dance Moms has caught my attention and it holds my Tuesday nights captive.  I just recently started watching and now I’m almost at the end of season 3. I’ll have to admit it took me a while to check it out.

For some reason, I thought it was a Toddlers & Tiaras-type show but man, oh man, was I ever wrong. Lifetime’s giving us some real talent! It’s based in Pittsburgh, PA at the Abby Lee Miller Dance Studio. For the most part it’s based around the Dance Moms’ drama but it’s the Dance Girls who steal the show. During the last 15 minutes or so, we see the girls perform their numbers at that week’s competition.

Dance Moms:
Melissa Ziegler-Gisoni, Maddie & Mackenzie’s mother
Kelly Hyland – Brook & Paige’s mother
Christi Lukasiak – Chloe’s mother
Holly Frazier – Nia’s mother

Abby Lee is a fantastic choreographer/instructor who is passionate about her work. I really like her, but when she loses her temper her behavior can be shocking.

I really like all the Dance Moms but sometimes they act silly and sometimes even crude. (Except for Nia’s mom Holly, I’ve never seen her be crude.) Like all good reality shows there is conflict with the Dance Moms.  The biggest gripe is that Abby favors Dance Girl Maddie and gives her the best choreographed pieces. She also gives Maddie more private lessons. Moms Kelly and Christi want Melissa (Maddie’s mom) to tell Abby that it’s not fair to the other girls.  But let’s face it moms, how many of us would tell our child’s teacher,who we are paying,  to stop giving our child the attention that’s helping her reach her full potential? I do understand how the moms feel, though, and in the last few episodes Addy has stepped up and put more energy into Nia and Chloe and the payoff  is  very apparent to everyone, Abby included.

Now for the Dance Girls. All the adults could learn a thing or two from these girls. I’ve never seen a group of girls more supportive of each other. If one hurts, they all comfort her. For instance, in an earlier episode, Mom Kelly took it upon herself to make changes to the dance number Abby Lee choreographed for her daughter Paige’s solo. Paige ended up placing in the competition and Abby didn’t come down too hard on Kelly & Paige at the time, but in the next week’s episode Abby came unglued. Abby told mom Kelly she was teaching her daughter (Paige) to be a sneak. Paige ran out of the room crying. All the girls ran after Paige and wrapped their arms around her. They cheer each other on even when they’re competing against each other.

Did I fail to mention the most important part?  THESE GIRLS CAN DANCE!

What are your thoughts? Have you watched the show?


Deborah is an opened minded person that loves trying new things and new ideas.
She also can’t get enough of seeing the world through the eyes of her grandchildren.


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  1. PattyPie says

    I have never watched this show. Seems like there is too much TV and too little time! It’s got to be thrilling for the girls to be featured on TV though.

    Great post Deborah! Looking forward to more!

  2. Chardonnay says

    Excellent post, Deborah!I have watched the show a couple of times. You are right, the girls can dance! I also noticed that Abby does have her favorites, which I feel, is unfortunate for the other girls. I agree the Mom’s could learn a thing or two from the girls about supporting each other.

  3. Deborah says

    I Googled Abby Lee before writing my post, she has owned her studio since she was 14. I had to read twice that she’s been in business that long. (I didn’t even know someone that young could own a business)
    So I have to assume she knows what she’s doing.
    I didn’t care for the way she was encouraging Maddie to believe all the girls were jealous of her. I got the drift she was trying to make her believe the other girls weren’t really her friends.
    I find it hard to believe the girls aren’t affected by the things the adults say but if they are the camera doesn’t let on.

  4. Pam@IW says

    Deborah, great post! Last January we took a short vacation to Vegas. I was not feeling well but I knew if I didn’t go, the rest of the family wouldn’t go. So I went and spent most of the time in the room. One night, I came across a Dance Moms’ Marathon for the first season and I watched the whole season in one night! For that night I was hooked.

    It is hard for me now to remember the girl’s names or for that matter their mother’s names but I will say say that they hooked me in. I had planned on watching the next season when I came back but I never did. Life got in the way and too many other TV programs.

    I was impressed with their dancing abilities. And disgusted with some of Abby’s behavior as well as the mom’s behavior. But it actually did remind a lot of what goes on with a lot of the organized sports for both boys and girls. There are a lot of similarities and I had two sons that participated in sports and played travel ball which is very similar to what these girls do.

  5. says

    Oooo, you KNOW I am a fan! And your post sums up my own feelings about the show, too. I LOVE watching it with my daughters. I agree the girls are amazing and such nice little girls. They haven’t bought the “favoritism” or the “they are just jealous” stuff yet. Amazingly, the moms seem to remain friends despite their nasty words, though maybe they should be called “frenemies.” I really wish the moms would stop using bad language. My daughters can handle it, but I wince when i think of the demographic for this show- little girls, 7, 8, 9 are watching.

    Deb, you should live-blog it on Tuesday.

  6. Deborah says

    Lol, ya Ann, I knew you would be on board with the Dance Girls.
    I watch the re-run each week with my 10 y/o granddaughter and that way I know when to mute it.
    She doesn’t really care much about the mom drama that I can tell anyway. Sometimes she tells me to call her when its time for the girls to dance.
    She doesn’t really like it when i mute and for the most part I don’t but they got really nasty and out of line a couple weeks ago.

  7. Deborah says

    Live blogging would be fun but we’re in different time zones.
    I watch it 3 hours after you.
    I’m watching re-runs when you’re seeing the new show.

  8. CJWhodunit says

    I’ve only seen an episode or two, and I totally agree, the girls aren’t ‘divas’, they truly do seem to care about each other. The moms on the other hand…LOL. If looks could kill! The episodes I saw one of the moms was accused of scratching someone’s DVD or something, I don’t know what happened previously, but boy, were the other moms ticked off at her. Some were also hight irritated that the dance teacher decided to have the girls change dresses even though they wore different sizes, some of the moms were VERY irate…the girls did fine though and a couple even took high honors at their competition!

    Overall, I’d probably watch it if I had more time but I imagine it’s on Netflix so someday when I’ve got a few hours to myself I’ll check out other episodes!

    Good review, Deborah! :-)

  9. MsGoody2Shoes says

    I haven’t had a chance to see a full episode of DanceMoms, but I might check it out on OnDemand. I love to see kids act, sing or dance on TV. Hey, it makes me feel young again. LOL.

  10. GeeWhix says

    I’ve only watched the end of one show and agree the girls can dance. Deb your review was great and I will either DVR or watch tonight.

  11. Mo says

    Great post, Deb. I haven’t seen the show but I’ll have to DVR it so I can give it a whirl! I hope you keep writing here!

  12. Judy says

    I’m a fan, too! I love the girls. The moms, not so much. I really dislike Cathy, the owner of the Candy Apple studio. She is the only character who seems to act scripted and she is not a very good actress, IMO.
    The girls are incredibly talented. I still get their names mixed up, but my favorites are are Maddie and Mackenzie, both of whom are incredibly talented dancers and seem to be such sweet girls.
    Abbie’s behavior is outrageous at times, but she certainly knows what she is doing when it comes to dance.
    I wonder when these girls have time to do homework?

  13. Enaira Fontaine says

    I have to be honest that the first time I saw this show at my mother’s house I was appalled at how Abby screamed at the girls and seemed to be a damper on morale. The payoff here seems to be that Abby knows what she’s doing and I guess that makes it ok. My mom records this show religiously on her Hopper and because it comes with three tuners, she and dad don’t fight over who gets to watch what. I work at Dish so I got to try out the Hopper and after upgrading, I got my mom to do it too. The friendship between the girls on the show is pretty obvious and that’s a good thing since their moms tend to get catty and childish at times. I’ve also discovered that the moms don’t handle change that well. Sometimes the show is downright annoying and other times it’s fantastic.

  14. Deborah says

    I agree with you Enaira, Abby’s behavior can be appalling but she is doing something right as we can see with her wins.
    I go back and forth with Abby, sometimes I even find her likable.
    She does know her business.

  15. Deborah says

    Judy, I agree with you about Cathy the owner of ‘Candy Apples’.
    I have never had the chance to find anything likable about her.
    Ann@IW said I have Cathy all wrong that she really likes her. Something about how its ‘staged’ for reality Tv.

  16. snickers says

    Great post Deborah. I have watched the show, and Abby has the talent to work with. Those girls can dance! Candy is a wanna a be studio, but she seems to have young males dancing, something I haven’t seen at Abby’s unless I have missed that. Cathy should just focus on her own kids, and let Abby deal with hers. I think part of that is scripted to keep a story line between the two of them going at each other,IMO. Abby’s contract sounds like the death to me if you break it. LOL.

  17. bellefidele says

    I have not seen the show but Deborah, you describe it so well that it makes me want to watch. Thanks for the article.

  18. Shawn says

    Great Post Deb! I have not had a chance to watch the show, but it sounds as if the girls are talented. I will have to check it out. :)

  19. GeeWhiz says

    Watched the season finale. Since some haven’t seen it all I will say is the girls are awesome but the moms are so annoying. They need to remember if Abby wasn’t so tough the girls wouldn’t be as awesome as they are!

  20. Deborah says

    I go back & forth with all of them. As much as I like the moms I have seen them talk like the non-fans when Abby does something in their favor.
    Like, “she only said that b/c” ____ fill in the blank. Like sometimes I think no matter what Abby will never win with them.

  21. naomi says

    Hola soy Naomi amo Dance momos me se la coreografía de maddie lírico y la de ni a eños me llaman la cuifa la estos practicando y muchas mas hola a todos las niñas de dance momos a maddie mía peaje clohi makenci kendall a y a todas. Lasmamas cristina Kelly melisa holly jill lessli y a todas las de ymas mamas y a Addy lee y a la ayudante de addy dueño day dueña suerte a todas .

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