To be honest, Chloe is the child most likely to grow up to be a recognized dancer. . I'm not bothered by gore or nudity in movies, and crude humor can entertain me. In this day and age, it seems it would be irresponsible of me and any other viewers out there to not speak up. Although I enjoy the dance aspect, the drama involved with a little girl's dancing blows my mind. Often, it seems the reason they place such value on their daughters' dancing is a need to swipe the spotlight and bask in their girls' reflected glory. Of course, it's not just Abby Lee Miller's instruction style and the parent's reaction to it that make the show enjoyable; the dancers themselves often face a series of ups and downs from both their rigorous dance goals and from the normal obstacles that come with growing up and being a kid.
I kept watching hoping I would see something positive, but alas, I saw abusive behavior aimed at children, with their parents approval and of course tacit public approval based on the fact that the show has been renewed for more than one season. An instructor who places high expectations on someone relative to their abilities and doesn't tolerate mistakes is strict. For example, when she entered her team in the same competition as a rival studio, she preached nothing but the need to beat said studio to her team every moment she was on camera. It doesn't have that drama that pulls you in and then leaves you waiting all week for the next episode. Did they write down their votes? Famed dancer Cheryl Burke joins the Irreplaceables as they take on their opponents. In the hopes of finding her super team, Abby sends some girls home and brings in two new girls. Abby gets what she wants, why does she keep attacking Chloe? Because of the extensive work and exclusivity of the dance company, mothers dream of the chance to make their daughters dance stars.
The dancers face the pressure of competitions, not letting their parents down, and pleasing dance instructor Abby Lee Miller; the dancers love what they do, but it's not always easy for them. Later, Todrick Hall makes a special guest appearance to perform with the girls. She has a dancer's body, but she has a spiteful teacher who wants to hold her back. The fact that no one from any sort of Child Protect services has never investigated this woman amazes me. Very little of the dancers, very little of the dance moms. They vote the way Abby wants because they don't want their child treated with disfavor and Abby will take her loathing for a mom out on the child. When her team placed 5th, the lowest place recognized, she celebrated joyously because the other studio had not placed.
Each year it seems to get worse. I started with a small company where there was no body image issues or focused on. When you combine her strict, terse instruction style that forces the dancers to push themselves to the limit with the caring, light style of parenting that most of the moms have, you create a lethal mixture that is guaranteed to keep viewers coming back from more. Two of the voters were 7 years old. The girls, by far the most physically capable and impressive people on the show, are given the most discouraging treatment. You could choose competitive, non competitive and with ballet I always had chances to move up grades with demonstrative exams.
When you are an adult, a teacher, and you bully you are less than disgusting. I am from Canada and started at 4 years old doing tap, jazz, and ballet until I 20. I wont be watching this again but for little kids or someone who likes funny,cute shows this will please them. The toddlers might at least be too young to understand or care about all the sexualization they receive. For those viewers out there who enjoy the ins and out of drama, this show is waiting for you to sink your teeth into it.
Now she has Maddie turning against the other children as well. If you were a little girl and knew Maddie was Abby's favorite and Chloe was the girl she treated like a red-headed stepchild, who would you vote for if you feared Abby standing their lurking over the voting box would know who you were voting for? Guess they really do not want your honest opinion of how you really feel about a person that bullies. Plus, the Dads of Dance Moms finally make an appearance! I understand the mothers and daughters want to dance but there has to be a better way to give them this opportunity rather than humiliate them on television. Just chairs and a room. Eventually, her actions all blend together into one long line of self-promotion.
And, the moms are hopeful the new dancer will complete the team, but Ashlee thinks otherwise when her mom insults Brynn. This show is despicable, and to recommend it on any level is to promote some of the worst competitive values still held today, as well as add just a little more damage to its helpless cast of girls. The moms are perhaps not as appalling as Abbey, but they come across as even more petty. But mostly, what's wrong with these mothers???? This is your chance to do so. Why would any mom allow her child to be treated this way? We will witness the girls' heartfelt goodbyes to the Zieglers and watch them dance together for the very last time.
The moms are worse, as they allow it to happen. Chloe performs for the first time in front of Abby in two years, but struggles with missing her old teammates. For those who are baffled by selfish parenting, this show is nowhere close to entertainment. Brynn, Kalani, Lilliana, and Elliana are assigned solos, leaving Holly and Jill fuming that the original members are left out. Now, I'm nowhere near what people would call conservative. Each time it was rejected for submission. If the drama between the mothers, or between mother and instructor, could be taken out of the production, I think this show could emit a more positive light.