Dance Moms Fans React in Totally Normal, Sane Way to Essay About Them

Yesterday, we published a quick internet deep dive essay investigating the young, Instagram-based fandom of the Lifetime show Dance Moms. Amy McCarthy wrote about this manic and self-contained social media universe: the constellations of fake accounts, password-hacking, promises to leak "secrets" about the young… » 1/14/15 12:00pm 1/14/15 12:00pm

The Terrifying Instagram World of the Tweenage Dance Moms Fans

Over the past four seasons, Lifetime's Dance Moms has rapidly become one of the most popular reality shows on television, particularly with girls under the age of 18. Nearly two million viewers tuned into last week's Season 5 premiere, which features Pittsburgh's Abby Lee Miller and a troupe of elite dancers ranging… » 1/13/15 2:00pm 1/13/15 2:00pm

Greta Gerwig on the Cultish Tendencies of Ballet Class

When future humans look back at the era of gender normative child-rearing, when parents watched their girls stumble around a dance studio and watched their boys try to decapitate a tee-ball stand, they’ll probably draw misguided conclusions, conclusions distorted by a preponderance of archived Dance Moms clips. “Wow,… » 7/13/13 6:00pm 7/13/13 6:00pm

'Dance Moms' Star Abby Lee Miller Dresses as 'Black Swan' for…

Abby Lee Miller, the hoarse-voiced choreographer who became a reality star by screaming at little girls and their mothers on Dance Moms, took part of an artsy photo shoot with In Touch in which she's wearing kabuki-like makeup and a black-feathered ballet costume while posing menacingly with her young… » 3/14/13 3:45pm 3/14/13 3:45pm

Jennifer Lawrence Would Much Rather Watch Abby Lee Miller Yell at…

Isn't it heartening to know that those semi-divine beings we fondly call "celebrities" sometimes behave with the same self-loathing abandon that we mortals do, indulging in the basest of pleasures and pretending, if only for a few hours, that they aren't so much different from the normies in the world? Of course it… » 12/30/12 5:00pm 12/30/12 5:00pm

Reality Show Will Exploit Long-Term Breastfeeding Moms for the Sake of…

From the fiendishly exploitative producers that brought you Dance Moms, a show about a group of winos who keep accidentally entering their embarassed pre-adolescent daughters in dance competitions, comes a reality show about breasts and the toddlers that still rely on them. The production company Collins Avenue has… » 7/08/12 11:30am 7/08/12 11:30am

Dance Moms Outdoes Itself With Helen Keller Interpretive Dance

Did you know that Dance Moms was back on the air? Again? For a third season? After the show and Lifetime both experienced major fallout from an episode in which prepubescent girls were made to don nude suits for a burlesque number (the episode was removed from iTunes and will never see the light of day again due to… » 6/20/12 3:15pm 6/20/12 3:15pm

Dance Moms Has Devolved Into Little Girls Doing Burlesque in Nude Suits

You have to hand it to Abby Lee Miller: She knows how to get attention. This week she's doing it by making her preteen dance students wear nude bras for a feather fan burlesque routine. Burlesque. One of the girls in the number is like 8 years old. When you instruct a little girl to dance like a man "can't afford"… » 3/07/12 5:50pm 3/07/12 5:50pm

Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller Explains Why She's Such a Monster

This morning, the entire cast of Dance Moms were on not one, not two, but three different segments of The View. The children performed a routine and their moms had a chance to defend their choice to subject their kids to the tyranny of instructor Abby Lee Miller ("It's Stockholm Syndrome"). But first, Abby sat down… » 2/21/12 3:15pm 2/21/12 3:15pm

Octavia Spencer Fires Back Against the Media Who Won't Shut Up About…

Actress Octavia Spencer has been the toast of the town since getting a heap of award nominations for her role in The Help, but, much to her dismay, a lot of the conversation in the press about her has involved her weight. She took to Facebook to air her frustrations and set the record straight. » 2/02/12 8:00pm 2/02/12 8:00pm

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Lifetime to Continue Exploiting Mothers Who Exploit Their Children With

Riding the wave of success that Dance Moms has brought to the network, Lifetime is "bringing the format to the intensely competitive world of figure skating and revealing the explosive dynamic between the kids, parents and coaches who all want to be the best" with Ice Moms. But it doesn't stop there! The network also… » 1/26/12 7:20pm 1/26/12 7:20pm

Dance Moms Just Isn't What it Used to Be

In order for camp, as a genre, to be truly enjoyable it needs to rely on the naïveté of its subjects. It needs to be unintentional Like on the first season of Dance Moms, when kiddie choreographer Abby Lee Miller and the moms whose children are enrolled in her studio didn't realize just how fucking ridiculous they… » 1/18/12 3:30pm 1/18/12 3:30pm

Dance Moms, Your Go-To Source for Questionable Parenting

The walking, talking ashtray that is Abby Lee Miller returned to our television sets last night on the season premiere of Dance Moms. She's still screaming, she's still bitching, and she's still accusing her students' parents of being bad moms. Having had a taste of reality television success, Abby knows that she… » 1/11/12 5:45pm 1/11/12 5:45pm

Moms Have No Problem With Their Young Daughters' Writhing

When our girls won the national title in last week's episode, you might have thought it was the shining moment for the the students of the Abby Lee Miller dance school. But what's a national title when you could be shimmying around in neon feathers and hair extensions for a music video? Welcome to the Dance Moms » 10/06/11 1:45pm 10/06/11 1:45pm

This Is What Happens When Children Try To Re-Enact Black Swan

Last night's brand-new episode of Dance Moms reiterated the fact that the stars here are, in fact, the moms. (If they weren't, the show would be called, I don't know, Dance Kids?) So is it any surprise that when the girls won the National Talent Competition, the mothers made it all about themselves? » 9/29/11 4:55pm 9/29/11 4:55pm

Why Do The Moms Subject Their Kids To This Woman?

Abby Lee Miller is an angry beast whose voice is about two Virginia Slims away from Freddy Krueger's. She's part scary, part ridiculous, and mostly awful. But it's difficult to blame her entirely for the general unhappiness that seems to plague this troupe. If anything, it's the fault of the mothers, who subject… » 9/08/11 2:20pm 9/08/11 2:20pm