Recently, I have caught several episodes of “Dance Moms” on Lifetime, and I just can’t believe what I am watching is real. It’s hard to decide if this dance school owner/instructor is really this harsh to the kids and if the moms are really this competitive or if this is all just for the camera.
Check out the video above to get a taste of the action. It’s hard to describe because it’s so crazy. The owner Abby Lee is extremely dictatorial and doesn’t seem to recognize that these families are paying customers. The favoritism toward some students is immense but is that something they need to learn deal with or should they have to at this young age — especially when they are paying just as much to be there? The moms and kids are spending hours at the studio each day. I have no idea how the children get any homework done.
I have never been in the environment of a truly competitive dance circle, and I am wondering is this what is really happening in these studios and at the competitions?
Rose took one dance class, and it was awful. The lady yelled at 3-year-olds and complained if they weren’t wearing enough make up for the recital. Lilina has taken dance through the YMCA, and it was a positive experience. The teacher was low pressure and it didn’t have a recital. But Lilina really learned steps and could show you and identify them.
Now I’m starting to wonder about the “Toddlers and Tiaras” show on TLC. I don’t know why but I am willing to believe that action is real but not the action on “Dance Moms.” (”Toddlers and Tiaras” has had a recent scandal involving a mom who dressed her child for competition like the many phases of “Pretty Woman” — the prostitute Julia Roberts as well as the fixed-up Roberts. Click here to read the story and video of the mom explaining it. Feel free to comment on this controversy as well.)
Has your child been involved in a competitive dance situation like the one depicted on the show? Is the show accurate or hamming it up for the cameras? Would you leave your child in a studio like that or move them? Is it possible to learn dance at a high level and not be in that type of environment?