TV’s dance-school dictator – Abby Lee Miller of Lifetime’s “Dance Moms” – says she couldn’t care less what “the general public” thinks of her.
“I’ve been talked about by a lot better people than the general public,” Miller says in an interview with the New York Post. “I was told that someone on Facebook said something ‘horrible’ about me. Who cares? At least they’re watching the show!” she said.
Indeed, “Dance Moms” – seen Wednesday nights at 10/9c on Lifetime – has emerged as one of the most talked-about new reality shows of the summer. On the show, Miller is seen in her dance school, located in a Pittsburgh suburb, managing her young girl students and their high-strung moms with an iron fist. Her bluntness and seemingly harsh methods have viewers talking. And, to be fair, some of the moms’ behavior is a lot worse than hers.
Miller concedes she’s tough, but insists that she used to be tougher. “I recently had lunch with some [dance school] alumni . . . who said [the show] should have been done 15 years ago. when I was really mean!” she told The Post.
She was even blunt-spoken about the moms on her show, calling them “failures,” “rude” and “ignorant.” “[The moms] don’t realize that they failed miserably [at dance], and that’s why they’re not doing it now,” she said in the interview. “That’s why they’re in Pittsburgh with their kids – if they were successful dancers, they’d be in New York or L.A.! . . . Every rude, ignorant or condescending thing, every ounce of trouble [the moms] start in the waiting room makes me not want to work with their child!
“[What you see on screen] is pretty much me,” she says. “In my world I’m always a hard-ass!”
“Dance Moms” airs Wednesday nights at 10/9c on Lifetime.