The producers of Lifetime’s “Dance Moms” just got the Charleston knocked out of them when they were forbidden to attend a major children’s dance competition because of the way the event was depicted on the show, reports TMZ.
In its first season, which ended earlier this month, “Dance Moms” featured a huge dance event called StarQuest (SQ) in Pennsylvania. The event was featured in Episode Two last July, according to this story in the New York Post.
According to Michael Ian Cedar, an associate producer of SQ, he was dismayed at the way Lifetime’s producers edited the show. He says they portrayed various dancers going toe-to-toe with each other — when in reality, they did not.
Cedar was also irked that the show focused more on the diva-ish antics of the mothers and less on their young daughters in the competitions. (Hey, buddy, be sure to read the title of the show next time!) As a result, SQ officials say “Dance Moms” won’t be allowed into next year’s competition.
When TMZ asked “Dance Moms” producer Jeff Collins what he thought of Cedar’s accusations of dishonest editing, he said it was ridiculous, adding that every other dance competition has welcomed the show back for its second season.
“Dance Moms” focuses on a headstrong, Pittsburgh-area dance instructor named Abby Lee Miller and her high-intensity confrontations with the mothers of her young dance students. It was one of the most talked-about new reality series of the summer season and, in the process, earned a second season from Lifetime.