Lifetime found a hit in “Dance Moms,” so it’s no surprise they are spinning dance/drill instructor Abby Lee Miller into another show.
Lifetime has picked up 10 episodes of “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition,” the network announced Monday. It’s kids dance competition that will feature 12 aspiring dancers, ages 6-13, as they compete for a $100,000 grand prize and a scholarship to the Young Dancer Program at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City.
Miller will headline the reality series and serve as judge, along with Robin Antin, founder of the pop group sensation Pussycat Dolls, and celebrity choreographer Richard Jackson (who’s worked with Lady Gaga). Kevin Manno (of MTV’s “The Seven”) will host the show, which is scheduled to air this fall on Lifetime.
Each week, the young dancers will learn new routines and compete in dance skills challenges as they perform before the judges and a live audience, with one tiny dancer sent home each episode.
And, yes, Miller will still get her claws into the “Dance Moms” — each competitor will be coached by his or her mother, who’s responsible for “critical” decisions such as costumes, music and choreography, giving the abrasive Abby plenty of fodder to fume over.