Coming This Fall: Abby Lee Miller's New Show!
She’s baaaack. If you (like me) can't get enough Abby Lee Miller, you’re in luck. “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition,” a new reality show coming to Lifetime this fall puts the larger-than-life dance teacher on the judge’s panel. Terrifying? Yes. Am I setting my DVR now? Absolutely!
On the show, a dozen dancers, ages 6–13, will compete to win $100,000 and a scholarship to the Young Dancer Program at the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC. Other judges are Robin Antin, founder of the Pussycat Dolls, and celebrity choreographer Richard Jackson (Lady Gaga’s “Marry the Night”).
We’re beyond pumped (it’s like “So You Think You Can Dance” for kids!), and so is Abby Lee. “Shooting the new show now,” she told us last week. “It’s going to make amazing television.”
We bet it will. But what do you think? Are you excited to see more of the “Dance Moms” star or dreading the over-the-top comments she’s bound to make? Let us know!
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In the dance industry, dancers don't always have a say in what they wear on their bodies. This can get tricky if you're asked to wear something that compromises your own personal values. So what should you do if you find yourself in this sticky situation? We sat down for a Q&A with "Dancing with the Stars" alumn Ashly Costa to answer that very question. Here's what she had to say about the options dancers have surrounding questionable costumes.
The groundwork for Erin Carpenter's company, Nude Barre, began when she was a teenager. At 16, she earned a spot in the residency program at The Kennedy Center in partnership with Dance Theatre of Harlem. "We were required to wear nude—as in, our actual skin tone—tights and shoes," she remembers. Carpenter brought her "sun tan" tights and a pair of pink ballet shoes with her, because that was all she could find. But she wasn't allowed in class because her dancewear didn't match her skin. "I was so embarrassed," she says. "I looked unprepared. I just didn't have the right nudes." Her teacher explained that the dancers dyed their tights and pancaked their shoes.