Derek Hough Attacks 'Dance Moms'
'Dancing With the Stars' pro calls show 'child abuse'
"Dancing With the Stars" pro Derek Hough is hopping mad at "Dance Moms," Lifetime's hit series about dance instructor Abby Lee Miller and the group of competitive tykes she emotionally eviscerates every week in front of their foulmouthed mothers.
"I'm sorry but this Dance mom show is straight up abusive," Hough tweeted on Tuesday, Feb. 12. "Kids Run!!!!!!! It ain't right. Child abuse isn't right. I'm livid right now."
Hough's grammatically iffy tirade continued over his next two tweets: "Theres a difference between being strict and being abusive… I believe in discipline and a strong work ethic. But there is nothing productive about screaming and making little girls cry over being on the wrong foot."
Honestly, if celebrities think that protesting the show will guilt its producers into acting more responsibly, they should think again. These are the guys who recently armed their young stars with realistic fake guns. In fact, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the producers are so happy with their controversial status quo, they plan to spin not one but two shows off the premise: "Dance Moms: Miami" and "Ice Moms."
Check out a representative clip for yourself:
For her part, Miller recently defended her shocking teaching methods on "The View," basically admitting that much of what we see is staged.
“You, out of all the people here, know about reality television, for number one," she told Elisabeth Hasselback. "You’re seeing the climax, you’re seeing it build, and that’s what the producers want.”
"Dance Moms" airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime.
As a retired dance school owner, Abby Lee is nothing more than La Pimpessa to a bunch of slime ball producers who see these little girls as nothing more than dollar signs. Abby Lee can make all the excuses she likes. But, she's no dance teacher. She's a pimpessa for profiteering producers. I'd bet anything that these slime ball producers would never allow their own daughters or granddaughters to be spoken to by an Abby Lee pimpessa for profit would they?
Then, there's the matter of the little girls or should I say automatons? Watch them "dance". A puppet can do as well. They don't dance for any reason other than to please Abby Big Mouth Classless Lee. No dance teacher of any class I ever knew up to and including some of Broadway's biggest stars like Ben Vereen and Gwen Verdon would ever demean their students as La Pimpessa does.
Dance is an art. Not a footrace competition. That's all Abby Lee is really teaching her students. Ten points for a front walkover. 20 points for a triple fouette turn and God help the little girl who can't master acrobatic aerials like an Olympic champion.
I've watched these little girls perform. That's all they are doing...performing. Ritualistic competitive performances. Not a single one of them has a clue that dance is an art form. Not some mindless exercise in competitive sport.
As for Abby Lee, she can muster all the excuses for her assisting slime ball profiteering producers using these little girls as dollar signs but it still reeks of exploitation.
As for the mothers of these little girls, they act like oversexed high school cheerleaders on a graduation night out. Grow up and act like mothers.
Some commenters ask why parents would subject their children, good question, I certainly would not, but then I am a grandmother of 70, not a mother. I know what my daughter aspires to as a mother, and I am not so sure it was the same things I aspired to when my children were young and the age of these girls. I think the whole mentality of society (parentally of course) is entirely different from my generation. The end result to the kids will nonetheless, be the same as any generation abusive or exploitative aspect. The teacher leaves alot to be desisred, not like any dance teacher I ever knew--first she needs a good diet and exercise program before getting up to think about teaching children to dance. The rest of her attitude is unacceptable for teaching children anything worthwhile!
Oh, I don't know. What is wrong with a tough task master? The importance of competition and high expectations for these kids will later come to their aid as they approach the Serengetti that is life. I have heard of movements to remove 'F' from report cards because of self esteem concerns, and athletic leagues where everyone gets a trophy. Where are the lessons in that? I saw an episode where the African American child had a panic attack before her competition, but was able to go out and perform. That has value. She will be able to draw on that strength and willpower later and apply it to many other aspects of her life. These kids also are winning the majority of their competitions. They are learning the relationship between hard work and success.
Also, remember that there are alternative dance schools in Pittsburgh...
OMG this is so wrong! I do not understand why Lifetime has this person on their network. I guess scandal and abuse sells. I had four children and a niece in dance classes in the midwest with the most patience and kindest teacher in the world. She got awesome results from her kids. That was over twenty five years ago and this teacher is still the top of her field, Leslie rocks. Her kids have performed all over the US.
And you put trash on the air like this??? Shame on Lifetime. Shame on the parents for allowing it!
Derek Hough is right. This is child abuse. No teacher should ever make a student cry. I took my daughter off of her baseball team when she was in 6th grade and she had been on this team since first grade. The Coach they had for years was yelling at her during the games and bring her to tears in front of her team members and other parents. The coach wanted to teach them team playing and this is not the way to teach team playing. Yelling gets you no where!
Anytime a woman (no matter how young or old) has to attain notoriety with her body, she is a sex worker. Prostitute, Hooters Girl, Dancing Tots, they're there to cater to the prurient interest and in this case it's pure kiddie porn.
Back in the day dancers were people like Ginger Rogers, Marge Gower, Stefanie Prowse, and of course the dancers of the ballet. It seems today that "dancing" is little different from strip routines. I'm surprised they haven't given these kids a pole!
Why can't a child be taught the grace and acrobatics of classical ballroom dance, swing, and so forth. It would serve just as well for training, gymnasitcs and expertise. However I doubt the sight of tots in floor-length ball gowns would be as sexually exciting as moppets in leotards.
It's pure sadism. People like to see pretty girls put through hell just to see them suffer.
I cannot stand this show and do not understand how it is still on tv or how it ever got on! I took dancing lessons from the age of 3 - 16 and this woman is not the normal dance teacher. She is verbally abusive and a mean, nasty person - so into herself for sure. All she does is yell and have tyrants, who wants to watch and listen to that? Why do these girls mothers continue to let this person treat them and their daughters the way she does? I am appalled at her behavior, so unprofessional at the least and on a number of other levels. Evidently, it's all about the fame and tv exposure and how sad is that? This is such a negative show!
I love watching this show. I hate the way the girls are treated. If you aren't saint Maddie you are nobody. But Abby does get results, the girls win, but at all cost. Last night was a very bad show. You need to give the good with the bad and Abby doesn't know the meaning of positive remarks unless you are Maddie.
These children DANCE beautifully that is the point of the show. Many team sports have coaches just like Abby. If the parent keep bringing the girls back then that should be the issue.
The Moms are another story - lol
This Obnoxious, Fat COW - Abby is the epitome of a pathetic slob who didn't quite turn out like she had hoped. She drowns her pity in FOOD - - and apparently Way too much of it. And takes out her woeful agressions on these poor little girls. But what I don't get is: Why in the hell would any respectable parent subject themselves and expecially their kids to such abuse??? I just happened to watch this show for the 1st time last nite - like 3 episodes back-to-back. These moronic women yell and scream back and forth in front of their kids; and the fat cow screaming at the kids. I can't imagine the permanent damage that is being inflicted on them.
Besides "Toddlers & Tiaras" this is the most demeaning show on TV. That that oversized excuse for a dance teacher and the absolutely ignorant mothers are on TV just goes to show how stupid, vapid and unintelligent the American public has become. I have watched to show, at least part of it, twice and do not understand how any mother could subject her child to such cruelty. Several mothers show their complete lack of self respect to allow that women to abuse their children. Lifetime should be ashamed, but then it is for the money anyway!!