Last week I let you know that Lifetime is launching this month on DStv and they are showing Dance Moms. So there goes my social life for the next few weeks…
They’re starting it off on Season 1, obviously, which suits me fine, because the only S1 footage I’ve been able to see so far is what. Is available on the Lifetime youtube channel. I comparison to the following seasons, it is a bit rough. Reminiscent of Toddlers and Tiaras, but Dance Moms really falls into a groove towards the end of S1 and from Season 2 onwards, it’s pure magic. I’m sure Lifetime will broadcast all seasons once it gets going in SA.
In preparation for the first episode and season, here are a couple of cool things I picked up during my Dance Moms addiction (if you don’t know any of these names, you will very shortly):
Abby Lee Miller began her self-named company at age fourteen! Her mom was a dance teacher too, but admittedly employed a very different teaching style.
Neither the Dance Moms nor their daughters are paid to be on the show. Which baffles me.
The girls dance between 12 – 18 hours a week! And THAT is why I call them professionals. These kids have dedication and resolve that I haven’t ever seen in the majority of people I meet. Myself included.
Abby Lee Miller was bankrupt before Dance Moms, and was about to shutter studio down. She is a heinous human being, but that studio was her dream, and I am happy for her that she didn’t have to see that die.
The show is edited, but not scripted. So this is NOTHING like the majority of reality tv we are fed these days. I’ve seen numerous interviews with the moms and kids, and they all say the same thing: there are absolutely no scripts. What you see is coming from the individual person, not from a producer cooking up drama in a room somewhere.
Here’s what you can expect:
Book the couch, grab your popcorn, and tune into DStv, channel 131 on 22 July at 19:10 for the premiere. Can’t wait!