Friday, March 7, 2014

My Guilty Pleasure: Dance Moms

I have a lot of guilty pleasures when it comes to television. Most of them are trashy reality shows or trashy talk shows that are on during the day. But the one that I can't ever miss, that I have to DVR and watch if I have something to do is Dance Moms on Lifetime.

The show follows a competitive dance team out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania led by the renowned dance teacher, Abby Lee Miller. The team is made up of mostly late elementary school girls who are all brilliant dancers. Every single one of them is a talent that is breathtaking to watch. But their moms are insane.

And that's what makes the show so wonderfully fun to watch.

Like most reality shows, the moms are almost always fighting with one another. They're jealous of the fact that one woman's daughter gets more solos or lead parts in group dances. Or they're upset that one mother is always ratting out the others to Abby and not being a "team player." (Anyone who watches the show knows both of those descriptions are about the exact same Mom!)

But they're also working hard to teach their daughters that the world doesn't revolve around dance, and that being a good person is more important than winning. And that's where the moms and Abby often conflict. For Abby, there is nothing more important than first place. Her two favorite sayings are "second place is the first loser" and "everyone's replaceable," and she makes sure the students and moms who get on her bad side are well aware of these sayings. And how much power she has over their daughters' careers as dancers.

What I love most about this show is that the girls are such beautiful dancers. I love watching them dance at the end of the show. Those are my favorite moments, when the girls step on stage, the music starts, and they let go of everything. Those are the best times.

Of course, watching the moms go crazy is pretty entertaining too.

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Edited by - Stephanie King