“Dance Moms” Stars Go To Court Over Assault

    January 23, 2014
    Amanda Crum
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“Dance Moms”, a Lifetime reality show about young dancers and the sometimes extreme lengths their mothers go to in order to make them successful, has spawned a lawsuit that went to court this week.

Abby Lee Miller, the dance instructor on the show, has pressed charges against the mother of two students, Kelly Hyland, after Hyland screamed at Miller and pulled her hair during an altercation last November. The fight allegedly began when Hyland accused Miller of slighting her daughters. According to a court order, the women aren’t allowed to have contact with one another during the legal battle, and that suits Miller just fine. The 47-year old says she pressed charges because she wants to try and protect Hyland’s daughters–15-year old Brooke and 13-year old Paige–from her wrath.

“I have to stand by what believe in,” said Miller, who said she asked a friend with knowledge of the situation for advice. “I said, ‘Do you think I’m doing the right thing?’ And they said, ‘Hey Abby, if you don’t press charges against her the next thing it’s going to be those two kids killed in the car with her. That’s what its going to be.'”

The show is currently filming its fourth season, but it’s not known whether Hyland will appear in future episodes. The Lifetime cameras were on hand on Tuesday when the women exited the courtrooms, however, so it’s likely that the legal battle will be well-documented for the show. In a season 4 preview, Hyland can be seen causing drama with the other moms and having words with Miller, so it’s likely the whole thing will air.

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  • blondie22

    what about charges against Abby for verbal assault on those girls? as well as the mothers? bulling is not teaching – yes push them for greater things but you consistantly go way over the top.
    You dont have to be a total bioch to teach- Abby seems incable of letting any of them just enjoy their successes as they have them and addressing the goofs or needed improvements later. For gawd sake Abby– let them at least have the day to enjoy.

    • Whitney

      I have been a fan of DanceMoms for a couple of years now. I appreciate the strict instruction of Abby and the desire of the moms for their daughters to be their best. I understand that the moms want their daughters to be recognized for their talents from Abby. I love watching each and everyone one of them. I admit that I enjoy some of the confrontation between the moms and Abby. I do think that Abby is sometimes cruel in her comments to the girls, I do not appreciate that? I am seriously thinking about banning the show in my home due to the behavior between Abby and some of the moms. I am actually impressed with these young dancers for their support and love of each other. They are more adult then Abbey and some of the moms.

  • Martha Hoffer

    You must not live in the world of Dance. Dance Companies have to use every tactic to get the dancer’s to give thier best. Sometimes you have to yell to get your point across. In Abby’s case I think the “Dance Mom’s” are so very wrong to second guess Ms. Miller’s motive’s.
    She want’s to build a dance comapny troupe that will perform hopefully all over the world. Ms. Miller has every right to run her studio the way she see’s fit.
    Somewhere along the shooting of Dance Mom’s the mother’s started to see if they made a fuss they would get more air time on this show.
    Well it got out of hand and I feel Ms. Miller did the right thing to bring this nightmare to a screeching halt.
    Kelly has serious mental issues and I am glad that the court of law were getting down to the real issue. This Mother might be an Acoholic and if so Abby as a Instructor, teacher is obligated by law to report bad behavior that might lead to a childs harm. Wouldn’t you do the same thing?

    • teri

      How can you call someone an alcoholic based on a few minutes of air time. Get a life.

    • Ellen

      I'm a parent of a daughter in competitive dance and there IS a difference of MOTIVATING your dancers to be the best they can be and BELITTLING them. I've watched a couple episodes in the beginning which was a enough to see that there is no way I would ever subject my young daughter to that type of abuse. Yes, that is what it is VERBAL ABUSE! The parents are just as bad for allowing it to happen and the public who watch it keep the ratings up, so the show goes on….

    • http://www.usshc.us Sports doctor

      Are you out of your mind? I have been involved with dance with my daughter and granddaughter for over 20 years and never once seen an instructor act as this over rated “star”. Miller is a bully that has placed enough negative imprints in her dancers that will ruin their self esteem and self confidence for the rest of their lives. As a professional sports psychologist I have seen this with coaches also and this “dance” teacher is no different, actually worse.

      “Ms. Miller has every right to run her studio the way she see’s fit”….if Miller was a teacher in a school system would she still be teaching? The parents are just to blame in letting her talk that way to their kids and paying for it ($). Hey, it’s trash TV and can’t believe there is a following! I have seen maybe 7-8 episodes and only to use it in my practice when these kids come in to deal with teachers such as this, nothing more then cheap TV.

  • http://msn iva jordison

    What right do you have calling people mentally,or have aacohol problem? Abbey runs down the girls parent bys down in front of them. It seems to me Abbey has the problem? She herself could in anger hurt one of the girls Oh by the way do you have child in her class? Abbey has favorites and I don’t think that’s fair either.

    • michelle

      Abby is allowed, as a teacher, to teach as she sees fit. If you don't like it or your kid doesn't respond to it, find another teacher. Nobody is holding a gun to these parent's heads to keep their kids with Abby, but if they see 1. her methods work, 2. she gets the kids to consistently perform, and 3. the kids WANT to be there, then why attack HER? Abby has her methods, and you might not like it, but you're free to stop paying her and take your kid somewhere else.

      • magpie

        Abby is NOT a teacher. She is a self-proclaimed teacher who does not dance herself. I think it's a scam and I think she's a phony. If she had any teaching background she would not do and say the things she does.

  • JBW

    I think these kids and their suburban moms were nobody going nowhere until Abby Lee-on her own as a business woman-put them on a national show. They are champions because of Abby and make it clear they are all enjoying their new-found notoriety. That they insult this woman who has put them on the map (those kids are used to her demeanor or they'd leave but they like the fame) is horrible. calling her fat, she may be fat but none of those moms are skinny either so they should shut it. I am happy for Abby that she may now be able to put together her best dance teams without dealing with any more ingrates. Jill is the smart one-she walks her dog, gives her jewelry, and so would I if Abby Lee would make my kids that prestigious! let's be real-we all would. GO Abby! Keep ignoring your haters, they give you power…

  • betsy romano

    love dance moms, think the girls are very talented and abby does a wonderful job with them. abby is there to win, and if she didn't make these girls so successful the mothers would complain and whine about that. they don't like what is going on take their children elsewhere, don't worry they wont they love the attention on themselves.

  • Harry

    Tbh I think that most of this is staged but I do think that Abby will keep those poor two girls who are stuck in the middle of all of this. Abby said she wanted to protect them as she said above^^^^!! I think Kelly has an extremely short temper and is getting wilder!

  • Robin Earle

    I agree -Abby can be ruff BUT THATS SHOW BIZ-if they can’t handle Abby they will never make it in the real world! If you don’t like her then quit and watch the show from home while another girls takes their daughters spot. These girls KNOW ABBY and are not one bit afraid of her. Frankly I myself feel some of the girls have gotten lazy and take it for granted. Booke for one seems bored in class . If you want the life if a super star then there are some things you have to give up so you can be at practice etc. There are hundreds if girls waiting in line for those that done like Abby. I’m not at all agreeing with some if the things Abby says but if you can’t take it or done want to then shut up and move on -those girls would be nothing had Abby not showcased them. Kelly babies her girls and makes them feel entitled-she wants them to do all the things other kids do at school but if your going to be a young star you have to choose what means more and move on-do t take up space another dancer would dye for.

  • Hello1234

    You do realize this show is called Dance Moms. So much of the drama is staged. Who would watch otherwise. It’s not a show about dance which is why I won’t let my kids watch. If these women want to make fools of themselves, let ALM make them look crazy moms- good for them. The girls are talented. Maybe give them a show and leave the mamas out of it!

  • Polly

    Next to Abby Kelly looks like an unreliable witness. Kelly and Christi both have serious control issues. Christi was actually going to be kicked out of the studio until she got contracted for the show. they both drink in front of children, bully away abby's customers and insult her in front of clients. the problem with reality tv is everyone, even if they don't deserve it, gets their 20 minutes instead of 15. and then it goes to their head and they try to stretch it out. Kelly thinks drinking in front of kids and bullying people is OK because she has fans telling her it's OK. once this show is over she will be on the yesterdays news scrap heap. But if she keeps acting like that her behaviour will magnify and at best her kids might think it's a good idea to follow.
    Abby is a teacher and she is strict and tough but she does it because she has the girls' best interest at heart. Directors are very good at screaming and yelling and being picky and she's teaching them. Though I think she's been unreasonably 'meaner' in the last year or so just for ratings.

  • Magpie

    I have decided not to watch anymore. I cannot watch the way Abby treats the children. As a teacher myself, I appreciate the need and desire to push and encourage. That is not what is happening here. Abby is cruel, degrading, obnoxious, bullying, and the list gores on and on. SHE IS NOT A GOOD TEACHER EVEN THOUGH SHE MAY THINK SO!! Her ways are selfish and should not be tolerated. I am shocked that the mothers put up with this bullying. Is there no other dance studio they can attend? I am also very tired of her singling out Maddie. She actually is no better than the other girls. She simply gets more instruction and much better choreography than the others get. I do remember when the Jeoffrey(sp) ballet came, they did not select Maddie – they chose Chloe. That was passed over and Abby never talked about it. Let's encourage all the kids, not just the one whose mother kisses butt. All in all, I believe Abby got what she deserved – it was a long time coming. I don't condone assault, but Abby has crossed the line just too many times.

  • Coach

    Abby is nothing but a bully, . Kelly should bring her girls to the candy apples, what a way to stick it to Abby

  • samz

    I know its reality TV, but Kelly literally took the issue to a physical level, in front of kids, and that is not appropriate. Honestly, if you Brooke would have just said, YES! I want to dance, none of this would have happened. She is old enough to speak for herself, and Abby was just trying to get her to do that. As for Abby verbally abusing the girls, I disagree immensely. She has to take a firm hand with them and be honest because in the real industry, they have to be prepared to be told they basically suck and hold their head high. If they develop a thick skin to it now, they will be so successful in the long term. If she was really that abusive, then she wouldn't be operating for this long. And if you actually pay attention to the moments when Maddie hugs her or one them has a good moment with Abby, its because they have a connection with her as their teacher and mentor. I believe Kelly was in the wrong for this situation. She clearly is unstable and ungrateful for what she has been given in life. She has ALWAYS been negative towards everything. She knew abby for so long, that if she really hated her or her teaching style, she did not, by any means, need to send her kids there from the start.