“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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Coach

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

  • 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….

  • 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.

  • 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.