Reality TV is full of drama — that's what makes it so much fun to watch. There are few shows more dramatic than Dance Moms, the Lifetime reality show about the Abby Lee Miller Dance Company. Some of the girls on the show have gone on to find success (if you don't understand what a Jojo Siwa is, thank Dance Moms.) But no one is more famous (or rather, infamous) than their fearless leader Abby Lee Miller. Miller's reign of terror ended abruptly, but she's back in the trailer for the new season of the show. We're so ready for her.
So, for those who may not watch Dance Moms, Abby Lee Miller is the owner of a dance studio in Pittsburgh. She was on the show until season seven, when she left to go to jail. In 2017, Miller was sentenced to a year in jail. After pleading guilty to not reporting and international monetary transfer and also concealing bankruptcy assets, she went to jail in July of 2017. Additionally, she was fined $40,000 and made to pay a judgment of $120,000. When she left the show, former Dancing with the Stars professional Cheryl Burke stepped in.
Near the end of her prison sentence, Miller began to suffer a series of health problems. These led to her receiving a diagnosis of Burkitt Lymphoma in the spring of 2018. In the trailer for the new season, we see Miller in the hospital receiving treatments for her illness.
"I need to get back to teaching and I need to get back to screaming at children," she says in the trailer. While we understand the sentiment, we can't be the only ones who hoped that maybe she had mellowed out a little bit. But maybe she was just saying it for dramatic affect. Here's hoping that she is at least.
It's great to see that Abby Lee Miller isn't letting her cancer slow her down from getting back to work. Hopefully she will be able to put the last couple years behind her and start again fresh with a new group of kids. "I fought hard to be here, and you have to a fighter too," she tells her students.
Unfortunately, the new season of Dance Moms doesn't air on Lifetime until June, so we have some time to wait. But we'll be sitting on pins and needles the whole time.