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Dance Moms: Season 1 (2011)

Abby Lee Miller , Lifetime  |  NR |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (560 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Abby Lee Miller
  • Directors: Lifetime
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2012
  • Run Time: 546 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (560 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007HLFVM2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,850 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Set in Pittsburgh’s renowned Abby Lee Dance Company, owned and operated by notoriously demanding and passionate instructor Abby Lee Miller, Lifetime’s explosive new docu-series DANCE MOMS follows children’s early steps on the road to stardom and the doting mothers who are there for every rehearsal, performance and bow…all under the discerning eye of Miller. Presenting a powerful cast of characters sure to raise eyebrows, the series immerses itself in the highs and lows surrounding competition season to deliver an intriguing and dramatic look at the frantic pursuit of the ultimate National Dance title. Centered on the devoted Miller, who runs her school with an iron tap shoe as she instructs her young, talented students while dealing with over-the-top mothers who go to great lengths to help their children’s dreams come true, DANCE MOMS poses tough questions about what really goes on behind-the-scenes in the fast-growing and controversial sport of competitive dance.

There's crying, tantrums, sassing back, and lots of pouting--and that's just the moms. Dance Moms, the Lifetime reality hit, is compulsively watchable because it features dance, as well as ambitious mothers living through their kids, but not in as creepy a way as, say, pageant moms. Most of all, Dance Moms has a great star and antihero in dance teacher Abby Lee Miller, whose Pittsburgh dance studio is apparently where aspiring young dancers go to learn how to make it on Broadway. Miller is a drill sergeant who may or may not have a heart of gold, but the moms of the young dancers believe in her strict teaching methods, even if they often roll their eyes when Miller's not around. The dance world is fascinating, and the world of young kids devoting themselves to an art so single-mindedly is also fascinating. Miller likes to say (several times an episode) that her feedback may seem harsh, but she would rather her students hear it from her, "in my class, in front of eight people, instead of 800 at an open audition." If she sometimes seems extra harsh with her tween girls, there's no denying that the dancers have learned not only captivating and competition-winning moves, but also poise and comportment. The moms are a whole other arc of interesting watching; many of them were Miller's students when they were their daughters' age. Dance Moms mostly stays on the side of sympathizing with the young dancers, letting the moms and Miller take the lumps for occasional off-putting behavior. But it sure looks like the moms and Miller can take pretty much anything anyone dishes out. Reality fans will eat it up. --A.T. Hurley

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the dancers March 5, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video
I enjoy this show - not always the moms however. Amazing to watch the girls grow in their dancing skills. I'm on my second season of following it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Guilty Pleasure July 10, 2013
By Mikki
I saw one episode of this show and I was HOOKED! And weirdly, I can't explain why I like it.
Yes, Abby yells a lot and most of the mom behave poorly. Yes, all the pressure is put on one 8 year old girl while the rest dance aimlessly in circle but I'll be dammed if it doesn't make addictive television! Maybe it's because despite all the yelling and screaming, it's really obvious all of these people are about their children's craft (even if it's for selfish reason (Melissa)). I'm not really sure...either way! I will continue to watch and lie to my friends and tell them I'm not overly familiar with the show.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars perfect guilty pleasure September 26, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This show will not change the world. You will not gain anything from it except entertainment. But that is what the show is supposed to do. This is reality T.V. at its most dramatic. The moms are constantly arguing with each other and Abby. Some of them are so backstabbing you know that they are playing it up for entertainment value. In short it is fun to watch the drama.

Yet, there is another element to the show that is more redeeming, and that is the girls. They really are very good dancers, and fun to watch.

The only thing I don't care for in the show is that Abby sometimes insults the kids because she is fighting with their mothers calling them "sneaks" and insinuating that they are stupid.

All in all a good way to waste an hour.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars can't encourage this May 4, 2013
By momelk
Format:Amazon Instant Video
I love dance, but was so turned off by this show I couldn't watch more than one episode. In my opinion, the mothers of these girls should be up for child abuse. They've turned their daughters into puppets through whom they can vicariously achieve their own lost dreams. Shameful behavior. The teacher is demanding to the point of cruelty, but she is only doing what she is getting paid high dollars to do. I realize it takes lots of hard work to become a professional dancer, but this is over the top manipulation and forced participation, and I can't condone it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun drama between dance moms! November 6, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video
It's very entertaining--my daughters enjoy watching it, for the dance but also for the drama between the moms. Very impressive dancing by the girls.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pathological Monster of Id, ball shuffle change May 1, 2012
By Jen
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
We gave up cable last year when I got laid off, and embraced the brave new world of streaming content. Since this show is not available on Hulu or Netflix, hello Amazon streaming. I don't buy tons of content, but I was mesmerized by an excerpt from this show that I found online, and had to see more.

Have to say that Abby Lee Miller must believe that all publicity is good publicity. She has a core of sensible, tough-love coaching somewhere below all the wildly inappropriate behavior, but appears to be completely insane on this show. Mom and dance studio rival Cathy also acts out for the camera, with disregard for other humans and the laws of nature. Other moms are not nearly so nutty (Abby and Cathy set the benchmark very high). All of the ladies show some concern and affection for their daughters and pupils, although that's sometimes obscured by their crazy sniping.

The little girls are sweet and dedicated, and it's endearing to see them dance their hearts out in front of their moms and the Lifetime production crew. Here and on shows like Toddlers and Tiaras, the audiences are slim and unabashedly partisan at regional showcases, and people are apparently screaming in the hallways of hotels all over this land. I hope these little ladies find fuller and more serene audiences someday, if they become performers.

Exploitation is the nature of shows like Dance Moms, but the cameras do linger over the girls routines, which is either kind or cynical (can't decide). The appeal of being part of this group must be complicated. I can't imagine paying $16,000 a year for dance, or willingly exposing my daughters to so much explosive drama, but can see that being part of a group, no matter how dysfunctional, has its perks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Calling Dr. Phill March 13, 2014
By Nick
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Abby lee Miller is extremely abusive and unfair toward her talented students. The dancers are lovely young ladies, especially Chloe, who in spite of Abbys reletless negativity, stands out like a well rounded child and amazing dancer. Maddie, teacher's pet, is a very good dancer, but with a Diva attitude nurtured by Abby Lee. The mother's definitely need therapy and contribute to the chaos. I watch the program for the students and the competition. The show would be more enjoyable without the ridiculous scripted drama, and more dance. My favorites are Holly, Nia, Chloe, and all the girls. Christie is likable, but seems to need therapy. Her outbursts hurt Chloe. Perhaps the cast could visit Dr. Phill.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable February 18, 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Fascinating at first the viewer can sympathize with Abbey and what she puts up with when the moms are unhappy (which seems to be all the time) but then one can't help but wonder why she puts up with it. Supposedly these parents brought their daughters to be turned into professional dancers, which is what Abbey seems to be good at. Then all they do is carp because they don't think their daughter is getting enough attention or is being "picked on". Come on, Abbey, tell these moms to either cool it or just take their precious child out of your class. If you are as good as you claim to be you should not have any trouble finding students. The program seems unlikely and probably staged.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad to see this now.
Finally got to see how it all started. I started watching this in the second season, and always knew I had missed a lot.
Published 1 day ago by Deborah Burger
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the the girls and moms...hate Abbey!!!!
Even though I can't stand Abbey Lee...I love these girls...especially Chloe, I watch this show for the girls and I hadn't seen season 1 or 2 since I got in to the show... Read more
Published 3 days ago by ChloeK's Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining--all of the drama between Moms & Abbey makes me ...
Entertaining--all of the drama between Moms & Abbey makes me appreciate that I do not have this stress in my life.
Published 4 days ago by Debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good show.
Published 7 days ago by Stephanie Russell
4.0 out of 5 stars I love it!
This show is about crazy dance moms and 2 crazy dance teachers. The only sane ones are the kids. I love it!
Published 11 days ago by Mary Frawley
1.0 out of 5 stars The WORST OF HUMANITY
This is NOT what you want to emulate in any way, shape, or form.
Published 18 days ago by R. A Gibson
3.0 out of 5 stars If you are into that sort of thing.
My wife watches this show. It's her guilty pleasure. I personally can't stand the sound of women and little girls arguing and fighting. Read more
Published 18 days ago by aaron keller garrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So stupid how much I enjoy this show...
Published 19 days ago by J. Arp
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
My girls 10 & 12 got into this. Crazy & addicting but not as cringe-worthy as Toddlers & Tiaras.
Published 21 days ago by C. Matas
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 21 days ago by Jenn
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