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She's a screaming mess most of the time who likes to play drill sergeant with her pupils.  Sometimes it seems that she spends more time at war with her dancer's mothers than actually teaching her girls how to dance.  She tends to take great pleasure in trying to pit preteen girls against one another for the sake of healthy competition.  Whoever could I be talking about?  Y'all know!  It's Abby Lee Miller of Lifetime's Dance Moms!

Abby has been repeatedly criticized for her questionable teaching methods, but she does appear to get results.  Her dancers are incredibly talented.  While she has never danced professionally, Abby started the Abby Lee Dance Company when she was just fourteen years old.  That explains even more some of the history between her and Kelly!  

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In an interview with In Touch Abby shares that she's not nearly the tyrant she appears to be on her show.  She shares, “I’m a schoolgirl at heart.  There’s still an innocence to me.”  Hmmm….perhaps that is the side of Abby that Louie only gets to see when the cameras aren't rolling.

The forty-seven year old explains that the reality series doesn't show her spoiling her dancers.  Abby admits, “I’ve done a lot of nice things for my girls. I take them to dinners, to movies, to Broadway shows. Most of my kids, over the years, have never seen a plane or been to a five-star hotel. I teach them which fork to use and things they won’t learn in school.”

Abby adds that the show never focuses on the creative process of choreography, stating, “We don’t just pull all that out of our a–es!”

Discussing her temper, Abby reveals that sometimes she has to be mean to get her dancers to realize their potential.  She tells the magazine, “I have bigger dreams for these kids than they have for themselves.  I want them to be better — I want them to win.  When I tell a child something the first time, I’m nice. The 15th time, I start to get aggravated. By the 30th time, they’re doing 100 push-ups and I’m screaming at them, and of course that’s what they put on TV."

Abby sums up her teaching style with a few simple words, citing, “Life is a competition.  A teacher’s success is based solely on the success of her students.”  And a reality show's success is based solely on the amount of drama it brings into our living rooms…

TELL US-DO YOU THINK ABBY'S TOUGH GIRL PERSONA IS JUST AN ACT FOR THE SHOW?

[Photo Credit: Lifetime]

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