Admit it…you’ve been wondering where Candy Apples Cathy went on the second half of what had to be the longest season of Dance Moms. Abby Lee Miller’s nemesis was there one episode, and the next she was gone, sending Jeanette to lead her dancers. So what happened? Where in the world is Cathy Nesbitt-Stein?
While pettiness and meltdowns and ugliness unfolded on the fifth season of Dance Moms, the reason for Cathy’s absence is anything but dramatic. She claims she was simply too busy with her actual studio to participate, especially with the show relocating to Los Angeles. Of course, we all know she loves to rile up Abby, so I’m guessing she’s not gone for good…and Cathy admits that she’d love to be a part of season 6. A sixth season. I knew it was happening, but it’s like a punch in the stomach every time I’m reminded of it!
Abby partnered with her extra-special favorites Maddie Ziegler and her little sister MacKenzie, along with Kendall and Kalani, to create the “Dance Secrets” app. The app provides fans of the show access to exclusive photos and videos, dance tutorials taught by Abby and the cast, plus “a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their everyday lives from backstage rituals at competitions, shopping trips, traveling, insider tips, trade secrets, and more!”
I don’t know about you, but last night’s parade of bump-its, spray tans, and grown-a$$ women dressed in prom dresses was exactly what I’d expect from the Dance Moms Reunion. As the mothers get dolled up pageant style, we learn that Abby Lee Miller has been texting them constantly, forbidding them from attending the reunion. Of course, when she finds out they are already there, she arrives and silently takes her seat, putting a slew of papers under the cushion.
As the show begins, Abby refuses to speak to anyone because she’s classy like that. I’m thrilled that Jeff Collins dialed back the orange tint in his hair from the last go-round. As the mom take the stage, Jeff rehashes the Nationals upset. Abby holds up a sign that reads, “Fixed!” Jill explains that the competition was orchestrated, and Holly interrupts to say that yes, the awards ceremony was a mess, but they’ve never complained when the ALDC won. No one cries “fixed” then! Jessalyn touts that it made their team seem like sore losers, and suddenly Abby has found her voice with Jill and Melissa co-signing her every word.
I should know by now never to believe any rumors that involve the star of a reality show not wanting to return. Let’s face it, they only stop being on the show when they get canned. Yes, I’m looking at you, Jill Zarin! The latest culprit in this phenomenon is none other than the lady everyone loves to hate…Dance Moms’Abby Lee Miller.
On this week’s finale, Abby infamously shooed her dancer off stage during the Nationals awards ceremony after placing second in group routine. The interwebs have been working overtime with speculation that Abby is refusing to return to the show that unfortunately made her a household name. Whether you believed that Abby was fed up with how she’s been portrayed (yeah, it was all totes editing!) or disputes over salary, it seems that none of the rumors were true. It looks like Abby’s back for season six, but the fate of the mothers and dancers is still up in the air!
Congratulations, dear readers. We did it. And more importantly, we did it together. We survived yet another season of Abby Lee Miller’s shenanigans on Dance Moms (not counting the reunion, of course…that will be a gem!). Pat yourself on the back. You are stronger than you thought you could be. After last week, the Nationals soloists were up in the air, but finally we got see some amazing drama–and even better dancing!
The finale episode begins with Abby corralling the girls to hype up Nationals and poo-poo the ALDC’s track record thus far this season. Jill hopes that Abby will focus and become the leader the team needs, but learning the Jeanette’s team is competing has her off her rocker per the usual. Abby is stressed about the studio opening, and Jessalyn wonders how in the world it will be finished in time. JoJo is on the bottom of the pyramid for constantly needing corrections, followed by MacKenzie. Kendall rounds out the bottom for being “okay.” Kalani is third on the pyramid for placing third in the competition, with Maddie holding down the second spot. Woo hoo! A deserving Nia tops the pyramid for being the overall high scoring solo. Finally.
Maddie Ziegler isn’t just a dancer anymore. Nor is she just a reality star. She’s turned herself into bonafide celebrity, but despite her transformation from dance prodigy to sophisticated dancer in her own right, Dance Moms will always be Maddie’s home. And no matter how far Maddie ascends up the fame ladder one question will always taunt her: Is Abby Lee Miller really that terrible?
Below, Maddie discusses the inescapable force of Abby, the evolution of her dancing, her favorite ALDC moments, and what she’s really like off camera. Also in a video below, she and sister Mackenzie dance through the most fabulous fall trends. It’s gorgeous!
What Maddie doesn’t talk about is season 6, which is rumored to be plateaued as Abby argues with Lifetime and producers about wages and show structure.
Can you see the light at the end of the tunnel? After last night’s episode the season finale of Dance Moms is finally within our reach! Thanks for hanging in there with me…I know sometimes Abby Lee Miller makes it a tad difficult! Maddie has pretty much solidified her solo at Nationals, and last night Abby pitted Kalani against Nia for another spot in the competition, with a side of some major drama…per the usual!
Kira is feeling better after last week’s pregnancy scare, and the moms are glad to have her back and ready to face MDP. Holly is fearful that the ALDC is going to become the MDP’s version of the Candy Apples. Jill is missing from pyramid because she’s back home at her daughter’s graduation. She has left Kendall in Melissa’s care in Los Angeles. Before announcing the pyramid, Abby is thrilled about the grand opening of the West Coast ALDC studio, but she lectures the girls on their priorities. She doesn’t think most are ready for Nationals.
The closer we get to Nationals, the closer we get to the season finale of Dance Moms, and you know what that means! We’re one episode closer to a (fingers crossed!) a break from Abby Lee Miller. She’s been pitting her girls head-to-head in solos, and last night Maddie faced off against Kendall for another week in the running for Nationals. Y’all know Jill was on pins and needles watching her daughter’s dreams unfold!
The ALDC and the moms are excited to arrive at Abby’s new studio. There’s a dumpster outside, so that means progress! As everyone enters for the first practice in the new space, they are thrilled to see all that has transpired. Abby is in an amazing mood (for once), and she plans to have her grand opening the same time as Nationals so that the girls will be around to meet people and sign autographs before heading back to Pittsburgh. Jill worries that her focus will now be more on the studio and less on the important competition. While Abby is glad about last week’s win, she hasn’t seen any improvement from her team in the last year. She’s worried they’ve been blinded by the bright lights of Hollywood. Someone on this show has…that’s for sure!