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Story of Kansas Trans Man Told in Emotional "Dance Moms" Performance

Liesel Reinhart | Posted 07.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Liesel Reinhart

The song is intended to capture the push and pull of forces that Jay experiences as a young trans person, first running away from something and then realizing he was running toward something else.

What I Learned About My Son Is the Best Mother's Day Gift Ever

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 06.01.2015 | Parents
Kari Wagner-Peck

At eight years old, Thorin had figured out something I didn't learned until my 30s: Do what you love for no one else but yourself. My guess is the greater part of parenting is not getting in the way of your child becoming who they are.

I Teach Dance. Dance Moms Stresses Me Out.

Nora Younkin | Posted 06.22.2015 | Arts
Nora Younkin

I watch Dance Moms every week. In some ways it's a guilty pleasure, in others it's an opportunity for introspection on my own work as a dance instructor.

To the Dance Mom Who Is Embarrassed by her Daughter

Amanda Trusty | Posted 06.14.2015 | Arts
Amanda Trusty

Never, in all my years, and by that I mean the past decade of teaching, choreographing, and performing with children, have I ever judged YOU by your child's abilities.

Loungin' With Tony Host Tony Moore

Andrew Benkovic | Posted 05.17.2015 | Entertainment
Andrew Benkovic

After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of working in the entertainment field. He has appeared in various television shows and film, but his true passion project is his own web talk show, Loungin' with Tony.

Why Maddie Ziegler Matters to the Dance World

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 04.07.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Her technique is lovely, especially for a 12-year-old. She has stretched knees, pointed feet, and arms that float on clouds, her fingers perfectly placed. But still more important is her virtuosity, her connection with the public.

Maddie Ziegler Completely Crushes Eerie 'Elastic Heart' Dance On 'Ellen'

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 02.02.2015 | Teen

Maddie Ziegler was literally trapped in a box for her latest performance, but her moves were still on point. During a performance of Sia’s “El...

Grownup Bullying and Monster Moms

Sue Scheff | Posted 05.31.2014 | Parents
Sue Scheff

Keep in mind parents, children watch and imitate your behavior -- offline and on. It is not about telling them what to do, but about showing them with your own actions. Be conscious of your words, your keystrokes, and your conversations.

21 Things Dance Kids Want Their Non-Dance Friends To Know

The Huffington Post | Jessica Samakow | Posted 05.01.2015 | Teen

1. No, my studio is not like Abby Lee's and we don't have a pyramid in the beginning of class. 2. We did sock buns before they were cool. ...

The 10 Worst TV Role Models of 2013

Common Sense Media | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Even with all the new devices competing for kids' attention, regular old TV still dominates kids' screen time. That means all the characters they watch or otherwise absorb through popular culture make a big impact on kids' still-forming identities.

'Dance Moms' Fight Gets Daughters Kicked Off Team

Posted 09.11.2013 | TV

Take two "Dance Moms" and add alcohol. That's a guaranteed recipe for fisticuffs, and that's exactly what happened between Christi and Leslie. The wom...

Four Seconds of Fame

Jane Buckingham | Posted 05.10.2013 | Los Angeles
Jane Buckingham

Here's the story of how over two weeks, a "nobody" went from 10 to 100 to 10,000 followers on Instagram, having two fan pages, and a social media stalker. And I'm not proud to admit that the story is about my nine-year-old daughter.

'Dance Moms': Abby Lee Miller Goes Speed Dating

Posted 03.06.2013 | TV

The ladies of "Dance Moms" came up with a theory as to why Abby Lee Miller is so high strung and tense all the time. She just needed to learn to loose...

Lil Poopy: The Male Honey Boo Boo?

Hilary Levey Friedman | Posted 05.01.2013 | Entertainment
Hilary Levey Friedman

Do we care more when a male is the subject of exploitation? For example, viewers have been particularly outraged that Lil Poopy's shirt is lifted up by an older woman who grinds up against him while dancing. But this type of thing happens all the time with young female performers.

Which Shows Were Trending Most In 2012?

The Huffington Post | Laura Prudom | Posted 12.12.2012 | TV

What were the top trending shows in 2012? Some of the answers, as supplied by Google, may surprise you. While Nielsen ratings can certainly give a ...

Lifetime Network's Trick or Treat: Abby Lee Miller's Dance Teacher Disguise

Risa Gary Kaplowitz | Posted 12.26.2012 | TV
Risa Gary Kaplowitz

I can only hope that Abby Lee Miller's oft said phrase, "Everyone's replaceable," applies quickly to her. Viewers have been tricked for too long into believing that watching kids getting eaten alive is a treat.

The 10 Worst TV Role Models of 2012

Common Sense Media | Posted 12.17.2012 | Parents
Common Sense Media

The good news for parents is that even the worst role models can serve as a starting point for some important discussions with kids.

Dance on the Small Screen, Part 1

Nora Younkin | Posted 10.14.2012 | TV
Nora Younkin

The new shows aim to pull back the curtain and reveal the sweat and tears and hours of rehearsal (the how dance comes to be) behind an art form that traditionally aims to appear effortless.

'Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller Plays Herself On 'Drop Dead Diva'

Posted 08.13.2012 | TV

Abby Lee Miller proved to be up for poking fun at her on-screen persona when she guest-starred as herself on "Drop Dead Diva" (Sun., 9 p.m. ET on Life...

Ready For Your Reality TV Close-Up, Mom And Dad?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 09.10.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Those who believe their parenting skills are worthy of an audience have many chances to be seen in the near future. Apparently reality show producers also think the whole world needs to weigh in on different ways to raise children, based on the sample of casting calls made recently.

Bristol Palin's Show Bumped For 'Dance Moms' Reruns

Posted 06.29.2012 | TV

Bristol Palin's Lifetime reality show is on the move. According to The Futon Critic, "Bristol Palin: Life's A Tripp" has been bumped to 11 p.m. ET. It...

Just Dance

Lisa Steinberg | Posted 08.25.2012 | TV
Lisa Steinberg

Whether you're struggling to get your foot in the door, your feet on the floor, or to keep your spot on top, Bunheads and Breaking Pointe will give you a look at what lies beyond the ballet slippers and leotards.

Tiger Teachers: The New Stage Moms Aren't the Moms

Hilary Levey Friedman | Posted 08.07.2012 | Home
Hilary Levey Friedman

Despite their extreme antics at this point, it's a total cliché to criticize 'Dance Moms' moms. The people who really should make us scratch our heads are the other adults involved: the teachers and coaches.

What To Watch On TV This Week

Posted 04.03.2012 | TV

This week kicks off with the return of "Bones" (Mon., April 2 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox) and the medical drama's comeback is full of juicy twists and turns:...

Plastic Surgery Routine On 'Dance Moms'

Posted 03.28.2012 | TV

"Dance Moms" (Tues., 9 p.m. ET on Lifetime) supremo Abby Lee Miller has had some contentious routines before, but Tuesday night she put together a rou...