Abby's Studio Rescue

Common Sense Media says

Dance studio makeovers put iffy mentor center stage.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The underlying message is that dance education is important and that solid practices are important to running a successful business. But mixed in with these ideas are themes of moms being competitive and catty toward each other, as well as the idea that yelling at folks is a good way to motivate them.

Positive role models

Abby Lee Miller isn't easy to get along with, but ultimately she wants to help studio owners keep their businesses going and continue to offer their communities dance education. The moms often are portrayed as catty and uncooperative, while the dads are sometimes expected to help with the updating of the studio.

Violence

Abby Lee Miller yells at everyone as part of her motivational strategy; owners often defensively argue with her. Mothers of dancers often are catty toward the owners and to each other. 

Sex

It's not sexual, but students wear tight clothes, short dance shorts, and midriff-revealing tops during rehearsals and performances. 

Language

Words such as "bitch" audible. 

Consumerism

Abby Lee Miller wears the Abby Lee Dance Company logo on her clothes. Company logos such as Vita Vibe, Stagestep, and other dance-related brands are visible; the companies are mentioned and thanked during reveals. Mercedes-Benzes, Chevrolet, and other car makes visible. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Abby's Studio Rescue, an installment of the Abby Lee Miller dance TV franchise, features some of the expected catty behavior and tough-talking mentoring these shows are known for. However, it also highlights the importance of offering a good dance education and the role dance studios play in their communities. Watch for some occasional strong language ("bitch"), arguing, and dance-themed company promotions, including Abby Lee's Dance Studio logo. 

What's the story?

ABBY'S STUDIO RESCUE is a reality series featuring Dance Moms coach and studio owner Abby Lee Miller as she works with dance studio owners around the country to revamp and transform their failing businesses. Miller has four days to identify and change the studios' owners and staff's attitudes and business practices, improve the studio's dance education, and give the space a makeover. She also deals with the catty moms who hang out at the studios. Adding to the pressure is the fact that the studio also must choreograph and produce a dance showcase that will be performed to the community at the end of her visit. Sometimes it seems impossible, but they work hard to turn it around and make it a viable business that provides a quality dance education to the community.

Is it any good?

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Abby's Studio Rescue highlights the many reasons why dance academies across the country close down -- from studios based in dangerously dilapidated buildings to a lack of good instructors and inconsistent class scheduling -- despite the community's interest in dance education. It also highlights some of the details that go into creating well-choreographed pieces and the techniques that dancers have to learn to move to the next level.

As is the tradition with the Abby Lee Miller franchise, the real focus is on Miller herself, who takes center stage with her management philosophies and tough-talking style of mentoring. Abby Lee fans will enjoy the makeover process, as well as the performances featured at the end of each episode, but the show's portrayal of mentoring and moms' relationships sends an iffy message to viewers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about dance and dance education. What does dance education offer people and their communities? Do people have to have a background in dance and dance education to run a successful dance studio? 

  • Do you think the owners, moms, and dancers featured here act the same way when the cameras are off? Or are they purposely behaving this way to make the reality TV series more dramatic? 

  • What is the appeal of Abby Lee Miller? Does she seem like a nice person? Do you think she acts the same on-screen and off?

TV details

Cast:Abby Lee Miller
Network:Lifetime
Genre:Reality TV
Topics:Arts and dance
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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