IMHO, this series is more of a pastiche of the original Dance Moms. In an all-too-common scenario, the show's creators have tried to "improve" the original, but ended up extracting its soul.
It's too bad neither show is truly worthwhile for kids - there are actually some good lessons in them.
I know a lot of viewers feel both shows are outrageous. And I agree. Need to realize, however, the "reality" is synthetic - in both cases. What appeals to me is the striving-for-greatness motif. And regardless how nutzoid the instructors may get, what is true is this: Without hyper-supreme dedication, "success" is just a word.