Dance Moms renewed: but what about the children?

Lifetime’s documentary series Dance Moms will return for a third season next year, with 26 episodes following Abby Lee Miller and her tortured subjects.

The renewal is unsurprising; as dressed as topless showgirls, and Lifetime aired it!–into sounding like a show that has real value and that I’d want to watch, rather than something that is, at best, unethical in its treatment of its underage stars:

“Dance Moms follows children’s early steps on the road to stardom and their doting mothers who are there for every rehearsal, performance and bow…all under Miller’s discerning eyes. Presenting a powerful cast of characters that has inspired water-cooler talk across the country, the show immerses itself in the highs and lows surrounding dance competition season, delivering a captivating and dramatic look at the cast’s intense pursuit of National Dance titles. Centered on the devoted Miller, who runs her school and instructs her young, talented students while also dealing with impassioned mothers who go to great lengths to help their children’s dreams come true, Dance Moms poses the tough questions many people have been asking since the show’s launch about what really goes on behind-the-scenes in the fast-growing and controversial sport of competitive dance.”

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