Shaking up the world of reality television is a show with young dancers and a very loud voice in dance studio owner Abby Miller. It’s my way or the highway for Abby and her students know the drill. The moms are the ones that seem to not comprehend who’s exactly running this ship. In Lifetime’s new show “Dance Moms,” many of the cat fights that explode during rehearsal, on road trips to competitions and during performances or directly after, seem to DT Staffers to be a bit contrived, staged and for a lack of better analysis….um, not real.
The dancing, however, is real. The caliber of talent on this show is high and for that, many of our readers have let us know that they stick around to see the dancing and not the hissy fits thrown by the focus of the show, the Dance Moms.
In watching the first three episodes, we’ve found that some of the banter between Abby and the moms is purely for effect but the truth comes out in some of Abby’s remarks like teenagers either pursuing dance as a career or losing their focus to boys, teen life, the mall, etc.
We caught up with John Corella, one of the creators and producers of “Dance Moms.” Check out our interview below and tune into “Dance Moms” on Lifetime tonight at 10pm/9c.
Dance Track: In launching “Dance Moms,” what did you think the initial response would be from viewers? And did the response meet your expectations or go a different way altogether?
John Corella: In creating “Dance Moms” with Bryan Stinson and Jeff Collins I wanted to introduce to television this world of Dance Competitions. I believe there is no other show like it on television.
Dance Track: Having a dance background, what do you find yourself pushing for (as far as content) throughout the season? (i.e. Drama, Technique, Struggle Dancers Face, Competitive Industry, etc).
John Corella: Having a dance background and having respect for teachers/choreographers I wanted to show what really goes into creating talented dancers and competition numbers.
Dance Track: Do you find the kids featured in the series know that they are good? Do they compete like they have to win? Do they want future careers in dance or are they somewhat living out their parents’ dreams?
John Corella: Each kid on “Dance Moms” is so different yet they are all talented. Abby grooms them to work and be professionals and I am confident they will be if that is what they want.
Dance Track: Will there be a Season 2? If so, will it profile the same studio, dancers and parents?
John Corella: I hope there is a Season 2. This is just the beginning of “Dance Moms.” We are touching upon one dance studio/company of this entertaining world and hope to showcase more.
Dance Track: What has the response from the “competition” world been? Have any competitions/conventions turned down access or refuse participation in the show?
John Corella: The competitions have been amazing. Dance competitions (are) where young dancers/performers can grow and learn. I always say, “Dance Moms” is “So You Think You Can Dance” dancers ten years prior.
Dance Track: Abby’s drive is a no-hold-barred way of molding these dancers into winners. Is there a message you are trying to convey to viewers beyond all of the fireworks?
John Corella: Abby is talented at creating great dancers. She is the Béla Károlyi of Dance.
Dance Track: How did you decide on this studio and these dancers/parents?
John Corella: I used to compete against Abby’s students when I was younger.
Dance Track: Is there anything you want viewers to know about you or the show?
John Corella: “Dance Moms” is a show that really shows what goes on and off stage at some Dance Companies/Studios.
(Main top photo of Kelly and daughter Brooke – Courtesy of Lifetime)