As part of the continued rollout of A+E Network content on Disney+ around the world, Disney has announced some selected seasons of the Lifetime series, “Dance Moms” and some of its spin-off shows, will be coming to Disney+ around the world, including in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
The series raises the curtain on the seemingly innocent, yet extremely intense, political and colourful world of competitive dance among young girls and boys.
Set in Pittsburgh’s renowned Abby Lee Dance Company, owned and operated by notoriously demanding and passionate instructor Abby Lee Miller, 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 the discerning eye of Miller. Presenting a powerful cast of characters sure to raise eyebrows, the series immerses itself in the highs and lows surrounding competition season to deliver an intriguing and dramatic look at the cast’s frantic pursuit of the ultimate National Dance title. Centred on the devoted Miller, who runs her school with an iron tap shoe as she instructs her young, talented students while also dealing with over-the-top mothers who go to great lengths to help their children’s dreams come true, Dance Moms will pose the tough questions many ask about what really goes on behind-the-scenes in the fast-growing and controversial sport of competitive dance.
Is Miller’s in-your-face approach good for her students, or is it too much? At what point does she cross the line, and who has the guts to stand up to her if she does? Are these Dance Moms living vicariously by pushing their kids too far? How happy are the students in this unusually competitive sport? What happens when they and their moms become competitive with each other? And, ultimately, who has what it takes?
Constantly on edge from Miller’s strict discipline and at times, harsh ‘my way or the highway’ style of teaching, her students and their mothers are pushed to the limit emotionally, physically, socially and, in some cases, financially as they tirelessly rehearse every day for weekly dance competitions throughout the U.S. Some students and mothers in Miller’s universe buy into her methods, while others crack under the pressure. Either way, Dance Moms uniquely captures this outrageous and dynamic interplay among teachers, students and parents as Miller commits herself to bring out the best in those students – and mothers – willing to dedicate themselves to be part of one of the best dance teams in the nation.
The spin-off show, “Dance Moms: Miami,” explores what happens at the city’s Stars Dance Studio, run by contemporary dance instructors Victor Smalley and Angel Armas. Smalley and Armas teach, train and choreograph a diverse group of dancers striving to become tomorrow’s stars in the world of competitive dance. The instructors dedicate their lives to dance and expect the same from their students and the young dancers’ passionate mothers. The program highlights the drama and conflicting goals and aspirations that exist among the teachers, students and parents.
“Dance Moms” seasons one, two and seven, will be coming to Disney+ in the United States on Wednesday, 8th February 2023, along with the first season of the spin-off series, “Dance Moms: Miami”. On the same day, in Canada, subscribers will get access to the seventh season of the show, along with the only season of “Miami” spin-off. While subscribers in Australia and New Zealand, will need to wait a week, for the same seasons to arrive on Disney+
Dance Moms is produced by Collins Avenue, with Jeff Collins (Fly Girls, Outrageous Kids Parties), Bryan Stinson (High Society) and John R. Corella (Dance Flick) executive producing, along with Rob Sharenow, Gena McCarthy and Kimberly Chessler of Lifetime Television.
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