Dance instructor Abby Lee Miller may seem abrasive, relentless and occasionally inappropriate (hello, fan dance!) to viewers of her Lifetime series “Dance Moms,” but here’s a surprise: She’s actually human.
Now in its second season, the show features Miller, her students and their titular mothers navigating the sometimes choppy waters of competitive dance under Miller’s strict — and sometimes overly frank — tutelage. But as Miller often reminds her dancers, she produces winners, having taught an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 students. Miller’s mother, Maryen Lorrian Miller, a dance instructor herself, introduced her daughter to dance, inspiring her to start the Abby Lee Dance Company at just 14 years old.
We gave Miller the Zap2it Celeb Slam Book treatment to get a feel for what makes this sought-after dance teacher tick and were pleasantly surprised to get a look at her softer side — one not often seen on “Dance Moms.”
Check out her answers below!
What is your current computer desktop picture?
A candid photo of John Corella [one of the executive producers and creators of “Dance Moms” and longtime dance/choreographer friend of Miller’s] and I laughing out loud. You can tell it’s a rare, genuine moment!
What would you want to be written on your tombstone?
Probably that I made a difference somehow … that it mattered that I was.
If you had to choose another career, what would you be?
A costume designer — I already do that anyway.
Movie that makes you cry?
“The Way We Were”!
Is there a celebrity that you have met and been starstruck by?
Not yet! Many that I respect, envy and emulate!
Who is your celebrity crush?
Tom Cruise, “All The Right Moves” era.
What is your deepest fear?
That I will lose my mom too soon.
Tune into “Dance Moms” Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. to see Miller in action.