Lifetime’s original “Dance Moms” will be back from its spring break with new episodes in June, but in the meantime, “Dance Moms: Miami” premiered Tuesday (April 3) to fill the void with a little Latin flair.
A few key differences between the two shows:
- Viewers actually get to see instructor and “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 6 finalist Victor Smalley dance (unfortunately, viewers also got to see him vomit in the premiere when he fell ill on the way to the competition), while Abby Lee Miller mostly instructs from the sidelines or with the help of another instructor.
- As instructor/studio co-owner Angel Armas, says, “We love the kids. We hate the moms.” While still strict, the duo seems to have more praise to dole out for their students.
- The Miami kids — and moms — are intense. Kimmy wakes up at 4 a.m. every day to finish her homework, and then it’s off to school and then dance practice. While Jessi’s mom, Susan, is a bit of a Latina Tiger Mom possibly living out her lost dance dreams vicariously through her daughter, who in the premiere proves that the intensity of her mom has rubbed off on her as she snatches a trophy out of the hands of teammate Hannah on stage.
What did you think of “Dance Moms: Miami”?