Get to know Abby Lee Miller, the Abby Lee Dance Company and the Dance Moms:
Abby Lee Miller

Abby Lee Miller

Head Instructor, Abby Lee Dance Company

At just 14 years old, Abby Lee Miller started the Abby Lee Dance Company. In 1980, she opened her own dance studio and estimates she has taught 3,000 to 4,000 students throughout her career. Now known for her incredible dedication, discipline and passion, Abby is one of the most sought-after dance teachers in Pittsburgh, as she has turned out numerous professional dance stars.

Dance Moms Melissa Maddie Mackenzie

Melissa

Maddie & Mackenzie's mom

Divorced mother of two Melissa has both of her daughters enrolled in the Abby Lee Dance Company. Melissa danced for fun in her youth, and has always been a fan of dance outfits and performance costumes. She is a busy homemaker, and Melissa's daughters are dedicated and always at the top of their dance class, which leaves the family little time for other hobbies.

Dance Moms Christi Chloe

Christi

Chloe's mom

Christi believes that it is extremely important for young children to be physically active. In fact, she owns a children's fitness franchise, where they teach preschoolers health and fitness. Christi has two daughters: Chloe, who is enrolled in the Abby Lee Dance Company; and Clara, who is only one, and while she doesn't dance yet, she does love to watch, and sneaks into the studio when she thinks no one is looking. Christi has never danced professionally, but did take a few classes as a child, and she thinks every little girl belongs in dance class.

Dance Moma Kelly Brooke and Paige

Kelly

Brooke & Paige's mom

Mother of three Kelly's two daughters are currently enrolled in the Abby Lee Dance Company. It's now a tradition in her family to dance for the Miller family, as Kelly was taught by Abby's mother from three to 14 years old and was one of the first members of the Abby Lee Dance Company the year it started.

Dance Moms Holly and daughter Nia

Holly

Nia

Holly is the mother of three, and her only daughter, Nia, is enrolled in the Abby Lee Dance Company. Holly has never danced professionally. However, she danced as a child with Vicki Sheer in the Bronx, and in college she was in Kusika, the African dance company at Williams College. Inspired by her dance experiences growing up, Holly thinks dance can bring Nia the same joy and confidence.

Dance Moma Jill and daughter Kendall

Jill

Kendall's mom

Happily married for 19 years, Jill has three beautiful daughters and two of them are currently enrolled in the Abby Lee Dance Company. A dancer at heart, Jill was very involved in dance and gymnastics as a young girl and took up competitive cheerleading in high school and went on to cheer for the University of Pittsburgh. Jill is a strong believer that dance gives her children a sense of empowerment when it comes to self esteem and teaches them self discipline at a young age.

Dance Mom Cathy

Cathy

Vivi-Anne's mom

Cathy has been involved with dance her whole life. She has performed in a ballet company and as a semiprofessional cheerleader. For years, Cathy has been a dance instructor at her own studio. Since she has had a passion for dance her whole life, she thinks it only makes sense for her daughter to be involved. Cathy has taught Vivi since she was just a toddler, but recently decided to bring her to Abby's studio so that Vivi could get some outside coaching from a teacher who is not afraid to be honest and blunt with her daughter.