Abby Lee Miller doesn’t seem too concerned about the future of her Lifetime reality show “Dance Moms” following the surprise exit of her star student, Maddie Ziegler. The 49-year-old dance instructor and studio owner said she’s “excited” for what’s to come on the show because she knows she can create other successful dancers.
“I create stars,” Abby told “Entertainment Tonight” at the Kids’ Choice Awards. “I’ve had kids in, I think, 17 or 18 different Broadway shows. It’s what I do ... make these professional, working, employable dancers who can go out and get a job. I pride myself on that.”
Miller, who founded the Abby Lee Dance Company, told the outlet that she has taken quite a few kids out of Pittsburgh and “onto the great white way in New York City, right into a Broadway show.”
“Right here in Los Angeles I have kids working on different television shows, in movies, everything,” the outspoken instructor said. “So [Maddie’s] just another one of those kids that I think have proven my talent with.”
Miller went on to say she was “very proud” of her student.
As previously reported, Maddie, 13, decided to leave “Dance Moms” after six seasons to focus on other career opportunities, including a role in Sia’s upcoming movie, “Sister.” The film’s plot is being kept under wraps, but it’s based off a one-page story the singer wrote eight years ago. Maddie teaming up with Sia for the movie won’t be the first time the pair has worked together. They quickly became friends in 2014 after the dancer appeared in Sia’s music video for “Chandelier.” Maddie went on to land spots in Sia’s other videos “Big Girls Cry” and “Elastic Heart.”
Besides her movie gig, Maddie has also been tapped as a judge in the upcoming season of “So You Think You Can Dance: Next Generation,” which will feature contestants between the ages of 8 and 13, instead of adults. Maddie will join judges Jason Derulo, Paula Abdul and Nigel Lythgoe.