International Dance Day, a celebration that began more than three decades ago, takes place every April 29 to honor the creator of modern ballet, Jean-Georges Noverre.
Since the balletmaster’s death in 1810, modern dance has evolved. In the YouTube era, everything from Miley Cyrus’ twerking at the MTV VMAs, to the viral Harlem Shake, has made every kind of dance acceptable and accessible, to the masses. Television has also embraced dance culture with reality shows that highlight the personal struggles, challenges and drama behind a perfect pirouette.
Nothing says this more than the Lifetime series, “Dance Moms.” The reality show follows a young dance team, their helicopter mothers and a loudmouthed dance teacher as they try to collect as many trophies as they can. For fans, the show’s fourth season has been rife with controversy. Allegations of physical and emotional abuse, blatant favoritism and rigged results have all been charges the “Dance Moms” have laid on Abby Lee Miller, their daughters’ dance instructor.
Despite the drama in the wings, the young girls, their mothers and Abby Lee Miller never fail to show the value of tough love for the sake of a win.
Below are top 25 quotes from “Dance Moms” to share on International Dance Day:
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"Are you crying? No tears. You save those tears for your pillow, in your room, alone. You're going to humiliate yourself in front of everyone in this dressing room. Do not cry. Suck it up, kid. You are here, you're healthy, you are one lucky little girl. Act like it." – Abby Lee Miller to Kendall Vertes
“I just want to stay at home and eat chips,” –Mackenzie Ziegler
“Everyone’s replaceable.” – Abby Lee Miller
“But Abby is going to throw a chair at me again” – Paige Hyland
"If I buy Abby a gift it would be a 3 month trial to weight watchers. That gift just keeps on giving!" – Christi Lukasiak
"Losing is not a good feeling, but I don't ever lose anyway." – Maddie Ziegler
“When can Kendall get a solo? When does Kendall get a special part?” – Jill Vertes
"Miss Abby just talks and talks and talks, even when we're out for ice cream, about dance!" – Chloe Lukasiak
"It doesn't matter about dance, it matters about me. I'm emotional!" – Mackenzie Ziegler
"Brooke you need to stop the whiny teenager crap. Do me a favor and just smile.” – Abby Lee Miller
“Your kids all have sickled feet, and it blows my mind, because that's all you hear: ‘Sickled feet, sickled feet, sickled feet.’ And they all have them!” – Cathy Nesbitt-Stein
"Those apples aren't taking us down. We’re taking them down!" – Nia Frazier
“I find it incredibly cruel that there is a teacher who is sitting there and having a pity party for herself because her student forgot a dance on stage.” – Holly Frazier
“I don't want to dance without Chloe. I don't have my twin power.” – Paige Hyland
“You are a monstrosity of evil. You want to talk about ugliness.” – Holly Frazier to Abby Lee Miller
“This is going to cost a lot of money in therapy!” – Jill Vertes
“I made Abby cry because I did my dance really good.” – Mackenzie Ziegler
“Stop eating, that's why your fat!"-- Kelly Hyland to Abby
“As a dancer you get hurt all the time but you just have to keep dancing.” – Brooke Hyland
“Christi is jealous of my nine-year-old daughter and I think it's ridiculous.” – Melissa Ziegler
“We’re not supposed to tell Abby anything. She’s a blabbermouth.” – Mackenzie Ziegler
“Your daughter is holding a national title and I will take it away in a minute.” – Abby Lee Miller to Christi
“I cut my finger on my mom’s ring. I hope I can still dance.” – Vivi-Anne Stein
“Girls, what are you doing? Those legs are about as straight as Elton John.” – Abby Lee Miller
“My dream is to continue dancing forever. I would kill myself if I didn’t dance.” – Maddie Ziegler
Lifetime’s hit reality-TV series “Dance Moms” will air the kids’ reunion show on Tuesday at 9 p.m. EDT.