The Siwa family went through hardships on episode 24 of “Dance Moms” Season 6. Tuesday’s installment of the Lifetime series revealed dancer JoJo Siwa’s family doesn’t exactly agree with the unique way she and mom Jessalynn Siwa live their lives.
Amid practice for Abby Lee Miller’s elite junior team’s trios “Abby’s Angels” and “Love Anyone You Want 2” in “Nia & Kendall Face Off,” Jess runs out of the studio. When the other moms follow her into the parking lot, they learn her family hasn’t exactly been supportive of their move to Los Angeles to be with the ALDC. Jess shares that both her dad and her sister think she should have moved back to Nebraska when her mother’s cancer returned.
“My dad just wrote on social media that my sister’s little girl is a better dancer than JoJo,” Jess reveals to the moms.
Jill Vertes tells Jess to keep JoJo’s future in mind. Jess concludes that even though she’s close to her mom, but can’t and she won’t return home for the sake of her 13-year-old daughter’s happiness.
“Some people in my family aren’t supportive of what I do with JoJo and how I spend my time. It comes to the point where you just can’t take it anymore,” Jess tells the cameras. “From the time JoJo has been able to walk I knew she was going to be a famous star. She’s brilliant and I can’t throw that away. She loves it, she’s thriving, she’s happy and that’s how it’s going to stay.”
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In the studio the following day, the girls begin rehearsing their group character number “Wax Madonnas.” There, Jess says that although her family isn’t being supportive, she’s glad Abby is participating more with her students following her promise in last week’s premiere.
At the competition, however, things take a turn for the worse. When the moms confront Abby about giving the girls more technical training, she storms out of the dressing room, leaving the moms and the girls to their own devices. Being a dancer teacher, Jess decides to step up the plate and be there for her daughter and her teammates.
Ahead of the trio performances, Jess gives all of the dancers a pep talk. Kalani Hilliker comments how nice it is nice to receive a “positive” talk for once and Holly Frazier gets emotional over her fellow dance moms comments to her daughter Nia Sioux ahead of her important male-female number.
“I’m glad that Jess stepped in. She’s encouraging, she’s positive and Abby could take a lesson from Jess,” Holly says.
After the competition (in which Abby sat in the audience the whole time eating popcorn) the moms attempt to talk some sense into Abby. Their request for her to be more positive in the studio and schedule additional classes for the girls after the group’s second-place win offers no resolution with Abby accusing Jess of simply “coddling” the girls.
“You’re going to be alone by yourself. Is that what you want?” Holly asks Abby, pointing out all of her star pupils have quit.
“Yes,” Abby responds. “You’re born alone and you die alone.”
Catch the next episode of “Dance Moms” Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 9 p.m. EDT on Lifetime.