Abby Lee Miller is back, but she won’t be around for the long haul. After refusing to confirm to the moms in episode 6 whether she’ll return to teach her students, the “Dance Moms” star makes it clear she may not always be around in Lifetime’s preview of Season 6, episode 7.
“When you step out on that stage, I want you to be what people expect you to be, especially when I’m not here,” Abby tells her elite junior team in the promotional video. Abby, who is facing a stream of legal issues, then tells the girls she has “things to do” and “battles to fight.”
Later in the preview, the moms make the coach’s intentions clear to their children. “She doesn’t want us here,” Jill Vertes says.
“Did she say that?” a visibly concerned Mackenzie Ziegler asks.
“She did,” Holly Frazier responds.
Watch the promo for episode 7 below:
Despite Abby’s several cameo appearances in the episode preview, the synopsis makes it clear she will eventually disappear during the installment Tuesday. “The stress of Abby’s legal woes causes her to reach her limit and kick the girls out of the studio,” the summary reveals. However, the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) team won’t lack a fearless leader.
As if the episode title “Debbie Allen to the Rescue” weren’t a big enough hint, the synopsis confirms the “Fame” star will take Abby’s students under her wing. “The mothers contact Debbie Allen who offers her studio so the girls can rehearse for their upcoming competition,” the synopsis states. Debbie’s actions come on the heels of the decisions made by dancers Nia Frazier and Kalani Hilliker to take an African dance class at her Los Angeles studio in episode 5.
[Spoiler Alert — Episode 7 Competition Results Below]
Abby’s absence doesn’t appear to have affected her students’ abilities to perform. Their group routine, “Well Oiled Machine,” walked away with first-place honors in the teen division at Sheer Talent in Phoenix Nov. 21, one “Dance Moms” spoiler site reported.
Kalani and ALDC newcomer Brynn Rumfallo also reportedly won first-place recognition with their solo performances. Kalani competed in the teen division with her contemporary piece “Phoenix Star,” while Brynn showed off her talent in the preteen, lyrical division with “Mystical Beauty.” Kendall Vertes also competed as a solo dancer and placed second in her division with the jazz number “Curiosity.”
“Dance Moms” Season 6, episode 7 premieres on Lifetime Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 9 p.m. EST.