The show will go on. Despite “Dance Moms” coach Abby Lee Miller being indicted on bankruptcy fraud charges, the cast of the Lifetime reality show continued shooting Season 6 over the weekend.
According to one “Dance Moms” spoiler site, Abby and her ALDC LA (Abby Lee Dance Company Los Angeles) students attended New York Dance Experience in Calabasas, California, Saturday. And despite sweeping the competition in episode 1 of the upcoming season, Abby’s elite junior team didn’t do too well the second time around. ALDC LA’s contemporary group number “Hungry Like the Wolves," performed to "Animal" by Janine the Machine, reportedly placed first in the senior division but only second overall.
Abby’s student’s solos didn’t fare very well either. Kendall Vertes, performing a contemporary/lyrical routine “In the Mirror,” placed third in the junior division. Mackenzie Ziegler followed behind her, taking fourth with her acrobatic jazz routine named after her famous line from Season 1, “I Just Want to Stay Home and Eat Chips.” Nia Frazier took home second place in the teen division with the “Empire”-themed jazz solo “Feeling Me."
As usual, there was a healthy (unhealthy?) dose of drama at the competition. While Jeanette Cota’s Broadway Dance Academy did not make a cameo this time around, a fan video from the event shows dancer Mackenzie, 11, almost falling off her couch prop while being carried off the stage. “The ALDC’s weak staffed tipped Kenzie over!” reads the video caption. "Don't worry, Kenzie and the chips are safe.” Abby also caught some flack for having Nia, 14, portray Taraji P. Henson’s character Cookie from “Empire” for her routine.
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Despite the drama and the team’s failure to bring home a first-place win at the West Coast competition, Abby appeared thrilled by her students' performances on Instagram Saturday. "The girls – making me proud as always!” Abby captioned a shot of her students posing in their wolf-inspired costumes. Noticeably absent from the photo was Abby’s star student, Maddie Ziegler, who is currently shooting the movie “The Book of Henry." According to the “Dance Moms” spoiler site, Maddie, 13, did not compete at the episode 2 competition.
“Dance Moms” fans questioned Abby’s participation in episode 2 last week after she was indicted on several fraud charges. The studio owner is being accused of bankruptcy fraud, concealment of bankruptcy assets and false bankruptcy declarations. Her arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 5 in Pittsburgh.
“Dance Moms” is expected to return to Lifetime in 2016.