While Lifetime’s “Dance Moms” proved to be a lot more controversial than you might expect given the premise, it’s where a ton of young dancers got their start. It turns out Abby Lee Miller really can spot talent.
Here’s what the “Dance Moms” alumni have been up to since leaving the show.
Abby Lee Miller
Following a stint in prison, after pleading guilty to felony bankruptcy fraud, Abby Lee Miller was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma in 2018. The rare form of cancer has made it difficult for the dance teacher to walk, but she is hard at work to regain her ability in physical therapy.
After seeing her on the show, Sia chose Maddie Ziegler to appear in a number of her music videos, including “Cheap Thrills” and “Chandelier.” Maddie also toured with the pop star a couple of times, thus solidifying her career as a professional dancer.
Maddie’s younger sister Kenzie has also had a fair share of success with over 19.6 million followers on TikTok. Kenzie also stars in the teen drama series “Total Eclipse,” has written a best-selling self-help book and launched a cosmetics line. Right now, though, she’s focusing on her music career.
Ava Michelle Cota
You might say Ava Michelle Cota has had the last laugh. After Miller kicked Cota off her dance team for being too tall, she returned to the series on a rival team. She then starred in the Netflix film “Tall Girl.”
Asia Monet Ray
Asia Money Ray starred in her own reality series “Raising Asia” on Lifetime. She has since had roles in “Sister Code,” “American Crime Story” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Ray also is a YouTuber with 466,000 subscribers.
Brooke Hyland opted to live life off-screen. She graduated with a degree in marketing and management information systems at Ohio University.
Like her big sister Brooke, Paige wanted a life out of the limelight and is attending West Virginia University.
While Vivi-Anne Stein doesn’t post much on social media, her mother Cathy Nesbitt-Stein has provided some updates. Vivi-Anne is a high school cheerleader and appeared in a production of “The Nutcracker” put on by her mother’s dance studio.
Since 2018, Nia Sioux has played Emma Barber on “The Bold and the Beautiful.” But she has her sights on Broadway next. Sioux also has a massive social media following with over 5.6 million Instagram followers and 1.1 million YouTube subscribers.
Kalani Hilliker appeared on “Shake It Up” and “Bunheads” after the show. She and a few other “Dance Moms” alumni formed the dance group The Irreplaceables and toured North America together. She has 6 million followers on Instagram.
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