Abby Lee Miller Wasn’t Invited to ‘Dance Moms’ Reunion

Can you have a Dance Moms reunion without Abby Lee Miller? Absolutely.

Though one could argue that pop singer JoJo Siwa is now the most famous Dance Moms alum, Miller herself remains the face of the former show.

But she is also a controversial figure, even among her former students. Memes and memorably humorous reality TV clips do not outweigh racism scandals or how she treated those children.

Perhaps that is why, when it came time for a Dance Moms reunion, Miller apparently didn’t receive an invite.

Abby Lee Miller in November of 2022.
Abby Lee Miller attends The Television Academy’s 26th Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Saban Media Center on November 16, 2022. (Photo Credit: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)

‘Dance Moms’ held a reunion 13 years after it first premiered

Ahead of the Wednesday, May 1 Dance Moms reunion, Inside Edition reported one glaring omission from the guest list.

Abby Lee Miller was the instructor of the ambitious young dancers, memorably clashing with their mothers.

The two-hour reunion Lifetime special will not include Miller or her larger-than-life personality.

Millions of people who have never watched Dance Moms in their lives recall this scene, because the clip broke containment and went viral.

According to the report, the reunion did not invite Abby Lee Miller to participate.

“I haven’t seen her since fight with her and my mom when we left the show,” Paige Hyland shared, explaining why she and sister Brooke left — and did not reconnect with Miller.

Paige continued: “That was the last time I ever saw her which definitely went out with a bang.”

Abby Lee Miller in June of 2022.
Abby Lee Miller visits the Empire State Building on June 09, 2022. (Photo Credit: Noam Galai/Getty Images for Empire State Realty Trust)

Dealing with Abby Lee Miller prepared some of the girls for future toxic encounters

JoJo Siwa admitted that she has had run-ins with a lot of people who remind her of Miller in the worst ways.

“That’s normal and it’s scary that that’s normal,” she acknowledged.

“But that taught me how to survive in the industry,” Siwa reflected.

Kalani Hilliker, who went to tour with others after the Season 7 finale of Dance Moms, spoke to Inside Edition about her breast reduction surgery.

“Something that I am always talking about is body positivity and (to) change something if you want to change something, so this is something that I thought about for a while,” she shared.

Hilliker then affirmed: “I am happy that I did it.” Good for her!

Abby Lee Miller poses on June 9, 2022.
Abby Lee Miller visits the Empire State Building on June 09, 2022. (Photo Credit: Noam Galai/Getty Images for Empire State Realty Trust)

(Most of) the ‘Dance Moms’ alums remain very close

Obviously, not everyone who was on Dance Moms made it big. Some are almost household names, while others went on to lead relatively normal lives.

The dancers even got matching tattoos. Sometimes, very close casts will do this — cementing their bond in ink.

But some may wonder why Abby Lee Miller wasn’t part of Dance Moms: The Reunion.

The official trailer for the Dance Moms reunion.

Late in the spring of 2020, numerous Dance Moms alums — both adults and children — spoke out to accuse Miller of racism.

In response, Lifetime conducted an investigation and fired Abby Lee Miller. This was a major move, as the network had been planning to air Abby’s Virtual Dance-Off.

Some networks have walked back the firings of awful people as soon as they can get away with it (looking at you, TLC). However, in this case, it’s likely that some of the less controversial Dance Moms alums didn’t want to see Miller.

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