Dance Moms alums Chloe Lukasiak and Maddie Ziegler are once again up against each other at the 2016 Teen Choice Awards under Choice Dancer category. Other nominees include tWitch, Allison Holker, Derek Hough, and Les Twins.
On their official Twitter accounts, both Chloe Lukasiak and Maddie Ziegler retweeted posts from fans, congratulating them for the nominations. The Dance Moms alums also thanked their followers for the votes.
— Maddie Ziegler (@maddieziegler) May 12, 2016
— Chloe Lukasiak (@ChloeLukasiak) May 14, 2016
In 2015, Lukasiak beat Ziegler and won the Choice Dancer award. While the past year had been a big one for Ziegler, collaborating with Sia and performing on huge award shows and talk shows, it seems like Lukasiak still had a much bigger fan base.
Chloe Lukasiak also took that opportunity to throw a not-so-subtle shade at her former dance coach, Abby Lee Miller. During her acceptance speech, the “Center Stage: Dance Camp” star dedicated her award to those who did not believe in her. While she did not drop any names, many cannot help but assume that it was directed at the ALDC coach.
“I also wanted to say: To anyone who has ever been told that they can’t do it, that they shouldn’t do it, or they aren’t good enough — ignore it. Do it anyways, and prove them wrong.”
As Hollywood Life pointed out, Miller told Lukasiak for years that she was not a good enough dancer. She has also incessantly compared her to her top student, Maddie Ziegler, which did not sit well for fans of Lukasiak.
In an interview, Lukasiak also explained that it was not a big deal competing with Ziegler, as it felt like they have been competing against each other their whole lives. The Dance Moms alum also admitted that she considered Ziegler as her “biggest rival” in the competition world.
Just a couple of days after winning the Teen Choice surfboard, Chloe Lukasiak walked away with the 2015 Industry Dance Awards’ win for Favorite Dancer 17 & Under, beating Maddie Ziegler once again.
Chloe and Maddie have always considered each other as the best of friends. However, after the former decided to leave Dance Moms at the end of Season 4 and join Studio 19 Dance Complex, the two seemed to have lost touch.
On her YouTube channel, Chloe shared that she is beyond excited to finally let go of all the drama and just focus all her attention on dancing. She even compared ALDC to Studio 19, saying that she is happier than ever with her new teammates.
“My new studio is absolutely amazing. I think I’ve improved so much. Everyone is so nice and all the teachers are amazing and I love it there so much!”
In one of the reunion episodes of Dance Moms back in 2014, Chloe Lukasiak and Maddie Ziegler opened up about the struggles of keeping a close friendship while always being pitted against each other.
“We’re best friends but sometimes it’s kind of hard because we’re always competing against each other,” Chloe explained.
“One day we’re best friends, the next day we have to focus and get in our zone,” Maddie added.
While they tried to remain in contact after Chloe Lukasiak and her mom Christi left Dance Moms, Maddie Ziegler soon admitted that it was difficult given that they both have different priorities as of the moment.
“I feel like I’ve definitely lost a friend because, I mean, I’ve been dancing with her since I was four years old and it just doesn’t feel right without her,” Ziegler said.
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