Dance Moms Season 7 premiere episode, aptly titled “Fight For Your Life,” saw Abby Lee Miller pit the junior elite team against the minis. The ALDC coach revealed that she wanted to form “one super team” even if it meant cutting some of the girls off.
Dance Moms fans were definitely surprised to see the junior elites back at the ALDC. In the Season 6 finale, Kendall Vertes, Nia Frazier, Kalani Hilliker, Brynn Rumfallo, together with their moms, left ALDC LA. They claimed that they have had enough of Abby Lee Miller and ready to look for a new dance teacher.
“I don’t know where we’re going. I don’t know what we’re gonna do but were gonna make it work. And it’s not gonna be at the ALDC LA,” Jill Vertes, Kendall’s mom, even said.
The moms, however, seemed to change their mind after Abby reached out to them. After that eight-week long break, Abby said that she has had more than enough time to think about the studio’s future, which hopefully still includes Kendall, Nia, Kalani, and Brynn.
“I set out more than five years ago to challenge myself to put a competition routine every single week. I’m not a quitter. I would love to finish what we started. I would like to see it through with these kids,” she said.
Although a bit hesitant, the junior elite decided to return to ALDC. As much as they hated to admit, Ashlee Allen, Brynn’s mom, said that they were lost without Abby. The Dance Moms Season 7 star added that if they wanted their kids to be as successful as Maddie Ziegler, they needed to be part of a winning team.
The mini moms, particularly Stacey Ketchman, were not thrilled to see the junior elites return. Many were confused why Abby would just let them walk back in after all the things they said about the coach.
“The fact that you can leave, say horrible things about Abby and then just walk back in with your heads held high that’s not fair. So yes, I am bitter,” Stacey said.
Abby then broke the news, regarding forming one super team, to the mini moms. The Dance Moms star explained that she was tired of the two teams fighting all the time. She added that she wanted to return to the “glory days” of ALDC and to do that she has to cut dancers who may be pulling the team down.
Abby predicted that a little rivalry between the junior elites and the minis could help challenge the dancers more.
“A few seasons ago when ALDC won 14x in a row there was a big rivalry between the dancers and that’s what’s pushing everybody to be the best. I don’t see that anymore in this team. I want to get back to the glory days. I want those 14 wins in a row and you don’t get that by playing nice.”
In the end, after the competition ended, and the group routine won first place, Abby told the girls that she didn’t have the courage to eliminate any of them. The Dance Moms star said that she couldn’t make such an “awful decision” right away.
“I’m emotionally torn. I want one cohesive team so it makes sense to cut some of the minis but how do I cut kids who didn’t do anything wrong? Who didn’t go to another instructor like the junior elite team competition has. But then again, I love the girls. They have been with me for years and we’re a family. But I have to think about what I want what is best for my team.”
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Dance Moms Season 7 airs Tuesdays on Lifetime.
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