Abby Lee Miller’s increasingly bizarre behavior and abusive teaching methods is causing international repercussions. Several Australian news outlets are reporting that Australian dance studios and teachers are banding together to ask that Abby Lee’s visa be revoked for her upcoming trip in March. The teachers have gained the support of Peter Oxford, the child ambassador for the Australian dance industry. Oxford, claims he has received complaints about Abby’s teaching methods. According to Oxford, Abby’s abrasive and abusive tactics used to coach dancers is in breach of Australian child employment laws. Oxford also is the president of the biggest dance competition in Australia.
If you recall at the beginning of this season the girls talked about going all over the globe doing master classes and meet and greets with Abby. Oxford says that he received numerous complaints from teachers and parents. Some outlets claim that the $200+ dollar tickets were the main cause of complaints.
In SPOILER ALERT NEWS! It seems like it will take a miracle to keep Nia with the ALDC through the end of this season. She is not listed on this year’s international tour. On February 26 the tour begins in Ireland. The Australian leg, assuming all goes as plan begins in Sydney on March 13th, moves to Adelaide on the 16th and end in Melbourne March 21st. The website selling the tickets Lists, Abby, Maddie, McKenzie, Kalani and Kendell as the stars you can meet when attending a Master Class. Tickets are $229 for the 12 and under class, $249 for the 13 and over class and $119 to observe (your kid). Then two days later you can shell out another $179 per head to go to the “Showquest” Where “MADDIE, KENDALL, KALANI, AND MACKENZIE will share what goes on behind the cameras! These talented, young dancers will perform never before aired choreography and a few surprises you will enjoy! Find out if those moms are really that crazy; Melissa, Jill, Kira, and Gianna will be there too!”
The spoiler is that the trip will be filmed for Season Five of Dance Moms. And that Nia is not going. 🙁 Also, no sign of Jo Jo with the Bow Bow. 🙁
In other interesting Australian Dance Moms News, Christi and Chloe will be touring Australia in July following the same cites with, Chloe and Christi, Sequins and Secrets: The Oz Tour and charging around $200 a ticket as well. They are having troubles with Australia for holding auditions through a local Sidney school for background dancers. This audition was recently shut down because the dancers were not going to be paid and even worse, were going to have to pay the tour $30 for the privilege of being selected. Again that was shut down by child labor laws in Australia.
I don’t think Abby will be turned away at the airport in Sydney, but we might want to watch the news feeds . Their second show in Sydney is on The Ides of March. I’m just saying. Beware, Sydney!