Abby Lee Miller

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Abby Lee Miller
Born
Abigale Lee Miller

(1965-09-21) September 21, 1965 (age 54)[1]
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
OccupationDance instructor, television personality, choreographer
Years active1987–present
Criminal chargeFraud
Criminal penalty
  • 1 year imprisonment
  • 2 years supervised release
  • $40,000 fine
Parent(s)
  • Maryen Lorrain Miller
  • George L. Miller

Abigale Lee Miller[2] (born September 21, 1965[1]) is an American dance instructor, choreographer, reality television personality, and convicted felon. She is currently the director and owner of Reign Dance Productions, and was the founder of the Abby Lee Dance Company, which appeared on the reality television series Dance Moms for seven seasons. In June 2016, she pleaded guilty to felony bankruptcy fraud and was sentenced in May 2017 to one year and a day in federal prison; however, she was released early. She is now continuing with Dance Moms for at least one further season.

Early life[edit]

Miller was born on September 21, 1965,[1] in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Maryen Lorrain (McKay), a dance teacher, and George L. Miller.[3]

Career in dance[edit]

Miller grew up around dance in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, a Pittsburgh suburb, studying under her mother's direction at the Maryen Lorrain Dance Studio.[3][4] In 1980, at age 14, Miller was given the responsibility for choreographing and coaching for one of her mother's dance competition teams. Miller eventually took over the studio in 1995 and renamed it Reign Dance Productions.[4] She became certified by Dance Masters of America[4] and became a member of Dance Masters of Pennsylvania Chapter #10 in 1986,[5] but her membership was terminated in February 2012, with DMA saying Miller's reality-TV show Dance Moms was "a total misrepresentation of our dance educators and their students and is detrimental to the dance profession."[6]

Career in reality television[edit]

In 2011, Miller began to appear in the Lifetime reality television show Dance Moms.[7] Miller appeared on the show for seven seasons through February 2017.[8] Dance Moms follows the practice sessions and performance competitions of young students of the Abby Lee Dance Company.

Three spin-offs of Dance Moms are Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition,[9][10] which ran for two seasons and 22 episodes;[11] Dance Moms: Miami; and Dance Moms: Abby's Studio Rescue. The latter ran for only 7 episodes.[12] Miller has also been a guest judge on Dancing with the Stars.[13][14] In 2014, Miller published a book, Everything I Learned about Life, I Learned in Dance Class.[9]

In 2015, Miller opened a new studio set up in Los Angeles called ALDC LA.[15] In March 2017, Miller announced she had quit the series.[16][17] In July 2018, Miller announced her return for season 8 of Dance Moms.[18] Dance Moms: Resurrection premiered June 4, 2019 at 8/7c on the Lifetime (TV network).[19]

Legal and financial problems[edit]

In December 2010, Miller filed for bankruptcy and owed more than $400,000 in back taxes.[20] Soon afterward, she was hired for Dance Moms, with filming beginning in Spring 2011. Episodes began airing in July 2011, and Miller's financial situation improved.

Miller began to encounter numerous legal problems in 2014. One of the dancers on Dance Moms sued Miller, charging assault. The suit further claims the show's producers encourage a violent and combative atmosphere on the show as a way to attract viewers.[21] A $5 million lawsuit was filed against Collins Avenue Entertainment for staging disagreements that ended in a fight between Kelly Hyland and Miller.[22] Paige Hyland also filed an emotional distress lawsuit against Miller.[23] The charges were dropped on the emotional distress lawsuit.[24]

On October 13, 2015, Miller was indicted for fraud for creating a secret bank account in 2012–2013 used to hide income from masterclasses, TV deals, and merchandise sales, in addition to failing to file required monthly reports of income with the bankruptcy court for 13 months. She was indicted for bankruptcy fraud, concealment of bankruptcy assets and false bankruptcy declarations in hiding some $755,000.[25][26] If found guilty, she could have faced a fine of $250,000 for each of the 20 counts she was indicted on and five years in prison.[27] She pleaded not guilty in November 2015.[28] By February 2016, the case was delayed a fifth time.[29] Shortly after her indictment, she was charged with customs fraud relating to undeclared cash from Dance Moms Australia master class tour. Miller reached a deal with the IRS criminal investigators to enter a guilty plea to reduced charges on June 27, 2016.[30]

Sentencing was set for January 20, 2017.[31][32] Her sentencing date was postponed multiple times, finally scheduled for May 8, 2017.

On May 9, 2017, after a two-day hearing, Miller was sentenced to one year and a day in prison, followed by two years of supervised release.[33][34][35][36][37][38] Miller also paid a $40,000 fine, a $120,000 judgment and gave a DNA sample relating to her felony charge.[39]

On July 12, 2017, Miller reported to the Victorville Federal Correctional Institution in Victorville, California, to begin serving her prison term.[40][41]

On March 27, 2018, Miller was transferred to a Long Beach, California halfway house to complete her sentence.[42] Due to subsequently-discovered illness, she served little time at the halfway house and instead was released on May 25 and hospitalized.[43]

Personal life[edit]

Miller has never been married and has no children.[44] She was close with her elderly mother, who died in 2014.

In April 2018, she was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma, a type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer, after spinal surgery.[45] She spent much of 2018 in physical therapy, relearning how to walk.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Miller, Abby Lee (July 15, 2014). Everything I Learned about Life, I Learned in Dance Class. Harper Collins. p. 8. ISBN 9780062304889. I was born in 1965.
  2. ^ Ove, Torsten (January 19, 2017). "'Dance Moms' TV star faces sentencing in federal court". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
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  4. ^ a b c "Faculty > Abby Lee Miller, Owner/Director". Abby Lee Dance Company. Archived from the original on March 3, 2017. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
  5. ^ "Members". Dance Masters of Pennsylvania Chapter #10.
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  21. ^ "Abby Lee Miller of Dance Moms Sued for Assault by Teen Student". People. By Andrea Billups October 10, 2014
  22. ^ "'Dance Moms' Lawsuit Results: Judge Sides With Abby Lee Miller, Kelly Hyland's Emotional Distress Claims Tossed". Retrieved July 15, 2015.
  23. ^ "Charges Dropped Against Dance Mom Who Slapped Coach Abby Lee Miller". Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  24. ^ Schumann, Rebecka (June 19, 2014). "'Dance Moms' Coach Abby Lee Miller's Parenting Advice Book Gets Official Release Date". International Business Times. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  25. ^ "'Dance Moms' star Abby Lee Miller indicted on fraud charges". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
  26. ^ "Case 2:15-cr-00212-NBF". United States Department of Justice. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
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  40. ^ "Abby Lee Miller Reports to Prison Where She Will Serve a 366-Day Sentence for Bankruptcy Fraud". People. July 12, 2017. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  41. ^ Signorini, Renatta (July 19, 2017). "Imprisoned ex-'Dance Moms' star Abby Lee Miller gets Lifetime special". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Archived from the original on June 14, 2019. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  42. ^ Dugan, Christina; Strohm, Emily (March 27, 2018). "Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller Released from Prison After 8 Months, Transferred to Halfway House". People. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  43. ^ Hipes, Patrick (May 25, 2018). "Ex-'Dance Moms' Star Abby Lee Miller Released From Halfway House". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  44. ^ "Does Abby Lee Miller Have a Daughter? Find Out!". In Touch Weekly. July 26, 2017.
  45. ^ Heller, Corinne (April 21, 2018). "Abby Lee Miller Speaks Out After Initial Cancer Diagnosis". E! News. Retrieved December 30, 2018.

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