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Abby Lee Miller

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Abby Lee Miller
Born (1966-09-21) September 21, 1966 (age 50)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Dance instructor
  • Television personality
  • Choreographer
  • Maryen Lorrain Miller
  • George L. Miller

Abby Lee Miller (born September 21, 1966)[1] is an American dance instructor, choreographer, and the director and owner of Reign Dance Productions. She was also the founder of the Abby Lee Dance Company and appeared on the reality television series Dance Moms. 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.

Early life[edit]

Miller was born on September 21, 1966, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Maryen Lorrain, a dance teacher, and George L. Miller.[1]

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.[1][2] Miller eventually took over the studio 1995 and renamed it Reign Dance Productions.[2] She became certified by Dance Masters of America[2] and became a member of Dance Masters of Pennsylvania Chapter #10 in 1986,[3] 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."[4]

Career in reality television[edit]

Miller began to appear in the 2011 Lifetime reality television show Dance Moms.[5] The show aired for seven seasons through February 2017.[6] 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,[7][8] which ran for two seasons and 22 episodes,[9] Dance Moms: Miami, and Dance Moms: Abby's Studio Rescue. The latter ran for only 7 episodes.[10] Miller has also been a guest judge on Dancing with the Stars.[11][12] In 2014, Miller published a book, Everything I Learned about Life, I Learned in Dance Class.[7]

In 2015, Miller opened a new studio set up in Los Angeles called ALDC LA.[13] In March 2017, Miller announced she had quit the series.[14][15]

Legal and financial issues[edit]

In December 2010, Miller filed for bankruptcy and owed more than $400,000 in taxes.[16]

Miller began to encounter numerous legal issues 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.[17] A five million dollar lawsuit was filed against Collins Avenue Entertainment for staging disagreements that ended in a fight between Kelly Hyland and Miller.[18] Paige Hyland also filed an emotional distress lawsuit against Miller.[19] The charges were dropped on the emotional distress lawsuit, because the judge sided with Miller, as Miller had done nothing emotionally damaging to the child beyond what is normal of high quality dance instructors.[20]

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. She was indicted with bankruptcy fraud, concealment of bankruptcy assets and false bankruptcy declarations in hiding some $755,000.[21][22] 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.[23] She pleaded not guilty in November 2015.[24] By February 2016, the case was delayed a fifth time.[25] Miller reached a deal with the IRS criminal investigators to enter a guilty plea on June 27, 2016.[26] Sentencing was set for January 20, 2017.[27] However, it was postponed to May 8, 2017.[28]

On May 9, 2017 Miller was sentenced to one year and a day in prison, followed by two years of supervised release.[29][30][31][32][33] Based on similar sentences for similar white-collar offenses, she is expected to serve nine months or less.[34] Miller will also pay a $40,000 fine, ordered to pay a $120,000 judgement and give a DNA sample relating to her felony charge.[35] She is required to report to prison on June 30, 2017.[36]


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  17. ^ "Abby Lee Miller of Dance Moms Sued for Assault by Teen Student". People. By Andrea Billups October 10, 2014
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  21. ^ "'Dance Moms' star Abby Lee Miller indicted on fraud charges". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved October 14, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Case 2:15-cr-00212-NBF". United States Department of Justice. Retrieved February 28, 2017. 
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  28. ^ Patten, Dominic (February 24, 2017). "‘Dance Moms’ Abby Lee Miller Faces Jail With New Final Sentencing Date In Fraud Case". Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
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  30. ^ Maslow, Nick (May 9, 2017). "Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller sentenced to prison". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 9, 2017. 
  31. ^ Schnurr, Samantha (May 9, 2017). "Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller Sentenced to 1 Year in Prison". E! News. Retrieved May 9, 2017. 
  32. ^ Mandak, Joe (May 9, 2017). "Ex-'Dance Moms' star Abby Lee Miller gets 1 year in prison". ABC News. Retrieved May 9, 2017. 
  33. ^ Dugan, Christina (May 9, 2017). "Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller's Sentenced to 1 Year, 1 Day in Prison for Bankruptcy Fraud Case". People. Retrieved May 9, 2017. 
  34. ^ Patten, Dominic (May 9, 2017). "Ex-‘Dance Moms’ Host Abby Lee Miller Sentenced To Prison In Fraud Case". Deadline. Retrieved May 11, 2017. 
  35. ^ Dugan, Christina (May 9, 2017). "Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller's Sentenced to 1 Year, 1 Day in Prison for Bankruptcy Fraud Case". People. Retrieved May 9, 2017. 
  36. ^ "Abby Lee Miller Reporting To Prison June 30". 

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