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Abby Lee Miller Biography
Abby Lee Miller born Abigale Lee Miller 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 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 was released early. She is now continuing with Dance Moms, filming Season 8.
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Abby was born on September 21, 1965 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is 53 years old as of 2018.
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Abby was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Maryen Lorrain (McKay), a dance teacher, and George L. Miller.
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Abby grew up around dance in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, a Pittsburgh suburb, studying under her mother’s direction at the Maryen Lorrain Dance Studio. 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.
She became certified by Dance Masters of America and became a member of Dance Masters of Pennsylvania Chapter #10 in 1986, 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.”
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Abby has never been married and has no children. She was close with her elderly mother, who passed away in 2014. She was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma, a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer, after spinal surgery in April 2018. She spent much of 2018 in physical therapy, relearning how to walk.
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In 2014 Abby began to encounter numerous legal problems. She was sued by one of the dancers on Dance Moms for, 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. A five million dollar lawsuit was filed against Collins Avenue Entertainment for staging disagreements that ended in a fight between Kelly Hyland and Abby. Paige Hyland also filed an emotional distress lawsuit against Miller. The charges were dropped on the emotional distress lawsuit.
Abby was indicted for fraud on October 13, 2015 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. Abby was indicted with bankruptcy fraud, concealment of bankruptcy assets and false bankruptcy declarations in hiding some $755,000.
If found guilty, Abby could have faced a fine of $250,000 for each of the 20 counts she was indicted on and five years in prison. In November 2015 she pleaded not guilty. The case was delayed a fifth time by February 2016 . Shortly after her indictment, she was once again charged with customs fraud relating to undeclared cash from Dance Moms Australia master class tour. She reached a deal with the IRS criminal investigators to enter a guilty plea to reduced charges on June 27, 2016.
Her Sentencing was set for January 20, 2017. The sentencing date was postponed multiple times, finally scheduled for May 8, 2017.
After a two-day hearing, Abby was sentenced to one year and a day in prison on May 9, 2017, , followed by two years of supervised release. Abby also paid a $40,000 fine, a $120,000 judgment and gave a DNA sample relating to her felony charge.
Abby reported to the Victorville Federal Correctional Institution in Victorville, California on July 12, 2017 to begin serving her prison term.
Abby was transferred to a Long Beach, California halfway house to complete her sentence on March 27, 2018, and released on May 25. Due to subsequently discovered illness, she served little of her halfway-house sentence, instead being hospitalized.
Abby Lee Miller Net Worth
Abby has an estimated net worth of $2 million dollars. She filed for bankruptcy and owed more than $400,000 in taxes in December 2010. 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.
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Even before her sentencing, Abby was thinking about how she wanted to lose weight so she underwent gastric sleeve surgery weeks before she knew if she’d have to serve time. People notes Miller said the producers of Dance Moms were attempting to keep her overweight, so she wanted to take matters into her own hands. “I hate what I look like on TV and I want to look better and nothing makes the mothers more jealous,” she said.
Following the gastric sleeve and prison time Abby’s weight went down. Her year-long sentence was reduced to eight months before she was released to a halfway house, and Entertainment Tonight notes she lost around 100 pounds when the public saw her again. Abby allegedly requested a tummy tuck, breast lift, and skin removal surgery upon her release.
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Abby was the founder of the Abby Lee Dance Company. Dance Moms follows the practice sessions and performance competitions of young students of the Abby Lee Dance Company.
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Abby opened a new studio set up in Los Angeles called ALDC LA in 2015 . She announced she had quit the series in March 2017 . Abby announced her return for season 8 of Dance Moms In July 2018 . Dance Moms: Resurrection premieres June 4, 2019 at 8/7c on the Lifetime (TV network).
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Since 2011 Ziegler was a standout performer on Dance Moms since the show began in 2011. Abby was known for her tough-love antics, and though she helped cultivate all of Ziegler’s dance skills over the years, the pressure was still on for the little girl. Finally Ziegler made the move to leave the series after Season 6 and work more closely with the singer Sia as her mentor. Ziegler told Seventeen, “Now, I feel like I’m so free.” And it appears that her leaving behind the reality TV series was also her step toward leaving behind Miller’s stressful ways.
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- Everything I Learned about Life, I Learned in Dance Class
Abby Lee Miller Quotes
- There could be a million reasons of this. Normally, you see this in someone who is compromised, if they have diabetes or [are] a smoker or [have] heart problems, but that’s not really her, she has a very well controlled diabetes, actually her numbers are in the pre-diabetic range so to see something like that, it is extremely unusual.
- I’m glad that someone who has worked on a network show for as long as she has on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ is going to see what I’ve been working with for seven years.
- I bet you the budget is completely different, and I bet you she is never driving her car, with her gas, getting parking tickets that she has to pay, walking up and down the streets looking for fabric on her feet.
- Give her six years, they’ll talk to her like she’s dirt too.
- I cannot be a fan of this shoot, there are so many amazing dancers in the world… Kendall Jenner is not one of them! Shame on Momager, Kris Jenner!!! She never made these kids take dance class. She better get North West to the @aldcstudiola before it’s too late!