Abby Lee Miller Reveals Which ‘Dance Moms’ Alumni Are Invited to Appear On Her New Dance Show & Why Maddie Ziegler Is “Definitely Not” One of Them

“Sorry, you’re at the bottom of the pyramid invite list, Maddie.”

Former Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller is planning a big return to the reality TV world, but she isn’t inviting all Abby Lee Dance Company alumni to join her. 

Abby told Entertainment Tonight this week that she’s bringing her own version of ‘Dance Moms’ to TV soon, noting the show is still being developed.

As The Ashley previously told you, Abby announced in May 2020 that she was leaving ‘Dance Moms’ after nine years; the following month, she was accused of making racially insensitive remarks to former cast members, leading Lifetime to yank her series Abby’s Virtual Dance Off

After previously implying there was bad blood between her and Lifetime regarding her show contract, Abby confirmed her new dance series will have “nothing to do with that network.” 

“It’s not like I’m going back,” she said. “This is all new. It’s all me.” 

Abby, after pitching the concept of her new show…

Though the reality series is still in the works, Abby said viewers can expect “classic Abby Lee Miller, but there’s little ones and there’s mom and the talent is nuts.” Though the concepts seem nearly identical, Abby assures the new show will be “different” than ‘Dance Moms,’ as she will not only go toe-to-toe with the moms, but with the older kids, too. (She went on to clarify that the “older kids” are between the ages of 16 and 22.)

When asked if she plans to invite former ‘Dance Moms’ star Maddie Ziegler onto her show to make a guest appearance, Abby said “definitely not,” citing Maddie’s “little Cosmo article” from 2022. 

As you may remember, Maddie called ‘Dance Moms’ “sad” and “toxic” in the article, adding that she hadn’t spoken to Abby since leaving show and never wished to speak to her again.

“This one’s for you, Ab!”

Abby fired back at Maddie on YouTube, denying some of the claims made by her former student. Abby also gave herself some credit for Maddie’s post-show success, stating that while Maddie did, indeed, put in a lot of hard work, “a lot of other people worked hard, too.”

“I know that what I did for Maddie, with Maddie, helped her succeed,” she said in the video.   

Pout now, succeed later.

Abby said this week that she hasn’t reached out to Maddie at all, confirming that her former student “absolutely wants nothing to do with” her.

“That’s sad but, it is what it is,” Abby added. 

While Maddie won’t be involved in Abby’s new show, there are a few former ‘Dance Moms’ stars Abby is happy to welcome back, including Brynn Rumfallo, who Abby is “looking into inviting” onto the show as a guest. Abby said she’d “possibly” extend invites to Kalani Hilliker and Kendall Vertes, too.  

Former ‘Dance Moms’ stars Brynn, Kalani and Kendall.

Abby added that she’d “absolutely” invite JoJo Siwa to make a guest appearance, pointing out that the former Nickelodeon star still dances today. 

“JoJo keeps posting, you know, dance steps and turns and this and that, and I have to correct her all the time,” Abby said. 

JoJo appeared on Season 5 and Season 6 of ‘Dance Moms’ and returned in Season 8 as a guest. She and Abby have continued to support each other following their time together on the show.

After JoJo revealed in 2021 that she was part of the LGBTQ community, Abby took to social media to share how proud she was of the teen. Three years earlier, JoJo visited Abby in the hospital as Abby battled cancer, presenting her former dance instructor with a $10,000 donation through the charity Dancers Against Cancer.

RELATED STORY: Abby Lee Miller Fires Back at Maddie Ziegler’s Claims That ‘Dance Moms’ Was “Toxic”: 5 Things We Learned From Abby’s New Video

(Photos: Lifetime; Instagram) 


  1. maddie can talk crap all day—she loved being #1 for abby and we all watched it!!! she was an absolute brat and her mother was totally complicit. I hated watching the other girls treated less than for maddie and when she didn’t win she threw a fit–sorry maddie you ruined your beautiful dancing by being a spoiled brat –karma will find you and your mom

    1. Maddie worked harder than the other girls. She was homeschooled so she could practice more and took extra lessons. The other moms were so entitled expecting their kids to get the same treatment without making the same sacrifices she made. Chloe was Maddie’s biggest ‘rival’ and she absolutely refused to give up school or friend time for dance. That’s fine, she made her decisions about what was most important to her. But I hated hearing her mom claim that it was unfair that Maddie got more opportunities. Duh! That’s how this works. There’s a reason Maddie and JoJo are the two who made it big after the show ended.

  2. No other dancer on the show had the magic or grace that Maddie had. Outside of her performances, the show was unwatchable.

  3. Maddie was (is?) an entitled brat and Abby was hateful. There.

    The moms basically put their kids in what could easily be seen as abusive situations when on that show. The moms deserve just as much negativity as Abby.

    1. Lllololol I thought the same thing. I was so confused at first like wtf is this?! Thats not AbbyLee but alas, it is. Scary

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