This series highlights the worst aspects of competitive dance, playing up infighting among the dancers and their overbearing mothers and putting on display an instructor's controversial methods of motivation. It also illustrates the importance this culture places on fitting a physical image, as the dancers' appearances and actions are under strict scrutiny at all times. On the upside, the show celebrates the kids' dedication to their craft and the pride they take in doing a good job.
Some dance moves are designed with sexy in mind, and the instructor encourages the dancers to play up their appeal.
Heated exchanges between adults sometimes get explicit, but most of it ("s--t," "damn," and the like) is bleeped. Name-calling includes words like "stupid" and "idiot."
The Abby Lee Dance Company gets plenty of notoriety from the show.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some moms drink wine and mixed drinks, and it's implied that doing so helps them cope with the pressures of this high-stress atmosphere.