Lifetime's "Dance Moms," which features an annoying and egotistical dance teacher called Abby Lee, is one of cable TV's most popular shows, especially among adults 25-54 and 18-49. Granted, we are not big fans of Abby's, just because she has the ego the size of Pittsburgh, but one of the best things to come out of the 'Dance Moms" craze is that the show now has a spin-off, 'Dance Moms: Miami," and we flipping love it. It is our #1 guilty pleasure right now. And here are our reasons:
A Kick-Ass 9-Year-Old Boy Dancer
Go Lucas Triana! Break those stereotypes and show the world that you are an amazing dancer with amazing confidence.
Ani and Kimmy
Even though some of the other moms and child pairs are just off the wall (hello, Susan and Abby), we love Ani and Kimmy. This is what you need to know about them:
Ani is a working mother of two daughters and never having taken a dance class herself, only her daughter Kimmy is currently enrolled at Stars Dance Studio. From a very young age Kimmy wanted dance lessons on her own — two of the first things she asked for as a young child were ballet shoes and a tutu.
A resident of Miami and raised in the Hispanic culture, Ani believes Miami’s beauty is insurmountable primarily because of the diversity in people and cultures. She notes, “Maybe I’m biased because I am Hispanic, but I think Miami’s Latin ‘Salsa’ adds a little extra spice to our dance culture.”
Granted, we cringe a bit about the "Hispanic culture," but still.
Victor and Angel
Yes, you CAN have real Latino men become reality stars. While Abby Lee is a whack job, Victor and Angel (especially Angel's story from Cuba to the United States) just warm our hearts. Just two guys teaching dance and dealing with all the stress. They aren't Latino caricatures and they run their business with passion and professionalism. And we love that.
You go, Angel. You tell her!