Following this early success, Miller’s dance empire further expanded, and many of her students progressed to bigger things on Broadway. However, though no real lover of the spotlight herself, the instructor would go on to find similar recognition. In fact, fame came calling in 2011 when she became a star thanks to a little show called Dance Moms.
Furthermore, the reality series – which followed Miller and her young students through rehearsals and performances – was an immediate hit with fans. Indeed, at its peak the show brought in nearly three million viewers each week. And with her cruel-to-be-kind schtick, Miller crafted a perfect, acid-tongued persona.
However, while she may have pleased TV audiences, Miller was less popular amongst her fellow professionals. Indeed, concerned by Miller’s turn on the show, the Dance Masters of America stripped the instructor of her membership in 2012. “This is a total misrepresentation of our dance educators and their students,” wrote DMA president Phyllis R. Guy in a statement.