The Truth Always Comes Out...(My "Dance Moms: Miami" Epsiode 3 Recap)
Seeing Hannah at the bottom of the list this week made me feel a little defeated, she had just come off of the best placement for her ever and a really high score of 294. I kind of felt if not now (moving up on the list) then when? Fortunately, Hannah takes the list in stride and it just makes her work even harder than before. I think the insecurities theme was a hard one for all of the dancers involved this week, baring your soul to an audience is not an easy thing to do and I feel each and every one of the children were very brave to do so.
Although Hannah has been dancing since she was really young she didn't start dancing competitively until a few years ago and really did not become serious about it until last year. Hannah is fully aware of what people in the dance world consider the appropriate "body type" to dance and also realizes that she will never have a "ballerina" body nor does she want to. Hannah is working really hard to have the best body Hannah can have as a dancer and has made huge improvements in that regard and being that she is only 11 who know exactly what type of body she will have in the end.
A lot of people have a lot of comments regarding Hannah and this issue and she faces it daily, people even insinuate that she has the exact body type as me and therefore will never be a dancer ( I am 5' 10" tall yet my two other grown girls are 5' 1" and 5' 7" respectively so there goes that theory). Hannah has a great support system in reaching her body image goals at the studio, both Angel and Victor have sat down with her and encouraged her to make good decisions regarding her body and dance, they have done this in a loving and supportive way. Hannah dances because she loves to dance, she did this dance because she wanted to stand up for all the children in dance out there that is told they are not the right "type" to be a dancer and I could not be more proud of her for doing so! As far as Hannah's future as a dancer, who knows she is 11 years old, all I know is that I will support her dreams wherever they will lead her!
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I was not surprised to see that Brigette and Susan flip flopped on the issues with Abby but whatever, they are adults and they can make their own decisions -- they don't know Abby yet and they will form their own decisions as time goes on. As far as issues between Sammy and Hannah, those are now in the past. They are on the same team and Hannah always likes to see the best in everyone so I am deferring to her. I will not get into a he said/she said over things that have been said on both sides of the Hannah/Sammy issue, I believe in the end the truth always comes out. I do know that I do not control grown adults nor do I care to.
However, I will never stand by while my daughter is made to feel less of herself and that is exactly what was done at our other studio, it was not ok when it was done then and I will definitely not allow it to be done to her at Stars. There was also an insinuation made that I was "kicked" out of our old studio because of a behavior issue, this is absolutely false! My two daughters were taking private lessons at Stars (with the full knowledge of the other studio) while I was making my daughters finish the year at the other studio because I believe in finishing what they start, I was sent an email (while on vacation) asking to just move on because there was too much talk about my two daughters already attending Stars and it was disrupting their classes.
When Abby confronted me regarding the issue of "sabotage" I actually had a hard time keeping a straight face, the actual thought of Victor or Angel agreeing to sabotage someone's solo is absolutely ridiculous and I was not going to give it any credibility. What I think is a shame is the attention was being diverted from the strong messages of our children's insecurities onto a ridiculous issue such as sabotage.