Australia is not saying “G’day” to Abby Lee Miller.
Numerous parents, local officials and dance instructors are, in fact, hoping to block the controversial DANCE MOMS star from touring their country in March.
Peter Oxford, Child Ambassador for the Australian Dance industry confirms he has received a “huge amount of complaints” about Abby Lee’s “emotionally abusive” methods of teaching.
Some of her tactics, it is alleged, even break the country’s laws.
Oxford is also upset that Miller has advocated against child immunization and is requesting that the reality star’s visa be revoked.
“Why can’t we stop a dance teacher who advocates and makes financial gain from screaming at kids?” he asks in The Australian.
Teachers are labeling Abby a “cult-like” figure who preaches “disgraceful sportsmanship” and has proven to be a bad influence on Australia’s youth dancers. In fact teachers insists Abby’s style is diametrically opposed to the Australian-style which revolves around “a lot more tact and encouragement,” says Davin Griffiths-Jones, who owns a dance academy in Sydney. “Luckily there is no dance teacher as brutal as Abby Lee in Australia.”
Abby is currently being sued by former student Paige Hyland for her teaching styles, and two weeks ago Holly Frazier erupted on twitter over Abby’s treatment of her daughter Nia. Abby has lost almost all of her original team since the first season, with Nia reportedly quitting as well.
Abby’s Ultimate Australia Tour is said to include “showcases, master classes and competitions” with ticket prices reaching $250 each.
Abby and her dancers are currently on tour in Ireland filming scenes for season five of DANCE MOMS.
DANCE MOMS airs Tuesday nights on Lifetime.
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