All good things must come to an end. After seven seasons, the hit Lifetime reality series Dance Moms is finally over, and the network has reportedly confirmed that the current Season 7 will be its last. Fans started wondering if the show would be canceled after its star, Abby Lee Miller, was convicted on fraud charges and sentenced to 366 days in jail, but it seems like she isn’t the only reason why the show is ending.
The Dance Moms series finale is set to air on Tuesday, Oct. 31, according to International Business Times. After Abby — who founded the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) which is featured on the series — announced her departure from the show, the network hired former Dancing With the Stars pro Cheryl Burke to take her place as the dance instructor for the group of young dancers. Earlier this week, Cheryl slammed her predecessor for the controversial way she treated her students.
“It was tough, there were a lot of tears, anger, and insecurity. It was shocking to me. I couldn’t believe these beautiful girls that have zero confidence,” she told Us Weekly about what it was like to step in for Abby. “They said they’d been traumatized by Abby and her teaching methods. That’s a shame because with teenagers it’s so important to mentor them.”
But it just seems like, after seven years on TV, the girls who grew up on the show feel like it’s just time to move on. Earlier this week, original cast member Nia Sioux revealed that she was leaving the show and she opened up about why she made that decision.
“It’s crazy to see how far it’s come and how much I’ve been through,” Nia told Teen Vogue. “I was just like, I’m 16 now, I’m growing up, the show has been a great platform, but it’s time to move on. During the show, I couldn’t take all the opportunities that I wanted to, and now since I’m off the show I’m getting to do what I want to do.”