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Abby Lee Miller defends her harsh tactics in new interview

Leah Prinzivalli writes about pop culture, beauty and health and has interviewed some of your favorite reality stars. She has been published in VICE, Reductress, The Toast, The Frisky, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn with her cat, l...

Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller doesn't think of herself as a bully, she says

Dance Moms coach Abby Lee Miller may not be on the show anymore, but she's still the same old tough coach.

In a new interview with In Touch Weekly, Miller was asked about — what else — her notoriously "challenging" teaching tactics. In an era when we consider the feelings and needs of children more than ever, Miller could easily be labeled a bully. Unless you ask Miller.

"I don't think it's true [that I'm a bully]. I'm a tough coach, but if I'm giving you my time, my energy, my tutelage — you have to give back. You have to make me proud of you," she tells the mag.

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"I'm to the point now where I respect and listen to my kids," she tells In Touch. "Teaching children is my one true love." And love has to hurt sometimes, right?

As fans of Dance Moms know, Miller isn't coaching the Abby Lee Dance Company this season as she deals with a host of legal issues. While Miller deals with federal fraud charges, her troupe is getting a bit of a break from all the "listening" aka criticizing that she's famous for.

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Does Miller see herself switching teaching tactics anytime soon? Doesn't seem that way: "I wasn’t put on this earth to make kids feel special. I was put here to make them dance."

Judging by her success stories, including Maddie Ziegler, Sia's young protégé, she's doing a good job of her life's work, even if we don't always agree with her tactics.

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