It would be an understatement to say that Melissa Gisoni and Abby Lee Miller parted on bad terms during last week’s Dance Moms season finale. Previews for the show’s reunion made it look as if the bad blood was bound to continue right until the very end. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time (and probably not the last) that an important member of the ALDC and her mother left the show filled with sadness, confusion, and, most of all, anger. For most, departing the ALDC has been a negative but decidedly necessary experience.
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Despite the indications of the previews (and Abby Lee Miller’s petty behavior during the first half of the reunion) the show ended with everybody singing the praises of Gisoni and her two amazing daughters. This seemed nothing short of amazing given how much everybody on the show has scorned Gisoni in the past. Even Miller was able to set aside whatever bad feelings she had about her favorite students’ departure and wish the original Dance Moms family the best.
The show’s most touching moment occurred at the very end, when Miller — who had been clearly annoyed with Gisoni and Ziegler girls in the aftermath of their big announcement — offered up some top-notch words of advice. The whole time she was speaking, I was holding my breath for some back-handed compliment or, worse, an outright insult. Fortunately, neither ever arrived. Instead, Miller advised Gisoni and her girls to remember everything they’d learned at the ALDC, because those lessons would later come into play. She added, “With my whole heart, I say, ‘This is just the beginning.'”
After getting the moms to recite, “We are Abby Lee!” together, Miller gave Gisoni a big hug. This was a big moment, and even the most adamant Dance Moms haters were forced to admit that it was nice seeing Miller and Gisoni once again getting along.
The moms are finished bickering — for now — but the reunion fun isn’t over just yet! Next week, the kids will say their final goodbyes to Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler, and that send-off will surely be even more emotional than the one viewers witnessed last night.
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