Abby Lee Miller Returns to 'Dance Moms,' Shares Behind-the-Scenes Photo in a Wheelchair After Health Crisis

Abby Lee Miller will make her big TV comeback. The dance instructor posted a behind-the-scenes photo from the set of the Lifetime reality series on Tuesday.

In the photo, Miller, who underwent a second back surgery over the summer, smiled brightly while sitting in a wheelchair. Her dance company’s logo is depicted in the background. “Grrrrrrrr!!!! Back to the daily grind. Comment if you can guess what we’re shooting today?” she wrote alongside the snapshot.

Miller included the hashtag #dancemoms on the post, although she didn’t specify what exactly she was filming.

Lifetime confirmed the reality star would return to Dance Moms for Season 8 despite Miller’s battle with Burkitt lymphoma, a type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma that forms cancer within a person’s B-cells Miller was diagnosed with in April. A casting announcement released in July said Miller was looking to discover “serious competitive dancers and their moms.”

"The most infamous dance instructor in the world is going back to her roots and only interested in parents who are ready to take their kids to the next level,” dancemomcasting.com said in a statement. “Abby Lee Miller is currently holding auditions for her new ALDC elite competition team. Dancers must be MINIS 7-9 or JUNIORS 10-12. All must be serious about competing and winning on a national level."

Miller initially resigned from the series at the height of her legal trouble last year. She announced her decision to leave the show after filming Season 7B in March 2017, citing production differences. “I WILL NO LONGER TAKE PART IN DANCE MOMS,” she wrote.

“FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS/SEVEN SEASONS I HAVE ASKED, BEGGED, AND EVEN DEMANDED CREATIVE CREDIT FOR ALL THE IDEAS, AWARD WINNING ROUTINES, THEMES AND COSTUMING—TO NO AVAIL!” she continued, adding that it wasn’t the students or the mothers that caused her to quit the series.

She added: “I JUST HAVE A PROBLEM WITH BEING MANIPULATED, DISRESPECTED, AND USED—DAY IN AND DAY OUT BY MEN WHO NEVER TOOK A DANCE LESSON IN THEIR LIVES AND TREAT WOMEN LIKE DIRT!”

Miller was sentenced to 366 days in prison on charges of bankruptcy fraud two months after she left the show. She was released in May 2018.

Join the Discussion

Editor's Pick