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Abby Lee Miller (born Abigale “Abby” Lee Miller on September 21, 1966 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American dance instructor and TV personality. She grew up in Pittsburgh, where she now owns and operates Reign Dance Productions. Abby gained a love for dance from her mother, who ran several dance studios herself. After spending summers assisting her mom at her studios and accompanying troupes to dance conventions. Although she loved the art of dance, she hated performing. So, at the young age of 14, Abby opened Abby Lee Dance Company, of which she is still the chief choreographer. The dynamic of her studio and successful coaching technique inspired the Lifetime show Dance Moms in 2011, which has since become an international phenomenon in its five seasons. In October 2015, Abby was indicted for allegedly hiding more than $755,000 in earnings from Dance Moms, which has resulted in charges of bankruptcy fraud, concealment of bankruptcy assets and false bankruptcy declarations. Because of her charges, Abby could spend up to five years in prison and face more than $5 million in fines She originally pleaded not guilty to the charges in November 2015. However, on June 27, 2016, Abby reached a deal with the IRS criminal investigators to enter a guilty plea. She was sentenced to one year and one day in jail in May 2017, and began her sentence in July 2017. She was released early in March 2018.
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Abby is best known as the star of Lifetime series Dance Moms. Since the show began, she has earned a reputation of being an extremely tough coach who practically takes a no-sympathy approach on her young dancers. While this has made for a popular reality TV series, it has gotten her in some legal trouble with past dancers.
In June 2014, Abby confirmed an engagement to actor/TV host Michael Padula. But one month later Abby admitted that she and Michael faked their engagement in an attempt to soothe her dying mother, so she could be at peace knowing that there was someone to take care of Abby. As of October 2015, Abby is single.