Abby Lee Miller Quotes

Cry if you have a compound fracture, by all means. Or if your grandpa died. But otherwise, save it for your pillow.
Do your job. Do it the best you can. Do it right, because somebody, sometimes your best friend, is waiting for you to screw up so she can take your place.
Everybody wants to be me. What can I say?
I’ve always put everybody else’s child first before my own health, before my own outfit, before my own time frame.
My wheelchair is like the Cadillac of wheelchairs; it goes up and down and back, and I can lay down in it.
I was never focused on me, me, me all the time. I was always focused on somebody else.
I always thought I would die of cancer because my mom and my dad both died of cancer. My dad died of osteocancer, and my mom died of colon cancer.
I have no problem yelling at anybody’s kid – free of charge!
If your mom cries a lot, you probably cry a lot. It’s what you learn.
I try to be vegan… I really, really try. I don’t eat any red meat, and the whole animal thing really upsets me, so I’ve tried.
I have dreams, and I want to see them come to fruition.
How does a nice Catholic girl end up going to prison for a year? It’s crazy. I’ve made mistakes. I have to pay for those mistakes.
According to Lifetime, I don’t know anything about TV.
I’ve been invited to do ‘Dancing With the Stars’ three times, but Lifetime said no.
I want to retire and want to be able to live out my days financially secure. That’s what everyone wants.
I like to choreograph and create and design the costumes and do it all and then step back and watch it and then move on to the next project.
Don’t hire a prison consultant.
The rules are there for a reason.
If you have the ability to pick yourself up by the bootstraps and start over, you come out stronger because you learn from whatever mistakes you made.
I saw ‘Magic Mike,’ and I thought it was great.
I don’t like people going behind my back.
I had a PET scan, and it was cleared. Not one cell of cancer after three rounds of chemo. But I still had seven more just for safety, which was stupid. I should have just worked on therapy.
When I tell a child something the first time, I’m nice. The 15th time, I start to get aggravated.
It takes me about two hours to run into Target. People always want a picture. They hem and haw, and they can’t spit the words out, so they waste about five minutes of my time just standing there getting ready for a picture. Just do it!
When you’re so busy shooting 12 hours a day, you just eat what someone sticks in front of you.
If I could have worked from the time I was born until I was 18 and never had to work again, I would have done it.
I didn’t have any children of my own.
You always have to remember that if you say something negative, it’s going to come back to haunt you.
I’ve been in continuing education programs since taking my dance master’s exam at age 21.
I make decisions all day, so it’s nice for a woman like me to go to dinner and have the man take the menu and say, ‘Let me order.’ Other women would be offended by that, but I’m like, ‘Good. Because I can’t make one more decision today.’ I want someone to rub my feet without being asked.
My success rate speaks for itself.
Dancers are always striving for perfection. A great dancer never achieves it: you always want to do another turn, a higher jump,a more difficult acrobatic jump.
TV’s a big deal in prison. A big deal. People watch it nonstop.
If a whole bunch of people want to make your life a living hell, they’re gonna do it.
I do not raise brats!
I made lots of mistakes – the number one mistake being trusting other people with my money.
I want to be an executive producer.
I’m not talent. Not considered ‘talent’ by Lifetime. I’d like to say I’m their savior, but that would be cocky.
I have goals.
So many people think of me as a character on TV, but first and foremost, my passion is teaching dance and creating employable, working dancers.
If you want someone to say, ‘She’s so sweet, and she’s so cute, and, honey, point your foot,’ that’s not my school. You can go to the YMCA and have a nobody teach your kid if that’s what you want to hear.
I made bad decisions. I’m not denying that I made bad decisions.
I like to work.
I can take a beginner kid that has never danced in their lives, and I can teach them something, or I can take a really advanced dancer, and I can make them into a professional.
I have a little bit of PTSD when I hear a big bang or a loud noise or keys – I jump out of my skin.
I’m not this horrible, evil person.
I think any activity you have your kids in, you’re all trying to live vicariously through them. And you’re jealous of the kid that’s naturally more talented or has the facility, the body, the genes, or the God-given talent. People get jealous of that.
I have spent the greater part of my life in a hotel room with seven or eight kids, looking after everyone, sorting out fights, wiping noses, handing out towels, not having a clean towel left for me.
My mother taught children to love to dance.
I was always interested in choreography – in making people think and feel something.
Competitions are a business, first and foremost.
I was told that someone on Facebook said something ‘horrible’ about me. Who cares? At least they’re watching the show.
I’m an only child.
I’m a can-do girl.
As far as the general public is concerned, I always tell people that you need to look like a dance teacher like you’re looking for a pediatrician.
I’ve taken so many kids out of Pittsburgh and onto the great white way in New York City right into a Broadway show.
I don’t want a brat on my team.
I can make something magical and wonderful out of nothing.
For the general public or psychos on Facebook, for everyone who’s made one negative comment about me, I’ve probably gotten 250-300 positive comments.
You don’t need a lot of credentials to be prison guard in a federal prison. And, you know, you give them a set of keys and a weapon, and they’re in power.
I teach children to be winners.
I just have always felt that people don’t change, circumstances change.
When you walk into my classroom, I’m going to give it to you straight, just like in the real world, because that’s the only way to prepare you for the real world.
I have good days and bad days.
Doing a show for three weeks is nothing like doing a show for seven seasons.
I declared bankruptcy, and that was the worst thing I ever should have done.
Britney Spears was an incredible dancer. That kid was amazing.
I don’t want to hear the word ‘can’t.’
I have spent so much time and so much energy making other people’s children stars.
I don’t think I get that upset over things.
What I’m denying is that I’m this cutthroat financier.
I have an eye for detail.
My name is not unfamiliar to anybody in the dance community. I’m talking the upper echelon of dance studios.
I hate what I look like on TV, and I want to look better, and nothing makes the mothers more jealous.
People don’t realise how difficult it is to work with people day in and day out that know absolutely nothing.
I’ve been talked about by a lot better people than the general public.
I was raised to be independent.
I rely on other people every day of my life.
I’m not a bad person.
I don’t want flowers or candy or anything like that. I just want somebody to say, ‘Wow, you’ve done a great job.’
I create stars.
I never wanted to perform and never proclaimed myself to be a performer.
Like it or not, there are a lot of dance teachers in this country who respect me, whether they personally like me or not.
I just was never into performing. It’s just hard work. It’s hard work.

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