Dance Moms Season 2 Returns January 10, 2012

If all you want for Christmas is more Abby Lee Miller (and, quite frankly, why wouldn't you?), then you surely have reason to celebrate this holiday season.

Sneak Peek of Dance Moms Season 1, Episode 12: "There's Only One Star"

The competition heats up when Abby Lee Miller takes her girls to L.A. to audition for a music video in this sneak peek clip from Dance Moms Season 1 finale. 
Original Air Date: October 5, 2011 at 10 p.m. ET on Lifetime

'Dance Moms': Abby Lee Miller on How to Get On Her Good Side (and a Finale Sneak Peek!)

Have you been watching Dance Moms on Lifetime? Have you? If you have, I'm sure you understand my disbelief -- not that you're watching it, but that the show and the people on it are actually real . Sometimes Dance Moms -- which follows demanding dance coach Abby Lee Miller, her tiny, flexible proteges and their preening, paranoid Midwestern mothers as they travel the country, putting on group and individual competitive dance numbers, each somehow more ridiculous than the last -- feels like Christopher Guest and Tim & Eric got collectively inspired by screaming and spandex and decided to make a show about it. But no. Dance M o ms is not a mockumentary, nor is it a nightmare. It's real. And a real treat I'm going to miss after the season finale airs this Wednesday. But at least we know it's coming back. Anyone who watches Dance Moms knows that Abby Lee is a busy woman, and she hates anything that wastes her time. But we were able to get three questions in with Ms. Abby Lee as we anxiously await the finale, "There's Only One Star," of which you can also watch a sneek peek below.

Lifetime Renews 'Dance Moms'

The kids will keep on dancing for another season. Lifetime has renewed its reality hit 'Dance Moms' for 13 new episodes. The show follows dance instructor Abby Lee Miller, her students, their mothers and all the drama that comes with the dance competitions they enter. "From Abby Lee Miller's intensity and her students' incredible performances to their devoted moms and its high drama, 'Dance Moms' has become one of the most compelling shows on television," Nancy Dubuc, president and general manager of Lifetime Networks, said in a statement. "It has struck a clear chord, hooking in die-hard fans clamoring for more, and we're excited to bring 'Dance Moms' back for them."

Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller On Ranking Students and Dressing Them Sexily

Dance Moms (Wednesdays, 10/9c, Lifetime) has enough bickering to put Real Housewives to shame and enough questionable parenting to make Toddlers & Tiaras seem like Sesame Street in comparison. At its center: Abby Lee Miller, who runs the Abby Lee Dance Company in Pittsburgh. Miller's "tough love" method of teaching features plenty of barking, scant praise (at least as far as what we're privy to, per the show's editing) and a pyramid, which she uses to rank her favorite students on a weekly basis. Viewers are, unsurprisingly, harrowed and riveted. We spoke to Miller about the theatrics of her vocation and show, and to hear her tell it, the pyramid is made-for-TV invention. Peppering her speech with reminders about her and her studio's accomplishments, Miller told us about her background, the impetus for her toughness and why she wishes she could teach orphans...