These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Dance Moms
Audience-Alienating Premise: Many people won't even touch the show with a ten-foot pole because it appears to be exploitative of young girls in a number of areas.
Tear Jerker: A lot of the girls say in interviews that they're so busy dancing and going to competitions and practice that they can't be normal, like hanging out with their friends or going to birthday parties.
The Woobie: In one episode, Abby leaves the studio temporarily and puts everything into Gianna's hands. When she isn't going over the girls' dances, she is understandably stressed. For further context, Abby threatened to fire Gianna if she choreographed a solo for Brooke. Even though Gianna choreographs the dance, Abby does not fire her.