100+ Truly Awesome Abby Lee Miller Quotes About Dance & Life

Known for her pure talent, no-nonsense attitude, and contagious enthusiasm, Abby Lee Miller is one of the best dance instructors and choreographers out there.

This article will explore some of Abby Lee Miller’s quotes that demonstrate her inspiring philosophy of dance and life. Through these quotes, aspiring dancers can learn a lot from her experience and journey as a successful dancer and instructor!

100+ Famous Abby Lee Miller Quotes About Dance & Life

Inspirational Abby Lee Miller quotes

  • “My wheelchair is like the Cadillac of wheelchairs; it goes up and down and back, and I can lay down in it.”
  • “I declared bankruptcy, and that was the worst thing I ever should have done.”
  • “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.”
  • “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!”
  • “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.”
  • “Why she was crying, I don’t know. Kids should cry when their arm is broken and it’s hanging off or somebody died.”
  •  “I wasn’t put on this earth to make her feel special. I was put on this earth to make her dance.”
  • “Are you crying? No tears. You save those tears for your pillow, in your room, alone. You’re going to humiliate yourself in front of everyone in this dressing room. Do not cry. Suck it up, kid. You are here, you’re healthy, you are one lucky little girl. Act like it.”
  • “I told her that her daughter looked like road kill.”
  • “That fall, when everyone was doing back-to-school shopping, I couldn’t have cared less about clothes, and classes, and football games. I was totally consumed with going back to dancing school and my plans for the future.”
  •  “Your daughter is holding a national title and I will take it away in a minute.”
  • “My mom didn’t play favorites. She was kind and giving and wonderful to everyone who graced her presence. She never pushed me, nor put me front and center. She knew too many instructors who ruined their businesses by featuring their own daughters in every number. This turns people off! I didn’t even get to go down the mat first in tumbling class. Jeez!”
  • “Save your tears for the pillow because only your BFF who is four hours away cares.”
  • “I always tell my students that I dream bigger for them than I do for myself, and that’s the truth.”
  • “The sky’s the limit…but ONLY if she puts the work in.”
  • “But if you are willing to work, sacrifice, and believe, the sky’s the limit. Some say, “Anything is possible.” I say, “Everything is possible!”
  • “I don’t wake up amazing. It takes me hours to get this way.”
  • “You have to want it 110 percent. You have to eat, sleep, and breathe your passion, and fight for perfection every step of the way.”
  • “Every child in South Florida can dance. And every child there is amazing.”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “I was told that someone on Facebook said something ‘horrible’ about me. Who cares? At least they’re watching the show.”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “I was always interested in choreography – in making people think and feel something.”
  • “Let me know when she’s on Broadway. I’ll get tickets.”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”

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Funny Abby Lee Miller quotes

  • “I have no problem yelling at anybody’s kid – free of charge!”
  • “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.”
  • “Girls, what are you doing? Those legs are about as straight as Elton John.”
  • “We have a parent that’s out of control. She does not have any weapons. Just her mouth.”
  • “Paige, you did a nice job this weekend. Then on the bus coming home we told you to sit down 32 times. I counted.”
  • “There is plenty of competition going on right here. Too bad it’s the moms!”
  • “Remember, there is no I in team, but there is an m and an e. And it’s all about me.”
  • “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 a little bit of PTSD when I hear a big bang or a loud noise of keys – I jump out of my skin.”
  • “I was never focused on me, me, me all the time. I was always focused on somebody else.”
  • “I don’t like people going behind my back.”
  • “Britney Spears was an incredible dancer. That kid was amazing.”
  • “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 hate what I look like on TV, and I want to look better, and nothing makes the mothers more jealous.”
  • “I saw ‘Magic Mike’, and I thought it was great.”
  • “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 have dreams, and I want to see them come to fruition.”
  • “When you’re so busy shooting 12 hours a day, you just eat what someone sticks in front of you.”
  • “I’ve taken so many kids out of Pittsburgh and onto the great white way in New York City right into a Broadway show.”
  • “Like it or not, there are a lot of dance teachers in this country who respect me, whether they personally like me or not.”
  • “TV’s a big deal in prison. A big deal. People watch it nonstop.”
  • “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.”
  • “If your mom cries a lot, you probably cry a lot. It’s what you learn.”
  • “When I tell a child something the first time, I’m nice. The 15th time, I start to get aggravated.”
  • “I’ve been in continuing education programs since taking my dance master’s exam at age 21.”
  • “I’ve been talked about by a lot better people than the general public.”
  • “I can make something magical and wonderful out of nothing.”
  • “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 made lots of mistakes – the number one mistake being trusting other people with my money.”
  • “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.”
  • “You always have to remember that if you say something negative, it’s going to come back to haunt you.”
  • “My name is not unfamiliar to anybody in the dance community. I’m talking the upper echelon of dance studios.”
  • “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.”
  • “Doing a show for three weeks is nothing like doing a show for seven seasons.”
  • “I’ve always put everybody else’s child first before my own health, before my own time frame.”
  • “I’ve been invited to do ‘Dancing With the Stars’ three times, but Lifetime said no.”
  • “I’m not talent. Not considered ‘talent’ by Lifetime. I’d like to say I’m their savior, but that would be cocky.”
  • “I never wanted to perform and never proclaimed myself to be a performer.”
  • “I’m a good teacher and am great at observation and picking out what’s wrong and fixing it.”
  • “I want to retire and want to be able to live out my days financially secure. That’s what everyone wants.”
  • “I made bad decisions. I’m not denying that I made bad decisions.”
  • “If a whole bunch of people want to make your life a living hell, they’re gonna do it.”
  • “I just was never into performing. It’s just hard work. It’s hard 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 just have always felt that people don’t change, circumstances change.”
  • “People don’t realise how difficult it is to work with people day in and day out that know absolutely nothing.”
  • “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 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.”

Short Abby Lee Miller Quotes

  • “I’m a can-do girl.”
  • “I create stars.”
  • “I teach children to be winners.”
  • “I don’t want to hear the word ‘can’t.”
  • “I do not raise brats!”
  • “I don’t want a brat on my team.”
  • “I’m not a bad person.”
  • “Suck it up. I don’t want to see those tears.”
  • “I don’t sweat…I glisten.”
  • “I have an eye for detail.”
  • “Competitions are a business, first and foremost.”
  • “Everybody wants to be me. What can I say?”
  • “Why do I attract all the crazy ones?”
  • “The best kind of revenge is victory.”
  • “I don’t think I get that upset over things.”
  • “Everyone’s replaceable.”
  • “I NEED to win!”
  • “Second is the first to lose.”
  • “I was raised to be independent.”
  • “Never let them see you sweat!”
  • “Get a costume and get on the bus.”
  • “I could make you or I could break you.”
  • “According to Lifetime, I don’t know anything about TV.”
  • “I have good days and bad days.”
  • “The rules are there for a reason.”
  • “I want to be an executive producer.”
  • “I have goals.”
  • “I’m not this horrible, evil person.”
  • “Don’t hire a prison consultant.”
  • “My success rate speaks for itself.”

Final Words

Abby Lee Miller is an inspiring figure who has many meaningful quotes about life and the dance world.

From her inspiring words about perseverance and success to her words of encouragement for those in the dance industry, quotes by Abby Lee Miller remind us to follow our passions and always strive for excellence.

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