Childless Miller admits she critiques her young dancers¹ bodies during class. "Flaws in a dancer's body that send up a red flag: Pigeon-toed feet, swayback, rounded shoulders, extended rip cage, heavy head, extended chin," she writes.
The outspoken star has some jaw-dropping advice for a fan whose young daughter is getting "picked on" and "criticized" by her dance teacher. "I think you should send that teacher a thank-you note," she says.
Mean girl behavior: Miller brags that she shames her students in order to push them harder. "Nobody is going to embarrass them and upset them more than I am," she says. "I'll do it first, and I'll do it right! But I correct and humiliate them in a private lesson inside my studio. I know just how to push a kid¹s buttons to get the results I want."
If a young girl or boy has a slender body and the natural ability to dance, she orders parents to sign them up for dance lessons‹no matter what the child thinks! "You would be crazy not to push your kid down that path!" she writes.
What would a psychologist say? Miller cops to manipulating student siblings. "I frequently tell Mackenzie, in an effort to motivate her to do better, that when Maddie was her age, she was already doing this or that," she says. "Guess what? It works!"
So much for feeling special: the dance expert teaches her students that they are always replaceable. After a dancer became sick and fell out of a number, Miller says she told her students, "See, Payton was replaced by nobody — do you realize how easily Payton was replaced? We didn't need anyone to replace her — get it?"
Very, VERY tough love. Miller admits she mocks students who she doesn¹t feel work as hard as others: "It's my job to teach them a lesson! I call out each student, making her perform a group routine by herself in front of her peers because I know she can't. Then when she stops and forgets the next step and everybody in the number is looking at her, it's embarrassing."
She also publicly humiliates students who she feels have too much confidence. "I'm quick to point out her flaws. She needs to be knocked down a few pegs. Sometimes I make the kid rehearse something on her bad side in front of everyone on the spot. You want to make her look like a jerk in front of her peers to bring her back to reality," she says.
How is it even possible? Miller reveals she is even meaner‹ and more offensive — off-screen! "I am actually nicer on camera than I normally am, because there are just things you can¹t say on TV," she explains. "I have a lot of male dancers, and I'll tell them, "You look like a woman." I can't say that, because viewers will say I¹m homophobic. Of course I'm not!
According to Miller, a child's happiness is NOT a priority. "One of my less-than-brilliant moms always used to say, 'I just want my kids to be happy. I don't care if they're mediocre," she writes. "But who the hell wants mediocre kids?"