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Dance Moms Club sparks nostalgia as a new extracurricular


Since their founding in 2023, the members of Rush Henrietta’s Dance Moms Club have been making school history as the first of its kind! With activities ranging from filming re-enactments of iconic scenes to decorating cakes depicting Abby Lee Miller, the club is a pure demonstration of the creativity and excitement that comes with becoming a member. 

In its early beginnings, Ms. Pfluke, the adviser of the club, recalls a particular student’s passion for the show and her wish to kickstart the creation of a place for students to bond over their love for it. She says that she wanted to help the extracurricular activity come to fruition because “I really like McKenna and she begged me. It wasn’t hard, this club makes sense. I know we would get kids that would come down here and enough kids would want to watch this.” The founder and president, McKenna Uhl, describes the meetings as “literally chaotic because we never come in with a plan.”  

First airing in 2011, Dance Moms is an American reality television show that follows young dancers in the Abby Lee Dance Company as they go through rehearsals, meets, and competitions. Like many other reality shows, the drama and conflict that is included in each episode is unmatched. From the stressed out dancers to the notoriously difficult to deal with dance instructor Abby Lee Miller, there are so many personalities that enjoyers of the show connect with and further contribute to the series’ ever-growing fanbase. Regardless of the fact that some aspects of the show are likely staged, it still remains a well-loved series and a pivotal contribution to American pop culture of this century. 

For many fans, Dance Moms has been an integral part of childhood, introducing thousands of kids across the nation to a new era of entertainment as they grew into adolescence. The club has helped to rebuild some of these fond memories as they have begun to make new ones together out of their shared love for the show. When first entering the room for a meeting, anyone can immediately tell how the room radiates with excitement and energy for the afternoon’s activities.

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The club’s cabinet includes: founder and president, McKenna Uhl; vice president, Saraby Satheeshkumar; secretary, Anna Martini; and treasurer, Mia Favalo. Across multiple interviews, all of them had one response in common: it’s a reason for having a great time. As Anna Martini says, “honestly, we’re just here to have fun!” So far, each meeting has consisted of watching and commenting on clips of various Dance Moms episodes. Some meetings are accompanied by cupcake decorating, while others are simply sharing popcorn while filming TikTok videos; almost as unpredictable as some of the fight scenes between the moms.

So whether you feel like critiquing a season finale or if you would want to play as Maddie Ziegler in a skit, there’s always something to enjoy at a meeting. Come and join the growing community of active Dance Moms enthusiasts on Wednesday, every other week in B-215. 

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