Nia Sioux became a ‘Dance Moms’ child star when she was 9 years old. Now she wants her millions of followers to start seeing her as an adult.


The cast of “Dance Moms” at Nickelodeon’s 28th Kids’ Choice Awards in 2015.Charley Gallay/KCA2015/Getty Images

In August 2020, Sioux released a video featuring a remixed version of La Roux’s “Bulletproof” with an on-screen caption that read, “You think you can hurt me? I was the only black girl on dancemoms.”

The video was part of a orient oneself on TikTok, where people used the same song and a similar caption to discuss their difficult life experiences in a light-hearted way.

Sioux posted her video after other former ‘Dance Moms’ stars, including JoJo Siwa and Mackenzie Ziegler, also took part in the trend, captioning their videos, “Think you can hurt me? I was on Dance Moms.”

Sioux put a secondary caption under his video that read, “And that’s being bullied by America’s biggest bully lmao.” She told Insider the comment was made about her former dance teacher on the show, Abby Lee Miller.

Parents and “Dance Moms” viewers criticized Miller’s teaching style, and former dancer Maddie Ziegler called Miller’s studio a “toxic environment”.

Parents of two black dancers too accused Miller Manufacturing racist Remarks.

In June 2020, Miller tweeted an apology to the “black community” and said she wanted to “grow and do better”.

“I realize that racism can come not just from hate, but also from ignorance. Whatever the cause, it’s harmful, and it’s my fault.”

In 2017, Miller was convicted of fraudulent bankruptcy and failing to report money brought into the United States from abroad. A federal judge sentenced her to a year and a day in prison.

Miller did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.


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