Loved your last post about Maddie's standing in the dance world… i couldn't agree more!
Thank you!! And glad to hear I’m not the only one thinking this way. I’ve noticed it for a while, the support she has there, the genuine (!) support. People really seem to like her and after Dance Moms that’s not a given. It was a really bad show and did not portray the dance world in the best light and then the portrayal of the girls as the best when they clearly weren’t isn’t really helping. But Maddie kept going to normal competitions outside the show even back then and won and I’m still so proud of her for attending the Dance Awards this one time because that’s some scary competition and after that she kept attending classes outside her comfort zone, dared something and I think people notice it. Also they notice that she’s incredible humble, she always says she’s not where she wants to be and that she has so much more to improve on and that there are so many better dancers and then she talks about them and how they inspire her (there’s even a video of her praising Sophia and saying how she inspires her etc.), so you can tell that the image from the show is fake and she’s such a sweet person in real life and they appreciate it. I love the support and how she can just dance without having to fear to be judged. Those are all far better dancers than on the show, but here she can let go, can dance for fun and not for a fake competition etc. and I think people see that and see her true personality shine trough and that shows in the support she constantly gets.