I think Maddie is improving so much because she's around other kids who push her to be better, but I think it's also down to the fact that she seems to have *much* better teachers and training now. Plus, she's not filming for who knows how many hours a week & isn't devoting her training time to memorizing a new competition number every week.
Absolutely! She has such good trainers now, it sometimes makes me sad when I think about what even more she could have accomplished dance wise had the ALDC had better trainers! And of course not constantly filming and travelling helps too! I think people are often way too harsh on the DM girls. I think all of them were pretty good dancers considering the amout of filming and travelling they had to do, often with subpar teachers, with lots of drama around them etc. They could never build a foundation like someone like Kalani or Brynn, who only joined later. They lived this life since age 8 and still turned out to be good dances, so I think that’s something we should always keep in mind!