'Dance Moms': Christi Lukasiak on why Chloe stays at Abby Lee Miller's studio
What can fans expect of the summer season?
The dancing has gotten better, the moms are badder, and Abby might be a little bigger.
With all of the turmoil between you and Abby, why do you stay at her studio?
Isn't that the million-dollar question? I think the biggest reason is that ... Chloe grew up with those girls. Chloe was an only child for eight years. She didn't have a sister at home, but she had all these girls at the dance studio that were like her sisters. ... I can't take her away from them. I might not always like Abby, but we're there for so many other reasons.
What's the biggest misconception about you and the other Dance Moms?
Well, for me, it's that I'm this big, giant party mom ... and that I'm jealous of a 9-year-old ( Maddie). ... It's really about Abby and her treatment of the children. I love Maddie. We all have a great relationship with all of the girls.
Is the Maddie and Chloe rivalry real?
I think that's pretty accurate. It's just the way things have played out. Chloe and Maddie have gone head-to-head for years and years ... anytime we're filming, it always seems to swing in Maddie's favor ... over and over it's showing that Chloe can't beat her. I think that Maddie and Chloe push each other to be better dancers -- it goes back and forth.
"Dance Moms" airs at 9 p.m. Tuesdays on Lifetime.