Save the tears to your pillow. Dance Moms alum Zackery Torres mirrored on their time on the truth sequence — and claimed it wasn’t all fairly.
“That was the first time I really understood what it meant to be bullied into dancing a certain way,” the 21-year-old dancer informed Page Six on Thursday, June 10. “I don’t really know whose fault it is. I think we have the system to blame, and I think that it’s something we all need to be aware of and continue speaking out about.”
The University of Southern California graduate first appeared on season 1 of Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition in 2012 earlier than becoming a member of the Dance Moms solid with teacher Abby Lee Miller. At the time, Zackery and their mother, Gina Torres, have been “shocked” by the “crazy” conduct displayed by the mother and father of different dancers.
While they met “a lot of really amazing people” whereas engaged on the Lifetime present, which got here to an finish in September 2019 after eight seasons, the strain was overwhelming. Though dance “is rooted in a lot of historic traditions,” they by no means actually understood what lecturers meant after they stated to “dance like a boy.”
“There’s a lot of detrimental moments that really kind of set me back as a young person and being on that TV show,” Zackery defined. “It’s something that we all just need to be aware of. We all grew up this one way, maybe I was bullied into dancing this way … but then stop it there, don’t pass it down to the next generation of young people.”
Earlier this month, the truth TV alum introduced that they’re transitioning. “That means I’m transgender if you didn’t know. My pronouns are they/she, which means that they or she are totally fine,” they stated in a “life update” on social media. “I’m just hopping on here to tell you that I’m going to be posting more on Tiktok and I’m excited about it!”
Zackery isn’t the one former Dance Moms star to talk out concerning the negativity on the present. In June 2020, Adriana Smith accused Miller, 55, of constructing racist remarks towards her and her daughter, Kamryn, throughout the present’s eighth season. The Abby Lee Dance Company proprietor issued a public apology quickly after the claims made headlines.
“I genuinely understand and deeply regret how my words have effected [sic] and hurt those around me in the past, particularly those in the Black community. To Kamryn, Adriana, and anyone else I’ve hurt, I am truly sorry,” she wrote by way of Instagram on the time. “I realize that racism can come not just from hate, but also from ignorance. No matter what the cause, it is harmful, and it is my fault.”
The Everything I Learned about Life, I Learned in Dance Class writer continued: “While I cannot change the past or remove the harm I have done, I promise to educate myself, learn, grow, and do better. While I hope to one day earn your forgiveness, I recognize that words alone are not enough. I understand it takes time and genuine change.”
Smith stated she would “not accept” Miller’s apology and the allegations prompted Lifetime to tug the dance teacher’s coronavirus-inspired sequence, Abby’s Virtual Dance Off.