Philadelphia

Real Reality: Dance Moms are Overwhelmed In Philly When 1200 Tweens Show Up for a Meet & Greet

Last weekend, and I mean last weekend cause I’m running about a week behind in some of my reporting. So much going on. Anyway, I was witness to something FANtastical. The fans of the reality show Dance Moms showed up for a meet and greet at the Marriott Downtown with Jill Vertes, Kelly Hyland, Christi Lukasiak, with dance kids Kendall Vertes, Chloe Lukasiak and Paige Hyland

Dance Moms is an American dance reality series that debuted on Lifetime
on July 13, 2011. Created by Collins Avenue Productions, it is set in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the Abby Lee Dance Company
Some fans came bearing gifts and told me that the show inspires them to be disciplined if they are to achieve their goals

Most were willing to shell out lots of money for photos to get signed. As in many autograph sessions the celebrities would only sign items bought at the event. The photos were $10 each

In February the Dance Moms came to Philly and 400 people showed up. On this particular day 1200 people showed up and overwhelmed the moms and kids, but they took it in stride. I was impressed.

The day began at 9AM with Q&A’s and autograph sessions.
I ran into my former co-worker Trish and her family. I hadn’t seen her in 15 years. She looks great.

I got there about 2PM and it was jammed.

The celebrities were in one of three rooms all day, with a door connecting them to each of the rooms so they didn’t have to exit into the hallway. Once in awhile they did to go to the bathroom, and the crowd would get into a frenzy. It was crazy.
 
This little lady on the right was running the merchandise stand. There was also a publicist, and that’s it.

So there really wasn’t a lot of people to answer questions of the sometimes restless crowd, who waited patiently up to 3 hrs as the Dance Moms were running 2 hours behind in their sessions.

Lilly (r) and her mom. Lilly is a huge fan and they’ve been to 10 of these appearances. A short while after this the Dance Moms, who know Lily by now, asked her to help them out with the signings to move the crowd along. She took photos for the fans and moved the crowd along.

Kendall Vertes, Chloe Lukasiak reads homemade cards a fan made them
Chloe Lukasiak and Paige Hyland having a bit of fun
Eventually I became a helper and started taking photos for the fans and moving the crowd along.
 
On occasion I would say “Girls look up, the sooner I get these shots for the fans the sooner you return to Pittsburgh!” I didn’t realize they still had a long way to go. Way I was headed out the door I hear Christi tell the publicist to reschedule their flights, they weren’t going to leave til they greeted and signed for all the fans.

When I left at 5PM, there was still these fans waiting to get into meet their idols. Catch Dance Moms  Tuesdays at 9/8c on !