Tell The Walt Disney Company To Cancel Dance Moms
  • Petitioned The Walt Disney Company

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The Walt Disney Company
Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks and President, Disney/ABC TV
Anne Sweeney
Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer
Zenia Mucha for The Walt Disney Company

Tell The Walt Disney Company To Cancel Dance Moms

    1. Jann Davis
    2. Petition by

      Jann Davis

      Canton, MA

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We the undersigned petition The Walt Disney Company, A+E Networks, Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC and the ABC Television Group, its partners and affiliates, to cease providing commercial sponsorship to and ownership of the Lifetime TV reality series Dance Moms. We believe that show portrays an unfair perspective of the dance studio industry and assists, in an economically challenged environment, to create an atmosphere non-conducive to the continued success of those who act responsibly in their methods of teaching dance to others beginning in early childhood through adult.

Disney’s Corporate Citizenship statement reads:

At Disney, we believe that being a good corporate citizen is not just the right thing to do; it also benefits our guests, our employees and our businesses. It makes the Company a desirable place to work, reinforces the attractiveness of our brands and products and strengthens our bonds with consumers and neighbors in communities around the world.

Three core principles help guide our daily decisions and actions:

  • Act and create in an ethical manner, and consider the consequences of our decisions
  • Champion the happiness and well-being of kids, parents, and families in our endeavors
  • Inspire kids, parents, employees and communities to make a lasting, positive change in the world

We have in place a comprehensive, integrated approach to corporate citizenship, building on our established approaches for vital areas including the environment, community, workplaces and product development. As always, we place special emphasis on championing and inspiring our key audience of kids and families."

We believe that your sponsorship and ownership violates your own policy statements. The  audience review statements here clearly state that many feel the show is abusive towards children and is an example of bullying. Many who have signed are public educators, who know the show violates the anti-bullying programs public schools promote on a daily basis in classrooms across the USA.

We encourage you to create a team to review the show and re-evaluate your current sponsorship and ownership of this program.

Thanking you in advance for your time and consideration,

Jann Davis

Owner/President

Dance Studio By Design

http://www.dancestudiobydesign.com

A+E Networks is a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company. Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC is a subsidiary of A+E Networks and therefore the Walt Disney company owns Dance Moms.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Happy National Tap Day

      Jann Davis
      Petition Organizer

      Happy National Tap Day
      My fav
      http://youtu.be/D1ZYhVpdXbQ

      Singing In The Rain - Singing In The Rain (Gene Kelly) [HD Widescreen]

      Singing In The Rain - Singing In The Rain performed by Gene Kelly HD 720p Widescreen Upscaled and Cropped

    2. Happy Mther's Day

      Jann Davis
      Petition Organizer

      God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.
      Rudyard Kipling

      Happy Mother’s Day Weekend

      DANCE TEACHERS
      MAKE THE BEST
      DANCE MOMS

      Happy Mother’s Day Everyone
      Jann Davis

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    3. Sharing

      Jann Davis
      Petition Organizer

      LOVE sharing, no comments
      http://youtu.be/T4t1EuXcgKw

      Maks Disses Abby Lee Miller on Dancing with the Stars | LIVE 5-5-14

      MERYL DAVIS (AGE 27) - DETROIT, MI - SEASON 18 Funny shit right here where bad boy Maks defends their routine after constructive criticism from guest judge Abby Lee Miller. Song: "Read All About It (Pt. III)" by Emeli Sandé The seven celebrities left to compete for the Mirror Ball trophy in May.

    4. Only Need 15

      Jann Davis
      Petition Organizer

      A quick post this morning, I took the original past about my critique of DANCE MOMS down and I temporarily unpublished the Facebook page. My focus for my business is to assist teachers with what I learned as a public educator that I felt would be of help to them, which remains my focus. On 5/5/2014 Abbey Lee was an adjudicator for ballroom on #DWTS. I did not watch, as I feel this woman discredits our businesses and is not professional by doing so on reality tv. Shame on the Walt Disney Company for supporting her and hurting so many small businesses primarily owned by women.

    5. 3100

      Jann Davis
      Petition Organizer

      We are heading towards 3100; there are many interesting comments recently. Thanks everyone for your support…Jann Davis

    6. 3100

      Jann Davis
      Petition Organizer

      We are heading towards 3100 thanks everyone

    7. Reached 3,000 signatures
    8. At a competition

      Jann Davis
      Petition Organizer

      If you are at a co mp this weekend please ask others to sign

      Jann Davis

    9. Today We Hit 2900

      Jann Davis
      Petition Organizer

      Good morning,
      I have been watching the page. We did hit 2900 and are now heading towards 3000! I did hear from the Walt Disney Company on Friday March 28, 2014. I will let you know what happens. Abby was on the view on 1/28/14. I am sure you know The Walt Disney Company also owns The View. You be the judge, she claims the show is REAL if so we need Disney to CANCEL. Watch her, she is immature, out of control, and ridiculous.
      http://youtu.be/ttmqpMJkG1U

      Jann Davis

      Abby Lee Miller on The View - Describes Fight with Kelly and Confirms the Hylands are gone for good

      Abby was on The View on January 28, 2014. Abby talked about the fight with Kelly that took place during a competition and then confirms the Hylands are gone from the ALDC for good but maybe not the show.

    10. Almost at 3000

      Jann Davis
      Petition Organizer

      Good Morning everyone, I hope you had a wonderful weekend and if you competed did well. The petition over the weekend always slows down. If you could refer others that would be great…Jann Davis

    11. Today We Hit 2800

      Jann Davis
      Petition Organizer

      We hit 2800 Thank You KATHY STARR Palacios TX you are #2800
      “The behavior of Abby Lee Miller is inappropriate and her treatment of children is abusive.”

      Beginning tomorrow I am going to post a comment from each state on the Facebook page.

      If you haven’t signed yet please do so and make a comment, or if you have signed and didn’t make a comment you can do so now. We want this to be a global request.

      Thanks everyone
      Jann Davis

    12. Affiliate Request

      Jann Davis
      Petition Organizer

      Good Morning Friends,

      I received a request from change.org for someone to affiliate with the petition. If someone begins to ask you for money I would appreciate an email (info@dancestudiobydesign.com) and I will revoke the request.

      The petition is about assisting those of us who feel this model for the dance studio industry is NOT the model for everyone. It is not about making money for someone else; sometimes others try to do this. Thanks everyone and please continue to share with others.

      Jann Davis

    13. Who Signed The Dance Moms Petition?

      Jann Davis
      Petition Organizer

      Who Signed The Dance Moms Petition?
      #dancestrong™, #janndavis™
      http://bit.ly/O5EJms
      for those who want to know there are almost 2800 signatures, I can add you if you signed

      Dance Studio By Design: Who Signed The Petition?

      Who Signed The Petition? These are names I recognize from my pages and from faculty lists. Please email me if you signed and would like to be added to the list. There are almost 2800 digital signature snow....info@dancestudiobydesign.com Larry BoudrowLynnMA01905United States12/20/2011 MandyMooreOpelikaAlabama36801United States1/10/2012

    14. Thank You For Signing

      Jann Davis
      Petition Organizer

      I am posting this only ONCE. I will post, beginning today, the names and comments of teachers, vendors, and parents who have signed the petition and some of the reasons they signed it on the Facebook page and on my blog. A gentle plug encourage others to enter Dance4Kids Invitational. The reason I created my businesses is on the blog. (http://www.dance4kidsinvitational.com)

      Let’s make others know there is an ALTERNATIVE to Abby Lee and the way she promotes the dance studio industry. I didn’t create it for that reason but somehow the two became one. I ask the teachers who enter to assist in creating the scoring system, the rules, and how to reward us as a dance community. Many of you are at comps this weekend, please use the hashtag #dancestrong™. Let others know we are UNITED in our efforts to get this show cancelled.

      Blog: http://thedigitaldancestudio.blogspot.com/

      Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tell-Disney-To-Cancel-Dance-Moms/1427886357449369

      thank you again to all

    15. Name Change

      Jann Davis
      Petition Organizer

      I was contacted by a dance studio vendor and asked could I change the name of the petition. He wanted to sign but he felt the title could hurt his business. I agreed so the new title is TELL DISNEY TO CANCEL DANCE MOMS. Thanks for the suggestion; the link here stays the same. Thank you everyone who has signed and continues to share. The posts make me realize I am not the only one who thinks the show is a form of bullying and has affected our businesses negatively.
      Jann Davis

    16. GOOD LUCK

      Jann Davis
      Petition Organizer

      Good morning,
      At a comp today? I wish you GOOD LUCK!!! Use our hashtag it’s day 2 of National Dance Teacher Appreciation Day. We are #dancestrong

      Jann Davis

    17. We Are NOT Abby Lee Miller

      Jann Davis
      Petition Organizer

      Yesterday’s news didn’t post what I wanted; the complete post is on my business website. It states we in the dance studio industry are private businesses and are not subject to the same rules as public educators are. Many dance educators are members of dance teacher organizations who have wonderful codes of ethics. They are similar to the guidelines for public educators; the only exception appears to be the reality tv star Abby Lee Miller.

    18. About Private Dance Studio Certification and Licensing

      Jann Davis
      Petition Organizer

      For those of you who are signing the petition, a point of interest, dance teachers who own private dance studios like Ms. Miller, do not have to be licensed or certified to teach dance. Anyone can open a private dance studio, no licensing or certification involved.

    19. Reached 2,500 signatures
    20. The Other Petition

      Jann Davis
      Petition Organizer

      Good Morning Friends,

      I have removed the original blog post about Abby from my blog as I am working on upcoming spring and summer events. I needed the space for new posts not yet posted. Just a reminder, this petition is two years old. I invite you to sign the other petition I have. I created an event on Facebook in 2010 in celebration of what would have been my mother’s 90th birthday, she was my first dance teacher. It was signed and shared to over 1500 walls in one week that year! This is the POSITIVE perspective of our industry.

      Jann Davis

      Here is the petition I LOVE!!!
      Sign and tell us why you LOVE your job! http://chn.ge/1fmGd7K
      https://www.change.org/petitions/join-national-dance-teacher-appreciation-week-2014-like-the-event-share-with-others-join-the-movement

      LIKE the event, SHARE with others, JOIN the movement

      LIKE the event, SHARE with others, JOIN the movement I just signed the following petition addressed to: Dance Teachers Everywhere! ---------------- Join National Dance Teacher Appreciation Week We the undersigned agree that March 1-9, 2014 is declared National Dance Teacher Appreciation Week! It is a week to celebrate dance teachers-coaches/studio-gym-cheer owners as small business...

    21. Address Information

      Jann Davis
      Petition Organizer

      Hi friends here:

      I found these links I hope they prove useful. I am only posting news every 3rd day and I am not sending out emails to you. I decided I simply want to say thank you and not intrude on your privacy. I did put up a Facebook page but that may be an intrusion also.

      Facebook Page:
      https://www.facebook.com/pages/Please-Help-Us-To-Cancel-Dance-Moms/1427886357449369

      Change.org Help Pages:
      http://help.change.org/entries/199109-Is-my-address-included-in-a-petition-
      http://help.change.org/entries/20272227-How-can-I-hide-my-signature-from-public-view-

      Jann Davis

    22. Why Is Our Address Required?

      Jann Davis
      Petition Organizer

      from one of our signers:
      I have signed and had a few others also sign. But I have also had 4 that won't sign, as they won't give their addresses on social media. I don't really understand why the address is needed? Maybe just the country , and the province/state would be enough. ?

      We are asking change.org why is there this requirement? I do not have an answer and did not know there was this requirement; maybe someone could email me from change.org, so I can respond appropriately. As a former tech teacher I understand the question and the concerns so thank you Margaret for asking the question...

      Jann Davis

    23. Reached 2,000 signatures
    24. 2000 Digital Signatures Thank You

      Jann Davis
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks everyone for posting and signing. If everyone could ask 2 others to sign we would have over 5000 digital signatures and then the petition would be picked up by main stream media. I thought I would pass along the email I received from change.org concerning that someone paid to promote this petition. It was not me.

      Thu, Feb 13, 2014 10:15 am

      Hi Jann,

      Congratulations! Your petition, “Please Help Us Cancel Dance Moms,” was just promoted by a supporter in Massachusetts to other users on Change.org.

      We noticed your petition was gaining momentum and we gave your supporters the opportunity to chip in and help promote it to a wider audience. Your petition may be promoted again by other people, but we are only letting you know this first time.

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      - The Change.org Team

      The sun is always shining somewhere…
      Jann Davis

    25. thanks Erik

      Jann Davis
      Petition Organizer

      Posted here by a young dance major, straight from the heart

      The Heart Beating In Tune With Music
      Guiding Your Body Across A Stage
      Is Dance
      Erik Cavanaugh

      Thanks Erik, we truly believe as you do
      picture is on Facebook

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Chris Barragan LOS ANGELES, CA
      • 4 months ago

      As much as I love to watch the girls dance, you have to think about the emotional abuse they are being put through by Abby. These kind of behavior doesn't make them grow tough skin it scars their mental outlook. So yes please, the responsible thing to do is cancel the show.

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    • Barbara Wolfe HASTINGS, MN
      • 4 months ago

      Abbey miller is very mean to all her kids who r trying their best. She is a bully in an age in which we are trying to change. She seems to be a very angry woman.

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    • John Brooks AUSTRALIA
      • 4 months ago

      The show is great but this abusive teacher is a child abuser,she is not even a teacher she sits on her fat ass on a chair and yells at the kids like they are dogs.we don't tolerate child abuse in the world let alone on a tv show just for ratings.time to stop or sack and replace this abusive sick ass bitch abby lee miller.also she has a sick obsession with Maddie so wrong. Stop this now

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    • Ella renfree LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      This show is harming innocent children and has become unbearable to watch. it can only end badly.

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    • Jerry Angeles TORONTO, CANADA
      • 4 months ago

      I'm against bullying. The likes of Abby Lee Miller shouldn't be judging dancers' turnouts or toe points.

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