jueves, 31 de julio de 2014

Triple Threat Performing Arts Center never rescue by Abby Lee Miller and the cancellation of her show



WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) – Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has filed a lawsuit against a local dance studio, claiming the studio owner’s fraudulent actions violate the state’s deceptive trade practices act.

In the weeks leading up to the lawsuit, the Attorney General’s office received 20 written complaints against Triple Threat Performing Arts Center in Warwick. The complaints allege that the owner, Marlaina Rapoza, took money from customers for certain dance competitions but “never informed her customers that their children would not be allowed to participate.”




Barbara Moses, whose child dances at the studio, said Rapoza claimed a competition that they paid for was canceled.

“There was another competition that we didn’t get in, she said it was canceled actually,” said Moses. “I called them myself and they said ‘no it wasn’t canceled, your studio just didn’t pay.’”

Other complaints allege that Rapoza’s checks to the consumers for reimbursement for canceled dance competitions and other services were returned due to insufficient funds.

The owner of Elite Dance Challenge, Sandra Walsh, claims that Triple Threat Performing Arts Center performed at one of her competitions in March, but the $6,000 check that Rapoza gave her was returned by the bank.

She filed a complaint with Rhode Island State Police.

“I have a lot of employees that have to be paid, I have judges, I have staff and that’s a lot of money to be out,” said Walsh.

Coincidentally, Abby Lee Miller, the star of reality TV show Dance Moms, recently shot an episode of her new show Dance Studio Rescue at Triple Threat Performing Arts Center. At the end of that episode, the studio appeared to be successfully saved, but the reality is anything but.




“This lawsuit is serious,” said Tammy Miller of the RI Attorney General Consumer Affairs Unit. “Customers paid for services that they did not receive, and that is a violation of the deceptive trade practices act in Rhode Island.”

Call 12 for Action made several attempts to reach Rapoza, who has 20 days to respond to the lawsuit. The phone at Triple Threat Performing Arts Center has been disconnected, emails went unanswered, and her cell phone no longer accepts messages.


SOURCE : WPRI 

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ABBY STUDIO RESCUE HAS BEEN CANCELLED???

SOURCE : IBT

Update 12:52 p.m. EDT: Lifetime's "Abby's Studio Rescue" publicity rep, Wendy Zocks, confirmed to IBTimes Wednesday that the network has plans to "air the remaining episodes later this year."

After just two episodes, “Abby’s Studio Rescue,” the new reality series starring “Dance Moms” coach Abby Lee Miller, suddenly vanished from airwaves. With no explanation from Lifetime regarding the show’s sudden disappearance, fans have started to ask: Is “Abby’s Studio Rescue” canceled?

While Lifetime and Collins Avenue, the production company behind Miller’s series, failed to respond to a request for comment by press time regarding the rumored cancellation, there is evidence to suggest that the program would not have survived the chopping block.

Not only has Lifetime failed to premiere new episodes of “Abby’s Studio Rescue” for the past two weeks, airing episodes of its other new series, “Little Women: LA,” in its place, the network's schedule for July 22 skips the show’s 9 p.m. EDT time slot.

Another hint the show may have been eliminated from its prime time slot? Miller, 47, has yet to plug her new program during recent promotional interviews for her new book, “Everything I Learned About Life I Learned In Dance Class.” While Miller’s tour is obviously dedicated to promoting the parent self-help memoir, she did use her time to discuss the Season 4 return of “Dance Moms” later this month while never once touting “Abby’s Studio Rescue,” which is supposed to be in its critical debut season.

“Abby’s Studio Rescue” follows Miller in her quest to help save failing dance studios across the nation from closing their doors. The series, which premiered on the network June 17, marks the third reality venture for Miller in three years.

The longtime Pittsburgh dance coach, made famous by Lifetime’s hit series “Dance Moms,” premiered her second program, “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition,” in 2012. The show stopped production after two seasons, with Miller explaining to Zap2It.com in May that its competitive nature, although popular with U.S. viewers, failed to impress overseas.

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