Finding fame doing what she does best on hit reality TV series Dance Moms, the quiet yet passionately talented Chloe Lukasiak has bravely faced and overcome many challenges in order to validate her crucial position in the award winning Abby Lee Dance Company, and in doing so has inspired countless other to work hard in order to achieve their dreams.
Let me rewind a little in order to explain. I was sat trying to find something to watch but there was literally nothing on. Nothing on the Discovery or History Channels, no Breaking Bad, no decent movies. Then I stumbled across a rather large lady shouting at a handful of small and cute yet slightly terrified looking kids. Sounds like a winner to me, that should pass some time until something else comes on!
That show turned out to be Dance Moms which centers around the goings on of the Abby Lee Dance Company. Run by overbearing dance teacher and choreographer Abby Lee Miller, the show follows her dance group as they rehearse and compete in various dance competitions around America.
Admittedly, this is not the most manly of subjects, however the constant drama and arguments of the dancers mothers quickly hooked me, and before long I was riding the emotional roller coaster along with everyone else. So much so that I ended up watching every episode over the course of three days, and I soon found myself rooting for the underdog of the ALDC: Chloe.
Aside from Chloe, the competitive dance group (currently) consists of Brooke, Paige, Nia, Kendall, Mackenzie and Abby’s star student Maddie.
And it is here where I think that Chloe can and will inspire a generation: While her best friend Maddie is undoubtedly massively talented she is also the favorite of Abby, often receiving special attention and preference to the other girls. While they are on the same team Chloe is often compared to Maddie and put up against her in competitions, however due to Maddie’s preferential treatment she often pips Chloe to the post and bags first place.
And in the words of their inimitable dance teacher; second place is the biggest loser!
But this doesn’t put Chloe off. The opposite in fact! Facing a constant uphill battle trying to reassert her worth in the elite, highly competitive group Chloe strives to step up to the plate and better herself. Does Abby always see the effort being put in? No. Does Abby heap praise upon her when she does notice the effort being put in? No. But that just makes her push herself even more.
But then ALL the girls work hard. While they are all the best of friends and try to push each other, they all essentially want to be number one. And none more so than Chloe, who is forever attempting to show the world that she is just as good if not better a dancer than her biggest rival Maddie.
There have been times when Chloe has put in her all only to have it all come crashing down thanks to the harshly honest criticisms of her dance teacher or maybe just simply by being bested. And you really do feel for her at these times. Tears may be shed, her loving mother Christi may have to comfort or console her, but never one to stew in her misery, Chloe soon picks herself up, dusts herself off and gets back in the saddle.
And her work pays off: she achieved a full scholarship for the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School’s modern dance program as well as deservedly winning a national title for a solo she performed at a major dance tournament. But will Chloe stop there? No, not at all. She aspires to eventually end up on Broadway or be a Rockette, and no one deserves all the success in the world and all the happiness it brings more than Chloe. Because while getting to the top is hard, she did it.
So in the end if you think there are hurdles that cannot be overcome, just remember…they can.
If you think you will never see the light at the end of that long and winding tunnel, just remember…you will.
And if in the face of all adversity, when the odds are stacked unfairly against you and you begin to doubt that you will ever be able to reach the stars…just remember: you can.
And Chloe is living proof of that.
To keep up to date on all the latest goings on in the world of Chloe, you can visit her official website, like her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter or visit her Instagram. You can also keep up to date with her mom by following Christi Lukasiak’s official Twitter account.