So our first city on our 5 week RV trip was….drum rolls…PITTSBURGH!!! 🚎💨You can follow our journey across the Midwest and down the Mississippi River at @rvtheryet on Instagram and this blog www.sprintingwiththeshaps.com
When I think of Pittsburgh the first thing that comes to mind was ABBY LEE DANCE COMPANY! Not sure who was more excited me or the girls. We winded our way through a neighborhood and as the RV chugged up a steep hill the studio appeared before our eyes! WERE HERE! 🏢
We recognized the facade of the building right away from the Lifetime show Dance Moms! Except it was a little different! Appolonia Leake Dance Studio? Was this a joke? A play on words? I mean I know Abby is in jail but what’s with the name? 😱😳
Perhaps shocked to see an RV taking up a big portion of the parking lot , or perhaps used to fans piling in, there were 2 ladies standing by the door waiting to greet us!
We entered through the right side, which they immediately told us is Abbys gift shop, it looked like a shrine to ALDC. 🙌🏽
The young girl was very nice and offered to take us on a tour. We stopped in the lobby to admire the headshots of the original cast and the front desk.
First stop was Studio A where most of the action and the show was filmed. 📽🎥 It was BIG!
Next to it was the dressing room that the girls recognized from the show!
We headed upstairs and I shouted out “hey those are the bleachers where the moms always fight!” 👊🏽👊🏽
We all had a chuckle! 🤣 One side of the bleachers face studios B, C (the Acro, silks and tap rooms) and then the other side of the bleachers faces Studio A from above.
Still painted on the walls was the Abby Lee Logo which was exciting! 🎉
The bleacher room and all the studios and hallways were COVERED in trophies! 🏆🏆🥇🥈
On our way out we picked up Abby Lee paraphernalia and a signed autograph 📝 from Abby for just $10!
They told us that a new girl, who coincidentally has the same initials is renting out the studio for a few years, and will keep the Aldc Name. 🆒
She said that many of the girls from the show still live in Pittsburgh and are flown into LA for taping. 🎥
And finally she said the Abby in person is exactly how she is on the show! But of cauuuuuuuusss…👸🏻
It was such an exciting stop for my little Dance Mom fans! 👯
For those fellow fans who aren’t making it to Pittsburgh anytime soon here’s a tour of the studio! 🆒📽