Dance Moms' Chloe & Christi Lukasiak Say Cheryl Burke Encourages the Girls – & 'Doesn't Take Any Garbage' from Parents
Chloe Lukasiak and her mom Christi Lukasiak tell PEOPLE Now about how Dance Moms newcomer Cheryl Burke has totally changed the mood of the reality series
Burke, who was brought on to Dance Moms after Abby Lee Miller’s spat with production and 366-day prison sentence, is “so encouraging and she’s been in the same exact position as us and she understands what we’re going through,” says Chloe.
Chloe and Christi are making their own return to the series after leaving back in season 4 following constant sparring with Miller.
Now things are different, the Lukasiaks say.
“I think it was, like, in the first season of Dance Moms I mentioned how dancers shouldn’t be yelled at for their differences,” says Chloe, 16. “Like I said, my friend Maddie [Ziegler], we were always compared and I said, ‘We shouldn’t be compared because we have different strengths and weaknesses,’ and that’s something that Cheryl really capitalized on — how to bring out the best in all.”
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When it comes to dealing with the typically outspoken mothers, Christi says that Burke, 33, has it mastered.
“Cheryl is no doormat,” Christi tells PEOPLE Now. “Like she does not take any garbage from the moms and she puts us in our place … I respect her very much, so she shuts us up a lot.”
For her part, Burke has said she wanted to take a different approach to teaching the girls than Miller did.
“I am still strict, I’m stern and I expect the best out of my students,” Burke told Steve Harvey earlier this year. “But I do it in a way that’s loving and it’s caring, and I try not to intimidate them or traumatize the kids.”
Dance Moms airs Tuesdays (9 p.m. ET) on Lifetime.