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Christi and Chloe Lukasiak: Sequins and Secrets

Christi and Chloe Lukasiak Sequins and Secrets Aus Tour

Christi and Chloe Lukasiak are the dynamic mother-daughter duo from Dance Moms who quickly became fan favourites thanks to Christi’s hilarious wit and Chloe’s heartfelt dance performances. Week after week, season after season, audiences saw Chloe weather insults from teacher Abby Lee Miller with grace and maturity, and we watched in admiration as she didn’t let Abby steal her love for dance. We were equally enthralled by Christi’s determination to ensure her daughter was treated fairly and given the same opportunities as Maddie and the other girls, whether that meant fighting with Abby and the other dance moms or ultimately leaving the show and the Abby Lee Dance Company.

Since Christi and Chloe’s departure from Dance Moms, audiences have missed Christi’s epic one-liners to Cathy and her Crabby Apples, her antics with best friend Kelly, and the way she called Abby to task on her favouritism and bullying. Chloe’s absence has meant that Abby has unsuccessfully sought a replacement for the ALDC but as it turns out, not everyone is replaceable after all.

Chloe Lukasiak

Chloe Lukasiak comes to Australian and New Zealand in the Sequins and Secrets Tour! Photo courtesy of Christi Lukasiak.

Chloe now dances at Studio 19 in Pennsylvania, is the face of Just for Kix and the brand’s “Nobody Is You” Campaign and she travels the world with her mother performing and meeting fans. In July, Australia and New Zealand will welcome Christi and Chloe back down under where they will present their Sequins and Secrets Tour.

Dance Informa spoke with Christi on a Tuesday evening when she was at home with her five-year-old daughter Clara while Chloe was at dance class.

“After so many years being on the road with crazy schedules, I’m really enjoying just being at home with Clara and taking her to kindergarten”, Christi said. “Chloe was always very easy but Clara is a handful. Chloe is like her dad and Clara is like me.”

When asked how Chloe is getting on at Studio 19, Christi said “she loves it. It has been the best thing we’ve done in a long time for her.” As for competitions, Chloe still competes but it was discussed at length between Chloe and her parents as to whether or not Chloe would continue to compete. “The studio asked her multiple times whether she would compete and finally we decided to just let her do some of the group dances. She also has a duet with one of the other students but we decided that we weren’t going to let her do solos. We kind of felt like she has had so many opportunities that other kids haven’t had and we didn’t think it was fair for her to compete in solos. Whether it was fair to her or to the other kids or even just taking attention away from other kids in her studio. She has so many opportunities to do things that we agreed that she doesn’t really need to do a solo. Every once in a while Chloe will say ‘oh I wish I had done that’ but then she thinks about it and she’s like ‘no, I don’t really need to do it.”

This is one of the most enduring traits about Christi and Chloe. Rather than being attention seeking or hungry for fame, they are just regular people who believe that everyone should have the same opportunities.

As for whether Chloe has to compete against the ALDC dancers? “Her new studio and ALDC very rarely go up against one another. They tend to do different competitions. Studio 19 used to compete against ALDC while Chloe was still there which I mentioned to Jill because Kendall was originally from Studio 19.”

Christi and Chloe Lukasiak

Christi and Chloe Lukasiak of the Sequins and Secrets tour.

So does Christi keep in touch with the other Dance Moms? “I’m in touch a little bit with Holly and of course I’m in touch with Kelly.” Chloe and Paige remain best of friends too.

Christi and Chloe’s Australian and New Zealand Tour includes Masterclasses for dancers of all ages and abilities, meet and greets and of course, performances by Chloe.   Christi says that she will be spilling a few secrets on the tour because “I’ve lived the experience of being on Dance Moms and I have a different perspective from what the audience does. I’ve always been very open and honest about things and I will certainly do that on this tour.”

“Whether it is on TV or I’m sitting in the audience, my favourite thing in the whole world is to watch my daughter dance”, Christi says. “So there will definitely be lots of dancing from Chloe.” Each event size will be kept to a manageable level so that each participant can walk away from the experience feeling like they received individual attention and were able to interact with Christi and Chloe.

Despite Chloe’s fame, all her success and the attention she receives, Christi says that they both remained completely unaffected by it. She has to remind fans that Chloe is just a little girl too who wants to go to the movies and hang out with her friends. “One of the things I try to get across to all the little girls we meet who say that Chloe is their inspiration and ask who she admires, is that Chloe is inspired by her fans. ‘I’m a regular kid and to hear you say that to me is amazing’. Yes, people see Chloe on TV, but she goes to school, she works hard, she gets in trouble, she gets her phone taken away and gets sent to her room. One thing that my husband and I have always tried to do is keep Chloe ‘normal’ while living in an un-normal situation. Lots of people can go on to be great dancers and I hope Chloe can do that, but I also want her to be a great person. She is a role model and people around the world are looking at her.”

As well as performances, masterclasses and secrets, Christi promises a few surprises on the tour. They will also be climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge and visiting Tooronga Zoo. An outback trip is also on the cards if Christi can overcome her fear of Australia’s deadly wildlife…

Chloe Lukasiak

Chloe Lukasiak of the Sequins and Secrets tour. Photo courtesy of Christi Lukasiak.

Chloe Lukasiak Q&A:

Favourite dancer?

“I don’t really have a favourite, there are so many with so many individual styles.”

Favourite dance style?

“I love lyrical/contemporary and jazz.”

Favourite city you’ve visited?

“I really liked London, but it seems like each time I visit a new city, it becomes my new favourite.”

Do you get nervous before going on stage?

“Absolutely, yes!”

What’s in your dance bag?

“Shoes, shoes, and more dance shoes. A black leo and pink tights for ballet, my inhaler (I have asthma), bobby pins, hair ties and deodorant.”

If you couldn’t dance, what would you like to do?

“Basketball! I’m actually pretty good. Or swimming.”

What are you looking forward to doing in Australia?

“Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, holding a koala and meeting people. Everyone was so nice when we were there last year!”

Tickets and more information about Chloe and Christi Sequins and Secrets: The Oz Tour can be found here: www.facebook.com/sequinsandsecretswww.chloeandchristi.com.au.

By Rebecca Martin of Dance Informa.

Photo (top): Christi and Chloe Lukasiak come to Australian and New Zealand in the Sequins and Secrets Tour! Photo courtesy of Christi Lukasiak.

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. ,MARIANA

    Apr 8, 2015 at 9:31 am

    YOU LOVE

  2. Amber

    Apr 8, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    So first off…. it’s no longer “Chloe and Christi FROM Dance Moms” they are lo longer on the show and they shouldn’t be able to continue to ride on the coat tails of that label. Call it as it is… CHLOE & CHRISTI OF STUDIO 19. The fact she was on Dance Moms should only be mentioned in a bio portion of an article and should be written as “FORMERLY OF DANCE MOMS”. Also did no one else ever notice that it was Christi who first and foremost had the least amount of confidence in her daughters capability? Chloe was in more dances than any other child on the show and was seen on stage more then the other girls. She was given dynamic solos and gorgeous parts and all her mother ever said was that Abby was “setting her up to fail” even though all of us watching know that’s not true.. Before writing your next article it would be helpful if you actually watched the show.

  3. Jodi

    Apr 8, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Dear Amber,

    Bitter much? I am all for freedom of speech but how about saving your “I dislike Chloe and her mother” comments for an “I heart Maddie” article. Why bother clicking on an article if you don’t like the people involved and THEN why bother commenting? Seriously? I am sure there are more important things in your life.

    Just my opinion…I know you are entitled to yours but why bother putting down a human when there is no actual need?

    Peace and love xx

  4. Sheila

    Apr 8, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    I’m so glad to see that Chloe is doing good. I miss seeing her on the show but I was tired of seeing her talked to in such a mean way. I think leaving was for the best. Abby is good at what she does, but there’s a way to get a point across without the intense yelling & evil facial expressions. Now it looks like Nia is the punching bag that gets all the brutal treatment. It’s difficult to watch children being talked to in that manner, but I like watching them dance. It’s good to see that Chloe is at a studio where she is happy & I wish you much continued success! 🙂

  5. Rebecca Martin

    Apr 9, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Hi Amber,

    Chloe and Christi are from the show Dance Moms, just as Kylie Minogue is from the show Neighbours. Just because they are no longer on their respective shows doesn’t mean that it can’t be referred to.

    I have watched every episode of Dance Moms. Twice. I guess we will just have to disagree on our views!

    Thanks for reading 🙂

  6. Sue

    Apr 10, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Amber, Chloe did not have more dances than Maddie. And yes Abby did set Chloe up to fail a few times. Maddie always had the better dances. Chloe was constantly compared to Maddie and shouldn’t have been. She is her own person and is a wonderful dancer. Abby constantly put Chloe down as she now does to other girls, mostly Nia. If you are so against Chloe and don’t like her why read an article that is all about her? Stick to the Maddie news. Maddie is a beautiful dancer but so is Chloe. They should not be compared to each other, compete against eash other yes but not compared. As for your rant about whether it should say Dance Moms or Formerly from Dance Moms that really doesn’t matter in the long run. I am just so happy to see Chloe happy again. Abby had taken the spirit and fun out of her.

  7. Mandy

    Apr 11, 2015 at 5:31 am

    Amber !! You need to try and watch the show you obviously don’t !! Abbey was hateful and mean to cloe constantly . She is the one who has relished in the fame of the kids not cloe , it’s so obvious her evil ways were because cloe and her mum was far more popular and she was jelous , she was horrid to page and brook then cloe and now they have all
    Gone it’s nia turn . She is a vile human being and shouldnt be aloud to teach children , her remarks about cloe lazy eye on the last show was edited out so we the public didnt see what a vile specimen she is . Cloe and Cristy your amazing keep
    Up the good work, but please get back on are tellys soon xxxx

  8. Teresa Bridges

    Apr 14, 2015 at 8:52 am

    I agree with all those comments about the comment made by Amber. I think you were told enough so again if u don’t like Chloe and Christi move on lady

  9. Kimberly Johnson

    Apr 14, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    I would so watch a show starring Chloe. I miss her and have not watched Dance Mom’s at all now that Chloe’s not on. I love Nia too but can’t handle how badly That nasty a## women treats her.

  10. Lynn Cassidy

    Apr 17, 2015 at 6:04 am

    Amber,
    I case you haven’t noticed… Dance Moms has not had a problem using Chloe and Christi in their advertisements on a continuous basis (as well as formerly Kelly, Brooke and Paige). So using “Chloe and Christi from Dance Moms” should not be such a big deal. Although, I am sure they are just as eager to break away form the stigma. No doubt Chloe will be successful without using Dance Moms.

  11. Jamie

    Apr 22, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Chloe, You are a beautiful dancer. I miss watching you dance on Dance Moms. You should get together with Paige and Brooke and have your own TV show. Maybe call it Life After Dance Moms. I am sure there will be plenty of ex Abby Lee dancers that would be happy to join you. Good luck girl. You are awesome.

  12. Diane Mixon

    Apr 30, 2015 at 3:02 am

    Love
    To see Chloe happy. She is a beautiful young girl and talented dancer.

  13. Diane Mixon

    Apr 30, 2015 at 3:03 am

    Love to see Chloe happy. Beautiful dancer.

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