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Gender: Female
Born: April 19, 1959
Age: 56
Home: Canton, Ohio
Occupation: Studio owner
Dance teacher
Affiliations: Candy Apple's Dance Center
ALDC (former guest)
Friends and Family
Spouse: Mike Stein
Children: Vivi-Anne Stein (adoptive daughter)
Friends: Mitchell Finke
Blake McGrath
Feuds: Abby Lee Miller
Jill Vertes
Episode Run
Debut: The Competition Begins
  You do remember I am not a team player. 

Cathy Jean Nesbitt-Stein is the mother of Vivi-Anne. She owns a dance studio named Candy Apple's Dance Center, located in Canton, Ohio. In the beginning of the series, Cathy entered her daughter into Abby's studio, but quit later in the first season.

Since leaving the ALDC for her own studio, Cathy has continually feuded with Abby and other members of the ALDC, getting into arguments and exchanging insults with them at competitions. Into the third season, Cathy had an especially bad relationship with Christi among the moms, with this eventually being replaced by a mutual hostility with Jill.

Other information

  • Cathy adopted Vivi-Anne from Guatemala.[1] International child adoption from Guatemala was shut down in 2008, due to widespread corruption, including baby-buying, defrauding and coercion of mothers, and the routine practice of outright kidnapping. Previously by 2002, the United States was the only developed nation to still permit adoptions from Guatemala, with its issues of corruption and child trafficking already notorious among the international community. Prior to the 2008 ban, the international sale of children had been impoverished Guatemala's second most lucrative export, following bananas.[2][3][4]
  • Cathy was the first person cast for the show.[5]
  • Her husband Mike Stein is an insurance adjuster and owns a Beef Jerky store, which was seen in an episode of Dance Moms.
  • Her sister-in-law Erin Stein-Rich choreographed "Stand Up."
  • Abby Lee Miller and Cathy were friends before the show. During a 2012 joint interview with Rosie O'Donnell, both admitted still liking each other and getting-along "in real life".[6] Later in 2012, while in front of an audience of young fans in Canada, Abby said she no longer likes Cathy.[7] In 2013, Afterbuzz interviewers Giselle Ugarte and Tony Moore confronted Abby with conversations they had with Zack Torres that the pair had a better relationship than it seemed on the show, and would hug each other before fights; Abby dismissed these reports as "bull."[8] In Season 4, Blake McGrath was asked about the reality of their relationship, and said they couldn't stand each other.[9]
  • Zack Torres was wary about coming to Candy Apples based on what he had seen on television; but after attending the studio, he was shocked to find Cathy a very sweet person, and described her behavior on the show as "almost like a puppet." Zack further commented on the way the show is edited.[10]
  • Blake said that viewers are made to hate Cathy for the show; but that he had fallen in love with the way she treated people, and couldn't say enough good things about her.[11]
  • A number of her other guest dancers and their mothers have also commented that Cathy has been kind towards them (e.g., Haley and Melanie Huelsman, Chloe Smith, Ashtin Roth, Jo Anne Morales, Brandon Talbott). At the same time, among her own students from her Season 2 team, all but Kerisa and Vivi have later left the CADC on poor terms.
  • During Season 3, Abby said that Cathy is an okay beginner and intermediate dance teacher, but finds it frightening that she "was a member of Dance Masters of America."[12] Various tweets by Cathy suggest her membership in Dance Masters of America was terminated shortly before achieving 25 years as a member,[13][14][15] although members of the CADC had returned to competing at their events by 2015.[citation needed]
  • Cathy owns Payless shoes, and states that "it's a tv show" (in reference to her snobbish taunts against Christi.)[16]
  • Cathy's students and their mothers have stated multiple times on twitter that she is actually very nice and doesn't "follow" Abby's company; they claim they go where the producers of Dance Moms tell them to.
  • Cathy's favorite style of dance to watch is ballet.[17]
  • Her hobbies include golfing, reading, designing vintage decorations, gardening, and shopping.[17]
  • Cathy says her studio now attracts Canton tourists, who also go next door to the Stein family's beef-jerky store.[18]
  • Cathy has complained that everyone had pizza in Abbygeddon, but editing only showed her eating.[18]
  • She's friends with Mitchell Finke[19], who has helped choreograph Candy Apple's dances seen on the show.
  • Cathy says she has always been somewhat of an actress.[18]
  • Her favorite movie is Gone with the Wind.[20]
  • Asked who went to the Joffrey from her studio, Cathy remarked that she now had Joffrey coming to her studio for dance camp, this being one of the perks of being on television.[21]
  • Cathy supported Mitt Romney for President in 2012, retweeting confidence in a landslide victory.[22][23][24]


 doll everyone acts mean on the show its a show 
 Cathy, on Twitter
 Vivi, point your toe. Vivi, point your toe. Vivi, point your toe right now! Hmph. Why is my kid such a retard? 
 Some reported behavior of Cathy at a competition not filmed for the show "Dance Moms" (video)
 Your kids all have sickled feet, and it blows my mind, because that's all you hear: "Sickled feet, sickled feet, sickled feet." And they all have them! 
 Cathy, from "Dying to Dance"
 You gotta dance like you want a puppy. 
 Cathy, from "Return of the Candy Apples"
 Stop looking at me. Look at me with your ears. 
 Cathy, from "Return of the Candy Apples"
 Is Jill in pink lemonade with that hat 
 Cathy, on Twitter
 We don't dress like the help. 
 Cathy, in "She's a Fighter"
 You do remember that I am not a team player. 
 Cathy, in "She's a Fighter"
 How did I get stuck in this? 
 Cathy, talking directly to the audience from the dressing room, following Christi's tirades in "Stealing the Show"
 These girls are really, really good. There isn't a girl I could say, "Yuck. She's like the Nia of my group." I don't have any Nias. But I think I have a whole lot of Kalanis. 
 Cathy, S05-E13
 We just came in to throw stars at Nia, since she is the star of your team. 
 Cathy, S05-E18

In Dance Moms

Season One

  • Cathy and her daughter were once members of the Abby Lee Dance Company even though she owned her own studio in Ohio, causing the moms to wonder why she drove to Pennsylvania when she could have stayed in her hometown. None of the moms except Melissa appeared to like her during her duration at Abby's.
  • Cathy didn't seem to listen to them or Abby as seen in When Stars Collide when she began throwing in dance moves to the routine the moms were doing, confusing them and making them feel ridiculous.
  • Cathy decided in From Ballerinas to Showgirls that she and Vivi would not be with Abby's company any longer, and readies her dancers to compete against them in Cathy Brings It On.

Season Two

  • In Return of the Candy Apples, Cathy enters Erika into an incorrect younger age category to compete against Brooke. The dance competition hosts find out, and disqualify Erika.
  • Leslie Ackerman takes her daughter to Candy Apple's in Wardrobe Malfunction after Payton was taken off the team and Leslie had enough of Abby. Cathy is impressed with her dancing, but Payton isn't sure she wanted to dance there, as it was far away from her friends. In Maddie Has A Secret, it is shown that Payton is still with the Abby Lee Dance Company.
  • When Jill has also had enough of Abby and the moms, she too takes her daughter to Candy Apple's in the episode Topless Showgirls. Cathy welcomes Kendall to the team and has her compete against Nia when she found out she was the top of the pyramid. Kendall wins and Holly is upset, thinking Cathy could have let Nia have a moment to shine. Abby claims the choreography and outfit used belonged to her.
  • Cathy offers Chloe a chance to be in a commercial for her husband's beef jerky store in Topless Showgirls. Not talking it over with Abby, Christi accepts. Chloe has to wear a meat costume and though she had a dance, it was cut out in the final commercial.
  • Cathy tells Kendall and Jill that she got Kendall a little gig performing at the halftime show of a Harlem Globetrotters game in Miami Heat Wave.
  • In Melissa Pleads the Fifth, Cathy has a routine for Justice to go against Maddie and a group dance about clowns. At the competition, Justice loses to Maddie and during the group dance, Taylor injures her ankle. Cathy has Kendall replace Taylor for the time.
  • Cathy follows Abby to New York to have her students audition for a Joffrey Ballet School scholarship in Abbygeddon. She also has a group dance compete against Abby's at Starbound and they place ninth, beating Abby's, who placed tenth, by a point. In addition, she gives Kendall a solo about the Red Queen, which is what Chloe's solo was, but Chloe beats Kendall, who places seventh, by placing first overall.
  • In How Do You Like Them Apples?, Cathy hires two professional choreographers to help with the dances because she is busy. None of the dances place, however. Though Abby's dances do not place as high as Abby would have liked, she says they still beat the Candy Apple's. When Abby and the moms try to talk to Cathy about it, she is uncharacteristically quiet and ignores them. Meanwhile, Jill worries that Cathy has lost interest in Kendall and begins to regret her decision of transferring Kendall to Candy Apples Dance Center. Jill tries to talk to Cathy about Kendall, but Cathy ignores her.
  • Cathy tells her dancers in Worst Birthday Party Ever! that Jill and Kendall left because Jill thought Cathy wasn't giving Kendall enough attention. She says Jill should have stayed to see what they had to offer. She also tells them that they were going to audition for Drop Dead Diva.
  • With other members of the cast, Cathy discussed the fight with Christi after nationals, in the special episodes Reunion, Part 1 and The Smoke Before the Fire.

Season Three

  • In The Beginning of the End, Cathy and Vivi discuss how their old team of Candy Apple's fell apart at the end of Season 2, and consider using a group of all boy dancers in the upcoming year.


To view the gallery for Cathy Stein, click here.

External Links


    CBS / 48 Hours
    "In the last decade, more than 20,000 Guatemalan children were adopted by American families. The business side of adoptions was bringing in tens of millions of dollars into Guatemala. Unfortunately, too much money ended up in the hands of unscrupulous baby brokers. And allegations of baby stealing and human trafficking kept surfacing. So in 2008, Guatemala put a sudden halt to all adoptions, leaving thousands of orphans and their adopting American parents in the lurch. At one time in the mid-2000’s there were more than 4,000 Guatemalan orphans coming to the U.S. annually, but now Guatemalan adoptions have slowed to a trickle."
    "What happened is that many children were bought, defrauded, coerced, or kidnapped away from their parents."
    "Buying. A 2007 Hague fact-finding mission reported that, despite community disapproval, some rural Guatemalan families spoke openly about selling babies for $300 to support their families. Manuel Manrique of UNICEF Guatemala reports that thirty percent of children sent abroad were relinquished by women who gave up several children—not all at once, but year after year, suggesting that pregnancy had become a salaried job."
    "Defrauding or coercing. A variety of frauds were used to acquire children. A November 2007 report by several Guatemalan NGOs, “Adoptions in Guatemala: Protection or business?”, noted that some young pregnant women were told they can stay in “maternity homes” or strangers’ houses for free or in exchange for light housekeeping. But once the girls gave birth, their putative benefactors present them with an impossible bill for prenatal expenses and services, which would be waived if the new mother signs away her baby. The same report also identified medical “adoption rings,” in which the same few midwives, nurses, and obstetricians delivered many of the babies later relinquished for adoption. Some were later found to have drugged the mother so as to steal the child, or to have coerced her into relinquishment by presenting her with an inflated bill."
    "Kidnapping. A number of women reported having their children kidnapped from them"
    "After 2002, the United States remained the lone developed country allowing adoptions from Guatemala, despite its record of questionable practices. That’s in part because the United States had signed but not yet ratified the Hague Convention, and therefore did not use reported violations of the Hague convention to halt adoptions from Guatemala. For several years 97 percent or more of all children adopted from Guatemala went to American parents."
    "Children are big business in Guatemala, where international adoption is estimated to be a $100 million industry, making orphans the country's second-most lucrative export after bananas."
    "With tens of thousands of dollars to be made on the sale of each child, and with little government regulation, a fertile black market has developed to sell children all over the world, especially the United States."
    "Children are routinely kidnapped and parents regularly coerced to sell their children, say government officials and human rights activists."
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