Really? Most local studios whose kids I've seen perform...aren't going to put anyone working anywhere near New York. Ever. ' I take the "champions" thing with a grain of salt as their competition circuit seen on the show appears to be slightly on par with Universal Royalty pageants as far as pay to play and having any meaning behind the wins. It's like being a world pro-am ballroom champion--nice in its own area, not really setting most people up for anything more. But Abby does have students in the casts of professional shows, who are not waiting tables and teaching in BFE, North Dakota, or just not dancing, which is where most kids in lessons will end up. Yeah, the majority of her students aren't pros, but I don't know ANY from any dance studio around here who are, or the kids I grew up with on the other side of the state except ONE (and she's teaching, not full-time.)
I think treating the competitions they do like the Olympics is definitely silly, though. There Abby (and Cathy) are clearly overstating the case.