The series plays up the moms' infighting and power struggles, casting them in an extremely negative light as role models for their kids. On the whole, they value winning over everything else and sometimes drive their kids far beyond the kids' own desires. The teachers are a little better, pushing the students to work hard and perfect their craft, but also having slightly more realistic -- and less biased -- expectations for them. On rare occasion, the coaches are known to punish unsportsmanlike conduct from their dancers, thereby underscoring the team dynamic and placing value in each person's contribution to it. As for the dancers, their dedication to their craft is admirable, and they reap the benefits of their hard work with competition victories and the satisfaction of a job well done.