Zackery Torres candidly opened up in regards to the torment she confronted whereas showing on dance competitors TV reveals.
The “Dance Moms” alum, who lately came out as transgender and revealed she’s transitioning, advised Page Six that she was “bullied” whereas filming actuality TV.
“That was the first time I really understood what it meant to be bullied into dancing a certain way,” Torres stated of shifting on from dance studios to tv for “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition.”
“I don’t really know whose fault it is. I think we have the system to blame, and I think that it’s something we all need to be aware of and continue speaking out about.”
The 21-year-old dancer didn’t give particulars in regards to the bullying, however stated she realized on the time that the conduct was “crazy.” She additionally recalled her mother being “shocked” by what was occurring behind-the-scenes of the Lifetime present.
“That’s always what threw her off, like, ‘These people are kind of mean,’” Torres recalled her mother saying.
Torres acknowledged that there have been “a lot of really amazing people” that she labored with on the present and stated a variety of the academics “have grown,” however famous, “There’s a lot of detrimental moments that really kind of set me back as a young person and being on that TV show.”
Torres, who was the primary male-born contestant on the present, admitted she didn’t even know what it meant when she was advised to “dance like a boy.”
“Your guess is as good as mine,” she stated, laughing. “Dance is rooted in a variety of historic traditions . . . It’s one thing that all of us simply want to pay attention to. We all grew up this a technique, possibly I was bullied into dancing this fashion . . . however then cease it there, don’t move it right down to the subsequent technology of younger folks.
“If you understand there’s a problem, then let’s fix it.”