||This article possibly contains original research. (August 2013)|
|Starring||Abby Lee Miller|
|Opening theme||'Living On the Dance Floor'|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||81 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Gena McCarthy
|Running time||60 minutes
|Production company(s)||Collins Avenue Entertainment|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Original run||July 13, 2011– present|
|Related shows||Dance Moms: Miami
Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition
Dance Moms is an American dance reality series that debuted on Lifetime on July 13, 2011. Created by Collins Avenue Productions, it is set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the Abby Lee Dance Company, and follows children's early careers in dance show business, and their mothers. A spinoff series, Dance Moms: Miami, set in Miami at Victor Smalley and Angel Armas' dance studio, Stars Dance Studio, premiered on April 3, 2012, and was cancelled in September 2012 after eight episodes.
On October 25, 2013, Lifetime announced that they had picked up Dance Moms for a fourth season which will debut on January 1, 2014.
Set in Pittsburgh, Dance Moms follows the Abby Lee Dance Company's Elite Competition Dance Group of young girls aged 8 to 15 as they travel week-to-week to various competitions in hopes of a national title. Much of the program is focused on the mothers of the dancers as they both encourage their daughter's careers as dancers and rival the other dancers' mothers. Later in the program, Candy Apple's Dance Studio was introduced as a rival dance company.
Every week on the show, Abby uses a pyramid scheme to show the moms and the dancers who she feels did the best in her eyes, and who needs to improve. Miller had never used a pyramid In her studio prior to Dance Moms, and when asked about the pyramid Miller stated in an interview, "I've never done that in my life. That has nothing to do with me. That's the show; they came up with that whole process." The pyramid changes every week, and it has been reflected that the moms' behavior often affects the girls' placement on the pyramid.
- Abby Lee Miller is the director of Reign Dance Productions (formerly Maryen Lorrain Dance Studio), which houses the Abby Lee Dance Company to which she is owner and chief choreographer.
- Gianna Martello is an instructor for RDP specializing in all genres including tap dance, en pointe, and acrobatics, and is also the assistant choreographer for the ALDC Elite Competition team.
- Melissa Ziegler Gisoni is the mother of Maddie, a dancer trained in all genres winning awards in lyrical dance, contemporary dance, jazz dance, and tap dance. Gisoni's other daughter, Mackenzie, is the youngest dancer trained in all genres winning awards acrobatic dance. Gisoni is often teased by the other mothers for being a "suck up" to Abby to get her daughters ahead and better their dance development, simply because of their close relationship.
- Christi Lukasiak is the mother of Chloe, a dancer trained in all genres winning awards in contemporary dance, musical theater, lyrical dance, and ballet, and who's awards and abilities are often compared to that of Maddie's. Lukasiak is characterized as being outspoken and strongly opinionated, and is said to be protective of all the girls under Miller's wing. Lukasiak also has a younger daughter, Clara, who also dances with RDP, but does not appear on the show.
- Kelly Hyland is the mother of Brooke, the eldest dancer trained in all genres, best known for her award winning dances with acrobatic ability and contortionist-like movements. Hyland's other daughter Paige is a dancer trained in all genres winning awards in acrobatic dance and jazz danceand enjoys musical theater numbers. Hyland is a former MLDS student and has had a long time, love-hate relationship with Miller, which often challenges her daughters' positions on the team. Brooke also dances on the ALDC Senior Line.
- Holly Frazier is the mother of Nia, a dancer trained in all genres winning awards in jazz dance and enjoys acrobatic dance. Frazier is a former educator and is the most rational mother about Miller's teaching technique. Fraizer has voiced concern with Miller about Nia dancing ethnic dance routines. Although a member of the competitive team, Fraizer has argued that she would rather her children be well-rounded and good-spirited than a success and unhappy.
- Jill Vertes is the mother of Kendall, a dancer trained in all genres winning awards in contemporary dance, acrobatic dance, and jazz dance and who's growing abilities are being compared to that of Chloe's. Vertes is noted as a "studio hopper" having had membership at Studio 19 Dance Complex prior to joining the ALDC and then spending an interim with Candy Apple's Dance Company. Vertes also has an older daughter, Ryleigh, who also dance on the ALDC Senior Line, but does not appear on the show.
- Leslie Ackerman is the mother of Payton, a dancer trained in all genres who is used as a swing when Brooke quit(s). Although a Senior Dancer, Ackerman argues Payton's irregular position on the team as the Elite Team gets more opportunities to perform. Miller explains that Payton was initially denied membership to the Elite team because her height made blocking difficult.
- Cathy Nesbitt-Stein is the mother of Vivi-Anne, a dancer who now studies dance at Candy Apple's Dance Studio. Prior to joining the ALDC, Stein was and continues to be the owner of CADS and manages its competitive dance team, a self-declared "threat" to the ALDC; however, Vivi-Anne is not a member of this team.
Awards and nominations
|2012 Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Reality Show||Nominated|
|2013 Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Reality Show||Nominated|
|Choice TV Female Reality Star: Abby Lee Miller||Nominated|
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