||This article possibly contains original research. (August 2013)|
|Starring||Abby Lee Miller|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||94 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||42 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 television 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, follows the early careers of children in dance and show business, as well as the participation of their mothers. A spinoff series, Dance Moms: Miami, set in Miami, Florida at Victor Smalley and Angel Armas' dance studio, Stars Dance Studio. The series premiered on April 3, 2012, but 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 debuted on January 1, 2014.
Set in Pittsburgh, Dance Moms follows the Abby Lee Dance Company's Elite Competition Dance Team 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 (located in Canton, Ohio) is introduced as a rival dance company.
Every week on the show, Abby uses a pyramid chart 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 and Mackenzie. Ziegler encourages her daughters' blossoming dance careers.
- Christi Lukasiak is the mother of Chloe. Also a former cheerleader, Lukasiak is a children's fitness instructor.
- Jill Vertes is the mother of Kendall. Prior to joining the ALDC, Vertes was a member of Studio 19 Dance Complex.
- Holly Frazier is the mother of Nia. Frazier is a former educator, with a background in African dance.
- Kira Hilliker is the mother of Kalani. Hilliker and her daughter first appeared on Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition prior to joining the ALDC. 
- Leslie Ackerman is the mother of Payton. Ackerman defends that her daughter's height is non-comparative to her actual abilities.
- Maddie Ziegler is a dancer in genres including tap, contemporary, and lyrical dance. She is 11 years old and was born on September 30th, 2002.
- Mackenzie Ziegler is the youngest dancer who is a strong at acrobatics, and is Maddie's younger sister. She is 9 years old and was born on June 4th, 2004
- Chloe Lukasiak performs contemporary and lyrical dance with strong ballet technique. She is 12 years old and was born on May 25th, 2001
- Kendall Vertes is a strong jazz dancer with growing abilities in contemporary and lyrical dance. She is 11 years old and was born on December 9th, 2002
- Nia Frazier is a skilled acro dancer whose performances include being type-cast as various ethnicities. She is 12 years old and was born on June 20th, 2001
- Kalani Hilliker is a new dancer for the ALDC who is strong in contemporary and lyrical dance. She is 13 and was born on September 23rd, 2000.
- Payton Ackerman is a Senior ALDC dancer, but is often used as a swing when a dancer is unable to perform. She is 16 year old and was born on August 24th, 1997
The Candy Apples
- Cathy Nesbitt-Stein is the manager of and advanced dance instructor at rival studio, Candy Apples Dance Center.
- Blake McGrath is a choreographer for the CADC, whose credentials include working on So You Think You Can Dance Canada.
- Kelly Hyland is the mother of Brooke and Paige. Appearing in 75 episodes and attending 60 competitions, Hyland was disinvited from the ALDC by Miller. [see below]
- Kristie Ray is the mother of Asia. Appearing in 9 episodes and attending 7 competitions, Ray left the ALDC citing growing bickering between the mothers.
- Jackie Lucia is the mother of Sophia. Appearing in 3 episodes and attending 2 competitions, Lucia left the ALDC citing poor sportsmanship between the mothers.
- Kaya Wiley is the mother of Nicaya. Appearing in 3 episodes and attending 1 competition, Wiley was disinvited from the ALDC because of her boisterous behavior.
- Kim Nguyen is the mother of Chloe. Appearing in 1 episode and attending 1 competition, Nguyen was disinvited from the ALDC because of her rude behavior.
- Shelly Serigne, Gloria Hampton, and Marcia Hoffheins are the mothers of Ally, Kaeli, and Bella respectively. Appearing in 2 episodes and attending 2 competitions, the mothers were disinvited from of the ALDC citing poor sportsmanship by Miller. These dancers were members of the replacement team while the mothers staged a protest on Hyland's behalf.
- Paige Hyland was a member of the ALDC elite competition team and was kickes off because of her mother's behavior. She is 13 year old and was born on November 1st, 2000.
- Brooke Hyland was also a member of the ALDC elite competition team and was kicked off because of the same reason as her sister, Paige. She is 16 years old and was born on JAnuary 30th, 1998.
- Asia (Monet)Ray came to join the elite team during season 3 for several weeks, but was then offered another job and therefore left.
- Sophia Lucia joined the "new" elite team in the beginning of season 3, but then had to many other oppurtunities.
- Nicaya Wiley" came to check out the ALDC team after their concert. She wasn't satisfied so she moved on to the Candy Apples for a while.
- Chloe Nguyen" joined the team for 1 week during season 4,b ut her mom thought slumming it in Pittsburgh was stupid.
- Ally Serigne, Kaeli Hampton, and Bella Hoffheins were part of the replacement team together with Sophia in the beginning of season 3.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||DVD release date|
|Season premiere||Season finale||Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|1||13||July 13, 2011||October 12, 2011||August 7, 2012||N/A||September 4, 2013|
|2||30||January 10, 2012||September 25, 2012||January 8, 2013||N/A||N/A|
|3||40||January 1, 2013||September 17, 2013||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|4||TBA||January 1, 2014||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
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|
Controversy and criticism
Due to heavy criticism, the season 2 episode "Topless Showgirls", which aired on March 6, 2012, has been removed from rotation. The episode features the young dancers performing a burlesque-style routine and wearing sequined, flesh toned bra tops and tights in an effort to simulate the idea they are nude. Miller defends her costume choice saying, "Everyone in the industry knows the girls are completely covered and everything's harmless." Lifetime confirms pulling the episode on March 23, 2012. The episode is not included on the DVD.
On January 29, 2014, Miller announced that Kelly Hyland and her two daughters Brooke and Paige are no longer contracted with and will no longer appear on Dance Moms as stated on an appearance with The View. Hyland was arrested in early January on alleged assault charges after a dispute backstage at a dance competition held in New York City during filming for the show's fourth season in November 2013. Hyland appeared in court with Miller on January 21, 2014 and pleaded "not guilty" to charges of physical assault. Proceedings are to resume in March. The episode featuring the incident between Hyland and Miller aired on February 11, 2014. 
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