Dance Moms

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Dance Moms
Dance Moms Logo.jpg
Genre Reality
Starring Abby Lee Miller
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 101 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Bryan Stinson
  • Gena McCarthy
  • Jeff Collins
  • John R. Corella
  • Kimberly Chessler
  • Michael Hammond
  • Robert Caplain
  • Scott Shatsky
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s) Collins Avenue Entertainment
Original channel Lifetime
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run July 13, 2011 (2011-07-13) – present
Related shows
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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 spin-off series, Dance Moms: Miami, set in Miami, Florida at Victor Smalley and Angel Armas' dance studio, Stars Dance Studio, premiered on April 3, 2012,[1] but was canceled in September 2012.

On October 25, 2013, Lifetime announced that they had picked up Dance Moms for a fourth season which debuted on January 1, 2014.[2]

A third Dance Moms spin-off, Abby's Studio Rescue, was announced in April 2014.[3] The series chronicles Abby Lee Miller as she visits dance studios across the country to assists them by improving their choreography, studio decor, staff, and other aspects. It will premiere on June 17, 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."[4] The pyramid changes every week, and it has been reflected that the moms' behavior often affects the girls' placement on the pyramid.


The Choreographers[edit]

  • 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.[5][6][7]
  • 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.[8]

The Moms[edit]

  • Melissa Ziegler-Gisoni is the mother of Maddie and Mackenzie.[5] Ziegler encourages her daughters' blossoming dance careers.
  • Christi Lukasiak is the mother of Chloe.[5] Also a former cheerleader, Lukasiak is a children's fitness instructor.
  • Jill Vertes is the mother of Kendall.[5] Prior to joining the ALDC, Vertes was a member of Studio 19 Dance Complex.[9]
  • Holly Frazier is the mother of Nia.[5] Frazier is a former educator, with a background in African dance.
  • Kira Hilliker is the mother of Kalani.[10] Prior to joining the ALDC, Hilliker and her daughter first appeared on Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition.[11]
  • Leslie Ackerman is the mother of Payton. Although a Senior dancer, Ackerman's daughter is often used as a swing when a dancer is unable to perform.

The Dancers[edit]

The Candy Apples[edit]

  • Cathy Nesbitt-Stein is the manager of and advanced dance instructor at rival studio, Candy Apples Dance Center.[5][12][13]

Former Moms[edit]

  • Kelly Hyland is the mother of Brooke and Paige.[5] 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.[14] 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.[14] 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.
  • Shelly Serigne, Gloria Hampton, and Marcia Hoffheins are the mothers of Ally, Kaeli, and Bella respectively.[14] 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.
  • 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.
  • Cheryl Chapman is the mother of Fallon. Appearing in 1 episode and attending 1 competition, the Chapmans were disinvited from the ALDC because of their slow pace.


Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 13 July 13, 2011 (2011-07-13) October 12, 2011 (2011-10-12) August 7, 2012 (2012-08-07)[15] N/A September 4, 2013 (2013-09-04)[16]
2 30[a] January 10, 2012 (2012-01-10) September 25, 2012 (2012-09-25) January 8, 2013 (2013-01-08)[17][18] N/A N/A
3 40[b] January 1, 2013 (2013-01-01) September 17, 2013 (2013-09-17) N/A N/A N/A
4 TBA January 1, 2014 (2014-01-01) TBA TBA TBA TBA
  1. ^ Season 2 included one special episode that is not acknowledged as a season episode, as well as another that was not allocated an episode number by Lifetime.
  2. ^ Season 3 included one episode that was not allocated an episode number by Lifetime.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Outcome
2012 2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Reality Show Dance Moms Nominated
2013 2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Reality Show Dance Moms Nominated
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Female Reality Star Abby Lee Miller Nominated
BMI Film & TV Awards BMI Cable Award Craig Owens Won

Controversy and criticism[edit]

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.[19][20] The episode is not included on the DVD.[21]

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.[22][23] 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 were to resume in March. At the hearing in March, without explanation, a Bronx County Supreme Court Judge again adjourned the hearing to May 5, 2014. Legal expert Rosemarie Arnold opined that because the episode aired on TV, Kelly Hyland's defense that the "smack down" was scripted was a viable defense.[24] The episode featuring the incident between Hyland and Miller aired on February 11, 2014.[25]



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  2. ^ "Dance Moms Season 4 premiere date announced". Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ Bibel, Sara (April 15, 2014). "'Abby's Studio Rescue' Featuring Abby Lee Miller Making Over Dance Studios, to Premiere Tuesday, June 17 on Lifetime". The Futon Critic (Press release). Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ Juzwiak, Rich (July 21, 2011). "Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller On Ranking Students and Dressing Them Sexily". TV Guide. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
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