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Dance Moms

Dance Moms

Lifetime 2011

Set in Pittsburgh, Dance Moms follows the Abby Lee Dance Company's Junior Elite Competition Team of young girls aged 11–14 years old as they travel week-to-week to various dance competitions, winning awards and hoping for an invitation to one of the National Competitions. Much of the program depicts the doting mothers as rivals not only of each other but as a group to protect the reputation of the team. All performances are choreographed by Miller and her staff, with the exception of a few guest choreographers. Later in the program, rival dance teams are introduced that spur the team's competitiveness. In season 5, Miller brings the team to Los Angeles to help build her repertoire.Every week on the show, Miller uses a pyramid to present who she feels performed the best in her eyes based on behavior, previous performance and who needs to improve.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Dance Moms

Dance Moms - S3E38

#1 - Dance Moms Reunion: Hurricane Abby (Season 3 - Episode 38)

Storm clouds are gathering as the cast of "Dance Moms" Season 3 reunite to hash out the triumphs and tragedies of the season. Think old grudges have been settled? That's just the eye of the storm. Plus the Abby Lee Dance Company girls perform their favorite dance routines from this past season.

The episode was rated 9.09 from 11 votes.

Dance Moms - S3E39

#2 - Dance Moms Holiday Special: Twas the Fight Before Christmas (Season 3 - Episode 39)

Tis the season of giving, but beware of dance teachers bearing gifts because Abby Lee Miller is about to give the moms some big ones. In this very first Dance Moms Christmas special, Abby is full of holiday surprises! The girls might dance to Christmas songs, but when the winter gloves come off, Abby and the moms trade insults and even the dads make surprise appearances.

The episode was rated 8.65 from 17 votes.

Dance Moms - S3E21

#3 - Tell All, Part 2 (Season 3 - Episode 21)

Last time, "Dance Moms'" executive producer Jeff Collins sat down with Abby Lee Miller and the moms to rehash season 3. This week's dramatic conclusion finds new Dance Mom Kristie Ray quick to defend Abby and former Dance Mom Jackie and her daughter Sophia managed to rub Melissa the wrong way. The final showdown is between Abby and Cathy...Abby has not gotten over Cathy hitting her with her purse.

The episode was rated 8.38 from 16 votes.

Dance Moms - S8E14

#4 - The Return of Studio 19 (Season 8 - Episode 14)

GiaNina and Sarah go head-to-head for their shot at dancing a solo at nationals while the team performs a group routine unlike anything done before; Michelle comes to blows with the other moms; a confrontation at competition sends Abby over the edge.

The episode was rated 8.26 from 35 votes.

Dance Moms - S5E33

#5 - Slumber Party! (Season 5 - Episode 33)

In this Slumber Party special, Maddie takes us behind the scenes as she and the girls from "Dance Moms" dish on celebrity crushes, makeup tips, who takes the longest to get ready and more!

The episode was rated 8.17 from 23 votes.

Dance Moms - S2E20

#6 - Guess Who's Back? (Season 2 - Episode 20)

Everyone is completely shocked when Jill and Kendall come crawling back to the Abby Lee Dance Company. Jealousy rears its ugly head when the moms learn that Maddie lands the coveted acting role on "Drop Dead Diva." Meanwhile, though Nia wows the crowd with another solo, Paige's dance future is threatened by a serious injury.

The episode was rated 8.02 from 66 votes.

Dance Moms - S3E26

#7 - Chatter, Part 1 (Season 3 - Episode 26)

This week the all-new Dance Moms Chatter talk show welcomes special guests Dance Moms Christi, Kelly and Patsy, along with celebrity blogger Nadine Rajabi and comedian Lisa Arch. During the special the moms will mash up with the famous fans, discuss and dispel rumors and provide some snarky chatter about past events. Chatter specials will be interactive, fans can tweet along using #DanceMoms for a chance to see their posts live.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 11 votes.

Dance Moms - S8E8

#8 - A Team On Trial (Season 8 - Episode 8)

With a losing streak weighing heavily upon the team's shoulders, fighting between the girls puts the group dance in jeopardy; Abby gives a mini her big shot at joining the team; a duet with GiaNina and Elliana leads to all-out war between two moms.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 35 votes.

Dance Moms - S2E16

#9 - I Know What You Did Last Competition (Season 2 - Episode 16)

Melissa faces a cheating scandal. Kelly's daughters are put on probation. Payton rejoins the competition team causing tension among the Dance Moms.

The episode was rated 7.99 from 70 votes.

Dance Moms - S3E15

#10 - The Politics of Dancing (Season 3 - Episode 15)

In this patriotic episode, Abby assigns the girls dances inspired by the political state of America, but all is not fair in politics...especially in the dance world. Maddie and Chloe compete head-to-head and continuing with the political theme Abby has the Abby Lee Dance Company vote on who gave the best performance. Forced to sit on the sidelines, injured Mackenzie must watch her coveted spot on the team be taken over by ALDC's newest little powerhouse, Asia.

The episode was rated 7.98 from 57 votes.

Dance Moms - S2E13
#11 - Abbygeddon
Season 2 - Episode 13

The second season ends with Abby's dancers competing in the regionals and for a scholarship with the Joffrey Ballet School. Unfortunately for her, the Candy Apples also compete

The episode was rated from 83 votes.
Dance Moms - S8E3
#12 - The Broadway Brat
Season 8 - Episode 3

Abby challenges the team with her most serious group dance yet, and casts Lilly as the lead for the first time in her ALDC career; when GiaNina complains about her choreography, Abby unleashes her wrath on the Broadway veteran.

The episode was rated from 45 votes.
Dance Moms - S8E4
#13 - Choose Wisely
Season 8 - Episode 4

Abby makes a shocking announcement that she's sending someone home; Stacey and Tricia go to war over Abby's star dancer, Brady; when tasked with picking their own duet partners, the young dancers fear that the wrong decision could send them home.

The episode was rated from 43 votes.
Dance Moms - S3E27
#14 - Chatter, Part 2
Season 3 - Episode 27

Part 2 of the all-new Dance Moms Chatter talk show welcomes none other than Abby Lee Miller herself, Dance Mom Melissa and celebrity blogger Nadine Rajabi and comedian Alec Mapa. The special pairs cast members from Dance Moms with comedian fans to gossip, dish the behind-the-scenes dirt...all the while providing some snarky commentary of their own. Chatter specials will be interactive, fans can tweet along using #DanceMoms for a chance to see their posts live.

The episode was rated from 14 votes.
Dance Moms - S3E19
#15 - The Mother of All Specials
Season 3 - Episode 19

In this one-hour special, Abby Lee Miller introduces us to her mother, shares their amazing bond and history, with a revelation that will leave viewers awestruck. With Abby's usual unfiltered wry humor, she will also give us her crisp thoughts on the Dance Moms’ fabulous and not so fabulous mothering skills. This is the Mother's Day Special you won't want to miss.

The episode was rated from 26 votes.
Dance Moms - S7E27
#16 - The Best Is Yet to Come
Season 7 - Episode 27

Emotions run high as the team prepares for their final Nationals competition as the Irreplaceables. With four solos, the girls go head-to-head to see who can come out on top as the National title winner. As this chapter comes to an end, the moms and girls all contemplate what their future holds.

The episode was rated from 104 votes.
Dance Moms - S1E7
#17 - She's a Fighter
Season 1 - Episode 7

Abby's typecasting of Nia sends Holly over the edge. Meanwhile, minister Dawn returns to the Abby Lee Dance Company and Abby is fully prepared for any heated argument that might erupt. 

The episode was rated from 126 votes.
Dance Moms - S8E9
#18 - Making a Splash In Pittsburgh
Season 8 - Episode 9

Heading to her first competition in Pittsburgh since her return, Abby challenges the ALDC team with their most daring routine yet; longtime rivals Lilliana and Elliana go head-to-head in famous solos inspired by former ALDC member JoJo Siwa.

The episode was rated from 34 votes.
Dance Moms - S6E21
#19 - Maddie and Mackenzie Say Goodbye
Season 6 - Episode 21

The episode was rated from 72 votes.
Dance Moms - S6E20
#20 - The Girls Say Goodbye
Season 6 - Episode 20

Jai Rodriguez hosts a very special episode of Dance Moms where the girls from the ALDC say goodbye to Maddie and Mackenzie. They'll play outrageous games and answer questions from die hard fans. Later, Todrick Hall makes a special guest appearance to perform with the girls. We will witness the girls' heartfelt goodbyes to the Zieglers and watch them dance together for the very last time.

The episode was rated from 87 votes.

Last updated: oct 04, 2022



without Chloe i seen no reason to continue watching the xhow is going to become even more about how abby loves maddie (n)


The girls are all really talented dancers, but Abby is crazy and vicious. You can teach children about the reality of competition, failure, and success in HEALTHY ways. I only stuck with it for four seasons because of Chloe. She is a fabulous dancer with a great heart. I was so happy when she left because it was so obvious Abby was out to get her. I no longer watch, but I'd definitely recommend this to viewers that want to see some great little dancers.


So much to say about this train-wreck. Yep, it's one of those shows I watch with one eye closed, mostly when Abby is on screen or when her mouth opens. She is such an ugly person inside-out. Sure, she probably started off with this "character" she shows as more of a catch for the show, but she went way overboard so many times. I'd have definitely put my hands on her if she ever treated my or any other child like that in front of me. Contrary to what Abby thinks, the show isn't really about her; her outburst and erratic behavior maybe a little because they help the ratings. In the few moments you get to actually see the talent from the young girls, you do appreciate their hard work and dedication. I'm sure it's much easier to deal with Abby's behavior when you're getting paid or notoriety from being on the show, but they also have to deal with being bullied by Abby. Even if when they cut the cameras, they tell the girls, none of this is true. They're too young to actually compartmentalize all of that, especially when they have the "mini's" on-board. A little friendly competition among the team is fine, but Abby pits the girls against each other and it's really a nasty mean girl bloodbath for which ever of the girls is on Abbys Sh*t list that week or season. Remember poor Chloe? The other sisters who's mom was also a student at the dance company Abby's mom started. Don't get started on Nia, that child never gets the respect or recognition she deserves from Abby. It's almost hard to watch at times because you can't help but wonder what is driving her to keep coming back to that abuse. Is it a form of Stockholm syndrome? Is it really to help advance her career and fame? If my memory serves correct, Chloe was the first to leave but she certainly wasn't the last. The sisters were either just after Chloe or possibly just before - I always get those confused. A few more in between left including the awkward Crazy Candy Apple Lady's child. Even Kendall left for a short time. Asia was a breath of fresh air. She was just bigger than that show and while it did help get her more fame, she obviously has a lot of talent and likely a lot of offers came after her appearance on Dance Moms, so she was out. Can't blame her. Even Maddy and her sister bounced awkwardly...which I think it was awkward because while they were fed up, they probably wanted to keep the perfect dancer image from Maddy so tried to downplay their departure. Sia definitely led them to a path far away from Abby's grip. Ah well, now fast forward to present times, where Kilani is the new Maddy and Nia is the forever Chloe's punching bag replacement - we now have Abby in a slew of legal issues and I believe she has to serve time for this all so it's interesting to see how the show will play out. I had no idea it was coming back August 1st but will watch in hopes that Abby gets replaced and thrown in the slammer! :D Til next show!


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