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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 7.96 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 7.93 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 7.93 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 7.93 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 7.92 from 26 votes.


Last updated: oct 04, 2022


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