6.5
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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 Worst Episodes of Dance Moms

Dance Moms - S4E32

#1 - Playing Favorites

6.62

Season 4 - Episode 32

The moms from both the Elite and Select Teams face off against Abby to hash out their grudges from this season and accuse her of blatant favoritism. Maddie takes the stage to talk about her recent success in Hollywood with the Sia video, the girls present new dances, and of course, Cathy makes an appearance to ruffle Abby's feathers.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Dance Moms from 26 votes.

Dance Moms - S4E8

#2 - Wingman Down

6.65

Season 4 - Episode 8

With Kelly and her daughters no longer at the studio, a lonely Christi isolates herself from the other moms. Kira and her daughter Kalani are tested for a spot on Abby's competition team. Holly worries that Nia won't be prepared for her solo due to Abby's inattentiveness.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Dance Moms from 77 votes.

Dance Moms - S3E30

#3 - Recital Rebellion

6.76

Season 3 - Episode 30

This week is the ALDC recital. . The girls learn a new group dance entitled "Sugar Babies". Abby also throws in a photo shoot for Dance Track magazine. Paige gets assigned to new solo, while all the other girls get an old solo. Paige admits to Abby she doesn't want a new solo.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Dance Moms from 41 votes.

Dance Moms - S3E32

#4 - The Dancing Dead

6.89

Season 3 - Episode 32

Abby receives the remains of her beloved dog, Broadway Baby; Kelly secretly meets with the mothers; Maddie's star continues to fall, while Nia's is on the rise.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Dance Moms from 37 votes.

Dance Moms - S4E11

#5 - Blame It on the New Girl

6.93

Season 4 - Episode 11

Abby's new completion team is taking shape and another new girl and dance mom tryout. Cathy readies her team to end the Abby Lee Dance Company's winning streak. Meanwhile Abby's girls dance at a nursing home to help cheer up her ailing mother.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Dance Moms from 67 votes.

Dance Moms - S6E5

#6 - Abby's Replaceable

6.96

Season 6 - Episode 5

Abby locks the team out of her Los Angeles studio; Debbie Allen invites the ALDC to work with her; guest choreographer Nakul includes the minis in a difficult Bollywood routine; Kalani and Nia are pushed to their breaking point with a duet.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Dance Moms from 133 votes.

Dance Moms - S3E25

#7 - No Room for Rotten Apples

6.97

Season 3 - Episode 25

The pressure is on for Candy Apple's team and no one's spot is guaranteed. Rick is worried when Jalen is assigned his first contemporary solo. Cathy battles it out with Anthony as she struggles to gain back control of her studio.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Dance Moms from 29 votes.

Dance Moms - S7E30

#8 - The New Team

7.00

Season 7 - Episode 30

Abby Lee Miller is back! The ALDC is open for business and ready for a brand-new competition season. Take a peek at Abby’s new team of dancers and their moms and get a preview of what’s to come in Season 8 of Dance Moms.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Dance Moms from 1 votes.

Dance Moms - S4E4

#9 - Chloe vs. Kendall: Round 2

7.01

Season 4 - Episode 4

Cathy's back and ready to beat Abby with a new team of boys. Abby is nervous and pushes her team, especially Chloe and Kendall, who are dancing solos head-to-head for the second time this season. With another round of open call auditions looming, every team member feels the pressure to prove to Abby that they belong at the Abby Lee Dance Company.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Dance Moms from 76 votes.

Dance Moms - S4E15

#10 - Lights! Camera! Dance!

7.02

Season 4 - Episode 15

Melissa takes control during Mackenzie's music video shoot, but the power quickly goes to her head. After racking up 13 wins in a row, the pressure is on the Abby Lee Dance Company to continue their stellar winning streak. All the dances this week are in tribute to Abby's ailing mother and emotions are high.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Dance Moms from 61 votes.

#11 - Mommy Meltdown
7.04
Season 6 - Episode 26

Abby tasks the minis with their first lyrical routine to honor her mother on Mother's Day; the elites are tested when their mothers make a decision that leaves them without a group dance for the competition; the mothers give Abby an ultimatum.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Dance Moms from 100 votes.

#12 - The Battle of Maddie vs. Chloe
7.06
Season 4 - Episode 19

The rivalry between Maddie and Chloe has boiled for four seasons and this episode of Dance Moms traces the very beginnings of it. Maddie and Chloe battled for first place in competitions, first position on the pyramid and ultimately, for a place in Abby's heart... But is the rivalry really between them...or between their mothers?

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Dance Moms from 18 votes.

#13 - Double the Moms, Double the Trouble
7.06
Season 4 - Episode 21

Abby kicks off the new dance season by bringing back her winning Select Team to compete against her original Elite Team for a rematch in Wheeling, WV. With Mackenzie's pop song climbing the charts, Abby rewards her with a solo against Christy's daughter Sarah. The original Dance Moms grow furious that Abby is once again favoring her new team but it's the Select Moms who really can't stand the heat.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Dance Moms from 65 votes.

#14 - Abby's New Favorites
7.08
Season 6 - Episode 6

Abby's back, but she's only focusing on the minis; and a new mini auditions for the team. Later, the moms complain when Brynn is chosen for the lead role in the junior team's only routine; and Brynn's future at the ALDC depends on a win with Maddie set to return next week.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Dance Moms from 109 votes.

#15 - Now You See Abby, Now You Don't
7.09
Season 6 - Episode 4

The minis are ready to compete in their first group dance; Maddie books a prestigious photo shoot with two other ALDC girls; Maddie and Brynn compete head-to-head with solo routines; Abby makes an announcement that could tear the team apart.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Dance Moms from 116 votes.

#16 - No Solo for You
7.10
Season 4 - Episode 10

With wannabe Dance Mom Kira in tow, Abby travels to NYC. Kira desperately wants Kalani to compete against Maddie this week, but Abby doesn't want Maddie to lose, so she gives the other solo to Kendall.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Dance Moms from 78 votes.

#17 - Live From L.A., It's Kendall K
7.11
Season 5 - Episode 22

The team moves to Los Angeles; Kendall feels pressured from the demands of pop stardom coupled with a solo; and Abby makes a decision that could jeopardize ALDC LA's first competition.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Dance Moms from 64 votes.

#18 - Liar, Liar, Dance Mom on Fire!
7.11
Season 3 - Episode 4

Abby couldn't be more thrilled to have a new star on team, but Melissa is starting to feel like Sophia is pushing Maddie out of the spotlight and into the corner. When Abby assigns Maddie and Kendall a duet, Melissa pretends to be happy about it but confides in Abby the awful truth. Jill, Christi, Kelly and Holly band together and try to get Melissa to admit her deceit. Meanwhile, Abby once again bans Brooke from the competition but gives Paige a solo so she can try to justify her spot on the team.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Dance Moms from 87 votes.

#19 - Big Trouble in the Big Apple
7.13
Season 4 - Episode 7

With her final open casting call in NY, Abby announces that she's putting together an entirely new all-star, junior elite team to rival her own girls. The Abby Lee Dance Company has two competitions this week and Paige has more dances than ever. Abby will do anything to win and makes a bold decision, leading to a clash with Dance Mom Kelly.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Dance Moms from 80 votes.

#20 - On-Again, Off-Again Abby
7.15
Season 3 - Episode 34

After missing the last competition, Abby returns to face the wrath of the mothers; Cathy sees an opportunity to get her team to number one.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Dance Moms from 41 votes.

Last updated: feb 22, 2021

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

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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.

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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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Asia is the best dancer!

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