Dance Moms

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Dance Moms
Dance Moms Logo.jpg
GenreDocumentary
FormatReality
StarringAbby Lee Miller
Holly & Nia Frazier
Kelly, Brooke & Paige Hyland
Christi & Chloe Lukasiak
Kristie & Asia Ray
Jill & Kendall Vertes
Melissa, Mackenzie & Maddie Ziegler
Cathy & Vivi-Anne Stein (and the Apple Cores: Gino Coscullela, Jalen Testerman, Zackery "Zack" Torres, & Nick Daniels)
Opening theme'Living On the Dance Floor'
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons3.5
No. of episodes66 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Gena McCarthy
Jeff Collins
Kimberly Chessler
Michael Hammond
Mike Aho
Robert Caplain
Robert Sharenow
Sara Quick
Stephen Schwartz
Location(s)Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Ohio
Running time60 minutes
(including commercials)
Production company(s)Collins Avenue Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channelLifetime
Picture format480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original runJuly 13, 2011 (2011-07-13) – present
Chronology
Related showsDance Moms: Miami
Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition
External links
Website
 
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Dance Moms
Dance Moms Logo.jpg
GenreDocumentary
FormatReality
StarringAbby Lee Miller
Holly & Nia Frazier
Kelly, Brooke & Paige Hyland
Christi & Chloe Lukasiak
Kristie & Asia Ray
Jill & Kendall Vertes
Melissa, Mackenzie & Maddie Ziegler
Cathy & Vivi-Anne Stein (and the Apple Cores: Gino Coscullela, Jalen Testerman, Zackery "Zack" Torres, & Nick Daniels)
Opening theme'Living On the Dance Floor'
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons3.5
No. of episodes66 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Gena McCarthy
Jeff Collins
Kimberly Chessler
Michael Hammond
Mike Aho
Robert Caplain
Robert Sharenow
Sara Quick
Stephen Schwartz
Location(s)Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Ohio
Running time60 minutes
(including commercials)
Production company(s)Collins Avenue Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channelLifetime
Picture format480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original runJuly 13, 2011 (2011-07-13) – present
Chronology
Related showsDance Moms: Miami
Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition
External links
Website

Dance Moms is an American dance reality series that debuted on Lifetime on July 13, 2011.[1] Created by Collins Avenue Productions, it is set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the Abby Lee Dance Company, and follows children's early careers in dance show business, and their mothers. A spinoff series set in Miami at Victor Smalley and Angel Armas' dance studio, Stars Dance Studio, premiered on April 3, 2012.[2]

On October 10, 2012, Lifetime announced that they had picked up Dance Moms for a third season, consisting of 26 episodes, which debuted on January 1, 2013.[3]

Summary[edit]

Set in Pittsburgh's Abby Lee Dance Company, owned and operated by notoriously demanding instructor Abby Lee Miller, Dance Moms follows a dance competition team filled with tween age girls and their doting mothers who are there for every rehearsal, performance and bow... all under the discerning eye of Miller. The show features rivalries between dancers,mothers and Abby herself. The tactics used by those on the show to get the young dancers to improve and get ahead are often scrutinized and considered questionable but the highlight of the show is the girls resilience and talent.

Main dancers[edit]

Madison 'Maddie' Nicole Ziegler (b. September 30, 2002) is the daughter of Melissa and sister of Mackenzie. Her parents are divorced, allegedly because dance got in the way of their marriage also Melissa was said to have cheated on her husband. Maddie takes more private lessons than the other girls, and is very clearly Abby's favourite although the moms are clearly not happy that Abby shows favoritism they just seem to accept it, knowing they cannot change her opinion. Maddie definitely gets much more attention from Abby and gets more privates and extra help from Abby and the other staff over the other girls. She is very hardworking and a perfectionist. Maddie is one year younger than Chloe and is currently 10 years old.

Mackenzie 'Kenzie' Frances Ziegler (b. June 4, 2004) is the daughter of Melissa and sister of Maddie. Her parents are divorced, allegedly because dance got in the way of their marriage; Melissa was also said to have cheated. She is not used to the long rehearsal hours and often falls apart emotionally when things get difficult. Abby does not put her in group routines. Mackenzie's older sister Maddie tends to get more praise from their mother and Abby than Mackenzie does. Abby compares Mackenzie's dancing to Maddie's when Maddie was Mackenzie's age which Mackenzie feels is unfair. In a season two interview,she says: "I'm not Maddie, I'm Mackenzie". While her sister nearly always is at the top, Mackenzie is at the bottom of the pyramid in every episode of the first season, and receives very few opportunities to dance in competitions. Mackenzie is a strong acrobatics dancer. Mackenzie is 9 years old.

Chloe Elizabeth Lukasiak' (b. May 25, 2001) is the daughter of Christi. Chloe often is compared to Maddie by Abby and often Abby puts Chloe down and makes sure that Maddie gets the best choreography, more time to learn the dances, and extra private lessons. Chloe is a very strong dancer and has often beat Maddie, which upsets Abby because Abby clearly favors Maddie and will do whatever it takes to make sure Maddie comes out ahead of Chloe. Chloe is very good at Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and lyrical dances. Abby consistently treats her poorly and clearly favors and roots for Maddie over Chloe. All the moms (aside from Melissa) know that Maddie has an unfair advantage and they complain to Abby about it. She is a national title winner. Chloe is 12 years old.

Brooke Marie Hyland (b. January 30, 1998) is the daughter of Kelly and sister of Paige. Brooke used to be one of Abby's favorites, but as she got older, she began to lose some interest in dance. In season two, she left for cheerleading, but only for a couple of weeks. She has a single titled "Summer Love Song", and reached number nine on the charts. She is a very talented acrobatics dancer, known for her contortion tricks. Brooke dreams to one day perform in Cirque Du Soleil. Brooke is the oldest of the group but also dances with Abby's Senior Company. She is 15 years old. She is the best at acro.

Paige Mackenzie Hyland (b. April 31, 2000) is the daughter of Kelly and sister of Brooke. Abby has called Paige tall and gorgeous, complimenting her acrobatic abilities, and praising her potential as a professional dancer; but Abby also has criticized Paige as an underachiever due to her work-ethic and focus on dance. Paige is usually situated at the bottom of the pyramid, but has been in the middle and top. She is 12 years old.

Nia Sioux Frazier (b. June 20, 2001) is the daughter of Holly. She has danced at the studio since she was 3. Nia is a well-rounded dancer that barely gets credit for what she does on the show . Nia participates in other things such as acro and duets. She is 12 years old.

Kendall K Vertes (b. December 9, 2002) is the daughter of Jill. She danced at Studio 9 Dance Complex before coming to Abby Lee Dance Company. She left for Candy Apples in season two, but came back shortly after. Her position on the pyramid changes per week. Abby does not like how Jill Vertes goes behind her back to do things that Abby doesn't approve of. Her older sister Ryleigh also dances at the ALDC. Kendall is 10 years old.

Asia Monet Ray (b. August 10, 2005) is the daughter of Kristie. She joined the team in season three. Asia is seen as Mackenzie's biggest competition. She has been praised by Abby for her sexy high-energy dancing, and frequently dances jazz solos. Asia was a contestant on Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition and won third place. Asia is on the top of the pyramid a lot and frequently has solos. Asia is the youngest of the group. She is 7 years old.

Moms[edit]

Holly Frazier is Nia’s mom. Holly previously worked as a school principal and has completed her doctorate in education. Abby often yelled at her for being absent in supporting her daughter and in Season 3, she took time off from work to spend more time supporting Nia's dancing. She keeps a calm and rational attitude, and does the least fighting out of the moms. Holly is straight-forward and tolerant and is not afraid to speak up if she thinks it is correct to do so.

Kelly Hyland is the mom of Brooke and Paige. In the show, she is portrayed as a demanding mom who supports her kids' choices, and according to Abby, allows her children to be 'mediocre'. In past seasons Kelly was rash and often spoke her mind, and therefore got into many fights with both Abby and some of the other moms. This season Kelly has not been as confrontational towards Abby and lets things go more than she has in the past. She knows things aren't fair, but seems to realize there isn't anything she can do to change that or to make Abby care for her girls, so she seems to be just doing her time there and not get as emotionally invested as she has in the past. When she was younger, Kelly was one of Abby's first dance students. Kelly is close friends with Christi.

Christina 'Christi' Lukasiak is Chloe's mom, and gets in the many arguments with Abby, because Abby is said to constantly favor Maddie over Chloe. Christi is close friends with Kelly. She is good friends with Holly and Jill, but is more likely to argue with Melissa because Melissa tends to be sneaky and does whatever it takes to get her daughter ahead; also, because of the blatent favoritism that Abby shows to Melissa's daughter (Maddie) over Christi's daughter (Chloe.) Christi is very jealous that Maddie always wins and there is one excuse after another when her daughter Chloe does not win. Even when Chloe does win, Abby gets upset and goes to the judges to make sure that Maddie is the winner. Christi trash-talks and puts other children down who are in direct competition with Chloe. She especially bad-mouths Maddie, even though she is only 11. Christi is quite direct in her speech, but very caring towards her daughter and everyone else except for Maddie and Melissa. and similar to Kelly.

Melissa Ziegler Gisoni is the mother of Maddie and Mackenzie. She split from their father after dance and an affair got in the way of their marriage, and has since remarried her boss. She is determined that her daughters get to the top of the pyramid by any means necessary. She believes Abby will make her daughter, Maddie, into a star. The other Moms have complained that Melissa is sneaky in her methods of advancing her daughters, and also two-faced. She is the quietest of the group of moms, but does go behind the other moms' backs often to try and get in good with Abby to keep her in favor with Maddie. She also has been known to put down other girls that are in direct competition to Maddie- such as Chloe- by gossiping about her to Abby to make Chloe look bad to Abby. She is the ultimate "stage mom."

Jill Vertes is Kendall's mom. They were new additions to Abby's team during season two, but defected to Cathy's studio, only to later return to Abby's team. She was initially disliked by the other mothers (except for Melissa), but she became better liked upon returning. Jill often gets into fights with Cathy Nesbitt-Stein and others at competitions. In Season 3, Jill has become particularly good friends with Christi and sometimes Holly. Jill will speak up when she sees that her daughter and the other girls are not being treated fairly. Jill is very against Abby's favoritism towards maddie and will often speak up about it to the other mothers but at the same time disregards the talent of the other girls. Jill thinks Kendall is the best dancer and she belongs at the top.

Kristie Ray is the mother of Asia Monet Ray. She is very opinionated and does not get along particularly well with Christi. Kristie and Melissa also have a rivalry because their daughters are the close in age so they are compared to each other by Abby and the moms. Kristie is shown to be very confident in her daughters ability and talent.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedDVD release date
Season premiereSeason finaleRegion 1Region 2Region 4
113July 13, 2011 (2011-07-13)October 12, 2011 (2011-10-12)August 7, 2012 (2012-08-07)[4]N/AN/A
228January 10, 2012 (2012-01-10)September 25, 2012 (2012-09-25)January 8, 2013 (2013-01-08)[5][6]N/AN/A
3TBAJanuary 1, 2013 (2013-01-01)N/AN/AN/AN/A

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardResult
2012 Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV: Reality ShowNominated
2013 Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV: Reality ShowPending

The Pyramid[edit]

Every week on the show, Abby Lee Miller uses a pyramid to show the moms and the dancers who she feels did the best in her eyes, and who needs to improve. The pyramid changes every week, but it usually follows the previous week's. There are four at the bottom, three in the middle, and one at the top. Usually, Maddie is on the top, the middle usually consists of Chloe and Kendall, and the bottom is usually Mackenzie, Asia, Nia, Brooke, and Paige. Often, the moms' behavior affects the girls' spots on the pyramid.[7]

Season 1[edit]

Episode123456789101112
NiaBottomBottomBottomBottomMiddleBottomMiddleBottomMiddleMiddleBottomStraight Line
BrookeMiddleBottomMiddleTopMiddleBottomMiddleMiddleMiddleBottomMiddleStraight Line
PaigeBottomMiddleBottomBottomBottomMiddleMiddleMiddleBottomBottomBottomStraight Line
ChloeMiddleMiddleMiddleMiddleBottomMiddleMiddleBottomTopMiddleMiddleStraight Line
Vivi-AnneN/ABottomBottomBottomBottomBottomBottomBottomQuit
MackenzieBottomBottomBottomBottomBottomBottomBottomBottomBottomBottomBottomStraight Line
MaddieTopTopTopMiddleTopTopTopTopWeek OffTopTopStraight Line

Season 2A[edit]

Episode12345678910111213
NiaMiddleMiddleBottomBottomBottomBottomBottomTopMiddleBottomBottomBottomMiddle
BrookeBottomBottomTopQuitTopBottomMiddleBottomBottomMiddleBottomMiddleMiddle
PaigeBottomBottomBottomBottomBottomBottomTopBottomBottomBottomMiddleBottomBottom
ChloeMiddleMiddleMiddleTopMiddleMiddleMiddleMiddleMiddleMiddleMiddleBottomBottom
KendallN/ABottomBottomBottomBottomBottomBottomBottomQuit
MackenzieBottomBottomBottomMiddleBottomTopBottomBottomBottomBottomBottomMiddleBottom
MaddieTopTopMiddleMiddleMiddleMiddleBottomMiddleTopTopTopTopTop

Season 2B[edit]

Episode14151617181920212223242526
NiaBottomMiddleMiddleBottomBottomMiddleBottomMiddleTopTopMiddleMiddleBottom
BrookeBottomMiddleBottomBottomBottomBottomMiddleMiddleBottomMiddleBottomBottomMiddle
PaigeBottomBottomBottomBottomMiddleBottomBottomBottomBottomBottomBottomBottomBottom
ChloeTopTopBottomMiddleMiddleTopMiddleBottomMiddleBottomMiddleMiddleMiddle
KendallQuitN/ABottomBottom
MackenzieMiddleBottomMiddleTopBottomBottomBottomBottomBottomMiddleBottomTopMiddle
MaddieMiddleBottomTopMiddleTopMiddleTopTopMiddleBottomTopBottomTop

Season 3A[edit]

Episode1234567891011121314151617/18
NiaNot RevealedStraight LineBottomBottomBottomMiddleBottomMiddleMiddleBottomTopBottomBottomMiddleMiddleBottom
BrookeQuitN/ABottomMiddleBottomBottomTopBottomBottomBottomBottomBottomBottom
PaigeQuitN/ABottomMiddleBottomBottomBottomBottomBottomBottomMiddleMiddleMiddleBottomMiddleMiddle
SophiaN/ATopTopQuit
ChloeNot RevealedStraight LineBottomMiddleBottomMiddleSuspendedN/ABottomMiddleMiddleBottomTop
AsiaN/ABottomTopMiddleBottom
KendallNot RevealedStraight LineMiddleBottomMiddleTopBottomMiddleBottomMiddleMiddleBottomMiddleBottomBottomMiddle
MackenzieNot RevealedStraight LineBottomTopBottomBottomMiddleBottomMiddleBottomBottomBottomBottomBottomBottomBottom
MaddieNot RevealedStraight LineMiddleBottomBottomMiddleTopTopTopMiddleMiddleTopTopMiddleTopMiddle

Season 3B[edit]

Episode222324252627
NiaBottomBottomNot

Revealed

BottomBottom
BrookeBottomTopBottomBottom
PaigeMiddleBottomBottomBottom
ChloeMiddleMiddleMiddleMiddle
AsiaMiddleBottomMiddleMiddle
KendallBottomBottomBottomBottom
MackenzieBottomMiddleMiddleTop
MaddieTopMiddleTopMiddle

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