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For anyone who enjoys a fast-paced show that features unfiltered drama, children in precious dance outfits, and nail-biting suspense, Dance Moms will not disappoint. The show first aired in 2011 and was immediately a hit, returning for both a second and third season.

Filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the Abby Lee Dance Company, the show follows the early careers of children who hope to make it big in the dance and show business. While I is fascinating to watch these talented children grow and prosper, the real entertainment comes from the mothers and dance instructor Abby Lee Miller.

Put lightly, Abby Lee Miller could be compared to an overzealous military sergeant. When you combine her strict, terse instruction style that forces the dancers to push themselves to the limit with the caring, light style of parenting that most of the moms have, you create a lethal mixture that is guaranteed to keep viewers coming back from more.

Of course, it's not just Abby Lee Miller's instruction style and the parent's reaction to it that make the show enjoyable; the dancers themselves often face a series of ups and downs from both their rigorous dance goals and from the normal obstacles that come with growing up and being a kid. The dancers face the pressure of competitions, not letting their parents down, and pleasing dance instructor Abby Lee Miller; the dancers love what they do, but it's not always easy for them.

For dance enthusiasts or even those who just love watching adorable kids twist, twirl, and strut their stuff, Dance Moms is a show that will make the hour fly by.

Tuesday 9:00 PM et/pt on Lifetime
7 Seasons, 190 Episodes - Currently Airing
July 13, 2011
Family, Music
4.6/10
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Dance Moms Full Episode Guide

  • Abby challenges the Junior Elites to a head-to-head competition and switches things up. In an effort to find her super team, Abby sends some girls home and brings in two new girls. But, when Abby's biggest rival returns, the moms worry about her ability to maintain her composure.

  • After a two month break, Abby reaches out to the Junior Elite mothers and requests that they come to the ALDC to hear an announcement.

  • The elite girls are determined to prove they can win without Abby as their instructor. Meanwhile, Abby tries her hardest to stay strong and prove her worth on the dance floor with her mini team.

  • Abby is blindsided by the elites; Abby gives three mini dancers their first solos; Kendall and Nia get invited to perform live with a beloved recording artist.

  • The elite dancers are overwhelmed when Abby books a demanding commercial shoot for the team; a series of events could potentially cause a big rift between Abby, the mothers and the elite girls.

  • When Abby's trial gets media attention, the mothers begin talking about the ALDC's future.

  • Abby choreographs an emotional dance after the ALDC learns of tragic news from Kira and Kalani's hometown; the minis are determined to make a comeback with their group number; JoJo is stretched by a difficult ballet duet.

  • Abby is upset with the minis for their poor performance and awards the elites their first solos of the season; Jill infuriates Abby when she makes a decision about Kendall's music; the media makes one mother's secret public.

  • Abby tries to establish unity between the two teams by assigning the elites and minis as duet partners; the elites must choreograph their own group dance as Abby continues to favor the minis.

  • The mini team perform their first lyrical routine; and the elites are put to the test after the moms make a decision that could be consequential. Later, tensions mounts between the teams; and the girls' mothers give Abby an ultimatum.

  • Abby challenges the minis with a beauty pageant-themed dance; the elites are overwhelmed by a Prince tribute dance; Abby assigns two duets; when Nia gets sick, Kendall is left without a partner.

  • Nia and Kendall face off; the group tribute to Madonna leaves the mothers pining for more; Holly is suspicious of Abby's agenda for Nia and brings in Nia's manager to investigate; Abby abandons the team.

  • In Maddie's absence, a newly motivated Abby vows to never overlook her remaining dancers; Abby assigns Brynn and Kendall head-to-head duets with boy partners; Jess accuses Abby of playing favorites, and in turn upsets Ashlee.

  • To kick off season 6B of Dance Moms, Jai Rodriguez and the girls dish on what's happening with Abby and the team and debut some brand new dances. Some super fans get up close and personal with the girls, and the newest member of the Mini Team is introduced. Plus, the Dads of Dance Moms finally make an appearance!

  • Jai Rodriguez hosts a very special episode of Dance Moms where the girls from the ALDC say goodbye to Maddie and Mackenzie.

  • 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 mothers reunite to discuss the dramatic events from the season; the mini mothers discuss the future of the ALDC; the junior elite team performs.

  • Maddie and Mackenzie participate in their final competition with the ALDC team; Abby pits Mackenzie against a new mini, Ari; the mothers encourage Melissa to reason with Abby.

  • Abby gives Brynn and JoJo hip hop solos, but gives Mackenzie a safe acrobatic routine; Mackenzie fights for what she wants; Abby flees the studio

  • Abby's whole world is shattered when Melissa shares shocking news that will change the face of the ALDC forever.

  • Abby welcomes back veteran dancer Sarah; Christy questions Jess' loyalty; Kendall has an emotional meltdown after Abby pulls her duet with Maddie; Melissa considers removing Maddie from the team.

  • The ALDC heads to Las Vegas; Ashlee and Brynn are now official members of the team; Kendall stands up to Ashlee for the first time; the mothers are concerned that the girls are becoming too involved in the drama.

  • Abby enlists Todrick Hall to direct the girls in a commercial inspired by "The Wiz" in hopes of gaining more business. Later, Brynn has a chance to join the ALDC if she can lead a team of her choosing to victory against a group led by Maddie.

  • Maddie is nominated for a People's Choice Award and the media is abuzz with rumors that she is leaving the ALDC. The moms are furious when Abby invites an unexpected guest as her date to the People's Choice and the biggest moment of Maddie's professional career. The minis are back, along with a new mom whose daughter's attitude causes a dance catastrophe.

  • The ALDC travels to Northern California; Abby's routines grow darker; the mothers' prank attempt backfires horribly; Maddie, Brynn and Kendall compete with solos; Ashlee will do anything to give Brynn an advantage.

  • Maddie has returned from shooting her movie and is back on the team for good, but to everyone's surprise, Abby doesn't seem happy to see her #1 dancer.

  • With the stress of Abby's legal woes looming overhead, she reaches her limit and kicks the girls out of her studio.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Abby's new mini team arrives in Los Angeles and tensions are high; Abby is distracted by new mothers, new dancers and her legal troubles; Ashlee and Brynn are caught in Jill's cross hairs as Kendall's position on the team is threatened.

  • In the Season 6 premiere, Abby has a big announcement for the ALDC; and Maddie shoots her first movie while Jill and Kendall aren't pleased with her substitute. Elsewhere, Jeanette and the BDA team are back to show the ALDC how it's done.

  • It's that time again for the girls of Dance Moms get together--without their moms and Abby.

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