Dance Moms is an American reality television series that debuted on Lifetime on July 13, 2011. Created by Collins Avenue Productions, the show follows the training and careers of children in dance and show business under the tutelage of Abby Lee Miller as well as the relationships between Miller, the dancers, and their often bickering mothers. Set originally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and later in Los Angeles, California, the show is primarily filmed at the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) studios. The show follows the girls on the ALDC Junior Elite Competition Team as they learn their dances and then compete them at dance competitions all across the country. While this show continue to air continuously from July 13, 2011 (First season, it later ended on Septemper 10, 2019 as many of the children on the show grew up and parted ways with the dance company.
The show features Miller as an extremely strict dance team coach who, over the series, relied more and more on criticism, sometimes personal, to motivate the girls, with an emphasis on hard work and competition against teammates. Every week on the show, Miller used a pyramid of individual headshots and gave feedback to each girl about her ranking, previous week's performance, attitude, effort, and the behavior of the girl herself and her mother. Miller had never used a pyramid in her studio prior to Dance Moms, and when once asked about it, Miller stated, \"I've never done that in my life. That has nothing to do with me. That's the show; they came up with that whole process.\"
During the second half of season 7, several dancers and their mothers left the ALDC to form \"The Irreplaceables\". Abby left the show several episodes later, followed by the remaining ALDC dancers and mothers.
In July 2018, Miller announced her return for season 8 of Dance Moms. Executive producer Bryan Stinson announced the show would be casting a whole new team, with final callbacks being in September 2018. On January 12, a new team was selected, consisting of 8 dancers. A promo for the new season was released in February, revealing that the show would be set around Miller's battle with Burkitt's Lymphoma while returning \"back to her roots\" with a new team. The season is set in Pittsburgh, in the same studio where the show began in 2011. Season 8 premiered on Lifetime on June 4, 2019.
Several episodes featured controversial costume choices made by Miller, some of which were criticized by the moms, particularly Lukasiak and Frazier. Due to heavy criticism, the season 2 episode \"Topless Showgirls\", which aired on March 6, 2012, has been removed from rotation. The episode features the young dancers performing a burlesque-style routine and wearing sequined, flesh-toned bra tops and tights in an effort to make them appear nude. Miller defends her costume choice saying, \"Everyone in the industry knows the girls are completely covered and everything's harmless.\" Lifetime confirmed pulling the episode. The episode is not included on the season's DVD.
Kelly Hyland was arrested in early January 2014 on charges of assaulting Miller during a dispute backstage at a dance competition held in New York City during filming for the show's fourth season in November 2013. Hyland appeared in court with Miller on January 21, 2014, and pleaded \"not guilty\". A hearing was scheduled for March but adjourned to May 5, 2014. Legal expert Rosemarie Arnold opined that because the episode aired on TV, Hyland's defense that the alleged assault was scripted and that the producers deliberately incited her to strike Miller was viable. On a January 29 appearance on The View, Miller announced that Hyland and her daughters Brooke and Paige Hyland were no longer contracted with and would no longer appear on Dance Moms. After the final episode of season 4, Christi and Chloe Lukasiak also left Dance Moms.
In 2014, Miller hosted another sister program titled Abby's Studio Rescue that followed Miller as she visited dance studios across the country to assist them to improve their choreography, studio decor, staff and other aspects. It premiered on June 24, 2014.
A British version of Dance Moms titled Dance Mums with Jennifer Ellison premiered on October 20, 2014, and ran for two seasons. Jennifer Ellison hosted the series, set at her Liverpool dance school, Jelli Studios. Dance Mums was produced by Shiver Productions.
In April 2020, it was announced that another spin-off Abby's Virtual Dance-Off would be set to debut during the summer of 2020. The 12-episode show would consist of taped submissions from dance contestants, with Miller judging via video conference, in keeping with social-distancing practiced during the coronavirus pandemic. However, Lifetime pulled the show on June 5, 2020, after two African-American mothers accused Miller of using racist and condescending language towards their daughters during previous seasons of Dance Moms.
Throughout the show many of the dances continuously leave and new dancers join. The principal girls on the show include Maddie Ziegler, Mackenzie Ziegler, Chloe Lukasiak, Nia Sioux, Paige Hyland, and Brooke Hyland. These original girls started their debut on the show at ages 6-13. While the show continued, many of these original girls decided to part ways with their dance career. Maddie Ziegler continued with her fame, starting from the show, and has been featured in more productions. Maddie can be seen in productions such as, The Fallout, West Side Story, The Book of Henry, and even starred in her own animated musical adventure comedy film, Ballerina. Maddie younger sister, Mackenzie, is an American singer, actress, former dancer, and internet personality. She entertains through social media such as Instagram, Tik Tok, and Youtube, as many of her fans from the show continue to follow her life outside of the dance world. Nia Sioux, one of the original dancers on the show, has continued to use her influence gained from the show to produce a positive message to young girls around the world. Nia is enrolled at the University of California Los Angelos and is majoring in American literature and culture because she enjoys both reading and writing, and she hopes to potentially author her own stories one day. Additionally, Sioux said majoring in literature can also help her in her creative career pursuits outside of the classroom. Paige Highland, she distanced herself from ALDC and dancing, due to controversy among the show, but she remains friendly with the rest of the dancers. Paige is currently enrolled in college at West Virginia University, where she is pursuing a degree in Marketing with a minor in Event Planning. Additionally, since 2022, she works as a marketing intern for FlexScreen which appeared on ABC's Shark Tank. After the show, Brooke Highland graduated from Franklin Regional High School in 2016. She later went on to attend Ohio University as a business major and graduated in 2019 with degrees in Marketing and Management Information Systems. She now works in influencer fashion. While many of these girls have left their original spot light from the show, they all have created a great following that has allowed them to become the people the are today. Many of them continue to use their success at a young age for their professional career and to create a better environment for themselves.
The UCLA student was one of the original members of the ALDC and remained on the team until the seventh season of Dance Moms, making her the longest-tenured dancer on the reality series. She has since kept fans hooked on her YouTube channel and has released her own music. In 2016, Nia made her Off-Broadway debut in Trip of Love and later joined the cast of CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.
Like her older sister, Paige experienced plenty of ups and downs with her dance teacher before being kicked off of the competition team in 2014. She graduated high school in 2019 and enrolled at West Virginia University.
Maesi Caes quickly pirouettes. The 11-year-old from Altoona pops a hip with the attitude and swiftness of a frenzied Ariana Grande. She lightly comes to rest on the floor of the Prairie Meadows Casino and Hotel ballroom, as hundreds of young hopeful dancers from Iowa circle around her, clapping along to hip-hop music.
The show follows dancers from the Abby Lee Dance Company vying for success in competitions across the nation, while their mothers duke it out backstage. The show made instructor Abby Lee Miller a celebrity as the face of the show known for her demanding nature and penchant for accuracy.
\"She's grown in so many ways and not just with dance,\" Caes says. \"She's grown up as a young lady, and she's learned a lot of life lessons out (there), not only about dance, but about people, about the world.\"
The \"Dance Moms\" star was known for her brash behavior and pursuit of perfectionism from her dance students. The show follows a class of Miller's elite students and the perilous relationship she has with the girls' mothers. Critics of \"Dance Moms\" accuse Miller of being emotionally abusive toward the girls, and many episodes show her students dissolving into tears after a harsh critique.
Miller eventually coughed up $288,000 in TV income she didn't initially report, but then federal investigators found she'd hidden nearly $550,000 more from personal appearances, dance sessions and merchandise sales.
One student said Cosculluela, who she viewed as \"famous,\" \"important,\" and \"influential,\" forced her to perform oral sex on him after manipulating her to go his apartment in-between dance classes. She said that although it happened twice, \"Kevin told her, 'None of this happened, erase this from your memory and don't tell anyone,' \" the warrant states.
Another victim alleged Cosculluela solicited nude photographs from her through Snapchat and climbed on top of her while watching a movie at his apartment. The victim said they didn't have sex, but Cosculluela would grope her while stretching at dance class. 59ce067264