|Starring||Abby Lee Miller|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||145 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Collins Avenue Entertainment|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Original release||July 13, 2011– Present|
Dance Moms is an American reality television series that debuted on Lifetime on July 13, 2011. Created by Collins Avenue Productions, it is set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Los Angeles, California at the Abby Lee Dance Company and follows the early careers of children in dance and show business under the tutelage of Abby Lee Miller, as well as the participation of the dancers' mothers. Filming for season 5 began on October 11, 2014, and premiered on January 6, 2015.
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. Miller had never used a pyramid in her studio prior to Dance Moms, and when once asked about the 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." The pyramid changes every week, and the moms' behavior continues to be a factor in the girls' placement on the pyramid.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||13||July 13, 2011||October 12, 2011|
|2||30[a]||January 10, 2012||September 25, 2012|
|3||40[b]||January 1, 2013||September 17, 2013|
|4||34||January 1, 2014||October 14, 2014|
|5||TBA||January 6, 2015||TBA|
|Year||Award||Category||Recipients and nominees||Outcome|
|2012||2012 Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Reality Show||Dance Moms||Nominated|
|2013||2013 Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Reality Show||Dance Moms||Nominated|
|Choice TV: Female Reality Star||Abby Lee Miller||Nominated|
|BMI Film & TV Awards||BMI Cable Award||Craig Owens||Won|
|2014||2014 Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Reality Show||Dance Moms||Nominated|
|Choice TV: Reality Personality — Female||Abby Lee Miller||Nominated|
|Dancers' Choice Awards||Favorite Dancer Under 17||Maddie Ziegler||Won|
|2015||2015 Kids' Choice Awards||Nickelodeon: Favorite Reality Show||Dance Moms||Won|
|2015 Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Reality Show||Dance Moms||Pending|
|Choice Dancer||Maddie Ziegler||Pending|
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 confirms pulling the episode on March 23, 2012. The episode is not included on the DVD.
On January 29, 2014, Miller announced that Kelly Hyland and her two daughters Brooke and Paige are no longer contracted with and will no longer appear on Dance Moms as stated on an appearance with The View. Hyland was arrested in early January on alleged assault charges after 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" to charges of physical assault. Proceedings were to resume in March. At the hearing in March, without explanation, a Bronx County Supreme Court Judge again adjourned the hearing to May 5, 2014. Legal expert Rosemarie Arnold opined that because the episode aired on TV, Kelly Hyland's defense that the "smack down" was scripted was a viable defense. The episode featuring the incident between Hyland and Miller aired on February 11, 2014.
In mid-2012, it was announced that Miller would host a sister program entitled "Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition". The series follows Miller and other dance professionals judging twelve young dancers aged 6–13 years on different styles of dance hoping to find the most versatile dancer of the group. The series premiered on October 9, 2012.
In April 2014, it was announced that Miller would host another sister program entitled "Abby's Studio Rescue". The series chronicles Abby Lee Miller as she visits dance studios across the country to assist them by improving their choreography, studio decor, staff and other aspects. It premiered on June 24, 2014.
A British version of Dance Moms entitled Dance Mums premiered on 20 October 2014. Jennifer Ellison hosts the series, set at her Liverpool dance school, Fame Academy. Dance Mums is produced by Shiver Productions.
In January 2015, it was announced that Abby Lee Miller had committed to filming the hit show through Season 8. Two "moms" have made the same commitment but it is unclear which two moms have signed the extended contracts.
On June 24, during the premiere episode of "Abby's Studio Rescue", a spin-off titled "Raising Asia" starring Asia Monet Ray was announced. The docuseries will follow Monet Ray and her model mom alongside record-holding bodybuilder dad and younger sister Bella Blu helping Asia reach dreams of fame in showbiz.