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Set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 'Dance Moms' is a reality television series that follows the highs and lows of a group of competitive young dancers on their way to stardom. Led by dance teacher Abby Lee Miller, the competitive dance team travels to weekly dance competitions all over the country. 'Dance Moms' is popular among dancers and dance moms, even though it seems to be somewhat staged.

Overview of Dance Moms:

Launched in 2011, 'Dance Moms' is a reality-based television show that follows the Abby Lee Dance Team as they compete weekly in dance competitions around the country. Making the show interesting are the actions of and interactions between the mothers of the dancers, the actual 'dance moms.'

On each episode of 'Dance Moms' the dancers and their mothers travel with dance instructor Abby Lee Miller to a dance competition. During the one-hour episode, the girls are shown rehearsing for the competition, traveling to the competition destination, getting dressed and ready for the competition, dancing in the competition, and finally awaiting the results of the competition.

Abby Lee Miller:

Abby Lee Miller is the owner and founder of Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Miller started her dance company at the young age of 14. She is the dance instructor and choreographer of Abby Lee Dance Company.

Miller seems to be incredibly talented as an instructor and choreographer, as her dancers are quite successful. However, her strong demeanor and strict personality may turn a lot of dancers away. Most of the mothers featured on 'Dance Moms' seem to have a love/hate relationship with Miller. At times they seem to despise her strict teaching methods, but accept them because they want their daughters to succeed.

Abby Lee Dance Company Dancers:

A small group of talented female dancers make up the ALDC competitive dance team and are spotlighted on each episode of 'Dance Moms.'
  • Maddie Ziegler: Maddie is arguably Abby Lee's best dancer. She seems to be favored more than the others by Abby Lee, as she is given more solos and is often placed at the top of the pyramid.
  • Chloe Lukasiak: Chloe is Maddie's biggest competition. She seems to be very talented but lacks the confidence that Maddie possesses.
  • Brooke Hyland: Brooke is the oldest dancer on the team. She is very flexible and talented in acro dancing. Brooke is often emotionally torn between dance and her social life.
  • Paige Hyland: Paige is Brooke's younger sister. She is good friends with Chloe.
  • Nia Frazier: Nia is the only African-American dancer on the team. Her mother is often frustrated with Abby Lee's ethnic-based routines chosen for her.
  • Mackenzie Zeigler: Mackenzie is Maddie's younger sister and is the youngest member of the team. She seems to be following in her sister's talented footsteps.
  • Kendall Vertes: Kendall is the newest dancer on the dance team. Her mother is very overbearing and seems to want the spotlight more so than her daughter.

Competition Pyramid:

On each episode of 'Dance Moms,' Abby Lee calls the dancers and their mothers into the studio to reveal the competition pyramid. The pyramid features head shots of the dancers arranged in the shape of a pyramid.

On the top of the pyramid is the dancer or dancers that Abby Lee feels danced the best at the previous competition. The top of the pyramid is the most sought-after position, as it almost always guarantees a solo dance at the next competition. The bottom of the pyramid is reserved for the dancers that Abby Lee feels need the most improvement.

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