Overview of 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:
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:
- 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.
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.