The BEST Episodes of Dance Moms
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 19, 2021
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.
#1 - Dance Moms Reunion: Hurricane Abby
Season 3 - Episode 38 - Aired Sep 17, 2013
Storm clouds are gathering as the cast of "Dance Moms" Season 3 reunite to hash out the triumphs and tragedies of the season. Think old grudges have been settled? That's just the eye of the storm. Plus the Abby Lee Dance Company girls perform their favorite dance routines from this past season.
#2 - Two Girls, One Solo
Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired Jun 11, 2013
Abby decides to have Maddie and Chloe dance the exact same solo shocking the moms to see who really is the best dancer at the Abby Lee Dance Company. Chloe ends up winning first, and Maddie ends up taking second. Abby Is upset with Maddie losing, she go to the competion director and tells them the counted it wrong, the director comes in an gives Maddie first and Chloe second. Abby then lies saying the director pointed the mistake out but when the director comes back in the room and thanks abby for pointing out the mistakes the moms look horrified. Asia and Mackenzie go head to head as well, but Asia comes in first, while Macknenzie places second. After last week's big fight Christi and Kelly find that their friendship will never be the same again. Abby notices this and makes the two go down stares and die the pink ribbon together alone. Meanwhile, the theme of the group dance causes Abby to have painful memories to Abby and the moms.
#3 - Nationals 90210
Season 2 - Episode 26 - Aired Sep 11, 2012
The Abby Lee Dance Company battling for a National title, this time in glamorous Beverly Hills. Cathy and her Candy Apples follow Abby all the way to the 90210, where the girls will have another shot at beating Justice and Vivi-Anne. The entire team is thrown into a tailspin when Abby forces Chloe, Kendall and Nia to compete for one solo spot. When Abby casts Paige as a human prop in the group dance, Kelly breaks down and questions her place at the Abby Lee Dance Company. And after all the National titles and crowns have been handed out, Cathy and Christi confront each other getting down and dirty like never before!
#4 - Abbygeddon
Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 3, 2012
The second season ends with Abby's dancers competing in the regionals and for a scholarship with the Joffrey Ballet School. Unfortunately for her, the Candy Apples also compete
#5 - The Best Is Yet to Come
Season 7 - Episode 27 - Aired Oct 24, 2017
Emotions run high as the team prepares for their final Nationals competition as the Irreplaceables. With four solos, the girls go head-to-head to see who can come out on top as the National title winner. As this chapter comes to an end, the moms and girls all contemplate what their future holds.
#6 - The Return of Studio 19
Season 8 - Episode 14 - Aired Aug 20, 2019
GiaNina and Sarah go head-to-head for their shot at dancing a solo at nationals while the team performs a group routine unlike anything done before; Michelle comes to blows with the other moms; a confrontation at competition sends Abby over the edge.
#7 - The Politics of Dancing
Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Apr 9, 2013
In this patriotic episode, Abby assigns the girls dances inspired by the political state of America, but all is not fair in politics...especially in the dance world. Maddie and Chloe compete head-to-head and continuing with the political theme Abby has the Abby Lee Dance Company vote on who gave the best performance. Forced to sit on the sidelines, injured Mackenzie must watch her coveted spot on the team be taken over by ALDC's newest little powerhouse, Asia.
#8 - Bye Bye Baby
Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 26, 2013
Abby's precious pet Broadway Baby has passed away and Abby leaves the ALDC team to fend for themselves. To make matters worse, this week the team heads to St. Louis where they go up against the infamous Kaya Wiley and she's not going down without a fight!
#9 - She's a Fighter
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 24, 2011
Abby's typecasting of Nia sends Holly over the edge. Meanwhile, minister Dawn returns to the Abby Lee Dance Company and Abby is fully prepared for any heated argument that might erupt.
#10 - Guess Who's Back?
Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Jul 24, 2012
Everyone is completely shocked when Jill and Kendall come crawling back to the Abby Lee Dance Company. Jealousy rears its ugly head when the moms learn that Maddie lands the coveted acting role on "Drop Dead Diva." Meanwhile, though Nia wows the crowd with another solo, Paige's dance future is threatened by a serious injury.
#11 - Wardrobe Malfunction
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 14, 2012
Abby puts the moms in charge of making the girls costumes for the competition. Meanwhile, Dance Explosion is canceled so Abby finds another competition, in Texas. Jill turns out to have bought an expensive dance outfit for Kendall, leading to a conflict with Abby. Maddie is injured in a fall while performing and has to be carried off the floor.
#12 - Everyone's Replaceable
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 10, 2012
Abby holds an open audition for her dance group; Holly's career schedule forces her to miss Nia's rehearsals and competitions; Abby must come to terms with Chloe's growing success.
#13 - Slumber Party!
Season 5 - Episode 33 - Aired Aug 18, 2015
In this Slumber Party special, Maddie takes us behind the scenes as she and the girls from "Dance Moms" dish on celebrity crushes, makeup tips, who takes the longest to get ready and more!
#14 - Same Old Frenemies Part 2
Season 7 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 21, 2017
Conclusion. In the Season 7 finale, the ALDC compete against the Candy Apples for the title of National Champions. Later, Abby has a breakdown; and an unexpected guest surprises the team.
#15 - I Know What You Did Last Competition
Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Jun 19, 2012
Melissa faces a cheating scandal. Kelly's daughters are put on probation. Payton rejoins the competition team causing tension among the Dance Moms.
#16 - Choose Wisely
Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 18, 2019
Abby makes a shocking announcement that she's sending someone home; Stacey and Tricia go to war over Abby's star dancer, Brady; when tasked with picking their own duet partners, the young dancers fear that the wrong decision could send them home.
#17 - Dance Moms Holiday Special: Twas the Fight Before Christmas
Season 3 - Episode 39 - Aired Dec 10, 2013
Tis the season of giving, but beware of dance teachers bearing gifts because Abby Lee Miller is about to give the moms some big ones. In this very first Dance Moms Christmas special, Abby is full of holiday surprises! The girls might dance to Christmas songs, but when the winter gloves come off, Abby and the moms trade insults and even the dads make surprise appearances.
#18 - Out With Abby, In With Chloe - Part 2
Season 7 - Episode 18 - Aired Aug 22, 2017
#19 - Dance Moms Down Under, Part 1
Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired May 19, 2015
The ALDC heads to Australia to perform at the ASTRA Awards; Abby loses her passport and leaves the team stranded in Sydney without her; Jess confronts the other mothers; Maddie misses a crucial rehearsal when she goes to an interview in Abby's place.
#20 - Making a Splash In Pittsburgh
Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired Jul 23, 2019
Heading to her first competition in Pittsburgh since her return, Abby challenges the ALDC team with their most daring routine yet; longtime rivals Lilliana and Elliana go head-to-head in famous solos inspired by former ALDC member JoJo Siwa.
#21 - The Broadway Brat
Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 11, 2019
Abby challenges the team with her most serious group dance yet, and casts Lilly as the lead for the first time in her ALDC career; when GiaNina complains about her choreography, Abby unleashes her wrath on the Broadway veteran.
#22 - A Team On Trial
Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 16, 2019
With a losing streak weighing heavily upon the team's shoulders, fighting between the girls puts the group dance in jeopardy; Abby gives a mini her big shot at joining the team; a duet with GiaNina and Elliana leads to all-out war between two moms.
#23 - No More Mamma Drama
Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired Jul 30, 2019
Abby blames the mothers for the team's poor record; Abby has her two star dancers go head-to-head to show her who deserves a solo at nationals; when a local rival shows up at competition, Abby calls the police on the mother she thinks is to blame.
#24 - The Girls Say Goodbye
Season 6 - Episode 20 - Aired May 17, 2016
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.
#25 - Break a Leg
Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Aug 7, 2012
With Paige out with a broken foot, Jill seizes the opportunity and spins into hyper-Dance-Mom-mode trying to get Kendall to replace Paige in this week's numbers. Meanwhile, Maddie leaves dance rehearsals to shoot her big guest role on "Drop Dead Diva." With one child already out with a broken foot, the bad news is compounded when Kelly learns that now Brooke has back pain.