The BEST Episodes of Dance Moms

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 11, 2019

Network: Lifetime

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.

Dance Moms Reunion: Hurricane Abby

#1 - Dance Moms Reunion: Hurricane Abby

Season 3 - Episode 38

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.

star 9.09
11 votes
Dance Moms Holiday Special: Twas the Fight Before Christmas

#2 - Dance Moms Holiday Special: Twas the Fight Before Christmas

Season 3 - Episode 39

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.

star 8.65
17 votes
Tell All, Part 2

#3 - Tell All, Part 2

Season 3 - Episode 21

Last time, "Dance Moms'" executive producer Jeff Collins sat down with Abby Lee Miller and the moms to rehash season 3. This week's dramatic conclusion finds new Dance Mom Kristie Ray quick to defend Abby and former Dance Mom Jackie and her daughter Sophia managed to rub Melissa the wrong way. The final showdown is between Abby and Cathy...Abby has not gotten over Cathy hitting her with her purse.

star 8.38
16 votes
Slumber Party!

#4 - Slumber Party!

Season 5 - Episode 33

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!

star 8.17
23 votes
The Return of Studio 19

#5 - The Return of Studio 19

Season 8 - Episode 14

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.

star 8.13
23 votes
The Politics of Dancing

#6 - The Politics of Dancing

Season 3 - Episode 15

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.

star 8.05
55 votes
Chatter, Part 1

#7 - Chatter, Part 1

Season 3 - Episode 26

This week the all-new Dance Moms Chatter talk show welcomes special guests Dance Moms Christi, Kelly and Patsy, along with celebrity blogger Nadine Rajabi and comedian Lisa Arch. During the special the moms will mash up with the famous fans, discuss and dispel rumors and provide some snarky chatter about past events. Chatter specials will be interactive, fans can tweet along using #DanceMoms for a chance to see their posts live.

star 8.00
11 votes
Making a Splash In Pittsburgh

#8 - Making a Splash In Pittsburgh

Season 8 - Episode 9

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.

star 8.00
26 votes
I Know What You Did Last Competition

#9 - I Know What You Did Last Competition

Season 2 - Episode 16

Melissa faces a cheating scandal. Kelly's daughters are put on probation. Payton rejoins the competition team causing tension among the Dance Moms.

star 7.99
70 votes
Guess Who's Back?

#10 - Guess Who's Back?

Season 2 - Episode 20

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.

star 7.98
65 votes

#11 - Abbygeddon

Season 2 - Episode 13

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

star 7.98
82 votes
The Best Is Yet to Come

#12 - The Best Is Yet to Come

Season 7 - Episode 27

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.

star 7.93
103 votes
Chatter, Part 2

#13 - Chatter, Part 2

Season 3 - Episode 27

Part 2 of the all-new Dance Moms Chatter talk show welcomes none other than Abby Lee Miller herself, Dance Mom Melissa and celebrity blogger Nadine Rajabi and comedian Alec Mapa. The special pairs cast members from Dance Moms with comedian fans to gossip, dish the behind-the-scenes dirt...all the while providing some snarky commentary of their own. Chatter specials will be interactive, fans can tweet along using #DanceMoms for a chance to see their posts live.

star 7.93
14 votes
The Mother of All Specials

#14 - The Mother of All Specials

Season 3 - Episode 19

In this one-hour special, Abby Lee Miller introduces us to her mother, shares their amazing bond and history, with a revelation that will leave viewers awestruck. With Abby's usual unfiltered wry humor, she will also give us her crisp thoughts on the Dance Moms’ fabulous and not so fabulous mothering skills. This is the Mother's Day Special you won't want to miss.

star 7.92
26 votes
Love on the Dance Floor

#15 - Love on the Dance Floor

Season 1 - Episode 8

Abby plays cupid with Brooke and her duet partner.

star 7.90
127 votes
Maddie and Mackenzie Say Goodbye

#16 - Maddie and Mackenzie Say Goodbye

Season 6 - Episode 21

star 7.89
72 votes
She's a Fighter

#17 - She's a Fighter

Season 1 - Episode 7

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. 

star 7.88
121 votes
Two Girls, One Solo

#18 - Two Girls, One Solo

Season 3 - Episode 23

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.

star 7.87
55 votes
The Girls Say Goodbye

#19 - The Girls Say Goodbye

Season 6 - Episode 20

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.

star 7.87
86 votes
Break a Leg

#20 - Break a Leg

Season 2 - Episode 21

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.

star 7.85
66 votes
Out With Abby, In With Chloe - Part 2

#21 - Out With Abby, In With Chloe - Part 2

Season 7 - Episode 18

star 7.83
123 votes
Reunion: Return of the ALDC

#22 - Reunion: Return of the ALDC

Season 8 - Episode 17

After a season jam-packed with mama drama, Jai Rodriquez sits down with the entire cast of "Dance Moms" to right the wrongs and finally set the record straight; the new elite team performs some of their award-winning dances from the season.

star 7.82
17 votes
New York Nationals

#23 - New York Nationals

Season 8 - Episode 16

The ALDC team heads to nationals in New York City, with three solos going head-to-head for the national title; tensions reach a boiling point when Abby is confronted with the ALDC's big rival Studio 19.

star 7.82
28 votes
Bye Bye Baby

#24 - Bye Bye Baby

Season 3 - Episode 9

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!

star 7.82
67 votes
Same Old Frenemies Part 2

#25 - Same Old Frenemies Part 2

Season 7 - Episode 14

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.

star 7.82
209 votes