The BEST Episodes of Dance Moms

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2021

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.

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Dance Moms Reunion: Hurricane Abby

#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.

star 8.14
14 votes
Two Girls, One Solo

#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.

star 8.12
57 votes
Nationals 90210

#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!

star 8.10
73 votes

#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

star 8.03
87 votes
The Best Is Yet to Come

#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.

star 8.03
106 votes
The Return of Studio 19

#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.

star 8.03
37 votes
The Politics of Dancing

#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.

star 8.02
59 votes
Bye Bye Baby

#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!

star 8.00
69 votes
She's a Fighter

#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. 

star 7.98
130 votes
Guess Who's Back?

#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.

star 7.93
69 votes
Wardrobe Malfunction

#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.

star 7.92
128 votes
Everyone's Replaceable

#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.

star 7.92
151 votes
Slumber Party!

#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!

star 7.92
24 votes
Same Old Frenemies Part 2

#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.

star 7.92
212 votes
I Know What You Did Last Competition

#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.

star 7.88
74 votes
Choose Wisely

#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.

star 7.87
45 votes
Dance Moms Holiday Special: Twas the Fight Before Christmas

#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.

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

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

Season 7 - Episode 18 - Aired Aug 22, 2017

star 7.81
124 votes
Dance Moms Down Under, Part 1

#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.

star 7.81
72 votes
Making a Splash In Pittsburgh

#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.

star 7.81
36 votes
The Broadway Brat

#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.

star 7.80
46 votes
A Team On Trial

#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.

star 7.79
38 votes
No More Mamma Drama

#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.

star 7.77
31 votes
The Girls Say Goodbye

#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.

star 7.74
89 votes
Break a Leg

#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.

star 7.74
69 votes