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|Abby Lee Dance Company|
The Abby Lee Dance Company (abbreviated "ALDC") is a non-profit organization devoted to educating young dancers, named after its founder, Abby Lee Miller. Some of its competition members (along with their mothers) are the focus of the television show Dance Moms.
Dance Moms Teams
Junior Elite Competition TeamThe junior Elite Competition Team is the team featured on Dance Moms. The team was selected prior to the show's debut in 2011 and has a fluctuating line up. The dancers compete at weekly competitions with routines learned days before said competition. Abby Lee Miller and Gianna Martello primarily work with the team however other choreographers and teachers have been brought in to help. Many desire to join the team however many do not last, they either leave or are dismissed due to behavior by their mothers. Many dancers are also brought in as guests.
|Maddie Ziegler||Active||The Competition Begins/|
Double the Moms, Double the Trouble
|Presenting My New Team/Has Not Left||Maddie has been one of the dancers since the team's creation. She was moved onto the Ensemble team, but is expected to return to the Junior Elite team again when the fourth season resumes.|
|Nia Frazier||Active||The Competition Begins||Has not left||Nia is one of the original members of the team. Nia has so far been one of the most consecutive members.|
|Mackenzie Ziegler||Active||The Competition Begins||Has not left||Mackenzie is one of the original members of the team. She rarely had a part in the team during the first season, but has since become more active. Mackenzie is currently a part of the team.|
|Kendall Vertes||Active||Everyone's Replaceable/|
|The Runaway Mom/Has not left||Kendall joined the team in Season 2 after winning the first audition. She later was removed from the team by her mother in The Runaway Mom. She returned to the ALDC in Guess Who's Back?, but was not an official part of the team until Solo Fever. She is still currently on the team.|
|Chloe Lukasiak||Active||The Competition Begins/TBA||No More Crybabies /Has Not Left||Chloe has been one of the dancers since the team's creation. She has been suspended once before due to her mother's behavior, however it was only for one week. She was recently seen competing for the Ensemble and but returned a week later. Chloe didn't perform in the ALDC recital due to an injury but was healed up enough for her to participate at nationals.|
|Sarah Reasons||Active||TBA||TBA||Rival of Nia. Sarah is from Club Dance Studio in Arizona, the same studio as Kalani. Her mother Tracey is often at odds with Kalani's mother Kira. They have been very active in Season 4 and Sarah has danced for the Original team on multiple occasions. Sarah competed with both teams at Nationals.|
Uncertain Junior Elite Members
|Payton Ackerman||Uncertain||Various Episodes||Various Episodes||Payton tried out for the team before but did not make it due to her height. She is commonly asked to join the team for group dances, but is removed just as often due to her mother's behavior. However, Payton is still determined to stay on the team. She currently isn't on the team but is expected to return again.|
Former Junior Elite Members
|Paige Hyland||Dismissed||The Competition Begins||Big Trouble in the Big Apple||Paige was one of the original members of the team. She and Brooke were dismissed from ALDC after the infamous fight between Kelly and Abby|
|Brooke Hyland||Dismissed||The Competition Begins||Big Trouble in the Big Apple||Brooke was one of the original members of the team. She had left before to join Cheerleading but then returned to the team. She and Paige were dismissed from ALDC after the infamous fight between Kelly and Abby|
|Asia Monet Ray||Left||Watch Your Back, Mack||The Big, Not So, Easy||Asia joined the ALDC as a full fledged team member after being invited by Abby. She was a competitor on AUDC and seen as a rival to Mackenzie. She and her mother left when Kristi decided Asia would retire from competitive dance, and move on to being a full professional.|
|Vivi-Anne Stein||Left||The Competition Begins||Love on the Dance Floor||Vivi-Anne joined ALDC in Season one because Cathy wanted Vivi to have a stricter teacher.|
|How Do You Like Them Apples?||How Do You Like Them Apples?||Nina came in as a guest for the group dance. She has since graduated from the ALDC.|
|Guess Who's Back/All's Fair in Love and War||Guess Who's Back/All's Fair in Love and War||Nick came in to be a guest for two group numbers. He seems to have left dance but may have returned.|
|Sophia Lucia||Left||Out With the Old, In With the New||Rotten to the Core||Sophia was brought in after Abby sought to replace the entire team. She stayed with them for two weeks before having to return to L.A. for work. When she returned, she only stayed for a little while. She and her mother left again due to the constant arguing between the mothers.|
|Ally Serigne||Left||The Beginning of the End||But I'm a National Champion!||Ally won the Season 3 audition and joined the group for 2 weeks. She left the ALDC after bullying from Bella and Kaeli's mothers, but rejoined the ALDC for their dance at nationals.|
|Katherine Narasimhan||Guest||How Do You Like Them Apples?||How Do You Like Them Apples?||Katherine came in as a guest for the group dance. She has since been dancing at the ALDC, just not on the team.|
|Auriel Welty||Guest||How Do You Like Them Apples?||How Do You Like Them Apples?||Auriel came in as a guest for the group dance. She has since been dancing at the ALDC, just not on the team.|
|Brandon Pent||Graduated||Love on the Dance Floor||Love on the Dance Floor||Brandon joined the team for his part in "Snapshot," and also joined an unseen group dance called "First Class", which was filmed for Season 2. He has since graduated from the ALDC.|
|Bella Hoffheins||Dismissed||Out With the Old, In With the New||But I'm a National Champion!||Balla joined the team after Abby sought to replace the entire team. She only joined for one week before Abby dismissed her because of her mother's behavior. She later competed against ALDC.|
|Kaeli Ware||Dismissed||Out With the Old, In With the New||But I'm a National Champion!||Kaeli joined the team after Abby sought to replace the entire team. She only joined for 1 week before Abby dismissed her because of her mother's behavior. She later competed against ALDC.|
|Nicaya Wiley||Left||New Girl In Town||New Girl In Town||Nicaya came in because her mother wanted her to be on the team. However they left shortly due to the mothers' behavior.|
|Clash of the Chloes||Clash of the Chloes||Chloe was brought in after her successful audition for ALDC. Abby loved her during the audition and enjoyed working with her. It's unknown if she and her mother left ALDC, or if Abby dismissed her due to her mother's behavior|
|Fallon Chapman||Dismissed||Blame It on the New Girl||Blame It on the New Girl||Fallon was invited by Abby after her successful audition. However, Fallon struggled and was dismissed by Abby.|
|Kalani Hilliker||Left||Big Trouble in the Big Apple||Presenting My New Team||Kalani was invited to join ALDC after competing in AUDC. Kalani and her mother took a temporary leave but returned 2 weeks later. At a recent Meet and Greet, Kalani revealed that she and her mother refused to sign the contract Lifetime presented them.|
Junior Select EnsembleIn 2013, Abby announced she would be holding auditions nationwide to find new members for the Junior Elite Competition Team. However later that year she decided to find an entire new team rather then just new members for her current team. The team was officially formed in February 2014. All current members (with the exception of Maddie) currently dance at other studios. The team debuted in the episode Presenting My New Team, where Maddie Ziegler was added to the new team. Each team member (with the exception of Maddie) was selected to rival a member of the Junior Elite Team.
In the second half of Season 4, the members of the ensemble have fluctuated. So far Ava, Kamryn, and Tea' have stayed as consistent members. Sarah H, Sarah R, and Jade have all competed for the Original Junior Elite Team. Most of the time, the girls only stayed for the week. Kamryn performed at the ALDC recital but it wasn't a competition so it isn't considered moving teams. Sarah R has been the most active outside of the Junior Ensemble, having performing for the Original Elite Team twice. Maddie and Chloe only performed for the team for 1 week before returning to the Junior Elite Team.
|Ava Cota||Active||Presenting My New Team||Has Not Left||Rival of Kendall. Ava had auditioned for Abby in Season 3 but lost to Ally.|
|Sarah Reasons||Active||Presenting My New Team||Has Not Left||Rival of Nia. Sarah is from Club Dance Studio in Arizona, the same studio as Kalani. Her mother Tracey is often at odds with Kalani's mother Kira. Sarah has been active with both teams.|
|Kamryn Beck||Active||Presenting My New Team||Has Not Left||Rival of Chloe.|
|Tea' Adamson||Active||Presenting My New Team||Has Not Left||Rival of Mackenzie.|
|Sarah Hunt||Active||Presenting My New Team||Has Not Left||Rival of Mackenzie. Sarah was dismissed from the group dance due to her mother's behavior. Sarah recently performed with the Junior Elite team but only joined them for the week.|
|Jade Cloud||Active||Presenting My New Team||Has Not Left||Rival of Kalani. Jade was recently seen competing with ALDC without the other members of the Ensemble. Jade then returned to the Ensemble.|
Former Junior Ensemble Members
|Maddie Ziegler||Moved back to Junior Elite||Presenting My New Team||Double the Moms, Double the Trouble||Maddie was added to the new team and received no rival, because Abby thought she was too good. In the Season 4.5 premier she will re-join the Junior Elite competition team, probably due to Kalani's Absence.|
|Chloe Lukasiak||Moved back to Junior Elite||Chloe Gets Revenge||No More Crybabies||Chloe has been one of the dancers since the team's creation. She has been suspended once before due to her mother's behavior, however it was only for one week. She was recently seen competing for the Ensemble and but returned to the Original Junior Elite Team.|
Faculty, Dancers, Alumni and Staff
- Payton Ackerman**
- Alex Biery
- Emily Burkhart**
- Nina Cerniglia
- Selah Curran
- Nick Dobbs** (former)
- Kylie Edwards
- Nia Frazier**
- Katie Genre
- Maddie Genre
- Sarah Hunt
- Brooke Kosinski
- Sammie Lenzi
- Kassidy Leon
- Chloe Lukasiak**
- Malena Maust
- Natalie McKela
- Katherine Narasimhan**
- Stephanie Pittman
- Jillian Porter
- Hope Roberts
- Liz Rohm**
- Anastasia Rose
- Hannah Sherman
- Keara Sweeney
- Alison Taylor
- Kennedy Trent (former)
- Kendall Vertes**
- Ryleigh Vertes
- Eve Vinkler
- Auriel Welty**
- Mackenzie Ziegler**
- Maddie Ziegler**
** Member has performed in at least one dance featured on Dance Moms.
- Abby Lee Miller (ALDC/RDP)
- Maryen Lorrain Miller (RDP)
- Gianna Martello (Alumni; ALDC/RDP)
- Matt Saffron (ALDC/RDP)
- Rachael Thoma (ALDC/RDP)
- James Washington (ALDC/RDP) (twitter)
- Jennine Wedge (Alumni; ALDC/RDP)
- Kelsey Keller (ALDC)
- John Corella (ALDC, former)
- Kerry Alexander (RDP)
- Marty Savaoskis (RDP)
- Lindy (RDP)
- Emma Neal
- Cindy Edmonson
- Kevin Carey
- Ray Interior
- Jessica Ice (Alumni)
- Miranda Maleski (Alumni)
- Eileen Grace-Reynolds
- Paul Reynolds
- Jenna Bartholme
- Peter Merz
- Cynthia K. Ridler
- Jerry Ross
- Jennifer Snyder Zeitler
- Taylor Ackerman -- Twitter
- Elissa Berardi**
- Kirsten Bracken
- Ira Cambric
- John Michael Fiumara
- Bethany Flora
- Mandie Gardener
- Asmeret Ghebremichael
- Semhar Ghebremichael
- Kristi Gracken
- Katie Hackett
- Lindsey Hensler
- Kelly Hyland
- Jessica Ice
- Olivia Ice
- Jesse Johnson -- Twitter
- Ashley Kacvinsky
- Sara Kosinski
- Michelle Kovitch
- Rachel Kreilin
- Koree Kurkowski
- Nina Linhart**
- Donna Lisk
- Danee Litman
- Miranda Maleski -- Twitter; YouTube playlist
- Brittany Markle
- Gianna Martello
- Allie Meixner
- Erin Murphy
- Mark Myars
- Hollie O’Connor
- Marissa Pampena
- Michelle Pampena
- Brandon Pent
- Brittany Pent
- Elena Porco
- Fran Savolskis
- Heather Snyder
- Jennifer Snyder
- Tammy Snyder
- Amanda Stelutto
- Jessica Swesey
- Claire Taormina
- Jennine Wedge
** performed in at least one dance featured on Dance Moms.
- Christine Ice - Buisness Manager
- Melissa Ziegler (former staff member) - Front Desk
Other information on Dance Moms
Weekly schedules for the show's dancers differ between weeks when filming, and weeks when not filming.
- Monday - No filming.
- Tuesday - Interviews.
- Wednesday - Pyramid. Christi indicates this one tiny segment actually takes two or three hours to film. This is the first day they learn who will have solos or who will get to participate in a duet or trio, and what the group dances will be about.
- Thursday - Dances are actually learned. Solos are typically taught in two "private" sessions (one of which may be filmed), each lasting an hour or less. The short amount of time is the principle reason Maddie does not perform tap on the show, as those routines take more time to learn. Group dances are taught in about two hours. Although the girls attend normal schools before going to the studio, they also do additional work with a tutor when the instructors are busy teaching solos to other members.
- Friday - Travel to the competition.
Kendall and Nia indicate that they usually stay at the studio until 10:00 p.m. or later after filming for dance. Abby complains that [child protection labor] laws have made scheduling needlessly complicated around cameras, and they actually do more dancing in periods when they are not filming. (Christi indicates Chloe dances around ten to twelve hours a week.)
Off the Show
Jennine Wedge classifies the different companies as follows:
- Senior Company - Brandon further comments that their competition season usually starts in February, and they go to approximately nine competitions.
- Petites - Jennine uses this word for what they have on the show
- Hot Shots
- Hot Tots
- Tiny Tots
Abby has stated she started the ALDC at age fourteen, probably in 1980; later dates for its foundation have also been indicated, possibly attesting to no formal status until Abby reached legal adulthood.
Relationship with Reign Dance Productions
Abby is also owner of Reign Dance Productions, which shares the same building, but which does not make the same claims to non-profit status as the ALDC. Additionally, the ALDC selects young dancers by audition only, and is geared towards competitive dance.
Reign Dance Productions offers a variety of classes for dance and the performing arts. It was formerly known as the Maryen Lorrain Dance Studio, and was started by Abby's mother, Maryen Lorrain Miller.
The address of the Abby Lee Dance Company is 7123 Saltsburg Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15235. It is located on the border of Penn Hills, Plum Boro, and Monroeville.
- According to Diane Pent (in a message amidst extremely polemical accusations against Abby), the ALDC competition team had over 130 students prior to financial problems, but dwindled to less than 30 students around the period Abby filed for bankruptcy in 2010, owing to various cost-cutting and cash-raising measures that alienated clinetele. A 2012 team photo suggests somewhat over 30 students at the time. In mid-June, 2014, the ALDC reportedly has 50 to 60 students.
- The minimum age for being a member of the company is usually five or six. Dance training at Abby's studio prior to that age would likely be done only as technical recreational students for Reign Dance Productions, not as ALDC members.
- Recent alumni Taylor Ackerman, John Fiumara, Jesse Johnson and Miranda Maleski performed on the finale of Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition as the "Abby Lee Professional Dance Company."
- In 2007, Reign Dance Productions had 200 students, paying an average of $200 per month for 14 hours per week in training. Abby commented, "That amounts to a little over three dollars an hour -- less than a baby sitter."
- Abby has indicated that the show has not been good for her older business, losing students to other local studios, and not attracting new students despite having no higher prices.
- When asked if Maddie was her favorite student, Abby instead mentioned Mark (last name unclear; possibly alumni Mark Myars); alumni Katie Hackett; and then Gianna.
- Among a wide variety of other activities and accomplishments, alumni Brittany Markle has served as a dance instructor at San Diego Dance Centre, home studio of Sophia Lucia.
- Official website abbyleedancecompany.com
- Official website reigndanceproductions.com
- Twitter page
- Archives of Reign Dance Productions Official website 2011 to early 2012
- Older archives of Reign Dance Productions Official website with internal links to 2006 to early-2011 results, FAQ's, members at the time, other information
- ALDC's Dance Off competition, judged by Abby and other faculty
- @aldcprobz Twitter publicly anonymous student legacy account, endorsed/promoted by Abby and in communication with studio members
- @aldcprobz ask.fm, as linked from above Twitter account