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g   Abby Lee Dance Company
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Location Pittsburgh, PA (former)
Los Angeles, CA
Aliases ALDC

The Abby Lee Dance Company (abbreviated "ALDC") is a non-profit organization devoted to educating young dancers,[1] 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.

In 2016, the original Pittsburgh studio was turned into "Appolonia Leake Dance Company".

Dance Moms Teams

Elite Competition Team

The Elite Competition Team (formerly the Junior Elite Competition Team) is the team featured on Dance Moms, with the team members being selected prior to the show's debut in 2011. The team originally consisted of six members in the first season but was brought to a total of seven in the second season- which was the most consistent team over the course of the first four seasons. Since then, multiple members have departed from the show and new members have been added in their place.

Dancer Status Joined Left Notes
Nia Frazier Active S01E01 Has Not Left Nia is one of the original members of the team since the Teams debut in Season 1. Nia has been praised as a constantly improving dancer, including winning a scholarship for that very reason in Season 2. Nia has so far been one of the most unchanging members, never once leaving the team. As of Season 6B, she is the only remaining original team member left.
Kendall Vertes Active S02E01/
S02E25
S02E08/
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 and joined Candy Apple's Dance Center. 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.
Kalani Hilliker Active S04E07/
S05E01
S04E16/
Has Not Left
Kalani was invited to join ALDC after competing in AUDC. Kalani and her mother took a temporary leave but returned 2 weeks later. Kalani and her mother were absent for the entirety of the second half of season four, as they refused to sign a contract that would lock them into the show for seven years. Kalani later re-joined the team in Season 5 to fill in for Chloe and has remained on the team since.
Brynn
Rumfallo
Active S06E01 Has Not Left Brynn is often referred to as "The New Maddie". Brynn was originally invited to be a guest on the team after attending Abby's auditions in Wild Wild West Coast, Part 1. She was brought back a few episodes later but ultimately this was her final appearance in that respective season. In Season 6, Brynn was brought back. In Brynn's Big Moment, she was given a permanent spot on the team. She has remained on the team since.
Camryn Bridges Active S07E02 Has Not Left Camryn was invited to join the team after being called back from Abby's and the Dance Moms audition process for the seventh season.
Daviana Fletcher Active S07E02 Has Not Left Daviana made her first appearance in Two Teams, Two Studios Part 2, where she beat Kalani in their division. She was later invited to join the team after being called back from Abby's and the Dance Moms audition process for the seventh season.

Junior Elite Line-Up Gallery

Junior Elite Links

Former Junior Elite Members

Dancer Status Joined Left Episodes Notes
Vivi-Anne Stein Left S01E01 S01E08 7 Vivi-Anne joined ALDC in the first season, because Cathy wanted Vivi to have a stricter teacher.
Brandon Pent Graduated S01E08 S01E08 1 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.
Nina Linhart Guest/
Graduated
S02E18 S02E18 1 Nina came in as a guest for the group dance. She has since graduated from the ALDC.
Katherine Narasimhan Guest S02E18 S02E18 1 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 S02E18 S02E18 1 Auriel came in as a guest for the group dance. She has since been dancing at the ALDC, just not on the team.
Nicaya Wiley Left S02E24 S02E24 1 Nicaya joined because her mother wanted her to be on the team. However, they left shortly due to the mothers' behavior.
Bella Hoffheins Dismissed S03E02 S03E03 1 Bella 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 S03E02 S03E03 1 Kaeli 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.
Ally Serigne Left S03E01 S03E03 3 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.
Sophia Lucia Left S03E02 S03E07 5 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, with it later being revealed that they left due to Sophia's grandfather having a heart attack.
Nick Dobbs

Guest/
Graduated

S02E20/
S03E10
S02E20/
S03E10
2 Nick came in to be a guest for two group numbers. Nick left the ALDC in 2013 due to personal issues but later re-joined the studio in late 2014. He has since graduated from the studio.
Asia Monet Ray Left S03E14 S03E37 23 Asia joined the ALDC as a full-fledged team member after being invited by Abby. She was a competitor on AUDC, and presented 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.
Paige Hyland Dismissed S01E01 S04E07 c. 83 Paige was one of the original members of the team on the show. She and Brooke were dismissed from ALDC after the infamous fight between Kelly and Abby.
Brooke Hyland Dismissed S01E01 S04E07 c. 82 Brooke was one of the original members of the team on the show. 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.
Chloe Nguyen Dismissed/
Left
S04E06 S04E06 1 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 S04E11 S04E11 1 Fallon was invited by Abby after her successful audition. However, Fallon struggled and was dismissed by Abby.
Payton Ackerman Guest/
Graduated
S02E02/

Various Episodes

S04E18/

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. Payton has since graduated from the ALDC and has moved out to LA. It is highly unlikely that Payton will make another appearance on the show.
Chloe Lukasiak Left S01E01 S04E31 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 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. After the nationals blow up between Christi and Abby, the Lukasiaks left the show.
Sarah Reasons Dismissed S05E07 S05E08 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. Sarah and the rest of the Ensemble members were dismissed from the ALDC. However, Sarah joined the Elite team after Abby's L.A. auditions. She was invited to join ALDC as a swing but was not invited back by Abby because she was too old for the ALDC Junior Elite.
Sarah Hunt Guest S04E22 S06E14 Sarah was initially part of the select ensemble that was formed in Season 4. She also featured on the elite team in various episodes but was usually kicked off due to her mother's behavior. After the disbandment of the select team, Sarah was later asked to be a guest on the team in JoJo with a Bow Bow- where she competed against JoJo and Mackenzie. Sarah didn't make another appearance in Season 5 but in the following season, she was invited to perform a duet with Brynn in JoJo Steals the Show Show. She has not been back with the team since.
Maddie Ziegler Left S01E01 S06E20 Maddie had been one of the dancers since the team's creation. She had been Abby's favorite since the very beginning and had proven herself as hard working dancer. In Melissa's Announcement, it was announced that the Ziegler family would be departing. The Ziegler sisters made their final appearance just a few episodes later in the mid-season finale.
Mackenzie Ziegler Left S01E01 S06E20 Mackenzie was one of the original members of the team. She rarely had a part in the team during the first season due to her being the youngest, but become more active as the seasons progressed. In Melissa's Announcement, it was announced that the Ziegler family would be departing. The Ziegler sisters made their final appearance just a few episodes later in the mid-season finale.
JoJo
Siwa
Left S05E03 S07E29 JoJo was originally a member of Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition in its second season. JoJo auditioned for Abby in Season 4 and even performed a solo that was filmed but did not appear in the show, only online. JoJo started working with the ALDC in Season 5, as Abby wanted someone who could perform. JoJo remained on the team until JoJo Is a No Show, where she and her mother decided to depart from the show to pursue other projects.

Junior Select Ensemble

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The original Ensemble line up in Season 4.5

In 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 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. Only Kamryn and Tea' have stayed as consistent members. Sarah H, Sarah R, and Jade have all competed for the Original Junior Elite Team while Ava was dismissed from the Ensemble before Nationals. Most of the time, the girls only stayed for the week. Maddie and Chloe only performed for the team for one week before returning to the Junior Elite Team. In Hollywood Here We Come, Part 2, Abby officially disbanded the Ensemble.

Former Junior Enemble Members (At the time of the disbandment)

Dancer Status Joined Left Notes
Sarah Reasons Inactive S04E16 S04E31 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 Inactive S04E16 S04E31 Rival of Chloe. Kamryn was seen as the "Maddie" of the Ensemble.
Tea' Adamson Inactive S04E16 S04E31 Rival of Mackenzie.
Jade Cloud Inactive S04E16 S04E31 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 (Prior to disbandment)

Dancer Status Joined Left Notes
Ava Cota Kicked Off S04E16 S04E26 Rival of Kendall. Ava had auditioned for Abby in Season 3 but lost to Ally. After the events of Chloe Gets Revenge, Jeanette brought Ava back to a competition with her studio. Abby was furious and thought of it as a sneak attack. Abby then cut her from the team.
Sarah Hunt Inactive S04E16 S04E31 Rival of Mackenzie. Sarah was dismissed from the group dance due to her mother's behavior. Sarah performed with the Junior Elite team but only joined them for the week. Sarah has since been joining and getting kicked off both teams due to her mother's behavior.
Chloe Lukasiak Moved back to Junior Elite S04E25 S04E26 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.
Maddie Ziegler Moved back to Junior Elite S04E16 S04E21 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.

ALDC Mini Team

At the start of Season 6, Abby formed a mini team as she was hoping that these dancers would carry on the legacy that the elite team created. The mini team was featured on the show for the entirety of the sixth season but was finally disbanded at the start of Season 7.

Former ALDC Mini Team Members (At the time of the disbandment)

Dancer Status Joined Left Notes
Alexus Oladi Inactive S06E03 S07E02 Alexus has been part of the team since it's creation. Her mother's beliefs that Alexus was the best on the team often got them both in hot water, with both Abby and the other mini team mothers. Alexus remained on the team until Abby's Worst Nightmare, where the mini team was finally disbanded.
Areana Lopez Inactive S06E03 S07E02 Areana has been part of the team since it's creation. She was believed to be Abby's favorite on the team. Areana remained on the team until Abby's Worst Nightmare, where the mini team was finally disbanded.
Peyton Evans Left S06E03 S07E01 Peyton has been part of the team since it's creation. Her mother often gets into fights with the moms and Abby, which ultimately doesn't go well in Peyton's favor. She is also portrayed to be the weakest link on the team, with the moms stating that she struggles to keep up with the rest of the girls. Peyton remained on the team until Fight for Your Life, where she and her mother decided to depart from the show.
Elliana Walmsley Inactive S06E17 S07E02 Elliana joined the mini team towards the end of the first half of Season 6. Elliana remained on the team until Abby's Worst Nightmare, where the mini team was finally disbanded.
Lilliana Ketchman Inactive S06E22 S07E02 Lilliana joined the mini team at the beginning of the second half of Season 6. Lilliana remained on the team until Abby's Worst Nightmare, where the mini team was finally disbanded.

Former ALDC Mini Team Members (Prior to disbandment)

Dancer Status Joined Left Episodes Notes
Mia Ciociano Left S06E04 S06E04 0 Mia was announced via social media that she was on the new mini team. Eventually, however, Mia and her mother decided that it was too much pressure for her, so they left.
Alysa Owen Left S06E03 S06E06 3 Alysa was a member of the time since it's creation. However, she and her mother made no more appearances on the show after Abby's New Favorites. The reason as to why they left is unknown.
Kendyl Fay Left S06E06/
S06E17
S06E06/
S06E17
2 Kendyl initially joined the team to bring the total number of dancers on the team to four. Her mother decided to pull her from the team by the end of the episode, stating that she didn't agree with Abby's teaching methods. Despite this, they returned to compete with the team once again but left again due to the same reasons as before.

Other information on Dance Moms

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Schedule

Weekly schedules for the show's dancers differ between weeks when filming, and weeks when not filming.

During periods of filming, typical schedules in Season 3 have been described as follows:[2][3][4]

  • 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.[5]
  • 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.[6] (Christi indicates Chloe dances around ten to twelve hours a week.)[7]

Off the Show

Competition Teams

Jennine Wedge classifies the different companies as follows:[2]

  • Senior Company 
  • Elites - What is on the show
  • Petites - Mackenzie's other team
  • Hot Shots
  • Hot Tots
  • Tiny Tots
ALDC-RDP Building Studio Schedule-31 September 2011

Booked training schedule for studios A, B and C, for September 31, 2011

History

Abby has stated she started the ALDC at age fourteen, probably in 1980;[8] later dates for its foundation have also been indicated, possibly attesting to no formal status until Abby reached legal adulthood.[1][9][10]

Relationship with Reign Dance Productions

Reign-dance-logo

Abby is also owner of Reign Dance Productions,[11] 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.[12]

Reign Dance Productions offers a variety of classes for dance and the performing arts.[13] It was formerly known as the Maryen Lorrain Dance Studio,[14] and was started by Abby's mother, Maryen Lorrain Miller.[15]

Location

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 abbyleedancecompany.com in Spring 2015, visiting was welcome Monday through Thursday from 4pm to 8pm. On Friday through Sunday, hours varied with rehearsals and competitions, and requested those interested call first.

In 2016, with declining membership and Abby threatened with jail time, the Pittsburgh building became home of the Appolonia Leake Dance Company (still ALDC acronym) in July 2016.[16]

ALDC L.A.

A second studio in Los Angeles had its Grand Opening on May 30th, 2015. Its location is 11419 Santa Monica Boulevard.[17] At nearly 10,000 square feet, its building is more spacious than the one in Pittsburgh.[18]

ALDC Dance Off

Each years since 2013, Abby and the ALDC judge a competition, using videos of solos that have been uploaded and entered online. Past winners of this contest have been:[19]

Other information

  • 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.[20] 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."[21] In a 2015 Ireland interview, Abby stated that the price for Melissa's mom was $262 per month, the price had not changed in three years for students, repeated her cheaper-than-a-babysitter comparison, and that this included 16 hours per week in training.[22]
  • The preschool program was started by Abby's mother Maryen beginning for students at age two; combining tap, ballet and tumbling; and this program has been continuing in that form since the mid-1950's.[23]
  • 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.[24]
  • 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.[25]

Galleries

To view the video gallery for the Abby Lee Dance Company, click here.
To view the photo gallery for the Abby Lee Dance Company, click here.

External Links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://abbyleedancecompany.com/history/
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://caitscorner1.weebly.com/
  3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN_4JcqIkDU
  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxpnW_IdkSY#t=2m10s
  5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN_4JcqIkDU
  6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhMwFKIHu6A#t=13m40s
  7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN_4JcqIkDU
  8. http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/dance-moms/cast/abby-lee-miller
  9. http://www.lightingdance.com/pittsburgh/companies/abbylee.html
  10. http://www.reigndanceproductions.com/classes/the-abby-lee-dance-company/
  11. http://www.reigndanceproductions.com/faculty/#/639
  12. http://www.reigndanceproductions.com/studio-policies/
  13. http://www.reigndanceproductions.com/classes/our-classes/
  14. http://www.reigndanceproductions.com/history/
  15. http://www.reigndanceproductions.com/faculty/#/1086
  16. https://www.instagram.com/p/BInXib0hTbC/
  17. https://youtu.be/a8UdAWzL8yU?t=1m20s
  18. https://youtu.be/75pyrEK546M Gianna interview, grand opening
  19. https://www.youtube.com/user/AbbysDanceOff/videos
  20. http://ask.fm/aldcprobz/answer/114687847249
  21. http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-east/getting-ready-for-the-ride-491147/
  22. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llDkWBHnqFw Maddie Ziegler & Abby Lee Miller's Radio Interview on The Anton Savage Show, 2015 in Ireland
  23. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llDkWBHnqFw Maddie Ziegler & Abby Lee Miller's Radio Interview on The Anton Savage Show, 2015 in Ireland
  24. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhMwFKIHu6A#t=12m40s
  25. http://sandiegodancecentre.com/?page_id=1353
  26. https://twitter.com/giaabella/status/238066194836516865
  27. https://twitter.com/Abby_Lee_Miller/status/238064374466609152
  28. https://instagram.com/p/6XuBTIPYDJ/
  29. https://twitter.com/Abby_Lee_Miller/status/684558452602093568
  30. http://ask.fm/aldcprobz/answer/112790509905
  31. http://ask.fm/aldcprobz/answer/112984603729
  32. https://twitter.com/Abby_Lee_Miller/status/425817380942778368
  33. https://twitter.com/jaywashi1/status/476766858847473664
  34. https://twitter.com/rach_thomaD/status/476447697399193601
  35. https://twitter.com/iceicebabyy3/status/470641027163107328
  36. https://twitter.com/DanceMomHolly/status/467785526833979392
  37. https://twitter.com/giaabella/status/464058273881395200

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