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Location Pittsburgh, PA
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.

Dance Moms Teams

Junior Elite Competition Team

The 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 but many do not last, they either leave or are dismissed due to behavior by their mothers. Many dancers are also brought in as guests.

Dancer Status Joined Left Routines Notes
Maddie Ziegler Active S01E01 Has Not Left 92 Group Dances
8 Trios
9 Duets
50 Solos
Maddie has been one of the dancers since the team's creation. She has been Abby's favorite since the very beginning and has proven herself as hard working dancer. Maddie was moved to the Ensemble in the Season 4 Mid-finale but was moved back during Season 4.5 premier.
Nia Frazier Active S01E01 Has not left 91 Group Dances
4 Trios
6 Duets
22 Solos
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.
Mackenzie Ziegler Active S01E01 Has not left 51 Group Dances
2 Trios
8 Duets
27 Solos
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 S02E01/
S02E25
S02E08/
Has not left
66 Group Dances (ALDC Only)
5 Trios
8 Duets
23 Solos (ALDC Only)
(As of Season 4)
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/
TBA
8 Group Dances
4 Duets
3 Solos
(As of Season 4)
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. Kalani has recently been seen with the Dance Moms cast and back in PA in time for the first competition of Season 5 and has still been competing with them.
JoJo
Siwa
Active S05E03 Has not left TBA 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 and was confirmed to be an official member.

Junior Elite Line-Up Gallery

Junior Elite Links

Uncertain Junior Elite Members

Dancer Status Joined Left Notes
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 one of the most reoccurring members. It's highly possible she could return.

Former Junior Elite Members

Dancer Status Joined Left Notes
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. However after the blow up between Abby and Christi, evidence began emerging that Chloe switched studios. Christi has also confirmed that Chloe has not been to ALDC since the reunion.
Paige Hyland Dismissed S01E01 S04E07 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 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
Asia Monet Ray Left S03E14 S03E37 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.
Vivi-Anne Stein Left S01E01 S01E08 Vivi-Anne joined ALDC in the first season, because Cathy wanted Vivi to have a stricter teacher.
Sophia Lucia Left S03E02 S03E07 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 S03E01 S03E03 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.
Nick Dobbs Guest/
Unknown
S02E20/
S03E10
S02E20/
S03E10
Nick came in to be a guest for two group numbers. He seems to have stopped attending Abby's studio after moving.
Nina Linhart Guest/
Graduated
S02E18 S02E18 Nina came in as a guest for the group dance. She has since graduated from the ALDC.
Katherine Narasimhan Guest S02E18 S02E18 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 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 S01E08 S01E08 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 S03E02 S03E03 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 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.
Nicaya Wiley Left S02E24 S02E24 Nicaya joined because her mother wanted her to be on the team. However they left shortly due to the mothers' behavior.
Chloe Nguyen Dismissed/
Left
S04E06 S04E06 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 Fallon was invited by Abby after her successful audition. However, Fallon struggled and was dismissed by Abby.
Sarah Reasons Active 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 to old for the ALDC Junior Elite.
Brynn Rumfallo Active S05E07 S05E10 Brynn is from Club Dance Studio in Arizona, the same studio as Kalani and Sarah. Brynn recently joined the team after Abby's L.A. auditions. Abby brought her back to ALDC. Abby dismissed Brynn from the team on good terms as Brynn and her family could not be able to drop everything and head to ALDC when they would be needed but Abby expressed desires to work with Brynn again.

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.

Faculty, Dancers, Alumni and Staff

** Member has performed in at least one dance featured on Dance Moms.
*** Not Dance Moms cast, but was a backup dancer for Mackenzie in her "It's a Girl Party" music video.

List is not intended to convey completeness



List may be incomplete or out-of-date, including current faculty

http://abbyleedancecompany.com/category/illustrious-alumni/

** performed in at least one dance featured on Dance Moms.

List is not intended to convey completeness
Some of those listed may be more correctly categorized as ex-dancers

** performed in at least one dance featured on Dance Moms.

List is not intended to convey completeness

  • Christine Ice - Buisness Manager
  • Melissa Ziegler (former staff member) - Front Desk


List is not intended to convey completeness

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:[35][36][37]

  • 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.[38]
  • 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.[39] (Christi indicates Chloe dances around ten to twelve hours a week.)[40]

Off the Show

Competition Teams

Jennine Wedge classifies the different companies as follows:[35]

  • Senior Company 
  • Elites - what is on the show
  • Petites - Kenzie'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;[41] later dates for its foundation have also been indicated, possibly attesting to no formal status until Abby reached legal adulthood.[1][42][43]

Relationship with Reign Dance Productions

Reign-dance-logo

Abby is also owner of Reign Dance Productions,[44] 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.[45]

Reign Dance Productions offers a variety of classes for dance and the performing arts.[46] It was formerly known as the Maryen Lorrain Dance Studio,[47] and was started by Abby's mother, Maryen Lorrain Miller.[48]

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.

ALDC L.A.

A second studio in Los Angeles had its Grand Opening on May 30th, 2015. Its location is 11419 Santa Monica Boulevard.[49] At nearly 10,000 square feet, its building is more spacious than the one in Pittsburgh.[50]

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:[51]

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.[52] 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."[53] 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.[54]
  • 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.[55]
  • 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.[56]
  • 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.[57]

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. http://websta.me/p/914889782553920739_6294272 Jennine's IG, 6Feb2015
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPKk7k6N8VI JUMP, Cotton Eyed Joe, early 2013
  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1jDrJ0s36g Feb 5, 2013
  5. https://web.archive.org/web/20150101145318/http://www.jumptour.com/results.php?id=237 Feb 14-16, 2014
  6. https://web.archive.org/web/20150101145318/http://www.jumptour.com/results.php?id=237 Feb 14-16, 2014
  7. https://web.archive.org/web/20150101145318/http://www.jumptour.com/results.php?id=237 Feb 14-16, 2014
  8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1jDrJ0s36g Feb 5, 2013
  9. http://www.gonuvo.com/results.php?id=362 november 21-23, 2014
  10. http://www.gonuvo.com/results.php?id=362 november 21-23, 2014
  11. http://www.gonuvo.com/results.php?id=362 november 21-23, 2014
  12. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1jDrJ0s36g Feb 5, 2013
  13. https://twitter.com/DancemomLeslie3/status/548657902169620480 Dec 26, 2014
  14. http://www.gonuvo.com/results.php?id=362 november 21-23, 2014
  15. http://www.reigndanceproductions.com/congrats-to-the-cast-of-cotton-eyed-joe-you-rocked-jump/
  16. http://www.gonuvo.com/results.php?id=362 november 21-23, 2014
  17. https://web.archive.org/web/20150101145318/http://www.jumptour.com/results.php?id=237 Feb 14-16, 2014
  18. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1jDrJ0s36g Feb 5, 2013
  19. http://www.gonuvo.com/results.php?id=253 november 22-24, 2013
  20. http://www.gonuvo.com/results.php?id=253 november 22-24, 2013
  21. http://www.gonuvo.com/results.php?id=362 november 21-23, 2014
  22. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=py1ixT4cWCs JUMP line dance (early 2013?)
  23. http://www.jumptour.com/competition_schedule.php?id=327 Jump, Feb 13-15, 2015
  24. https://twitter.com/officialjessej/status/277169198462025728
  25. followed by Gianna, Nick Dobbs, various others - not twitterless, but also not very active
  26. https://twitter.com/LLackerman3/status/334745106198450177
  27. https://twitter.com/officialjessej/status/278756830774194176
  28. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G1FzmfmmZM JUMP Pittsburgh, 2013 (February?)
  29. http://www.gonuvo.com/results.php?id=362 november 21-23, 2014
  30. http://www.dma-chap10.com/Winners/archive/2005/DMP-10-miss_dance.htm
  31. http://jumptour.com/results.php?id=80 Feb 24-26, 2012
  32. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1jDrJ0s36g Feb 5, 2013
  33. http://www.gonuvo.com/results.php?id=362 november 21-23, 2014 competing as N/A
  34. http://www.gonuvo.com/results.php?id=253 competing for Dance Expressions by Erica november 22-24, 2013
  35. 35.0 35.1 http://caitscorner1.weebly.com/
  36. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN_4JcqIkDU
  37. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxpnW_IdkSY#t=2m10s
  38. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN_4JcqIkDU
  39. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhMwFKIHu6A#t=13m40s
  40. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN_4JcqIkDU
  41. http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/dance-moms/cast/abby-lee-miller
  42. http://www.lightingdance.com/pittsburgh/companies/abbylee.html
  43. http://www.reigndanceproductions.com/classes/the-abby-lee-dance-company/
  44. http://www.reigndanceproductions.com/faculty/#/639
  45. http://www.reigndanceproductions.com/studio-policies/
  46. http://www.reigndanceproductions.com/classes/our-classes/
  47. http://www.reigndanceproductions.com/history/
  48. http://www.reigndanceproductions.com/faculty/#/1086
  49. https://youtu.be/a8UdAWzL8yU?t=1m20s
  50. https://youtu.be/75pyrEK546M Gianna interview, grand opening
  51. https://www.youtube.com/user/AbbysDanceOff/videos
  52. http://ask.fm/aldcprobz/answer/114687847249
  53. http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-east/getting-ready-for-the-ride-491147/
  54. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llDkWBHnqFw Maddie Ziegler & Abby Lee Miller's Radio Interview on The Anton Savage Show, 2015 in Ireland
  55. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llDkWBHnqFw Maddie Ziegler & Abby Lee Miller's Radio Interview on The Anton Savage Show, 2015 in Ireland
  56. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhMwFKIHu6A#t=12m40s
  57. http://sandiegodancecentre.com/?page_id=1353
  58. https://twitter.com/giaabella/status/238066194836516865
  59. https://twitter.com/Abby_Lee_Miller/status/238064374466609152
  60. http://ask.fm/aldcprobz/answer/112790509905
  61. http://ask.fm/aldcprobz/answer/112984603729
  62. https://twitter.com/Abby_Lee_Miller/status/425817380942778368
  63. https://twitter.com/jaywashi1/status/476766858847473664
  64. https://twitter.com/rach_thomaD/status/476447697399193601
  65. https://twitter.com/iceicebabyy3/status/470641027163107328
  66. https://twitter.com/DanceMomHolly/status/467785526833979392
  67. https://twitter.com/giaabella/status/464058273881395200

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