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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

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The Junior Elite line up during Season 4.5


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 90 Group Dances
8 Trios
9 Duets
52 Solos
(As of Season 4)
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 90 Group Dances
4 Trios
6 Duets
21 Solos
(As of Season 4)
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 shcolarship 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 50 Group Dances
2 Trios
8 Duets
27 Solos
(As of Season 4)
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
65 Group Dances (ALDC Only)
5 Trios
8 Duets
22 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/
TBA
S04E16/
TBA
7 Group Dances
4 Duets
2 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 TBA Has not left TBA JoJo was originally a member of Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition Season 2. Jojo auditioned for Abby in Season 4 and even performed a solo that was filmed but did not appear in the show, only online. Jono recently was seen as a member of the team and has been competing with them consistently for the past few weeks.
Sarah Reasons Active TBA Has not left 2 Group Dances
1 Solo
(As of Season 4)
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.
Brynn Rumfallo Active TBA Has not left TBA Brynn is from Club Dance Studio in Arizona, the same studio as Kalani and Sarah. Bryan recently joined the team after Abby's L.A. auditions.

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 expected to return again.
Chloe Lukasiak Uncertain S01E01 Unknown 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, it's unknown if Chloe will return.

Former Junior Elite Members

Dancer Status Joined Left Notes
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 Love on the Dance Floor Vivi-Anne joined ALDC in the first season, because Cathy wanted Vivi to have a stricter teacher.
Nina Linhart Guest/
Graduated
S02E18 S02E18 Nina came in as a guest for the group dance. She has since graduated from the ALDC.
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.
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.
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 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 S03E02 S03E03 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 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 Dismissed S04E28 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. 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.
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.


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 1 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
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.
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.
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 ant 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.

Faculty, Dancers, Alumni and Staff

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

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

  • Taylor Ackerman -- Twitter[8]
  • 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[9]
  • Ashley Kacvinsky
  • Sara Kosinski
  • Michelle Kovitch
  • Rachel Kreilin
  • Koree Kurkowski
  • Nina Linhart**
  • Donna Lisk
  • Danee Litman
  • Miranda Maleski -- Twitter[10]; 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[11]


** 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

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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:[12][13][14]

  • 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.[15]
  • 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.[16] (Christi indicates Chloe dances around ten to twelve hours a week.)[17]

Off the Show

Competition Teams

Jennine Wedge classifies the different companies as follows:[12]

  • 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;[18] later dates for its foundation have also been indicated, possibly attesting to no formal status until Abby reached legal adulthood.[1][19][20]

Relationship with Reign Dance Productions

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Abby is also owner of Reign Dance Productions,[21] 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.[22]

Reign Dance Productions offers a variety of classes for dance and the performing arts.[23] It was formerly known as the Maryen Lorrain Dance Studio,[24] and was started by Abby's mother, Maryen Lorrain Miller.[25]

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.

Trivia

  • 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.[26] 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."[27]
  • 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.[28]
  • 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.[29]

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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1jDrJ0s36g
  3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1jDrJ0s36g
  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1jDrJ0s36g
  5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1jDrJ0s36g
  6. http://www.reigndanceproductions.com/congrats-to-the-cast-of-cotton-eyed-joe-you-rocked-jump/
  7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1jDrJ0s36g
  8. https://twitter.com/officialjessej/status/277169198462025728
  9. https://twitter.com/LLackerman3/status/334745106198450177
  10. https://twitter.com/officialjessej/status/278756830774194176
  11. http://www.dma-chap10.com/Winners/archive/2005/DMP-10-miss_dance.htm
  12. 12.0 12.1 http://caitscorner1.weebly.com/
  13. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN_4JcqIkDU
  14. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxpnW_IdkSY#t=2m10s
  15. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN_4JcqIkDU
  16. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhMwFKIHu6A#t=13m40s
  17. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN_4JcqIkDU
  18. http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/dance-moms/cast/abby-lee-miller
  19. http://www.lightingdance.com/pittsburgh/companies/abbylee.html
  20. http://www.reigndanceproductions.com/classes/the-abby-lee-dance-company/
  21. http://www.reigndanceproductions.com/faculty/#/639
  22. http://www.reigndanceproductions.com/studio-policies/
  23. http://www.reigndanceproductions.com/classes/our-classes/
  24. http://www.reigndanceproductions.com/history/
  25. http://www.reigndanceproductions.com/faculty/#/1086
  26. http://ask.fm/aldcprobz/answer/114687847249
  27. http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-east/getting-ready-for-the-ride-491147/
  28. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhMwFKIHu6A#t=12m40s
  29. http://sandiegodancecentre.com/?page_id=1353
  30. https://twitter.com/giaabella/status/238066194836516865
  31. https://twitter.com/Abby_Lee_Miller/status/238064374466609152
  32. http://ask.fm/aldcprobz/answer/112790509905
  33. http://ask.fm/aldcprobz/answer/112984603729
  34. https://twitter.com/Abby_Lee_Miller/status/425817380942778368
  35. https://twitter.com/jaywashi1/status/476766858847473664
  36. https://twitter.com/rach_thomaD/status/476447697399193601
  37. https://twitter.com/iceicebabyy3/status/470641027163107328
  38. https://twitter.com/DanceMomHolly/status/467785526833979392
  39. https://twitter.com/giaabella/status/464058273881395200

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