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Season 5, Episode 31
531 The Waiting Room 1
Air Date: August 11, 2015
Viewers: 1.399 million, 0.54 rating[1]
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"Chaos at Nationals" is the thirty-first episode of the fifth season of Dance Moms. It first aired August 11, 2015.

Note: A special episode Throwback Tuesday: Mackenzie & Melissa aired immediately after this episode.


ALDC's competition season comes to a close with Nationals and the girls feel the pressure to remain undefeated and prevail in LA over their rivals at Broadway Dance Academy. But with Abby opening her new studio the day before competition, the girls are left with little time to prepare. The girls give their all to make their leader proud but the tension spirals out of control, leading to a chaotic ending unlike any Nationals before.

Competition Attended

Weekly Dances

Abby Lee Dance Company
Dance Name
Dance Style
The Waiting Room Contemporary 2nd Overall
1st in Junior
Center Stage Junior National Champion
Maddie Someone Special Lyrical 2nd in Junior
Nia No Matter What Contemporary 2nd in Teen
Mackenzie Dreamer
(Not Shown)
Acrobatic Lyrical 4th in Junior
Junior Miss Center Stage
Kalani Run
(Not Shown)
Improv[3] 1st in Duo/Trio Division[4][5]
JC's Broadway Dance Academy
Dance Name
Dance Style
Ava Cota
Haley Huelsman
Tessa Wilkinson
Chloe Smith
Ashtin Roth
Moving Target Open 1st Overall
1st in Teen
Center Stage Teen National Champion
Ava The Myth of the Mermaid Contemporary 1st in Junior

Other Information

  • Pyramid
    • Nia
    • Maddie, Kalani
    • Kendall, Mackenzie, JoJo
  • Kalani performed a solo, but somehow that solo placed first in the duet/trio category.[6][7][8][9][10]
  • Abby ranted, calling the competition a joke, and said she would never return to the competition again. The ALDC were awarded best studio; however, Abby, Gia, and the moms (except for Jess & Holly) got up and left, and never accepted the award,[11][12] and pulled their dancers out.[13]
  • According to Abby, Mackenzie was 4th place junior solo, but was simultaneously "Overall High Score Title Winner," despite not being entered in the title division.[14]
  • Mackenzie fell on concrete shortly before the competition, suffering cuts and scratches.[15]
  • Ava, Ashtin, Chloe' Smith, Haley and Tessa were listed in the competition program as performing for Jeanette's studio (rather than Candy Apples). The last four went to the competition together while wearing BDA (Jeanette's) jackets. (This was also the case at their last DM competition on May 9th.)
  • Nia's music video for "Slay" premiered live at the competition.[16]
  • Mackenzie's solo was listed as open in the program guide, but the performance was rumored to be lyrical.
  • On the Eventbrite site for this competition, it says that it is a "Dance Moms invitational". It is also noted that the event will take place on a Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (PDT). The Lancaster Performing Arts Center address is also provided.
  • May 24th: JoJo event in Las Vegas[17]
  • May 30th: Official "Grand Opening" date for ALDC LA.[18] (There was also an overflowing crowd for the pre-event earlier in the day.)[19]
  • This appears to be the tenth and final week of filming on the West Coast,[20][21][22] and is likely the end-of-season nationals competition.
  • Among those attending the ALDC LA grand opening were Ashtin and Jennifer Roth, Chloe' and Liza Smith, and Tessa and Renee Wilkinson.
  • Gisoni (Ziegler) family sold their old home in Pittsburgh, moving into a larger custom built house.[23][24]
  • *Center Stage Dance Competition is linked to World Class Talent Experience and to DanceKidsUSA in some fashion; in the past, all three have given an identical phone number for contact, with that number located in Pompano Beach, Florida.[25]
    • After the first competition, Center Stage gave a different contact phone number from Pompano Beach, matching that of Backstage Boss; with that organization's managing member also being the VP of DanceKidsUSA.[26]
  • Photographer (melrodzphotography) links: Instagram; Facebook; Webpage;

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  1. #20 on list #7 Tuesday Cable original
    archived version
  3. File:531 Abby comments about nationals 01.png
  6. regular California spoiler-fan source (and aspiring photographer), attending comp same source, but later on night of broadcast; see conversation as well See that trophy @23kalani just sat down w that was for first overall duo trio w a solo not the group routine! #editingprobz just be truthful
  9. Abby in comments
  10. also the photo from melrodzphotography; links to that photographer's websites at the bottom of this section
  18. Abby telling JJ Snyder at Reality TV Awards on May 13th
    Related: Applications
  19. Gianna saying 2000 people, lines wrapped around the building; and that Abby had been wondering if anybody would come.
  22. Kira: "7 down 3 to go!!! #wearealmosthome" tweeted early on day of expected NYDE in Escondido, May 9th
  23. The Ziegler's 4-bedroom, 2500 sq. ft. suburban Pittsburgh pad... sold in just 6 hours, at the full $279,000 asking price... the new 7,000 sq. ft. pad is quite the step-ball-change up. Amenities include a dance studio in the basement...
  27. Note: this is the account of Victoria aka Tori. Due to histories of hacking and account name changes, the address @dmupdates4u had a different account attached to it at the time; Victoria's newer account (at the time named "updates4udm", and using the hashtag "updates4u_spoilers") was renamed to this ("dmupdates4u") later, the account bringing along the old posts from ""updates4udm". (In August 2015, "updates4udm" was yet another account, created by Victoria/Tori as a backup)

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