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g   Christi Lukasiak
Gender: Female
Born: March 3, 1977
Age: 39
Height: 5'8"
Friends and Family
Spouse: Marc Lukasiak
Parents: Unnamed mother
Children: Chloe Lukasiak (daughter)
Clara Lukasiak (daughter)
Siblings: Jodi (sister)
Grandparents: Elizabeth (deceased) [1]
Unnamed grandfather
Friends: Kelly Hyland
Diane Pent
Holly Hatcher-Frazier
Feuds: Abby Lee Miller
Melissa Ziegler-Gisoni
Cathy Nesbitt-Stein
Pets: Maggie (dog)
Episode Run
Debut: The Competition Begins
Last: Playing Favorites

Christina[2] "Christi" Lukasiak is the wife of Marc Lukasiak, and mother of Chloe and Clara Lukasiak. She is known for her constant battles with Abby. Christi is very protective of her eldest daughter, Chloe, and often accuses Abby of favoring Maddie over Chloe and the other girls. If she feels someone is belittling or insulting Chloe, she immediately fires back.

She owned a children's fitness franchise in the Pittsburgh area called Stretch-N-Grow, which promotes health in addition to fitness, but has since sold it to focus on her household and family.[3]

Christi, out of all of the original moms, is the youngest one.

Early lifeEdit

According to Christi herself in Season 1, she was born to a very young mother. She said she had a very hard childhood; she had a poor relationship with her mother; she lived at her grandparents' house; and that she and her grandparents were very close to each other. Young Christi would dance on the lawn with her little sister, Jodi, and dream of having a life of dance like Chloe does, but she was never given that opportunity. Christi once took chloe (daughter) to her grandparents house and danced on the lawn with her

In Dance MomsEdit

Christi claims that Maddie Ziegler is Abby’s favorite in the entire dance company, despite the fact that there are many different classes and dancers, because Abby spends the most time with her. This has led to numerous arguments with both Abby and Melissa.

Christi has been insulted various times by Cathy Stein. Cathy has called her "nose," and told her once, "Whoville called, they want their nose back." She even went so far as to insult Christi's clothing, calling it cheap. Even though the two don't like each other, they both had each other's numbers as seen in Topless Showgirls when Cathy calls Christi to ask her if Chloe would like to be in a commercial for beef jerky, though this could have been due to the show producers. Cathy provoked Christi into an argument during Abbygeddon, leading to a judge from the Joffrey Ballet School scolding everyone in the hallway. Following the events in Nationals 90210, many witnesses have stated there was a confrontation in which Christi choked Cathy; edited footage of those events were later shown Reunion, Part 1, and discussed again in The Smoke Before the Fire.

Throughout the course of the show, Christi has maintained a good relationship with Holly, and an even closer friendship with Kelly.

Other InformationEdit

  • She has known Kelly Hyland for nine years, Holly Frazier for seven years, and Melissa Ziegler for six years.[4]
  • She wanted to be a dancer when she was younger, but never had the opportunity because she had a rough childhood.[5][6]
  • Christi says because of her unsupportive parents, she had to sneak out for cheerleading.[6] Christi has reportedly not spoken to her mother in years.
  • When you look up Christi's gym, "Stretch N' Grow" (which she formerly owned) on Google Maps, it will take you to Christi, Chloe, and Clara's house instead of the gym. The street view was from July 2011, and her old blue Chrysler Town and Country is seen in her driveway (in more recent episodes of the show, she drives a white 2011 or newer Ford Explorer Limited).
  • Like Kelly, she was captain of her cheerleading squad in high school.[7][8]
  • Also in high school, Christi describes herself as "Most School Spirit" and "Unfailingly perky."[7]
  • One of her greatest regrets is not moving to New York after she graduated college.[7]
  • Christi says that hearing "Dream on a Star" still brings her to tears.[9]
  • She would like for her children to go to Broadway after high school, but wants them to take online college classes because she wants them to have degrees.[7]
  • Christi has tweeted that Tuesdays are nerve-wracking, since the cast doesn't get to watch new episodes prior to broadcast.[10] When episodes premiered on Wednesdays in Season 1[11][12], Christi said she was often horrified to watch herself (especially in the fight in Stealing the Show), would get sick on the afternoons before broadcasts, and her favorite moment of the week was when the broadcast was over.[6]
  • When asked if the fighting on the show is real, Christi has answered that they play-it-up for the cameras; but also adds that they have known each other for many years, and have lots of old negative experiences they can deliberately remember to get emotionally upset with each other -- even if it's not what they're saying in front of the cameras.[13]
  • Christi got engaged to Marc on Christmas Eve 1998.[14]
  • Christi said in 2013 that they film every day from 4:00 to 10:00, and they get tired of the cameras; and that this played a part in becoming angry with the cameras after Chloe's hat fell off.[15]
  • Christi has said Abby is fifty times worse than what the audience sees, and if they showed it, people wouldn't watch the show.[16]
  • Speaking off the show in 2013, Christi has said they are under contract with Lifetime, and cannot leave, despite trying a million times.[17]
  • Christi has said (2013) that her favorite memory from Dance Moms is "everything."[18]
  • Christi thinks the funniest things that happens on the show are between the moms, but they are edited from broadcasts because they aren't supposed to be friends.[19]
  • In a late 2011 interview, Christi stated that she probably only paid $300 per month in actual tuition; and the $16,000 per year figure stated in The Competition Begins was from also adding "traveling, costumes, shoes, hotels."[20]
  • Shopping, reading, bubble baths, manicures and pedicures, and a glass of wine with a friend are her favorite ways to blow off steam.[7]
  • After Chloe was born, Christi wanted more than anything to have a second child. It was difficult for her to get pregnant again. She tried for years, with no luck, and was about to give up when she finally got the news that she was pregnant again with Clara.
  • Christi was once a stockbroker.[8]
  • Christi describes enjoying sewing as her "dirty little secret".[21]
  • Christi also describes shopping as a guilty pleasure.[22]
  • Christi says that all the girls on the show are straight-A students.[23]
  • Christi did not sign Abby's studio contract throughout the filming of Season 4.[24][25]
  • As well as having their home in Pittsburgh, the Lukasiak family also own an apartment in Los Angeles.[26]


As herselfEdit

Year Series Notes
2011-2014Dance MomsLead. Seasons 1-4


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External LinksEdit


  5. The Competition Begins
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4
  8. 8.0 8.1
    Chloe and Christi- meet and greet PART 3, Dancemomsluver1
    Published on Mar 4, 2014
    Christi: "Ice skate" | Chloe: "We're not allowed to..." | Christi: "I know. You're not allowed to do anything, poor kids." | "Chloe: We're not allowed to swim." | Christi: "They're not allowed to ride bikes." | "Chloe: We're not allowed to swim, we're not allowed to..." | Christi: "I know. That's why I won't sign Abby's contract."
  25. Afterbuzz comments section
    Francisco Thurston "It honestly was just how it fell. We wanted ALL of the girls to be in it, we auditioned ALL the girls at the studio. However, you don't sign Abby Lee's studio contract, you dont reap the same benefits as her students. We used her space to rehearse, to audition, to what she says kinda goes. However, there was every intention on trying to include Chloe."
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