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Pyramid geometry

Nearly every week on the show, Abby Lee Miller uses a pyramid system to show her dancers and their mothers who she feels previously performed the best, and who needs to improve. The pyramid has been known to change every week. The pyramid became a subject of controversy among viewers because of its perceived negative aspect. Abby Lee Miller said it was not her method, but it was developed by the producers of the show.

Season 1

Episode  1  2  3  4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12 
Maddie Top Top Top Middle Top Top Top Top #2 Week-Off
[n 1][1]
Top Top Straight Line
Chloe Middle Middle Middle Middle Bottom Middle Middle Bottom
[n 2][2][3]
Top Middle Middle Straight Line
Brooke Middle Bottom Middle Top Middle Bottom Middle Middle Middle Bottom Middle Straight Line
Brandon Top #1
[n 3]
Nia Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Middle Bottom Middle Bottom Middle Middle Bottom Straight Line
Paige Bottom Middle Bottom Bottom Bottom Middle Middle Middle Bottom Bottom Bottom Straight Line
Mackenzie Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Straight Line
Vivi-Anne N/A N/A Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom
  1. Maddie was given the week off, and her picture was placed well off to the right at a height equal to the top of the pyramid.
  2. Chloe's picture was placed in the bottom row between Nia and Vivi-Anne. Abby told Chloe she was taking the week-off without a solo so she could work on her technique. Christi said she was shocked Chloe was placed at the bottom.
  3. In week 8, there was an additional fourth pyramid level at the top, with Brandon's photo

Season 2A

Episode  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13 
Maddie Top Top Middle Middle Middle Middle Bottom Middle Top Top Top Top Top
Brooke Bottom Bottom Top N/A Top Bottom Middle Bottom Bottom Middle Bottom Middle Middle
Chloe Middle Middle Middle Top Middle Middle Middle Middle Middle Middle Middle Bottom Bottom
Nia Middle Middle Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Top Middle Bottom Bottom Bottom Middle
Mackenzie Bottom Bottom Bottom Middle Bottom Top Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Middle Bottom
Paige Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Top Bottom Bottom Bottom Middle Bottom Bottom
Kendall N/A Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom
Payton Bottom

Season 2B

Episode  14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   22   23   24   25   26 
Maddie Middle Bottom Top Middle Top x2 Middle Top Top Middle Bottom Top Bottom Top
Chloe Top Top Bottom Middle Middle Top Middle Bottom Middle Bottom Middle Middle Bottom
Nia Bottom Middle Middle Bottom Bottom Middle Bottom Middle Top Top Middle Middle Bottom
Mackenzie Middle Bottom Middle Top Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Middle Bottom Top Middle
Brooke Bottom Middle Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Middle Middle Bottom Middle Bottom Bottom Middle
Paige Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Middle Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom
Kendall N/A Bottom Bottom

Season 3A

Episode  1 
[n3 1]
 2 
[n3 2]
 3   4   5   6   7 
[n3 3]
 8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16  17/18 
Maddie N/A Top Bottom Middle Bottom Bottom Middle Top Top Top Middle Middle Top Top Middle Top Middle
Sophia N/A Top Top
Kendall N/A Bottom Bottom Middle Bottom Middle Top Bottom Middle Bottom Middle Middle Bottom Middle Bottom Bottom Middle
Chloe N/A Bottom Bottom Bottom Middle Middle Bottom N/A Middle Middle Middle Bottom Middle Top
Nia N/A Middle Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Middle Bottom Middle Middle Bottom Top Bottom Bottom Bottom Middle Bottom
Mackenzie N/A Bottom Bottom Bottom Top Bottom Bottom Middle Bottom Middle Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom
Brooke N/A Bottom Middle Bottom Bottom Top Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom
Asia Bottom Top Middle Bottom
Paige N/A Bottom Middle Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Middle Middle Middle Bottom Middle
Ally N/A Middle
  1. In week 1, Abby threw unrevealed pyramid photos into the trash due to the absence of Brooke and Paige, stating "no pyramid." Later she tells Chloe "You were at the top of the pyramid. You were the national winner." It has been logically speculated that Brooke and Mackenzie would have been placed in the middle, also winning with solos at Nationals.
  2. In week 2, pictures in the layout of the pyramid were shown, but the pyramid was not formally presented.
  3. In week 7, Chloe was placed on the bottom with 'suspended' written across her photo, which was eventually replaced by a picture of Brooke.

Season 3B

Episode  22   23   28   30   31   32   33   34   35 
[3b 1]
 36   37 
Maddie Top Middle Top Middle Middle Middle N/A Middle Middle Top
Chloe Middle Middle Middle Middle Middle Middle N/A Top Middle Middle
Mackenzie Bottom Middle Middle Top Middle Bottom N/A Middle Bottom Middle
Asia Middle Bottom Middle Middle Bottom Bottom N/A Middle Top Middle
Kendall Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Top Middle N/A Bottom Middle Bottom
Brooke Bottom Top Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom N/A Bottom Bottom Bottom
Nia Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Top N/A Bottom Bottom Bottom
Paige Middle Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom N/A Bottom Bottom Bottom
Payton Bottom N/A (?) N/A Bottom
  1. Payton's picture may have been on the bottom in "Divas Las Vegas," but was not formally presented

Season 4A

Episode  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13 
[n4 1]
 14   15   16 
Maddie Top Top Top Top Middle Middle Top Middle Top Bottom Top Middle Middle Straight Top Middle
Kalani Top Bottom Top Bottom Top Bottom Bottom
Mackenzie Middle Bottom Middle Middle Bottom Bottom Bottom Middle Middle Middle Middle Bottom Middle Straight Middle Top
Chloe Bottom Middle Middle Middle Top Middle Bottom Bottom Middle Middle Bottom Middle Bottom Straight Middle Bottom
Kendall Bottom Middle Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Middle Bottom Bottom Bottom Top Bottom Straight Bottom Middle
Nia Middle Bottom Bottom Bottom Middle Top Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Straight Bottom Bottom
Paige Middle Middle Bottom Middle Bottom Bottom Middle Bottom Dismissed
Brooke Bottom Bottom Middle Bottom Bottom Bottom Middle Bottom Dismissed
Payton Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Middle
Chloe N. Middle
Fallon Middle
  1. In week 13, Abby put Kelly on top of the pyramid in a sarcastic manner

Season 4B

Episode  21    22    23 
[n4b 1]
  24    25   26 
[n4b 2]
 27 
[n4b 3]
 28 
[n4b 4]
 29   30 
Maddie Bottom Bottom Bottom Middle Top Number 1 Top #1 Line Middle Top
Kendall Bottom Bottom Top-Left Top Middle Number 4 Bottom Line Middle Middle
Nia Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Number 6 Top #2 Line Top Bottom
Sarah Hunt Top Top-Right
Chloe Top Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Number 2 Bottom Line Bottom Bottom
Mackenzie Bottom Bottom Top-Middle Middle Bottom Number 5 Bottom Line Bottom Bottom
Jade N/A Middle N/A
Tea Number 3
Kamryn Middle
  1. In episode 23, there were two levels to the pyramid.
  2. Pyramid rankings were presented in the form of a totem pole.
  3. In episode 27, there were two levels of the pyramid. Maddie was placed at the upper left, and Abby said she was on top.
  4. Dancers placed in a straight line. Order called: Mackenzie, Chloe, Nia, Kendall, Maddie. Abby says Maddie is at what she would call the top of the pyramid.

Season 5A

Episode  1   2   3   4   5 
[n5 1]
 6 
[n5 2]
 7/8 
[n5 3]
 9   10   11   12   13 
[n5 4]
 14   15   16  17/18
Maddie Top Bottom Top Middle N/A Top Middle Top
Bottom
Middle Top Top N/A Top Middle Top Top
Kalani N/A Top Bottom Bottom N/A Middle Middle Bottom Top Bottom Middle Top Middle Middle Middle Middle
Kendall Bottom Middle Bottom Bottom N/A Bottom Top Middle Middle Bottom Bottom Bottom Middle Top Top Bottom
Mackenzie Middle Bottom Middle Top N/A Middle Bottom Middle Bottom Bottom Middle Middle Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom
JoJo Middle N/A Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Middle Bottom Top Bottom Bottom Middle
Nia Middle Middle Middle Bottom N/A Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Middle Middle Bottom Middle Bottom
Chloe Bottom
  1. In episode 5, there was no presentation of a pyramid though the covered pictures can be seen.
  2. Abby removed JoJo's picture from the pyramid, while complimenting her new headshot.
  3. JoJo's photo was removed during a heated argument with Abby, and JoJo was kicked out of the room. JoJo later returned, and her photo restored to the pyramid
  4. Pyramid photos were handed out like awards. Abby said she would have placed Maddie atop with Kalani for their duet; but said Kalani was alone there, with Maddie absent and preparing for SNL

Season 5B

Episode  22   23   24   25   26   27   28   29   30   31 
Maddie Top Bottom Middle Top N/A N/A Middle Middle Top Middle
Mackenzie Bottom Middle Top Bottom N/A N/A Middle Top Middle Bottom
Kalani Bottom Top Middle Middle N/A N/A N/A Bottom Middle Middle
Kendall Middle Middle Bottom Bottom N/A N/A Top Middle Bottom Bottom
Nia Middle Bottom Bottom Middle N/A N/A Bottom Bottom Bottom Top
JoJo Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom N/A N/A Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom

Season 6A

Episode  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13 
[n6 1]
 14   15   16   17   18 
Brynn N/A Top Middle Bottom N/A Middle N/A Middle Bottom Middle Middle Middle Top Top Top Bottom Bottom Bottom
Kalani Bottom Bottom Top Middle N/A Middle N/A Top Bottom Bottom Bottom Middle Middle Bottom Bottom Middle Bottom Middle
Kendall Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom N/A Middle N/A Middle Bottom Bottom Middle Middle Bottom Middle Bottom Middle Middle Bottom
JoJo Bottom Middle Middle Middle N/A Middle N/A Bottom Middle Middle Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Top Bottom Bottom
Mackenzie Bottom Bottom Bottom Middle N/A Top N/A Bottom Top Bottom Bottom Top-Right Middle Bottom Middle Bottom Top Middle
Maddie N/A Bottom N/A Top N/A Bottom Bottom Top Top Top-Left Bottom Middle Middle Middle Middle Top
Nia Bottom Middle Bottom Bottom N/A Middle N/A Bottom Middle Bottom Middle Middle Middle Middle Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom
Alexus N/A Bottom N/A
Areana N/A Bottom N/A
Peyton N/A Bottom N/A
Alysa N/A Bottom
  1. Although the pyramid was not shown in the episode due to the altercation between Jill and Ashlee, the order was later revealed in Maddie and Mackenzie Say Goodbye.

Season 6B

Episode  23   24   25    26 
Original Pyramid
 26 
New Pyramids
[n6 1]
 27   28   29   30   31   32/33 
Brynn Top-Left Bottom Middle Bottom Bottom Top-Right Top N/A Top N/A
JoJo Bottom Bottom Middle Bottom Middle Bottom Bottom
Kalani Bottom Top Middle Top-Left Bottom Top-Left Middle N/A Bottom N/A
Kendall Top-Right Middle Middle Top-Right Middle Bottom Bottom N/A Middle N/A
Nia Bottom Middle Top Bottom Top Bottom Middle N/A Middle N/A
Alexus N/A Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom N/A Bottom N/A
Areana N/A Bottom Middle Middle Middle Top-Right N/A Middle N/A
Elliana N/A Bottom Middle Top Middle Bottom N/A Middle N/A
Lilliana N/A Bottom Middle Middle Top Bottom N/A Top N/A
Peyton N/A Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Top-Left N/A Bottom N/A
  1. Jessalynn removed JoJo's headshot from the pyramid for Abby placing her lower than the minis. Because of this and the argument that ensued, Abby decided that from here on out, there will be a seperate pyramid for each team.

Season 7A

Episode  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13/14 
Brynn N/A N/A Top-Right Bottom Middle Top Bottom Middle Middle Middle Bottom Middle N/A
Kalani N/A N/A Bottom-Left Middle Top Middle Middle Middle Bottom Top Top Bottom N/A
Kendall N/A N/A Top-Left Top Bottom Middle Middle Bottom Middle Bottom Middle Bottom N/A
Nia N/A N/A Bottom-Right Middle Bottom Bottom Top Middle Bottom Bottom Middle Bottom N/A
Camryn N/A Middle-Left Bottom Middle Bottom Bottom Top Middle Bottom Bottom Bottom N/A
Elliana N/A N/A Bottom Middle Middle Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Top N/A
Lilliana N/A N/A Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Top Middle Bottom Middle N/A
Maesi Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom Middle N/A N/A
Daviana N/A Middle-Right Bottom N/A
Alexus N/A
Areana N/A
Peyton N/A

Season 7B

Episode  15   16   17/18   19 
[n7 1]
 20   21/22   23/24 
[n7 2]
Kalani Top Middle N/A C-List B-List N/A
Maesi Bottom Top N/A C-List C-List N/A
Brynn Middle Bottom N/A D-List A-List N/A
Nia Bottom Bottom N/A A-List C-List N/A
Elliana Middle Middle N/A B-List D-List N/A
Lilliana Middle Middle N/A B-List D-List N/A
Camryn Bottom Bottom N/A C-List B-List N/A
Kendall Bottom Bottom N/A D-List C-List N/A
  1. With Laurieann Gibson as the new coach of the team, the pyramid is now called the A-List. The list is formed into the shape of an A. One on the top tier, two on the next tier, three on the next tier and two on the last tier. Also, the tiers are no longer called "top", "middle" or "bottom". The tiers are "A-List", "B-List", "C-List" and "D-List" with A being the highest tier and D being the lowest.
  2. Abby decided that she would no longer do a pyramid from this point onwards, stating that it was a "thing of the past".

Wiki Credits

Separate template for the pyramid was split from this Wikia's page Dance Moms. In turn, that page's early tables were descended from the Wikipedia article Dance Moms.

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