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g   Kelly Hyland
Kelly in her driveway
Gender: Female
Born: May 16,[1] 1971[2][3]
Age: 44
Height: 5' 7"
Friends and Family
Spouse: Randy Hyland
Children: Brooke Hyland (daughter)
Josh Hyland (son)
Paige Hyland (daughter)
Friends: Christi Lukasiak
Diane Pent
Pets: Buddy (dog)
Episode Run
Debut: The Competition Begins
Last: Nothing's Fair in Abbyville
  No, I'm not crazy! You were eating my face! 

Kelly Hyland (née Kuhn) is the wife of Randy Hyland, and mother of Brooke, Josh, and Paige Hyland.

She began dancing at Maryen Lorrain Miller's dance studio at the age of two and became one of the Abby Lee Miller's original ALDC dancers at the age of eight, but she quit at age fourteen to become a cheerleader.

Her physical altercation with Abby (video) during the filming of the fourth season episode Big Trouble in the Big Apple received widespread attention in the media, as well her subsequent Bronx court trial on assault. Trial on the charge of assault had started July 14, 2014th 2014,[4][5][6] On April 2nd, 2015, the New York Daily News reported that the judge would dismiss the assault charges against Kelly, provided she spent two days in counseling, and avoided contact with Abby Lee Miller for six months.[7]

Kelly filed a separate civil lawsuit (pdf, text) in Los Angeles against Collins Avenue Productions and Abby. The lawsuit claimed defamation, assault by Abby in the same Bronx fight (see above), breach of contract, and infliction of emotional distress against her daughter Paige; while seeking lost wages, various economic damages, five million dollars in punitive damages, and declaratory relief in removing constraints written in her contract (e.g., precluding publicity, television and media broadcasts, and otherwise competing with Dance Moms without permission from producers.)[8] Kelly has stated at a Meet and Greet that her concern is getting out of her contract rather than money, with her daughters unable to dance elsewhere, according to that television production contract.[9] (Kelly has also stated that her daughters still dance; although it is unclear in what sense of the word.)[10] In mid-August, 2014, it was reported that judge Ruth Ann Kwan would likely dismiss claims of defamation and emotional distress, but was more likely to allow a trial on contractual matters.[11][12]

On November 17, it was reported that Judge Kwan had dismissed the Hyland's claims of defamation; and also dismissed claims of intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress against her daughters; but would permit trial on breach of contract, declaratory relief, and negligent damage to the floor in the Hyland's home.[13] The Hollywood Reporter stated that two assault complaints against Abby were still in play at that time: the first claiming Abby was the one who attacked Kelly in the Bronx (part of the February filings); the other a claim that Abby assaulted Paige by throwing a chair (filed in October, as the filming for the fifth season began; video of chair incident from season 2.) In July 2015, The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and multiple other media services reported that Paige's lawsuit against Abby on assault had been dismissed, in a July 16th ruling by Judge Kwan.[14][15][16][17] After reviewing footage from Season 2, Kwan stated that, contrary to claims in Paige's lawsuit,[18] no reasonable person could have been in fear of being struck by the chair in question.[19]

Kelly has repeatedly indicated that neither she nor her daughters will return to the show.

In Dance Moms

On the show, she is portrayed as a mom who supports her kids' choices, such as letting Brooke tryout for cheerleading instead of going to a competition if it was something Brooke really wanted to do. Her reasoning for doing so was because she did not want Brooke looking back on it and blaming Kelly for not letting her go.

She argues with Abby because of the lack of time Abby spends with Brooke and Paige which is why she thinks they're usually on the bottom of the pyramid. Kelly thinks Abby treats her kids badly because she quit dance for cheerleading.

Her closest friend on the show was usually Christi.

Season One

  • In The Competition Begins, Kelly comforts Paige after Abby yells at her because of the trio rehearsal.
    • At her house, she shows Brooke and Paige some pictures of her at Brooke's age. When Brooke brings up wanting to be a cheerleader, Kelly is against it because she thought thirteen was the age where trouble started.
    • Twenty minutes before the curtain call, Christi and Kelly go and have drinks. Abby soon finds them and gets them to leave with her to go back to the dressing room.
    • While Kelly is putting up her curling iron after curling Paige's hair, she accidentally burns Paige's arm when Paige bends down. She, Holly and the other girls immediately start comforting the crying Paige.
  • In Wildly Inappropriate, Holly and Kelly talk about their daughters being at the bottom of the pyramid. She, Holly and Christi talk about Abby giving all her attention to Maddie.
    • When the mothers meet Cathy, Kelly finds it weird that instead of making her dance studio good enough for her daughter, Cathy would bring her to another studio two hours away.
    • While the other moms are against the "Electricity" group costume, Kelly tells them that they needed to wear them because of how the dancers at Phoenix had dressed.
    • One day before the competition, Kelly comforts Christi about being stressed; because of errands Christi needed to do, and because Chloe needed sleep before the competition.
  • In Cheerleader Blues, Kelly wonders why, since both of her daughters are good with acrobatic, they weren't higher up on the pyramid; she confronts Abby, who tells her Brooke is not at the top because she has turned into someone who is always brooding and miserable. She says that Melissa becomes friends with all the new people in the studio, so it doesn't surprise her that she befriends Cathy; but thinks Melissa has a hard time keeping friends because people see through her.
    • Kelly says that Brooke was changing and wanted to do teenager stuff and Abby tells her that she should "nip that in the bud."
    • Abby says that when Kelly was her student, she was gorgeous, worked really well and was dedicated up until about age twelve or thirteen which was happening with Brooke. Kelly thinks that Abby never forgave her for quitting dance.
    • The next day, when Kelly is trying to leave for dance, Brooke tells her she didn't want to go, but Kelly tells her she has no choice.
    • She doesn't want Brooke to make the same mistakes she did. She says that Brooke reminds her a lot of herself at that age.
    • At rehearsal, she and Christi talk about Cathy and Melissa. She says she likes Melissa a lot, but doesn't trust her because she caught Melissa lying to her at times and that it's hard to trust someone who lies a friend.
    • When Melissa comes back from lunch with Cathy, Kelly asks if they talked about her, but Melissa says they talked about their husbands, surprising the moms.
    • Two days before competition, Kelly thinks that one of the reason Brooke didn't want to go to dance was because of the much younger ages of the other girls she was dancing with.
    • One day to competition, Kelly takes Brooke to the chiropractor about her hip. He tells her it isn't a good idea for her to be competing, but Kelly tells her they must.
  • In Stealing the Show, Paige receives new music for her solo the night before the competition, and becomes rattle and freezes during her performance. Kelly does her best to comfort her, telling her she was beautiful and perfect. Paige initially wants to go home, but is later excited to win an award dancing with the other girls.
  • In When Stars Collide, she performs at the ALDC recital in a dance with the other moms. During rehearsals, Paige finds it funny that her mom used to be a good dancer.
  • In Dying to Dance, Kelly is turning forty, and all the moms decide to use the occasion to get botox. Everyone hates Brooke's costume, and Abby gets Cathy to agree to lend part of a costume from Vivi; but when Cathy backs out at the last minute, Kelly becomes furious.
  • In She's a Fighter, she believes that Melissa freaks out Maddie before competitions.
  • In Love on the Dance Floor, she spends time with Diane Pent, as Brooke and Brandon go on a date to improve the chemistry in their dance together.
  • In From Ballerinas to Showgirls, she pushes an annoyed Brooke to dance despite an injury, explaining that dancers have to dance hurt all the time. Later, Kelly becomes upset when Paige is given an ill-fitting costume, with a hotel chair for a prop, and decides the number should be pulled.
  • In Cathy Brings It On, Kelly hires a choreographer from outside the studio to help Paige, despite warnings from Abby against it. During practice, the choreographer tells Paige he can sense her discomfort which further upsets her, and with little time to learn the dance, Kelly pulls the routine from the competition. Kelly accuses Abby of never making her daughters feel special, while Abby accuses Kelly of allowing her daughters to take dance frivolously.
  • In It All Ends Here, Abby brings in a choreographer to work on Paige and Brooke's duet, while Abby and Gianna spend additional time with Maddie. Kelly complains that the guest choreographer isn't familiar with them, and has to figure out what moves they can do, and angrily decides to walk out of the studio with her daughters. When the duet is performed but with some of the timing off, Abby blames it on not staying and practicing the routine.

Season Two

  • In Everyone's Replaceable, she gets into a fight with Abby at the end of a competition.
  • In Return of the Candy Apples, Kelly and Abby argue, and Abby suggests Kelly is drunk and humiliating her kids. Kelly talks to the other moms about the situation, and begins to cry. Kelly feels like Abby is torturing her, and torturing her kids. She says she wants her kids to stay, because they love being at the studio; but is also not doing her job as a mom, letting Abby treat them that way.
  • In Brooke's Turning Point, she lets Brooke attend cheerleading tryouts rather than dance, knowing Abby will have a hard time forgiving this should she decide to return.
  • In No One Likes A Bully, Kendall is put into a trio with Chloe and Maddie, and Paige believe Abby is punishing her because of her mother's and sister's decision to opt for cheerleading; when the trio goes poorly, Kelly admits she is pleased that things didn't go well without Paige. When Leslie asks Kelly why she still comes to the studio, if she and Brooke don't like it there, Kelly says that Paige likes being there with her friends.
  • In Jill on the Rampage, she is amazed at Paige's solo performance, which finishes first.
  • In Bullets and Ballet, Abby places Paige on the top of the pyramid, but yells at her for not remembering her parts in a trio during rehearsal. Kelly pulls Paige out of class, and Paige begins to cry; after a talk, Kelly sends Paige back in more composed, but Abby's yelling soon causes Paige to cry again, along with Chloe.
  • In Waiting for Joffrey, the group dance is done in honor of Kelly wishing to receive cosmetic surgery.
  • In Night of the Living Dancers, Abby assigns Kelly the task of putting stoppers on a chair used as a dancing prop. During practice the next day, Abby becomes upset that the task has not been accomplished and throws a chair, while looking at Kelly in the mezzanine above. Paige is standing close to Abby and becomes upset. Kelly pulls her kids from class, but does bring them to the competition. Once there, Kelly pulls her daughters' solos when she learns that Maddie will also perform one, saying Abby should have worked more with her daughters, instead of ignoring them and throwing chairs. Kelly later decides to let her daughters decide if they want to perform in the group dance, which they both do. Because Kelly pulled the solos, Abby puts Paige and Brooke on probation in the next episode, but removes the probation two and three episodes later.
  • In How Do You Like Them Apples?, Kelly secretly re-choreographs Paige's dance because she didn't think it was good or difficult enough. Paige worries that this will cause Abby to throw a chair again, but agrees her mom's choreography is better, and Kelly helps persuade Paige to perform the dance. When Abby sees it during the competition, however, she thinks it deserved to be in an elementary school talent show. In the dressing room, Abby yells at Kelly and Paige. Paige firmly answers Abby's onslaught, making Kelly proud; but when Abby leaves the room, Paige begins crying, and Kelly comforts her by taking the blame. At awards, the dance places seventh, one spot behind Chloe and beating Kendall (dancing for the CADC), making Kelly feel vindicated. Abby then becomes unusually muted, but in later episodes sarcastically refers to Kelly as a "mommy-ographer."
  • Worst Birthday Party Ever! is named for a celebration for Kelly at her house, and Christi and Leslie fighting at it.
  • In Guess Who's Back?, Paige wishes to demonstrate a standing-back-tuck. Abby tells her not to attempt it, warning of hard cement floors under the carpeting. Paige still wants to try and Kelly yells her permission for Paige to hurry up and do what she wishes. Paige tries but breaks her foot, plaguing her for the rest of the season.
  • In Break a Leg, she takes heat for being unfamiliar with the diary of Anne Frank. She also worries about Brooke's back injury, and eventually decides it must be pulled altogether, despite Abby's strong pressure to perform anyway.
  • In The Recital to End All Recitals, Abby has Kelly contact friends from her younger days, and have them attend the ALDC recital.
  • In Solo Fever, Kelly takes Brooke to a studio to record "Summer Love Song." While filming for the eventual music video, Kelly is glad Abby is supportive, but is annoyed by Abby taking control as its director.
  • In Nationals 90210, Kelly is again upset at Abby's treatment of Paige, and takes her to an offered job to work as a model. Although Brooke's solo wins a title, and both her daughters are part of the winning group dance, Kelly ends the season wondering if it is worth returning to the studio the following season.


  • Kelly has stated, "we've not been a part of Abby's studio since before the show started, but they wanted us for the show for Dance Moms, so we only dance with the show for Dance Moms, and we've actually been trying to get off the show since Season 1."[23]
  • In March 2014 and afterwards, she indicated that she no longer sees the moms; and her daughters don't see the other girls.[24] In April, she said that the other girls were not allowed to see her daughters,[25] and claimed Abby was preventing it.[26][27] She similarly indicated that she did not see the other moms and missed them,[28][29][30] "but they chose to listen to their fearless leader." She and her daughters have repeated this elsewhere, although making at least partial exceptions with Christi and Chloe.[31][32]
  • When she was younger, she studied all types of dance, but acro was her favorite.[34]
  • In March and April 2014, she wrote that Brooke and Paige will continue to dance elsewhere.[35]
  • In March and April 2014, she indicated that Brooke and Paige miss dancing with their friends,[36] "but this is the best thing for them."
  • Along with her daughters, Kelly has said that they began doing Meet & Greets because they were not invited to do Abby's.[37]
  • She danced with Abby for thirty-seven years from when she was two-and-a-half.[38]
  • Kelly used to be in a golf league, according to her in a season one episode.
  • Her birthday is May 16, 1971, which is a year and five days after Holly's.
  • According to Christi, when Kelly graduated high school, Kelly's sister opened a dance studio near Abby's, with Kelly as one of the instructors, taking away many of Abby's dance students.[39]
  • Kelly says it was real that she was trying to get off the show after the second season.[40]
  • She has known Christi Lukasiak, her closest friend on the show, for nine years.[41]
  • Screaming, swearing, having a glass of wine, shopping, and complaining to her friends are her top five ways to blow off steam.[42]
  • She says she was a lot like Brooke in high school.[42]
  • In the second season reunion specials, Abby said she thought Paige was much like her Kelly when she was younger.
  • In November 2013, Abby pressed charges on Kelly for slapping her and pulling her hair.[43].
  • Contradicting Christi, Abby maintains on-and-off the show that Kelly only worked two weeks at a Clinique counter at the mall before planning her wedding. As part of her schtick at classes, Abby has followed this claim by charging that Kelly carried Brooke on her hip until she was ten years old, and would leave Paige forgotten in the car.[44]
  • Her parental family has owned horses, including Kelly having one as a child.[45][46]
  • Her biggest regret is not going to college,[42] and she wants her kids to go to college so that won't in turn become one of their regrets.[42]
  • During her house tour extra, Kelly says she loves to cook. She also adds that between dance and Josh's hockey, they have a crazy schedule.
  • Her favorite family recipe is chicken pot pie.[42]
  • She frequently thinks Paige is one year younger than she actually is.[47]


 Abby's really pushing me, with the comments about my kids. But she'd better watch herself, because I'll do a lot more than just tap her with my purse. 
 "On-Again, Off-Again Abby", around July 13, 2013
 No, I'm not crazy! You were eating my face! 
 Kelly, "Big Trouble in the Big Apple", following altercation with Abby, November 24, 2013
 Well then do it! I wanna eat my lunch. 
 Kelly, "Guess Who's Back"
 why would abby have any of the girls do acro in a ballet audition 
 Kelly on Twitter, on date of the premiere of "Abbygeddon"
 I found it weird that she owns a dance studio, and she's bringing her daughter two hours away to a different dance studio. 
 Kelly, on Cathy coming to the ALDC, in "Wildly Inappropriate"
 I'm using a hotel chair, for God's sakes... if this was anybody else, they'd have a hot pink [expletive] chair with rhinestones all over it. 
 Kelly, "From Ballerinas to Showgirls"
 I don't need to buy Gianna something for Christmas! She's a [bleep]ing teacher! 
 Kelly, in "Cathy Brings It On"
 Well, you can't get any better than first, Cathy. 
 Kelly, "Cathy Brings It On"
 A rat is a foam-thing that you roll your hair in, and it makes you look kinda like George Washington. It's the ugliest thing ever. 
 Kelly, "Return of the Candy Apples"
 I want my kids to stay there at the studio, because they love it there. But I'm not doing my job as a mom by letting her treat them that way. I just can't take it anymore. 
 Kelly, "Return of the Candy Apples"
 Like, like there's a lot of things I go back to that Abby has taught me, even though she was mean. 


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  4. "My trial was today....still no outcome"
    6:26 PM - 16 Sep 2014
    "“@clbeaty1966: @dancemomkelly Why is your case with Abby continued again? Will this ever end?”I think she likes spending NYCs tax money"
  6. "by Antoinette Bueno 3:00 PM PST, January 13, 2015"
    " "It's safe to say Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller isn't backing down when it comes to her court case against her former co-star Kelly Hyland. [p] ET [Entertainment Tonight] was the only outlet to capture Miller on camera before her court appearance in New York City on Tuesday, Jan. 13, where she faced Hyland regarding the ugly Nov. 2013 incident that was actually captured by Dance Mom cameras..."
    "Hyland is now on trial for attempted assault."
    "will have her rap dismissed as long as she spends two days in “counseling,” a Bronx judge ordered Thursday.
    Hyland must also stay away from Miller for six months."
  8. Lawsuit: "66. An actual controversy has arisen and now exists between Plaintiffs and Defendants concerning their respective rights and duties pursuant to the contract(s) entered into by Plaintiffs and COLLINS. COLLINS seeks to enforce provisions of the contract(s) with Plaintiffs precluding them from engaging in publicity, taking part in television programming, media broadcasts or otherwise competing with "Dance Moms" without COLLINS‘ express written permission."
  9. Dance Moms Meet & Greet Fort Lee, NJ (7.13.2014)
    Paige: "Um, we don't dance right now, because in our contract it says that we're not allowed, but we're like trying..."
    Kelly: "Because our contract is we will dance with Abby... And that's for another two seasons... we're in Season 4. That's why I'm fighting to get out of my contract. You see on the news that I'm suing for all this money, all's that I want is to be out of my contract..."
    "Are Brooke and Paige still dancing?”yes"
    4:33 PM - 19 Sep 2014
  11. "Judge Ruth Ann Kwan stated she would likely strike the claims of defamation and emotional distress but permit the contractual claims."
  12. "Judge Ruth Kwan indicated that she will likely throw out the defamation and emotional distress claims that cast member Hyland and her daughters slapped Miller and producers Collins Avenue Entertainment with in their multi-claim February 19 complaint."
    "Judge Kwan also says she may allow Hyland’s breach of contract claims against Collins to continue"
    "Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ruth Kwan granted defense motions to toss the defamation claims on free-speech grounds. [p] However, Hyland can pursue her breach of contract, declaratory relief and negligence causes of action against Collins, Kwan found. [p] The judge also said Hyland’s daughters, Paige and Brooke, can move forward with their claims against the production company for breach of contract, but not for intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
    et al.
  18. "Defendant MILLER intentionally engaged in conduct that caused Plaintiff PAIGE HYLAND to reasonably believe that she was about to be touched or harmed in an offensive manner, namely by hit by a chair by MILLER"
  19. "Kwan reviewed the footage and found no reasonable way Hyland could legitimately fear being injured by her instructor."
  23. Dance Moms Meet & Greet Fort Lee, NJ (7.13.2014)
  31. Dance Moms Meet & Greet Fort Lee, NJ (7.13.2014)
    Q: "Do you still keep in touch with the girls?"
    Brooke: "Um. I know Paige still talks to Chloe every once in awhile, and I still kind of talk to her, but that's the only one I really talk to."
    Paige: "They're like not allowed to talk to us... only one that breaks the rule..."
  32. Dance Moms Meet & Greet Fort Lee, NJ (7.13.2014)
    I have not talked to any of the moms since the day it happened. The day I had the fight. They never once called to see... oh, Christi did... none of the moms called me, or checked on the kids, or anything, other than Christi. Christi was great... Christi baby-sat my kids... I haven't seen Christi, but we do keep in contact through text messaging, and all of that.
  37. Dance Moms Meet & Greet Fort Lee, NJ (7.13.2014)
    Brooke: Would you like to do Meet and Greets with the other girls?
    Kelly: We're not invited.
    Brooke: Yeah. Me, my family, Chloe's family were never invited to do those. It was always like Maddie...
    Kelly: That's why we do them on our own. Because really, really truly, the show is not scripted. Abby does not like us. Like, she doesn't like Christi and Chloe, so we're never invited.
  38. The Competition Begins
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 42.3 42.4
  45. "... Do u like horses or do u ever ride?”I had a horse when I was a child"
  46. with photo: "My dad's horse looks like it just left the"
  47. correcting and at least several occasions in the second and third seasons

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