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Season 1
General Information
Country of origin: United States
Number of episodes: 13
Broadcast Information
Original channel: Lifetime
Premiere: July 13, 2011
Finale: October 12, 2011
Season Chronology
Next: Season 2

The first season of Dance Moms premiered July 13, 2011 on Lifetime and concluded on October 12, 2011.

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Season Overview

Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
Season Premiere Season Finale
1 13 July 13, 2011 October 12, 2011

Season 1: 2011

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Title Original air date
1 1 "The Competition Begins" July 13, 2011

Abby Lee Miller began her self-named company at age fourteen, and is well-known for her dramatic performances on and offstage. Abby's behavior around and towards her young students can sometimes have their moms questioning Abby's overall sanity. The group heads from Pittsburgh to Phoenix, Arizona for a dance competition, where Abby and Christi argue after a mishap with Chloe's headpiece.

2 2 "Wildly Inappropriate" July 20, 2011

After their low-scoring group routine in Phoenix, head to conservative Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Abby readies the girls for a group number called “Electricity,” hoping to spice up their image. The girls are scantily clad in costumes that has the moms on edge.

3 3 "Cheerleader Blues" July 27, 2011

This week, the group number is an acro routine. Abby pulls in Brooke, as she is the best acro dancer in the group, but mayhem ensues when Brooke injures her hip and decides to quit dance in favor of cheerleading.

4 4 "Stealing the Show" August 3, 2011

Abby gives each student a solo for the next competition, but gives Maddie two solos. Abby claims it is because Maddie takes tap lessons outside the group, but Christi doesn’t buy it and demands that Melissa pull out one of Maddie’s solos, the situation ending in an explosive fight and girls' tears.

5 5 "When Stars Collide" August 10, 2011

A Broadway casting agent is coming to the Abby Lee Dance Company’s Annual Showcase, and all of the moms want their daughters to be seen. However, they believe that the agent’s visit is just a hoax to have Maddie get hired. Abby tells the moms that they will also be performing onstage and appoints Cathy as the choreographer. Cathy becomes too overbearing and steals the spotlight at the showcase, infuriating Abby and the moms.

6 6 "Dying to Dance" August 17, 2011

Christi’s grandmother is hospitalized and Christi is forced to decide between family and dance. In the end she chooses to stick with dance. Fortunately, she later finds out that her grandmother is okay. Meanwhile, Cathy convinces the other moms to get botox in celebration of Kelly's fortieth birthday. The moms and Abby argue over how well the dance "Where Have All The Children Gone" will be received, with its eerie theme and narrative poetry, leaving the judges to decide.

7 7 "She's a Fighter" August 24, 2011

Holly grows tired of her daughter Nia being cast in ethnic-related routines when given a LaQuifa routine, and confronting Abby over the fact gets nowhere. Meanwhile, Maddie dedicates her new solo "Angel" to her late grandmother.

8 8 "Love on the Dance Floor" August 31, 2011

Brooke’s ex-crush Brandon returns to the ALDC to star in their group routine, "Snapshot". Abby sets Brandon and Brooke on a date in order to create chemistry before their dance, but the atmosphere is awkward and the performance goes badly. Meanwhile Kelly tries to reconnect with Brandon’s mom, Diane, and Abby visits her mother accompanied by her dancers.

9 9 "From Ballerinas to Showgirls" September 7, 2011

Chloe finds herself at the top of Abby's pyramid for the first time, but is she being set up? Meanwhile, Cathy takes her daughter Vivi-Anne out of Abby Lee Dance Company to join Candy Apple's Dance Center. She secretly readies her dancers to go against Abby's dancers.

10 10 "Cathy Brings It On" September 14, 2011

In Hollywood, Kelly decides to secretly hire choreographers to give her daughters Brooke and Paige an edge. To everyone's shock, Cathy arrives with her Candy Apples dancers to go head to head against Abby's dancers, and Chloe becomes confused when hearing her "Dream On A Star" music played before being prepared.

11 11 "It All Ends Here" September 28, 2011

After competing throughout the entire season, it all boils down to the National Title Competition. Abby's dancers have been on a losing streak and this is their last chance to prove they can win. Meanwhile, Melissa leaves the competition early to go on vacation. Her ex-husband, Kurt, steps in as a "Dance Dad," sending Melissa into a panic.

12 12 "There's Only One Star" October 5, 2011

Abby brings the girls back to LA to audition for a music video. The group gets cast, but then continue to compete for the lead, as only one girl will be the star. The main competition is, as usual, between Maddie and Chloe, but this time Abby isn't the judge.


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Title Original air date
13 "Most Outrageous Moments" October 12, 2011
Abby Lee Miller hosts a clipshow featuring the fifteen most outrageous moments seen on Dance Moms.

Other Information

  • Filming for Season 1 started the week beginning April 4th and concluded sometime in early August.
  • Abby has discussed how many of the routines from the first six episodes were previously known, with music dubbed in post-production.[2] Some of these include: the trio in episode one, Paige's "Double Take" solo in episode four and Chloe's "Baby Mine" solo.
  • Episode ten (Cathy Brings It On) was actually filmed the week after the Nationals shown in It All Ends Here. It is believed that this was done in order to set up the ALDC vs CADC rivalry, as this episode marked the studio's first appearance.
  • The season had an average viewing rate of 1.329 million.


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