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Season 2
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General Information
Country of origin: United States
Number of episodes: 28 (total)
13 (season 2)
15 (season 2.5)
Broadcast Information
Original channel: Lifetime
Premiere: January 10, 2012
Finale: September 25, 2012
Season Chronology
Previous: Season 1
Next: Season 3
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The second season of Dance Moms premiered January 10, 2012. The season finale aired September 25, 2012. Season 2 filming began in October 2011 and "took a break" in February 2012. Season 2.5 filming began in April 2012 and ended in July 2012.

Cast

Choreographers

Mothers

Abby Lee Dance Company Dancers

Candy Apple's Dancers

Guest Dancers

Season overview

Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
Season premiere Season finale
2 28 January 10, 2012 September 25, 2012

Episode Guide

Season 2

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14 1 "Everyone's Replaceable" January 10, 2012

The departure of Cathy and Vivi-Anne creates an opportunity for Abby to change the make-up of her dance group with a big open audition in which Kendall Vertes wins, and Abby warns no one can be secure of their spot on the ALDC team. Meanwhile, Holly's busy career schedule forces her to miss Nia's rehearsals and competitions, which Abby sees as a lack of Dance Mom dedication. Abby also has to come to terms with Chloe's growing success.

15 2 "Return of the Candy Apples" January 17, 2012

Abby's dancers go head to head against Cathy's Candy Apples again, but this time Cathy makes sure her dancers are unbeatable, even if it means cheating. In order to do that, Cathy sets up a poaching trap for the Dance Moms by inviting them over to an anonymous cocktail party.

16 3 "Brooke's Turning Point" January 24, 2012

Brooke tries out for cheerleading, leaving Abby and the other dancers in a lurch the day before a big competition. Their group dance "Born to Dance" places first overall and Brooke gets into the cheerleading squad, therefore leaving the ALDC.

17 4 "No One Likes A Bully" January 31, 2012

Abby choreographs a bully-themed dance and replaces Brooke with Payton. She also puts Jill, Kendall, Leslie, and Payton on probation as they battle for the one spot on the ALDC competition team. Jill doesn't think Payton should be on the team because she is too tall and stands out from the other girls, but thinks her daughter Kendall is just right for the spot. Abby becomes displeased when Payton critiques the group performance.

18 5 "Brooke's Back" February 7, 2012

Brooke's return leaves no room for Payton, causing Leslie to consider taking her daughter to Candy Apple's. Abby allows Brooke back into the dance company but warns her that she must win her division in order for her to stay. Mackenzie impresses Abby with her improvement as a dancer. Abby also announces that Kendall is off probation, but Jill gets put on.

19 6 "Jill on the Rampage" (aka "Wardrobe Malfunction") February 14, 2012

Abby puts the moms in charge of making the girls' costumes themselves for the competition. However, Jill breaks the rules by buying an expensive dance outfit for Kendall, leading to a conflict with Abby and almost causing Kendall to be unable to perform. Meanwhile, Maddie slips and falls during her performance.

20 7 "Bullets and Ballet" February 21, 2012

Paige is at the top of the pyramid for once, but her trio rehearsals receive harsh criticisms from Abby. Maddie is at the bottom of the pyramid, to both Maddie and Melissa's surprise. Abby choreographs a Private-Eye themed dance that involves guns, igniting drama between she and the moms. Meanwhile, the moms perform their own investigations on Jill, and find her talking to her old studio at the competition.

21 8 "The Runaway Mom" February 28, 2012

After Kendall is put back on probation, Jill has had enough and decides to take Kendall to dance at Candy Apple's, who surprise the ALDC by showing up at the same event. Abby choreographs a wedding themed dance, attempting to end Melissa's secretiveness. In addition, Holly leaves the competition early after feeling she and her daughter were manipulated.

22 9 "Topless Showgirls" March 6, 2012

The Dance Moms think Abby has pushed the envelope too far when she creates a dance number where the girls are made to appear nude. Meanwhile, Cathy offers Chloe a chance to be in a commercial for her husband's beef jerky business.

23 10 "Miami Heat Wave" March 13, 2012

The dancers leave snowy Pittsburgh for the warm beaches of Miami, but unfortunately not everything is a vacation. Holly is upset that Nia is once again not considered for a role in the coveted team trio, and confronts Abby, only to get expelled from the studio. Also, Paige gets her planters warts removed and is almost pulled from the trio due to the pain. Elsewhere, Kendall performs at a Globetrotters game.

24 11 "Melissa Pleads the Fifth" March 20, 2012

Melissa is tired of Christi and Kelly’s inquiries about her engagement and has her attorney send a letter to the nosy mothers. The letter gets not only the moms worked up, but causes meltdowns in the dance studio. Melissa must choose between being a customer of Abby’s and a friend of Cathy’s. Meanwhile, a Candy Apple's dance routine goes wrong and one of the dancers must be rushed to the hospital.

25 12 "Waiting for Joffrey" March 27, 2012

The dance troupe learns that a scout from the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School will attend their next competition, and they work hard in order to impress him. An injured Nia is placed in a trio with Mackenzie and Paige, and are pitted against a formidable trio comprised of their own teammates.

26 13 "Abbygeddon" April 3, 2012

In the mid-season finale, Abby's dancers compete in the regionals and for a scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School. Unfortunately, the Candy Apples are also competing for both, leading to an emotional breakdown by Abby.

Season 2.5

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28 1 "The Battle Begins" June 5, 2012

Abby returns, Maddie tries to regain her confidence, while Chloe feels the weight of the dance company on her shoulders. But as Mackenzie falls during her solo, the team is in for another disappointing week at competition.

29 2 "The Night of the Living Dancers" June 12, 2012

Abby criticizes the lifeless dancing of her squad, and choreographs a zombie themed dance to suit them, and Holly strives to create the elaborate costumes. Abby throws a chair, Kelly makes a drastic decision moments before her daughters take the stage, and Maddie struggles to find confidence in a week when her music skips.

30 3 "I Know What You Did Last Competition" June 19, 2012

Abby and Melissa face a cheating scandal, Kelly's daughters are put on probation, Mackenzie has a solo that makes up for last week's slip, and the girls compete against two crack teams aiming for them at a contest in Michigan.

31 4 "Maddie Has A Secret" June 26, 2012

Abby secretly enters Maddie in two competitions at the same event. With Brooke absent for a school dance, Payton returns for a group number inspired by "The Hunger Games."

33 5 "How Do You Like Them Apples?" July 10, 2012

Abby and the girls are out for revenge when they go up against Cathy and her Candy Apple's for the first time in the new competition season. Meanwhile, Kelly secretly re-choreographs Paige's solo, and Jill becomes frustrated with Cathy.

34 6 "Worst Birthday Party Ever!" July 17, 2012

Kelly's birthday party turns into a disaster when a fight breaks out; Abby arranges for the girls to audition for "Drop Dead Diva"; Leslie works to get her daughter a solo; Brooke faces tough competition from a teammate.

35 7 "Guess Who's Back?" July 24, 2012

The dancer who gets the Drop Dead Diva role is revealed, Paige gets injured badly, and Nia gets a chance to wow the crowd with a solo. However, the biggest surprise is when Jill and Kendall return to the ALDC.

36 8 "Break a Leg" August 7, 2012

Paige suffers an injury that takes her out of the team for a few weeks. Jill is all too happy as this gives Kendall a chance to join the team as a replacement for Paige. Maddie is all ready for her guest role on Drop Dead Diva.

37 9 "Revenge of the Candy Apples" August 14, 2012

Cathy is out for revenge after learning Jill and Kendall have returned to Abby's. Chloe not only gets a chance to shine after Maddie turns down a solo, but she also gets massive pressure.

38 10 "The Recital to End All Recitals" August 21, 2012

A new style of dance (hip-hop) for the annual ALDC recital gets the dancers and moms shaken up, as Paige struggles to return from her broken foot. When Payton and Leslie join the group, tension starts between Leslie and Kelly. Cathy and her Apples decides to make an unnecessary stop with her Apples at the recital.

39 11 "New Girl In Town" August 28, 2012

Just as Paige gets approval from her doctor to dance, a new dance mom and her little dancer arrive at the studio. Nicaya Wiley and her mom, Kaya Wiley join the dance team. Christi starts a fight between her and Kaya.

40 12 "Solo Fever" September 4, 2012

Each girl performs a solo for Abby to determine who will compete at Nationals. Meanwhile, Melissa tries to sign her daughters with an agency, and Kelly helps Brooke with her singing career.

41 13 "Nationals 90210" September 11, 2012

The dancers compete for a national title in Beverly Hills, with Candy Apple's following the trail. Four solos will perform for the ALDC, but the team is shaken when Abby forces Chloe, Kendall and Nia to vie for the one remaining unassigned slot. Paige is given a leading but unchallenging role, Brooke's music video is revealed, while Kelly doubts it is worth returning for another season.

42 14 "Reunion, Part 1" September 18, 2012

Abby and the moms reunite to discuss the season.

43 15 "Reunion, Part 2" September 25, 2012

Conclusion. Abby and the moms reunite to discuss the season.

Specials

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Title Original air date
27 "Abby's Most OMG Moments" June 5, 2012

Abby counts down her most shocking moments from season two.

32 "Abby's Dance-a-Thon" July 03, 2012

Abby ranks dance performances from worst to best.

Trivia

  • Dance Moms was nominated for a 2012 Teen Choice Award in the category "Choice TV: Reality Show," but lost to Punk'd.
  • As of March 2014, this season has the most amount of episodes with 28. 
  • This is the debut season for Jill and Kendall Vertes. 

Gallery

To view the gallery for Season 2, click here.

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