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|Premiere:||November 29, 2016|
The seventh season of Dance Moms premiered November 29, 2016 on Lifetime.
It's time for a change and this fall, “Dance Moms” is all about new beginnings. Opening a second studio and losing her star student, Abby’s life has been full of challenges. But that chapter has closed and it’s definitely time for a change. Abby is focused on making sure that her studio is thriving, as she searches for her next Maddie while nurturing her ALDC Junior Elite girls to become stars. Plus this season, Abby’s next generation of dancers – the Mini Elite Team – is full of promise and could put ALDC back on track to reclaim the National Title.
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|Season||Episodes||Originally aired (U.S. dates)|
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|Season 7: 2016/17||TBA||November 29, 2016|
Season 7: 2016/17Edit
The following contains plot details about an upcoming episode beyond what the creators may have intended.
Please realize that spoilers may rely on second-hand or third-hand information, and are likely to contain errors.
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|Title||Original air date|
|191||1||Fight for Your Life||November 29, 2016|
|After an eight week break, Abby reaches out to the Junior Elite mothers and asks them to come to the ALDC to hear an announcement.|
|192||2||Abby's Worst Nightmare||December 6, 2016|
|Abby challenges the Junior Elites to a head-to-head competition and makes big changes to the team. In the hopes of finding her super team, Abby sends some girls home and brings in two new girls. But, when Abby's biggest rival returns, the moms worry about her ability to hold it all together.|
|193||3||Return of The Rotten Apples||December 13, 2016|
|Abby and the ALDC bring an edgy group routine, inspired by Kalani's 16th birthday, to this week's competition hoping to overtake Cathy and her Candy Apples for the second week in a row. Kendall dances a Maddie-esque solo determined to beat Nicaya.|
|194||4||Winner Takes All||December 20, 2016|
|Abby challenges Daviana and Kalani to a head-to-head solo showdown; two minis rejoin the team; Abby eliminates a member of the super team.|
|195||5||New Kid on the Block||December 27, 2016|
|Abby brings in a new dancer with an eccentric mother; Abby encourages Brynn to lead Kalani and Kendall in their trio; the mothers are nervous when Abby assigns the first hip-hop routine since the elites walked out.|
|196||6||No Clowning Around||January 3, 2017|
|Nationals are only six weeks away, but a constantly changing team have the moms worried. Nia gets her first solo in a year and Abby gives two of her new dancers a chance to shine on stage. Meanwhile, the veteran moms go on the attack after one of the new moms puts down their kids.|
|197||7||The Fresno Curse||January 10, 2017|
|Abby and the ALDC try to break a long standing losing streak in Fresno, California; Holly's nerves are frayed when Abby announces the theme for a controversial group dance; Elliana and Maesi's duet brings out the worst in their mothers.|
|198||8||ALDC Ain't Dead Yet||January 17, 2017|
|Abby brings the girls to a cemetery to get them in the spirit for a graveyard-inspired routine; the mothers are frustrated when Brynn is given a special part; Elliana and Lilliana are given head-to-head solos for the first time.|
|199||9||Battle of the Blondes||January 24, 2017|
|Abby auditions a new dancer to be a part of the Great 8 team heading to Nationals; Brynn, Lilly and Maesi all go head-to-head with solos; the mothers are hopeful that a new dancer will complete the team, but Ashlee thinks otherwise.|
|200||10||Breathless in Denver||January 31, 2017|
|Kalani, Kendall and Nia all dance competing solos in Denver; the minis are in a technically complicated group dance, and the mothers wonder if this addition will ruin their winning streak heading into Nationals.|
|201||11||Leaving La La Land||February 7, 2017|
|In the final week before the ALDC heads to Pittsburgh for Nationals, the elite girls struggle with a difficult ballet routine and get the cold shoulder from Abby; Abby becomes obsessed with the mini soloists; Kendall resumes her stalled music career.|
|202||12||It's Not Always Sunny in Pittsburgh||February 14, 2017|
|The team returns to Pittsburgh where the stress of proving themselves leads to explosive battles between some of the mothers; Abby questions Camryn's desire to be on the team and gives her one more chance to prove herself.|
|203||13||Same Old Frenemies Part 1||February 21, 2017|
|Abby hits a major roadblock with the group routine; Brynn, Kalani, Lilliana and Elliana are assigned solos, leaving Holly and Jill fuming; Kendall premieres her music video; a former ALDC dancer considers visiting her old teammates.|
|204||14||Same Old Frenemies Part 2||February 21, 2017|
|The ALDC battles the Candy Apples for the final time this season; Abby breaks down when faced with an uncertain future; a surprise guest makes an appearance that shocks the whole team.|
- Season 7 was announced in June 2016 by Abby via Instagram.
- Casting took place in the following cities:
- July 27: Utah
- August 1-2: Florida
- August 3-4: Georgia
- August 5-6: North Carolina
- August 11: Massachusetts
- August 13: New York City
- This season marks the first season to:
- It was announced on September 14 that Cathy Nesbitt-Stein will be back this season with her Candy Apple's team. The team is comprised of Ava Cota, Haley Huelsman, Tara Johnson and Nicaya Wiley.
- Due to the return of CADC, the mini team were disbanded. However, Lilliana and Elliana and their mothers later joined the elite team.
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