This marks the second season finale to be split into two parts. The first being in Season 4.
The elite girls were training at 3rd Street dance studio (the same studio the show was filmed at in Season 5, prior to the opening of ALDC LA) with various choreographers all week (one being Erin Babbs), whereas the mini team continued training at the ALDC LA.
Some of the dancers from Molly Long's studio Project 21 attended the competition. Daviana Fletcher, who later appears in Season 7, was also at the competition and competed a solo in the teen division which beat Kalani.
During the post-season hiatus:
June 24: ALDC Pittsburgh Annual Dance Concert "Dance to the Music" at Baldwin High School Auditorium. Mackenzie and Maddie both performed in numbers, Kendall's flight got canceled and so she was unable to attend; videos can be found here.
June 25: ALDC makeup artists Tammy & Diana will be holding an event with makeup workshops and personal headshot sessions. Brynn will also be attending the event.
June 27: Abby pleaded guilty to two charges: concealing bankruptcy assets; and not reporting foreign currency brought from Australia shortly after the end of Season 4. Sentencing scheduled for October 11th.
June 28: The ALDC Minis attended Hollywood Vibe in Vegas, where they performed a group dance entitled "Gossip Girls" as well as their Nationals routine "Flower Children". Areana and Elliana also performed a duet and Lilliana had a solo which won the Overall Mini Division, making her a national title winner.
July 1-8: Kalani and Brynn attended The Dance Awards in Vegas with their studio, Club Dance. Kalani competed for Teen Female Best Dancer as well as in the general competition, whereas Brynn only competed in group dances for the general competition. Kalani was 2nd runner-up for Teen Female Best Dancer.
July 9: ALDC LA Annual Dance Concert "Dance to the Music" at Hollywood High School.
Starting July 12: Nia will be featured in the Off-Broadway production Trip of Love.
July 14-17: ALDC PGH and LA attend Sheer Talent Nationals in Las Vegas. Mackenzie and Kendall participated. Because Kendall won the title last year, she was there to hand it down to the winner this year. She performed her Cold and Clear solo; it was not judged (Video, short clip).
July 18: Nia hosted the Cabaret for a Cause event in NYC. Former cast members Kamryn Beck and Jade Cloud also performed at the event.
July 31: The 2016 Teen Choice Awards took place. Dance Moms was nominated for Choice TV Show: Reality. Kalani, Maddie and Chloe were all nominated for Choice Dancer with Maddie ultimately winning the award. Mackenzie was nominated for Choice Muser, but lost to Baby Ariel.