A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Young talented dancers compete for cash and a ballet school scholarship, but the stage moms' catty behavior is also central to the show.
Positive Role Models
The dancers work hard, but they, along with their stage mothers, are fiercely competitive. The moms fight with each other frequently.
Violence & Scariness
Stage moms often get into catty arguments and screaming matches. Sometimes the dancers get involved.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The dancers wear lots of skin revealing costumes in order to show off their body lines and technique.
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Words like "s--t" are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
The Joffrey School of Ballet is prominently discussed, and with Abby Lee Miller as the star of the show, her brand gets lots of play.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition features a talented group of young dancers competing for a prestigious dance scholarship and a cash prize, but the real focus is on the stage parenting, bickering, and competitive behavior of the moms. Curses like "s--t" are bleeped. The dancers wear lots of skin revealing dance costumes, but these are worn to show off their posture and technique rather than to just look "sexy."
Is It Any Good?
From tap numbers to contemporary dances, the young people featured here are fun to watch as they take the stage and shine while doing their best to steal the spotlight. While the panel's critiques of the performances are strong and honest, they are also encouraging, and focus on helping each dancer pinpoint the areas they need to work on, while underscoring the things they do well.
Unfortunately, the show's focus on the stage moms' antics, which is a trademark of the Dance Moms reality franchise, adds a negative spin to an otherwise positive celebration of young dance talent from across the country. No doubt that dance fans will want to tune in, but you probably won't want younger viewers learning some of these adults' catty dance moves.
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