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Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition



Too much focus on fighting moms in kids' dance show.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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.


Stage moms often get into catty arguments and screaming matches. Sometimes the dancers get involved.


The dancers wear lots of skin revealing costumes in order to show off their body lines and technique.


Words like "s--t" are bleeped.


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.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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."

What's the story?

ABBY'S ULTIMATE DANCE COMPETITION is a reality series featuring dance coach and choreographer Abby Lee Miller as she challenges young dancers to give outstanding performances for a chance to win $100,000 and a scholarship to the Joffrey School of Ballet. Each week, 12 dancers -- who were selected from thousands of hopefuls -- perform in a variety of short routines and style-specific team dances staged by guest choreographers like Bobby Newbury and Gina Starbuck. After the team performances, which are hosted by Kevin Manno, Miller, along with Pussycat Dolls creator Robin Antin and Lady Gaga choreographer Richy Jackson, offer their critiques. The dancer that least impresses is eliminated, while the rest continue dancing for the coveted prizes. Throughout it all, the young dancers' mothers are watching from the sidelines, and do everything they can to support their child while bickering with each other.

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about being a professional dancer. Are most professional dancers female? What kind of pressure are dancers under to keep fit and be thin? What kind of impact do you think this has on a dancer's body image?

  • Why do you think the parents featured here behave the way they do? Is it because they want the best for their kids? Or are they motivated to be overbearing and catty in order to create more interesting reality TV? Do you think these mothers are serving as positive role models for their children and/or for other parents?

TV details

Premiere date:October 9, 2012
Cast:Abby Lee Miller, Richy Jackson, Robin Antin
Network:Lifetime Television
Genre:Reality TV
Topics:Arts and dance
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Kid, 10 years old November 8, 2013

Audc has special qualitys

Fun show great to see all the girls put so much passion into dance. a big range of personality in the children and also in the moms the judges are also happy to take part of audc they have big personalities and can be quite funny
Parent Written byPurple Virgo October 8, 2013

Heartless Godless Abby

It a horrible display of what can happen when people like Abby believe that money is everything in the world. Clearly she doesn't know God or else she wouldn't be speaking to children the way she does. Crazy abby use some of your so called money to admit yourself into a mental hospital and the rest donate to an orphanage. All you are doing is harming these poor children. And as for the mothers you should be ashamed and locked behind bars for a very very ver long time
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written bywinston2470 November 20, 2013

Pretty good, however...

This show is good, but the moms are always yelling and swearing at each other. They often insult each other, too, and are very mean. The moms occasionally drink, but it's not that common. The moms always gossip about the little girls too which is very common. But, it is a good show overall.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking