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"Big Trouble in the Big Apple" is the seventh episode of the fourth season of Dance Moms. It first aired on February 11, 2014.


With another open call audition in New York, Abby announces that she is putting together an entirely new junior elite team; the Abby Lee Dance Company has two competitions in one week; Abby makes a bold decision that leads to a physically violent clash with Kelly.

Competition Attended

  • NUVO Dance Convention in Pittsburgh on November 22-24, 2013 (more)
  • Sheer Talent in Bronx, New York on November 24, 2013

Weekly Dances

Abby Lee Dance Company
Dance Name
Dance Style
Beautiful Revenge Lyrical 1st in Pre-Teen Small Group
Titanium Award
Wishbone Contemporary 2nd in Pre-Teen Duet
Titanium Award
Two Sapphires Lyrical 1st in Pre-Teen Duet
Titanium Award
Sheer Inspiration Award
Brooke Purple Reign Acrobatic 4th in Teen Solo
Titanium Award
Choreography Award
Paige Ooh La La Acrobatic Jazz 5th in Pre-Teen Solo
Titanium Award

Other Information

  • Pyramid:
    • Maddie
    • Paige, Brooke
    • Mackenzie, Nia, Kendall, Chloe
  • This episode was the most-viewed episode of Season 4.
  • The group dance was choreographed by Alexa Moffett.
  • Jade Cloud, Ava Cota and Ashtin Roth all attended the New York open auditions.
  • In this episode, Kelly and Abby got into a physical altercation, causing the Hylands to leave before the group dance and the awards. It was revealed in the next episode that the Hyland family had been dismissed from the team.
  • This is the first episode to feature Kira Girard and Kalani Hilliker.
  • This is the final episode to feature Brooke and Paige Hyland.
  • After the airing of this episode, Kelly took Abby and the producers to court. To read the court documents, click here. As well as this, Abby also has a restraining order against Kelly.
  • At a M&G sometime after the conclusion of filming for Season 4, Christi confirmed that Maddie and Melissa did, in fact, know that Two Sapphires was going to perform before arriving at the competition.[1]
  • The reason why Brooke, Paige, and Chloe were at the New York City auditions and not at NUVO dance competition and convention was because at the time, they weren’t members of the ALDC, but were still on Dance Moms for filming.

Picture Gallery

To view the gallery for "Big Trouble in the Big Apple", click here.

Video Gallery

To view the video gallery for "Big Trouble in the Big Apple", click here.