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Dance Moms: Miami is an American reality television series that debuted on Lifetime on April 3, 2012. It is the spinoff of the Lifetime show Dance Moms.

Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
Season premiere Season finale
1 8 April 3, 2012 May 29, 2012

Season 1: 2011

No. Title Original air date
1 "Get Fierce!" April 3, 2012

Dance Moms: Miami follows Victor Smalley and Angel Armas, the owners and dance instructors at their renowned contemporary dance studio in Miami, Florida. The studio is managed with an iron hand by the no-nonsense instructor Angel and Victor’s mother, studio-manager Mayra Smalley. Abby and her daughter Sammy join the studio, and Debi is not happy as Sammy previously attended Debi’s daughter Hannah’s old studio and the two are rivals. Victor choreographs a duet between Kimmy and Lucas that has both children feeling awkward and worried about their performance. Mayhem ensues when Victor comes down with a virus on the day of the competition, and Debi confronts Susan when Susan’s daughter Jessi rips a trophy from Hannah’s hand.

2 "Moms Making Waves" April 10, 2012

Jessi is under Susan’s radar after pulling off the bottom of the List for her attitude at Hollywood Vibe towards Hannah. This week the moms, Victor, and Angel push the kids harder than ever to win. Hannah finally earns a solo, as does Lucas. Brigette and Debi argue after the competition over whether Hannah deserved her placing or not, and Sammy makes a cocky remark that angers Mayra. Sammy places first overall, Lucas places second overall, and Hannah places fourth overall.

3 "Don't Judge Me!" April 17, 2012

Angel and Victor create a powerful group number based on the kids' insecurities. Abby is aghast when Susan and Brigette inform her that Debi asked Victor to purposely ruin Sammy's solo, and she decides to confront Debi backstage. Ani realizes her obsession with perfection has affected Kimmy's attitude greatly.

4 "Your Duet Can Take a Bow" May 1, 2012

Victor decides it’s time for Debi and Abby to settle their differences and prepares a duet between Sammy and Hannah that reveals undeniable tension. Debi is open about her feelings and reveals she believes Hannah is being set up to fail due to her past emotional connection with Sammy. An argument erupts between Debi and Brigette over past manipulations.

Note: During this episode, the dancers attend Energy Dance Competition in Michigan. Abby Lee Dance Company also attends this competition. Kimmy of Dance Moms: Miami places 4th, beating Chloe of the original Dance Moms, who places fifth. Maddie of Dance Moms wins first place.

5 "Don't Take That Tone With Me" May 8, 2012

Jessi begins to disrespect her mother after listening to Victor and Angel insult Susan. Susan is worried that Jessi will not win a good title at this week’s competition due to the fact that Jessi’s solo has abundant artistry but little technique.

6 "Pushed to the Edge of the Dance Floor" May 15, 2012

Sammy, Jessi, and Hannah are paired up for a trio. Susan is upset as she believes Sammy is not committed to dance and that Hannah’s technique is not at Jessi’s level. Abby is pushed to her boiling point once Susan takes harassing way too far, and chaos ensues in the dressing room when Kimmy is accused of messing up in the group routine.

7 "No One Likes a Quitter" May 22, 2012

Victor and Angel put Sammy on the bottom of list for her mother’s antics, but she is not there to witness it as she and Abby are absent from rehearsal. When the two finally show up, the moms go in defensive mode, claiming Abby and Sammy are not team players. Lucas and Hannah are given solos this week, and Hannah seeks a chance to show her technique and convince the moms she is a valuable asset to the competition team.

8 "Move Over, I'm the Star" May 29, 2012

Stars Dance Studio elite dancer Mia Diaz joins the competition team as an “honorary guest”, having the other moms fear Mia will outshine the other children. This week, Hannah and Sammy are each given a solo, but Victor and Angel warn the two girls that Mia’s solo might replace theirs. Kimmy becomes distracted when the duet between her and Lucas is a changed to a trio with her, Lucas, and Mia. Brigette reveals she is close to a divorce from her husband Oscar due to the amount of time she spends at competition rehearsals, and decides to leave Stars. Jessi makes another mistake in the group routine, and Susan lashes out at Victor and Angel for favoring Mia over the other dancers.

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