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g   Kelly Hyland
Kelly Skyline Studios 2016
Gender: Female
Born: May 16[1], 1971[2][3]
Age: 53
Height: 5' 7"[4]
Friends and Family
Spouse: Randy Hyland (separated)
Parents: Unnamed Mother (Deceased)
Children: Brooke Hyland (oldest daughter)
Josh (younger son)
Paige Hyland (youngest daughter)
Friends: Christi Lukasiak
Diane Pent
Holly Hatcher-Frazier
Melissa Ziegler-Gisoni
Jill Vertes
Gianna Martello
Kira Girard
Kristie Ray
Feuds: Abby Lee Miller
Pets: Buddy (dog; deceased)
Episode Run
Debut: The Competition Begins
Last: Nothing's Fair in Abbyville

  Kelly Hyland is the wife of Randy Hyland, and mother of Brooke, Josh, and Paige Hyland.

She began dancing at Maryen Lorrain Miller's dance studio at the age of two and became one of the Abby Lee Miller's original ALDC dancers at the age of eight, but she quit at age fourteen to become a cheerleader.

Following a fight with Abby early in the fourth season, Kelly and her daughters left the show, with Kelly involved with Abby and producers in various court battles.

In Dance Moms

On the show, she is portrayed as a mom who supports her kids' choices, such as letting Brooke try out for cheerleading instead of going to a competition if it was something Brooke really wanted to do. Her reasoning for doing so was because she did not want Brooke looking back on it and blaming Kelly for not letting her go.

She often argued with Abby because of the lack of time Abby spent with Brooke and Paige. She also believed that it was unfair how Maddie got more opportunities than the other girls on the team.

In the season four episode Big Trouble in the Big Apple, Kelly got into a physical altercation with Abby. This lead to the Hyland family being dismissed from the team. Kelly and her girls have expressed no interest in returning to the show.


To read about lawsuits that involve Kelly Hyland, go here.

Other Information

  • Her zodiac sign is a Taurus.
  • Kelly has stated, "we've not been a part of Abby's studio since before the show started, but they wanted us for the show for Dance Moms, so we only dance with the show for Dance Moms, and we've actually been trying to get off the show since Season 1."[5] However, Abby has said that Brooke and Paige haven’t been members of her studio since Season 3.
  • When she was younger, she studied all types of dance, but acro was her favorite.[7]
  • Along with her daughters, Kelly has said that they began doing Meet & Greets because they were not invited to do Abby's.[8]
  • She danced with Abby for thirty-seven years from when she was two-and-a-half.[9]
  • Kelly used to be in a golf league, according to her in a season one episode.
  • Her birthday is May 16, 1971, which is a year and five days after Holly's.
  • According to Christi, when Kelly graduated high school, Kelly's sister opened a dance studio near Abby's, with Kelly as one of the instructors, taking away many of Abby's dance students.[10]
  • Kelly says it was real that she was trying to get off the show after the second season.[11]
  • She has known Christi Lukasiak, her closest friend on the show, for nine years.[12]
  • Screaming, swearing, having a glass of wine, shopping, and complaining to her friends are her top five ways to blow off steam.[13]
  • She says she was a lot like Brooke in high school.[13]
  • In the second season reunion specials, Abby said she thought Paige was much like her Kelly when she was younger.
  • Contradicting Christi, Abby maintains on-and-off the show that Kelly only worked two weeks at a Clinique counter at the mall before planning her wedding. As part of her schtick at classes, Abby has followed this claim by charging that Kelly carried Brooke on her hip until she was ten years old, and would leave Paige forgotten in the car.[14]
  • Her parental family has owned horses, including Kelly having one as a child.[15][16]
  • Her biggest regret is not going to college,[13] and she wants her kids to go to college so that won't in turn become one of their regrets.[13]
  • During her house tour extra, Kelly says she loves to cook. She also adds that between dance and Josh's hockey, they have a crazy schedule.
  • Her favorite family recipe is chicken pot pie.[13]
  • She frequently remembered Paige being one year younger than she actually was.[17]
  • In March and April 2014, she wrote that Brooke and Paige will continue to dance elsewhere.[18]
  • In March and April 2014, she indicated that Brooke and Paige miss dancing with their friends,[19] "but this is the best thing for them."
  • She now lives in Naples, Florida.
  • In 2020, Kelly along with fellow former dance Moms Melissa Ziegler, Jill Vertes, and Holly Hatcher-Frazier began hosting a podcast titled Because Mom Said So.
  • According to Brooke and Paige in a YouTube video, They both stated that Both of their parents separated and that their mother lives down in Naples, Florida and that their brother Josh and dad remain back home in Pittsburgh. Also adding onto this statement, there is no awkwardness because their dad still goes over Kelly's sister's house for dinner.


As herself

Year Series Notes
2011-2014 Dance Moms Lead. Seasons 1-4


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External Links


  5. Dance Moms Meet & Greet Fort Lee, NJ (7.13.2014)
  8. Dance Moms Meet & Greet Fort Lee, NJ (7.13.2014)
    Brooke: Would you like to do Meet and Greets with the other girls?
    Kelly: We're not invited.
    Brooke: Yeah. Me, my family, Chloe's family were never invited to do those. It was always like Maddie...
    Kelly: That's why we do them on our own. Because really, really truly, the show is not scripted. Abby does not like us. Like, she doesn't like Christi and Chloe, so we're never invited.
  9. The Competition Begins
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4
  15. "... Do u like horses or do u ever ride?”I had a horse when I was a child"
  16. with photo: "My dad's horse looks like it just left the"
  17. correcting and at least several occasions in the second and third seasons

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