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"Maddie vs. Mackenzie" is the twenty-third episode of the fifth season of Dance Moms. It first aired June 16, 2015.


For the first time in years, Maddie and Mackenzie are competing with solos against each other in the same age category. The pressure is even higher for Maddie-who, in addition to practicing her risky tap solo, has a new video with Sia premiering this week. Abby brings in celebrity guest choreographer Travis Payne to teach the girls a routine inspired by voguing, a style with which they are unfamiliar. They have to not only impress Abby, but also this high-profile choreographer who is a power player in the dance industry.

Competition Attended

Weekly Dances

Abby Lee Dance Company
Dance Name
Dance Style
Beautiful Bizarre Jazz Funk 2nd
Mackenzie Sink or Swim Acrobatic Jazz 1st in Junior
1st Overall
Maddie You Go-Go Girl Tap 2nd in Junior
2nd Overall
JoJo Rebel Without a Cause Jazz 3rd in Junior
3rd Overall

Other Information

  • Pyramid
    • Kalani
    • Kendall, Mackenzie
    • Maddie, JoJo, Nia
  • Travis Payne choreographed for the group dance.[4]
  • Editing audio-swapped Maddie's solo with a different song, and the dance was renamed from "These Boots Were Made for Walkin'."
  • April 2nd: Release of third Sia video with Maddie, "Big Girls Cry"
  • Kendall and her sister Charlotte were both posting photos from New Orleans on Friday.[5][6] Absent from the competition, Kendall posted a photo with Jill and other family on Saturday. They apparently attended the wedding of one of Jill's two nieces.[citation needed] (Kendall K's middle "K" was given in honor of two of Jill's nieces, Kiley and Kara.)
  • News article on competition from, written prior to the competition; also a follow-up article, written after the competition, with the focus on another studio's experience.
  • Center Stage Dance Competition is linked to World Class Talent Experience[7]

Picture Gallery

To view the gallery for "Maddie vs. Mackenzie," click here.

Video Gallery

To view the video gallery for "Maddie vs. Mackenzie," visit subpage Maddie vs. Mackenzie/Videos.