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"Nia's Last Chance" is the Eleventh episode of the fifth season of Dance Moms. It first aired March 17, 2015.


This week the ALDC heads to Philadelphia with a risky non-lyrical routine. Nia, Maddie and Kendall are feeling the pressure with solos, and Nia is singled out with an ultimatum from Abby. Frustrated with the lack of support from Melissa and Jill and tired of being victimized by Abby, Holly makes friends with two unlikely allies, which angers and alienates the original moms.

Competition Attended

Weekly Dances

Abby Lee Dance Company
Dance Name
Dance Style
Decadent Darlings Musical Theatre 3rd Overall
Elite Gold[2]
Maddie The Mannequin Contemporary 1st Overall
Elite Gold[2]
Kendall Waiting On a Train to Paris Contemporary Did Not Place
Elite Gold[2]
Nia The Color Purple Jazz Did Not Place
Elite Gold[2]
JC's Broadway Dance Academy
Dance Name
Dance Style
Ava Shine Through Me
(not shown)
Lyrical Did Not Place[3]
Highest Score in 11-12 Lyrical[4]
Elite Gold[2]

Other Information

  • Pyramid
    • Maddie
    • Nia, Kalani, Kendall, Mackenzie, JoJo
  • At pyramid, the girls were asked to present both negative and positive reasons for JoJo being part of the ALDC. At the end of their remarks, Abby presented JoJo with her team jacket, calling it sacred, but warning it was not for eternity.
  • Judges gave live public critiques, as dancers listened onstage. Judges included Rachelle Rak, Lydia Haug and Joshua Allen.[5]
  • Jeanette's studio was at this competition, although footage was cut from the broadcast episode. A bonus scene called "Confronting Jeanette" includes arguing between Jeanette, Abby and the ALDC moms. There had been more fan-reported drama between the ALDC and BDA, with Abby and Gianna walking out before Ava's solo, and Kira attempting to do the same.[6]
  • Ava danced to her own song, in tribute to her grandfather.[7][8]
  • Nia's grandfather passed away early in the week after the competition.[9][10] An earlier episode in the season had been released in tribute to him, and noted his passing.
  • During awards, they only announced the Top 5 in the different age groups as well as overalls, unlike at other competitions with the announcement of the Top 10.
  • At awards, Ava was somehow announced as being from the Abby Lee Dance Company.[11]
  • Elite Gold is the highest place you can get before placing in the Top 5.[2]
  • Ricky Palomino and niccimusic were working on "secret project" with Maddie and Kendall, in early January.
  • For her solo, Maddie was carried onstage by Nicholas Anthony (not to be confused with the Season 3 CADC guest choreographer with a similar name.)
  • 20 December: Lancaster, PA, meet and greet[12]
  • Competition followed by vacation for cast and crew.
  • Kalani and Kira back in Arizona night of Dec 21st.
  • Christmas party for ALDC on Dec 22nd (also Nick Dobbs's birthday.)

Picture Gallery

To view the gallery for "Nia's Last Chance," click here.

Video Gallery

To view the video gallery for "Nia's Last Chance," visit subpage Nia's Last Chance/Videos.