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Season 1
General Information
Country of origin: United States
Number of episodes: 13
Broadcast Information
Original channel: Lifetime
Premiere: July 13, 2011
Finale: October 12, 2011
Season Chronology
Next: Season 2

The first season of Dance Moms premiered July 13, 2011 on Lifetime and concluded on October 12, 2011.

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Season 1 Playlist


Choreographers and Instructors



Guest Dancers

Season Overview

Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
Season Premiere Season Finale
1 13 July 13, 2011 October 12, 2011

Season 1: 2011

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Title Original air date
1 1 "The Competition Begins" July 13, 2011 101 Party, Party, Party (2)
Dance instructor Abby Lee Miller works with young girls to help them prepare for dance competitions; Abby has a conflict with two of the mothers when they cross the line.
2 2 "Wildly Inappropriate" July 20, 2011 102 Electricity (1)
The moms allow their girls to wear revealing outfits in a competition and scandal ensues. Meanwhile, Abby's new racy routine raises eyebrows.
3 3 "Cheerleader Blues" July 27, 2011 103 Ups and Downs (3)
The Dance Moms need to win this week’s competition to stay in the game, but chaos ensues when Mom Kelly’s daughter wants to drop out of dance as she's hurt her hip and she just wants to be a cheerleader. Kelly works hard to convince her daughter to stay in dance, pushing her so far that she risks permanent injuries.
4 4 "Stealing the Show" August 3, 2011 104 Solos
Abby gives each girl one solo dance for the next competition. However, she gives two solos to her star dancer, Maddie, clearly providing her with an advantage over the others. Christi has seen this too many times and lashes out at Abby with uncontrolled fury.
5 5 "When Stars Collide" August 10, 2011 105 Sugar Daddy's Girls
The Abby Lee Dance Company is on edge after learning a big Broadway casting director will attend their annual Dance Showcase, an exhibition in which she shows off her accomplished dancers. Abby's desire to push the girls to the max could have catastrophic effects if they don’t show their best.
6 6 "Dying to Dance" August 17, 2011 106 Where Have All The Children Gone? (2)
On their way to a big competition, Christi finds out her grandmother has just been admitted to a hospital. She now must choose what’s more important to her – go to the hospital to sit by her grandmother's side or go to the dance competition.
7 7 "She's a Fighter" August 24, 2011 107 Make You Mine (1)
Abby's continuous typecasting of little Nia in ethnic stereotype roles sends her mother Holly over the edge. For the first time, Holly takes off the gloves and the fighter in her comes out.
8 8 "Love on the Dance Floor" August 31, 2011 108 Snapshot (2)
Abby plays cupid with Brooke and her duet partner, hoping their off-stage romance will make on-stage drama. Meanwhile, Maddie and Brooke qualify to enter a beauty pageant.
9 9 "From Ballerinas to Showgirls" September 7, 2011 109 Sinful
Chloe finds herself at the top of Abby's pyramid for the first time; but is she being set up? Meanwhile, Cathy is secretly readying her Candy Apple dancers to go against Abby's dancers.
10 10 "Cathy Brings It On" September 14, 2011 110 My Pumps
In Hollywood Kelly decides to secretly hire choreographers to give Brooke and Paige an edge. To everyone's shock, Cathy arrives with her Candy Apple dancers to go head to head against Abby's dancers.
11 11 "It All Ends Here" September 28, 2011 111 This is My Beauty
After competing all season, it all boils down to this – the National Title Competition. Abby's dancers have been on a losing streak and this is their last chance to prove they can win. Meanwhile, Melissa leaves the competition early to go on vacation. Her ex-husband, Kurt, steps in as "Dance Dad", sending Melissa into a panic.
12 12 "There's Only One Star" October 5, 2011 112 It's Like Summer (1)
Abby's dancers go from amateurs to professionals after being cast to perform in a Hollywood music video.


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Title Original air date
13 "Most Outrageous Moments" October 12, 2011
A one-hour special hosted by the series' infamous dance instructor Abby Lee Miller counting down this season's most talked-about highlights and best moments. The show will also include never-before-seen footage of the cast!

Other Information

  • Filming for Season 1 started the week beginning April 4th and concluded sometime in early August.
  • Abby has discussed how many of the routines from the first six episodes were previously known, with music dubbed in post-production.[2] Some of these include: the trio in episode one, Paige's "Double Take" solo in episode four and Chloe's "Baby Mine" solo.
  • Episode ten (Cathy Brings It On) was actually filmed the week after the Nationals shown in It All Ends Here. It is believed that this was done in order to set up the ALDC vs CADC rivalry, as this episode marked the studio's first appearance.
  • The season had an average viewing rate of 1.329 million.


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