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Season 3
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General Information
Country of origin: United States
Broadcast Information
Original channel: Lifetime (Tuesdays @ 9.8c)
Premiere: January 1, 2013
Finale: September 17, 2013
Season Chronology
Previous: Season 2
Next: Season 4

The third season of Dance Moms premiered January 1, 2013 on Lifetime and concluded on September 17, 2013.

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Season 3 Playlist


Choreographers and Instructors



Abby Lee Dance Company

Candy Apples Dance Center

Guest Dancers


Season overview

Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
Season Premiere Season Finale
3 26[1] January 1, 2013[2] December 10, 2013

Season 3: 2013

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44 -- "The Smoke Before the Fire" January 1, 2013

The dancers perform in new footage, created exclusively for this pre-season special. The cast talks about the past and the upcoming season, with topics including: Abby's love-life; charging for meet-and-greets; Kelly's return; a strain in Kelly and Christi's relationship; the fight between Cathy and Christi at nationals; and Paige's relationship with Abby.

45 1 "The Beginning of the End" January 1, 2013

Abby is disappointed with the girls for skipping dance class; Abby holds an open audition hoping to replace Brooke and Paige; Abby welcomes Ally Serigne as a new dancer; Chloe and Maddie compete against each other; Mackenzie has a hair-mishap during her dance; Cathy discusses creating an all-boy team.

46 2 "Out With the Old, In With the New" January 8, 2013

The mothers stage a silent protest and walk out on Abby; Abby quickly assembles a new replacement team, which includes Sophia Lucia; the original mothers book their daughters for a performance at a mall; Yvette and her daughter Hadley Walts seek redemption versus Abby; Abby's new replacement-moms bicker.

47 3 "But I'm a National Champion!" January 15, 2013

The original Moms return, including Kelly. Abby dotes on her new "Superstar" Sophia Lucia, who alone returns among the replacement dancers, causing Christi to wonder how to chase Sophia's mother Jackie back to California. The Moms must face Abby's wrath after being on strike for two weeks.

48 4 "Liar Liar Dance Mom on Fire!" January 22, 2013

Melissa lies about her unhappiness when Abby assigns Maddie and Kendall a duet. Abby bans Brooke from the competition, and gives Paige and Mackenzie solos. Sophia fails to appear at the competition.

49 5 "Revenge of the Replacements" January 29, 2013

The ALDC competes against Bella Hoffheins and Kaeli Ware, two girls who replaced them during the mothers' protest. Melissa tries to get back in favor with Abby, but Abby remains upset with Melissa and Maddie over the previous silent protest. Chloe is challenged with the acrobatic group dance, creating conflict between Abby and Christi. Mackenzie struggles when she is placed atop the pyramid and is assigned a solo, as well as given a spot in the group dance.

50 6 "Boys Are Cuties, Girls Have Cooties" February 5, 2013

Abby's mood is low after discovering that Cathy has returned to compete with an all new boys team. Jill tries to become Abby's new favorite mother. The solos fare poorly at awards. During the group dance, Chloe improperly drops her hat after receiving strong warnings from Abby, ultimately resulting in Christi storming out of the competition.

51 7 "Rotten to the Core" February 12, 2013

Abby suspends Christi and Chloe, keeping Chloe from competing against Cathy's new all-boy team. Nia and Holly must deal with RND, a painful medical condition. Sophia and Jackie briefly return, only to quickly and mysteriously disappear.

52 8 "You've Been Unfriended" February 19, 2013

Christi returns and feuds with Kelly, while Melissa tries to play peacemaker. Abby refuses to even say Chloe's name, who remains suspended. Nia asks to re-schedule her duet with Paige, which was pulled the previous week. Abby also tries to prod Brooke into proving she cares about dancing, and make Maddie demonstrate that there's more to her than people know.

53 9 "Bye Bye Baby" February 26, 2013

Abby mourns the loss of her dog, Broadway Baby. When the girls and their moms choreograph a dance as a tribute, Abby is offended, and chooses to let them improvise instead; but Abby does appreciate Melissa dedicating Maddie's dance to Broadway Baby... behind the other mothers' backs. Nicaya is disqualified in her native St. Louis, when her mother Kaya fights with the team — which also leads to a restoration of the friendship between Kelly and Christi.

54 10 "All's Fair in Love and War" March 5, 2013

The moms take Abby speed dating to see if she can find love, and in turn be nicer to the girls. Nick Dobbs returns for a group dance that involves a tangled and confusing story of differing loves. When Nia and Kendall are given a duet together, the moms become suspicious of Jill when she arranges rehearsals for Kendall alone.

55 11 "Camouflaged Maneuvers" March 12, 2013

In a two-hour episode, the girls struggle with a hip-hop group dance concerning gays in the military. Talk is generated when Abby goes on a date with a mysterious man. Abby and the mothers are suspicious of Mackenzie's foot injury. Kendall begins working on her facial expressions, including getting new headshots from a photographer.

56 12 "The Apple of Her Eye" March 19, 2013

In a two-hour episode, Abby appears uncertain about casting Nia in a dance about Rosa Parks, while Jill promotes her daughter as a possible replacement in the title role. Abby enjoys uncharacteristically warm and playful moments with Paige, Mackenzie and Kendall. Kendall is given a solo where she must work on her facial expressions. Mackenzie is assigned the role of team makeup artist. Paige and Chloe are given a duet. Abby gives Holly a makeover. Following "Candy Apple's Day" in Canton, Cathy shows up at the competition with bodyguards, as her group performs a take-off of "Gangnam Style." Jalen is comforted by his father after problems with his costume.

57 13 "She's a Maniac" March 26, 2013

Rachelle Rak guest choreographs a Bob Fosse inspired group number entitled "Golddigga'," but disagrees with Abby on the inclusion of Mackenzie in the dance. Melissa reveals she was secretly married, while her two daughters are given a duet together. The moms get beauty body-wraps. Chloe is scolded for her hand gesture at the end of her solo. Brooke is dismissed from the team for the week.

58 14 "Watch Your Back, Mack" April 2, 2013

Asia Monet Ray arrives at the studio, making Mackenzie and Melissa nervous. Meanwhile, Abby visits a taxidermist. Cathy hires one of Abby's friends to choreograph a dance, which receives a perfect score.

59 15 "The Politics of Dancing" April 9, 2013

In this episode, Abby assigns the girls dances inspired by the political state of America, but all is not fair in politics, especially in the dance world. Maddie and Chloe compete head-to-head, and continuing with the political theme, Abby has the Abby Lee Dance Company vote on who gave the best performance. Forced to sit on the sidelines, injured Mackenzie must watch her coveted spot on the team be taken over by Asia. Problems arise when the flag is used in a group dance. Melissa considers home-schooling her daughters.

60 16 "May I Have This Dance?" April 16, 2013

Mackenzie and Asia prepare to battle for a part on a future televised performance on The View, and their mothers begin fighting already. The moms get upset when Abby promotes Maddie to assistant choreographer for the group number. Nia struggles to keep up with Asia when they are paired together for a duet.

61 17 "The View From the Top" April 23, 2013

Abby is invited to co-host "The View"; Abby decides if Asia or Mackenzie will perform "The Last Text" on ABC; Cathy and Vivi-Anne hold open auditions for the Candy Apples team.

62 18 "Candy Apple Showdown" April 30, 2013

In a two-hour episode, Abby's dancers compete with Candy Apples in New York. Abby plans to wow the judges with a group dance on an important topic. Cathy relies on Anthony's choreography to keep her on top. Kelly takes Brooke to a music producer, while Chloe and Paige read lines for a talent agent. The team gets in trouble with Abby after ice-skating. The moms wonder if an argument between Christi and Kristie will end in physical violence. At the competition, Cathy and Anthony criticize Paige from the audience. Abby announces she is looking to purchase property in Los Angeles for a new studio.

63 19 "The Mother of All Specials" May 7, 2013

In this Mother's Day Special, Abby sits and talks with her own mother, Maryen Lorrain Miller. Also, clips from previous episodes are shown, with a focus on mother-daughter relationships.

64 20 Tell All, Part 1 May 7, 2013

Abby Lee Miller and the mothers reminisce about season 3; Christi and Kelly discuss their friendship; the cast answers questions from the audience; the girls perform some of their dance routines.

65 21 Tell All, Part 2 May 14, 2013

Kristie Ray praises Abby; Abby battles with Cathy; Kelly defends her daughter Paige (and their homegrown team); Cathy tells Christi that Chloe would be happy at Candy Apple's - but only as a pure hypothetical.

66 22 Boy Crazy, Mom Crazy June 4, 2013

Abby plays matchmaker setting Brooke up with the senior dancers. After patching up their friendship, Kelly and Christi face a point of no return when they argue again. Cathy readies her team to take on the Abby Lee Dance Company but discovers there's a rotten apple amongst the bunch.

67 23 Two Girls, One Solo June 11, 2013

Abby decides to have Maddie and Chloe dance the exact same solo; Christi and Kelly realize that their friendship will never be the same; the theme for the group number brings up painful memories.

68 24 An Apple a Day Keeps Abby Away June 18, 2013

Cathy is determined to rebuild her team; Cathy recruits new dancers, including her friend Patsy.

69 25 No Room for Rotten Apples June 25, 2013

Cathy's team feels pressure; Jalen is assigned his first contemporary solo; Cathy battles with Anthony as she struggles to regain control of her studio.

70 26 Dance Moms Chatter: Part 1 July 2, 2013

Christi, Kelly and Patsy appear on the "Dance Moms Chatter" talk-show along with celebrity blogger Nadine Rajabi, comic Lisa Arch, and executive producer.

71 27 Dance Moms Chatter: Part 2 July 9, 2013

Abby and Melissa appear on the "Dance Moms Chatter" talk-show along with celebrity blogger Nadine Rajabi and comic Alec Mapa; cast members and comics discuss the show.

72 28 Tap Versus Hip Hop July 16, 2013
Abby returns from Hollywood to find that many of her dancers have been slacking; the mothers make a pact to turn down Abby's invitation for their daughters to perform on national television; Abby pits Maddie against Chloe.
73 29 Abby's "So Far This Season..." July 22, 2013
Abby recaps memorable moments from the third season with bonus scene footage and extended dances.
74 30 Recital Rebellion July 23, 2013
Abby is nervous about the annual Abby Lee Dance Company recital; Kelly is upset when Abby assigns Paige the only new solo for the recital; the girls compete to appear on the cover of a dance magazine.
75 31 Clash of the Dance Moms July 30 , 2013
Abby gets a tip that her dancers will be competing against Cathy's dancers, so she creates three new dances in order to win; Kelly, Brooke, and Paige have not shown up.
76 32 The Dancing Dead August 6, 2013
Abby receives the remains of her beloved dog, Broadway Baby; Kelly secretly meets with the mothers; Maddie's star continues to fall, while Nia's is on the rise.
77 33 Gone, Abby Gone August 13, 2013
Kelly sneaks her children back into Abby Lee Dance Company; Brooke's return threatens Payton's position on the team; Maddie helps to make a girl's dream come true.
78 34 On-Again, Off-Again Abby August 20, 2013
After missing the last competition, Abby returns to face the wrath of the mothers; Cathy sees an opportunity to get her team to number one.
79 35 Divas Las Vegas August 27, 2013
Kelly thinks Abby is treating her daughters unfairly; Abby tests her dancers to determine who will get a solo; Abby brings in a new choreographer to work with Brooke and Paige.
80 36 Do-Si-Do and Do-Si-Don't September 3, 2013
Abby assigns a country-style group number that proves to be physically demanding; Abby creates interesting pairings for the duets.
81 37 The Big, Not So, Easy September 10, 2013
The Abby Lee Dance Company heads to New Orleans hoping to retain their championship title at Nationals; the tension between the mothers spills over into the street.
82 38 Dance Moms Reunion: Hurricane Abby September 17, 2013
The cast gathers to discuss the triumphs and tragedies of season three; the dancers perform their favorite routines.
83 39 'Twas the Night Before Christmas December 10, 2013
Beware of dance teachers bearing gifts because Abby is about to give the moms some big ones. Abby is full of holiday surprises! The girls might dance to Christmas songs, but when the winter gloves come off, Abby and the moms trade insults and even the dads make surprise appearances.

Other Information

  • This season was named "The Maniacs"
  • This marks the first season to feature another team (the replacement team) besides the junior elite team.
  • Abby filmed the second season of Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition while Season 3 of Dance Moms was filming.
  • The season had an average viewing rate of 2 million. This was a 0.312 million decrease from Season 2.

Video Gallery


Dance Moms The Maniac Returns January 1

"The Maniac Returns"



The girls filming at Century 3 Mall in Pittsburgh


To view the gallery for Season 3 click here.

Music Guide