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Season 6
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General Information
Country of origin: United States
Broadcast Information
Original channel: Lifetime
Premiere: January 5, 2016
Finale: November 22, 2016
Season Chronology
Previous: Season 5
Next: Season 7

The sixth season of Dance Moms premiered January 5, 2016 on Lifetime and concluded on November 22, 2016.


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Season 6 Promo

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First Look at Season 6 (Entertainment Tonight Article)

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Season 6 Supertease

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Still to come on Season 6

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Season 6.5 Official Extended Trailer

Choreographers and Instructors


Elite Team

Mini Team


Elite Team

Mini Team

Guest Dancers

Other Studios Dancers

Season overview

Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
Season premiere Season finale
6 33 January 5, 2016 November 22, 2016

Season 6: 2016

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157 - No Moms Allowed January 5, 2016 600 Girl Talk.jpg
Leading up to the premiere of "Dance Moms", tune in for a one-hour special at 8pm ET/PT. Hosted by Disney star and "Dance Moms" super-fan Veronica Dunne ("KC Undercover"), the special will be bigger and more fun than ever! The girls will dish about all of the drama from the past season, what's to come for the ALDC and answer fans' biggest questions. The girls will also perform a fan-favorite routine and Nia will sing her song "Slay."[1]
158 1 New Season, New Rules January 5, 2016 601 The Girl In The Plastic Bubble 10.jpg
It’s the ALDC’s first week of the competition season and Abby starts it off with a bang—a big announcement that will change the future of the team. Maddie’s star is glowing brightly as she shoots her first movie and her new substitute on the team is a slap in the face to Jill and Kendall. Meanwhile, Jeanette and her BDA team, the reigning National champs, are back and ready to show the ALDC how dancing is done.
159 2 Abby vs. Melissa January 12, 2016 602 Hungry Like the Wolves 2.jpg
The moms are shocked to learn that Abby is forming a new team, but they're even more surprised when news breaks that Abby could be facing jail time. When Mackenzie receives the brunt of Abby's rage, Melissa vows not to play nice anymore.
160 3 Mini Dancers, Big Drama January 19, 2016 603 Straight Outta Pittsburgh 48.jpg
Abby's new mini team arrives in Los Angeles and tensions are high; Abby is distracted by new mothers, new dancers and her legal troubles; Ashlee and Brynn are caught in Jill's cross hairs as Kendall's position on the team is threatened.
161 4 Now You See Abby, Now You Don't January 26, 2016 604 Groups.png
The minis are ready to compete in their first group dance; Maddie books a prestigious photo shoot with two other ALDC girls; Maddie and Brynn compete head-to-head with solo routines; Abby makes an announcement that could tear the team apart.
162 5 Abby's Replaceable February 2, 2016 605 Bollywood Dreams 1.jpg
Abby locks the team out of her Los Angeles studio; Debbie Allen invites the ALDC to work with her; guest choreographer Nakul includes the minis in a difficult Bollywood routine; Kalani and Nia are pushed to their breaking point with a duet.
163 6 Abby's New Favorites February 9, 2016 606 Better Off Now.png
Abby returns with her focus solely on the minis; a new mini and her mother show up for an audition; the mothers complain when Brynn is chosen to dance the lead role.
164 7 Debbie Allen to the Rescue February 16, 2016 607 Well Oiled Machine (3).png
The stress of Abby's legal woes causes her to reach her limit and kick the girls out of her studio; the mothers contact Debbie Allen, who offers her studio so the girls can rehearse for their upcoming competition.
165 8 Maddie Is Back February 23, 2016 608 Seven Deadly Sins 1.jpg
Maddie returns from shooting her movie, but Abby does not seem happy to see her; the mothers wonder if Abby is jealous of Maddie's fame; Ashlee hopes that Abby will spend more time grooming Brynn to be the next big star.
166 9 Nia Saves The Day March 1, 2016 609 Bittersweet Charity 1.jpg
It's a week of duets for the ALDC junior elite team with Brynn and Maddie going up against Kalani and Kendall. But when Kalani's back injury starts to act up and Kira is not there to help, Melissa and the other moms have to step in and do what's right for her. Later, with Kira absent and the original moms distracted, Ashlee takes the opportunity to fill in for Abby's newly fired office manager causing more drama with the other moms.
167 10 Abby Lee Horror Story March 8, 2016 610 The Cult (1).jpg
The ALDC travels to Northern California; Abby's routines grow darker; the mothers' prank attempt backfires horribly; Maddie, Brynn and Kendall compete with solos; Ashlee will do anything to give Brynn an advantage.
168 11 The Maddie Rumor March 15, 2016 611 The Vultures (2).jpg
Maddie is nominated for a People's Choice Award; the mothers are furious when Abby invites an unexpected guest as her date to the awards; the minis return, along with a new mother whose daughter's attitude causes a dance catastrophe.
169 12 Brynn's Big Moment March 22, 2016 612 Ease on Down the Boulevard (1).jpg
Abby brings in Todrick Hall to direct the girls in a commercial; Maddie and Brynn captain trio teams of their choosing to compete head-to-head.
170 13 ALDC Does Vegas March 29, 2016 613 Bowie's Still Dancing (1).jpg
The ALDC heads to Las Vegas; Ashlee and Brynn are now official members of the team; Kendall stands up to Ashlee for the first time; the mothers are concerned that the girls are becoming too involved in the drama.
171 14 JoJo Steals the Show April 5, 2016 614 A League of Their Own (1).jpg
Abby welcomes back ALDC Pittsburgh veteran, Sarah, to dance with the team. Tempers flare when her mother, Christy, calls Jess’ loyalty into question. After Abby pulls Kendall and Maddie’s duet, Kendall has an emotional meltdown and Melissa seriously questions whether to keep Maddie on the team at all.
172 15 Melissa's Announcement April 12, 2016 615 Winter's War (1).jpg
Abby's world is shattered when Melissa shares shocking news that will change the face of the ALDC forever.
173 16 Mack Z vs. Abby Lee April 19, 2016 616 Boulevard of Broken Dreams (1).jpg
Abby gives Brynn and JoJo hip hop solos, but gives Mackenzie a safe acrobatic routine; Mackenzie fights for what she wants; Abby flees the studio.
174 17 Mini Madness April 26, 2016 617 Mini Madness.jpg
Maddie and Brynn have solos this week; the mothers are not happy when Abby assigns Brynn a dance inspired by an old Maddie routine; the mini team returns to compete for Abby's attention.
175 18 One Last Dance May 3, 2016 618 One Last Dance.jpg
Maddie and Mackenzie participate in their final competition with the ALDC team; Abby pits Mackenzie against a new mini, Ari; the mothers encourage Melissa to reason with Abby.
176 19 Hello and Goodbye May 10, 2016 619 Hello and Goodbye.jpg
The mothers reunite to discuss the dramatic events from the season; the mini mothers discuss the future of the ALDC; the junior elite team performs.
177 20 The Girls Say Goodbye May 17, 2016 620 The Girls Say Goodbye.jpg
Jai Rodriguez hosts a very special episode of Dance Moms where the girls from the ALDC say goodbye to Maddie and Mackenzie. They’ll play outrageous games and answer questions from die hard fans. Later, Todrick Hall makes a special guest appearance to perform with the girls. We will witness the girls' heartfelt goodbyes to the Zieglers and watch them dance together for the very last time.
178 21 Maddie and Mackenzie Say Goodbye May 24, 2016 621 The Final Curtain.jpg
For the first time ever, Maddie and Mackenzie sit down with Abby and give an exclusive take on their Dance Moms journey before they say their final farewell. We’ll relive their triumphs and heartbreaks and finally get answers to the questions we’re all dying to know, plus we'll hear the scoop on what’s to come for the Ziegler sisters after Dance Moms.
179 22 Girl Talk 3 September 6, 2016 622 Girl Talk 3.jpg
To kick off Season 6B of Dance Moms, Jai Rodriguez and the girls of the ALDC are back to give the latest on Abby and the team and debut some brand new dances. Some super fans get up close and personal with the girls, the newest member of the Mini Team is introduced. The Dads of Dance Moms finally make an appearance to spill their daughters' deepest secrets and show off their own moves.
180 23 Abby's New Beginning September 6, 2016 623 The Saints (1).jpg
The season begins with a newly motivated Abby Lee promising to no longer overlook her remaining dancers now that her star, Maddie, is gone. Abby assigns Brynn and Kendall head-to-head duets with boy partners and Brynn struggles with the pressure. When Jess calls out Abby's favoritism for Brynn, Ashlee hits her boiling point.
181 24 Nia & Kendall Face Off September 13, 2016 624 Wax Madonnas (1).jpg
Abby challenges Nia and Kendall with tough head-to-head trios but the group tribute to Madonna leaves the moms wanting more. Holly suspects Abby has a hidden agenda for Nia but, when she brings Nia's manager to the studio to investigate, her strategy backfires. When talk of the girls' technique erupts at competition, Abby abandons the team.
182 25 Return of the Minis September 20, 2016 624 Group Dances.jpg
The minis are back for the first time this season and the elites question if Abby can hold true to her promise of new beginnings. Abby challenges the minis with a beauty pageant-themed dance where she will crown one mini queen of the routine. The elites perform a tribute to Prince but feel the pressure to do him justice and fear they will fail to win with another tribute dance. To add to the chaos, Abby assigns two duets: JoJo and Brynn vs. Kendall and Nia. When Nia falls ill, Kendall is once again left without a partner.
183 26 Mommy Meltdown September 27, 2016 625 Group Dances.jpg
It’s Mother’s Day and an emotional Abby tasks the minis with their first lyrical routine to honor her mother. The elites are put to the test when their moms make a shocking decision that leaves them without a group dance for competition. Tensions between the teams get physical and the moms give Abby an ultimatum.
184 27 Mini Mayhem October 4, 2016 627 Group Dances.jpg
After last week’s fight between the elite and the mini moms, Abby attempts to unify the two teams by assigning the elites and minis duets as partners. With Abby’s continued favoritism toward the minis, the elites are once again forced to choreograph their own group dance. Both teams feel the pressure when Abby announces that the first solo of the season will be awarded to a dancer from the winning duet.
185 28 Abby, You're Fired! October 11, 2016 628 Mind Craft (1).jpg
Abby punishes the minis for their poor performance and awards the elites their first solos of the season. Jill infuriates Abby when she makes a major decision about Kendall's music. No one feels safe when the media uncovers secrets from a mom’s past.
186 29 JoJo Is a No Show October 18, 2016 629 Group Dances.jpg
Abby choreographs an emotional dance after the ALDC learns of tragic news from Kira and Kalani's hometown; the minis attempt to make a comeback with their group number; JoJo is tested beyond her limits by a difficult ballet duet.
187 30 ALDC for Sale? October 25, 2016 630 ALDC for Sale Ep Pic.jpg
Abby's trial hits the news again; the mothers speculate about the ALDC's future; Brynn is put to the test with her first solo of the season; the elites are tasked with a challenging dance; Abby shows attention to the minis.
188 31 Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like Ab-bee November 1, 2016 630 Group Costume.jpg
The elite dancers are spread thin when Abby books a demanding commercial shoot for the team; a chain of events is set into motion that could lead to the biggest rift ever between Abby, the mothers and the elite girls.
189 32 Two Teams, Two Studios Part 1 November 8, 2016 631 Group Dances.jpg
Part 1 of 2. Abby and the mini team are blindsided when the elites leave for rival Erin Babbs; Abby gives three mini dancers their first solos; Kendall and Nia are invited to perform live with a beloved recording artist.
190 33 Two Teams, Two Studios Part 2 November 15, 2016 631 Group Dances.jpg
Part 2 of 2. The elite girls stop at nothing to prove that they can win without Abby as their instructor, while Abby tries her hardest to stay strong and prove her worth on the dance floor with her mini team.

Other Information

  • Kalani, JoJo, Nia and Kendall are the only girls with new headshots this season. The Zieglers' headshots are the same ones from Season 5.[2] This makes it the first season where the girls didn't have a photoshoot for new headshots.
  • This is the third season to feature a new ALDC team.
    • Season 3 featured the replacements
    • Season 4 featured the junior select ensemble
    • Season 6 features the mini elite team
  • This season had the lowest premiere view rate since Season 1, with only 1.370 million viewers.
  • This season had an average viewing rate of 1.12 million. This was a 0.33 million decrease from Season 5. This also makes it the lowest viewed season to date.
  • This is the final season to feature the Ziegler's.
  • As of Season 6B, Nia is the only remaining original team member.


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