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Season 8
General Information
Country of origin: United States
Number of episodes: 18
Broadcast Information
Original channel: Lifetime
Premiere: June 4, 2019
Finale: September 10, 2019
Season Chronology
Previous: Season 7
Gallery


The eighth season of Dance Moms (or Dance Moms: Resurrection) premiered on Lifetime on June 4, 2019.

Synopsis

The road has not been easy for Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller. After completing her prison sentence last year, the famed dance instructor was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. But if anything, Abby has proven she is a fighter and is not ready to hang up the dance shoes. "Dance Moms: Resurrection" will follow Abby as she rebuilds her dance company while battling the after-effects of cancer that has left her confined to a wheelchair. Abby is ready to get back to her life and do what she loves most... teaching students to dance! With the goal of putting her life, health and dance studio back together, Abby returns to where it all began – the Abby Lee Dance Company in Pittsburgh.[1]

Videos

Youtube link
Season 8 Sneak Peek

Cast

Choreographers and Instructors

Dancers

Mothers

Season Overview

Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
Season premiere Season finale
8 18 June 4, 2019 September 10, 2019

Season 8: 2019

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Title Original air date
223 1 Abby's Big Comeback June 4, 2019 801 Broken Hearts (1)

Abby finally returns to the competition dance scene in Pittsburgh where her legacy first began; emotions run high and tension builds as Abby hopes her new team of seven strangers can dance together as one.

224 2 Mommy Dearest June 4, 2019 802 Haka (2)
Abby gives two lucky dancers the first solos of the season, leading one mom to explode at competition; the team struggles with a challenging tribal dance; Abby's star dancer cracks under the pressure.
225 3 The Broadway Brat June 11, 2019 803 Thoughts and Prayers (1)
Abby challenges the team with her most serious group dance yet, and casts Lilliana as the lead for the first time in her ALDC career; when GiaNina complains about her choreography, Abby unleashes her wrath on the Broadway veteran.
226 4 Choose Wisely June 18, 2019 804 The Healer (6)
Abby makes a shocking announcement that she's sending someone home; Stacey and Tricia go to war over Abby's star dancer, Brady; when tasked with picking their own duet partners, the young dancers fear that the wrong decision could send them home.
227 5 Queen of the ALDC June 25, 2019 805 King of Queens (4)
Abby sends one dancer home, changing the future of the ALDC team; a tribute to Queen pushes Brady to his limits; GiaNina dances for her life in a solo rematch with Hannah.
228 6 Lily's Ultimatum July 2, 2019 806 Widows (3)
With Brady gone, Abby challenges the girls to prove that they can win on their own; GiaNina is assigned an over-the-top character solo to go head-to-head with Sarah, who hopes her first solo can be a personal win for her family.
229 7 Yolanda's Back July 9, 2019 807 Hazing (7)
Abby assigns the girls a group dance about sorority hazing; one mother shockingly quits the team when Abby brings back former teammates Yolanda and Elliana as part of a plan to help motivate the girls.
230 8 A Team on Trial July 16, 2019 808 Blue Bloods (4)
With a losing streak weighing heavily upon the team's shoulders, fighting between the girls puts the group dance in jeopardy; Abby gives a mini her big shot at joining the team; a duet with GiaNina and Elliana leads to all-out war between two moms.
231 9 Making a Splash in Pittsburgh July 23, 2019 809 Bermuda Triangle (3)
Heading to her first competition in Pittsburgh since her return, Abby challenges the ALDC team with their most daring routine yet; longtime rivals Lilliana and Elliana go head-to-head in famous solos inspired by former ALDC member JoJo Siwa.
232 10 No More Mamma Drama July 30, 2019 810 Body and Soul (6)
Abby blames the mothers for the team's poor record; Abby has her two star dancers go head-to-head to show her who deserves a solo at nationals; when a local rival shows up at competition, Abby calls the police on the mother she thinks is to blame.
233 11 Hannah Unmasked August 6, 2019 811 Stone Faced (9)
Hannah faces her biggest challenge yet when Abby assigns her the lead in the group dance; Elliana and Sarah have a solo showdown; Abby's treatment of Michelle threatens to tear Sarah and Michelle apart; Yolanda threatens to quit the team.
234 12 2 Jackets, 4 Dancers August 13, 2019 812 Angry Birds Tutu (1)
As news spreads of Elliana's shocking departure, Abby challenges the team with a ballet group dance inspired by The Angry Birds Movie 2, casting GiaNina as the lead. Rivalries brew as two duets compete against their partners for ALDC jackets, and Michelle is in the dog house after the Studio 19 drama at last week's competition.
235 13 Abby's Audition August 20, 2019
With nationals quickly approaching, the moms lash out when Abby decides to hold an open call audition for a new team member; Pressley and Hannah compete for their shot to perform at nationals; Abby receives devastating news from Los Angeles.
236 14 The Return of Studio 19 August 20, 2019
GiaNina and Sarah go head-to-head for their shot at dancing a solo at nationals while the team performs a group routine unlike anything done before; Michelle comes to blows with the other moms; a confrontation at competition sends Abby over the edge.
237 15 Rise From the Ashes August 27, 2019
With only one week until nationals, the pressure is on for the ALDC; Abby choreographs her most personal group dance yet; Brady and Pressley go head-to-head for the chance of dancing solos at nationals; one team member quits unexpectedly.
238 16 New York Nationals August 27, 2019
The ALDC team heads to nationals in New York City, with three solos going head-to-head for the national title; tensions reach a boiling point when Abby is confronted with the ALDC's big rival Studio 19.
239 17 Reunion: Return of the ALDC September 3, 2019
After a season jam-packed with mama drama, Jai Rodriquez sits down with the entire cast of "Dance Moms" to right the wrongs and finally set the record straight. Also, the new elite team performs some of their award-winning dances from the season.
241 18 Reunion: Kids Tell All September 10, 2019
Jai Rodriquez joins the newest members of the ALDC as they dish the dirt on Abby, the moms, secret crushes and more; the girls give performances of their favorite award-winning dances.

Specials

No. in
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Title Original air date
221 "The New Team" May 28, 2019
222 "The Return of Abby" June 4, 2019
240 "Unseen Dances, Untold Stories" September 3, 2019

Other Information

  • This is the first season to:
    • Not feature any of the original cast (excluding Abby). Which therefore breaks Holly and Nia's streak of appearing on every season.
    • Be filmed solely at the Pittsburgh studio since Season 4
    • Premiere in summer as opposed to winter since Season 1
  • Producers opened casting applications for Season 8, for dancers aged 7 to 12. Final callbacks were held in front of Abby on September 8th and 9th.[2][3]
  • In July 2018, Executive producer Bryan Stinson confirmed that Season 8 was a possibility.[4]
  • Yolanda Walmsley originally stated that she and Elliana would not be returning.[5] However, it seems that the pair have changed their mind.
  • In late December of 2018, Abby confirmed that filming would begin in late January the following year.[6]
  • On January 11, the team line-up was announced by Abby.[7]

Gallery

To view the gallery for Season 8, click here.

Music Guide

References

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