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Season 8/Spin-off

  • 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.[1][2]
  • In July 2018, Executive producer Bryan Stinson confirmed that Season 8 was a possibility.[3]
  • Yolanda Walmsley confirmed that she and Elliana Walmsley would not be returning.[4] It is likely that this is due to her contract with ABC and Dancing With The Stars: Junior, as well as her choosing to tour with BTF as Mini Female Best Dancer.
  • In late December of 2018, Abby confirmed that filming would begin in late January the following year.[5]
  • On January 11, a team line-up was announced by Abby.[6] Lilliana Ketchman is the only former cast member to return.

Abby Special

  • Speculated to be about Abby's time in prison and her journey with Burkitt lymphoma.
  • Filming took place around November 6, 2018[7]

S8E01

Competition Attended

Starbound in Red Bank, New Jersey (Count Basie Center) on February 2, 2019[8]

Routines
  • Group Dance: "Broken Hearts" (Lyrical) - 1st in Junior Group
  • GiaNina, Hannah and Sarah Trio: "Dance With The Devil" (Lyrical) - 1st in Junior Duet/Trio
  • Pressley, Lilliana and Savannah Trio: "The Favorite" (Acrobatic) - 3rd in Junior Duet/Trio
  • Brady Solo - Pulled
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Other Information
  • Filming began on January 29 and took place at the Pittsburgh studio.
  • For unknown reasons, Kamryn Smith did not compete with the team this week. It is speculated that she will be added to the team in later episodes.
  • Brady's solo was allegedly pulled due to an argument between his mother and the producers.

S8E02

Competition Attended

DreamMaker in Wilmington, Ohio (Roberts Centre) on February 9, 2019[9]

Routines
  • Group Dance: (Contemporary) - 1st in 12-14 Small Group
  • Lilliana Solo - 2nd in 9-11 Solo
  • Pressley Solo: "Possession" (Contemporary) - 1st or 3rd in 12-14 Solo
  • Sarah Solo - 3rd in 9-11 Solo
  • Savannah Solo: "Butterfly" (Contemporary) - 1st in 9-11 Solo
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Other Information
  • Savannah celebrated her 12th birthday on the day of the competition.
  • February 10: The team (minus Lilliana) attended workshops at JUMP in Pittsburgh

S8E03

Competition Attended

Drop The Beat in Zanesville, Ohio (Secrest Auditorium) on February 16, 2019[10]

Routines
  • Group Dance: "Thoughts and Prayers" (Contemporary)
  • Brady Solo: "PTSD" (Contemporary) - 1st in Teen Solo
  • GiaNina Solo: "Rich Girl" (Jazz) - 4th in Teen Solo
  • Hannah Solo: "The Last Unicorn" (Lyrical) - 2nd in Teen Solo
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S8E04

Competition Attended

Xpression in Youngstown, Ohio (Stambaugh Auditorium) on February 23, 2019[11]

Routines
  • Group Dance: "The Healer" (Contemporary) - 1st in Junior Small Group
  • Brady and Pressley Duet: "Geek Gets the Girl" (Musical Theater) - 2nd in Junior Duet/Trio
  • Hannah and Lilliana Duet: "We’re Breathing" (Lyrical) - Unknown
  • Sarah and Savannah Duet: "Gemini" (Contemporary) - 1st in Junior Duet/Trio


  • Teen Group Dance: "?" (Lyrical/Contemporary) - 1st in Teen Small Group
  • Sarah Hunt Solo: "Salvation" (Lyrical) - Unknown
  • Maddie Pietrusinski Solo: "?" (Lyrical) - 1st in Senior Solo
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Other Information
  • Throughout the week it was speculated that Cathy and Candy Apple's Dance Center would be at the competition with Vivi-Anne and her tap partner competing a duet against the ALDC duets. However, they were not present on the day.
  • Studio members Alaina Scabora, Christina Peyton, Erica Perri, Maddie Pietrusinski and Sarah Hunt were also at the competition.

S8E05

Competition Attended

DreamMaker in Scranton, Pennsylvania on March 2, 2019[12]

Routines
  • Group Dance: "King of Queens" (Contemporary) - 1st in 12-14 Small Group
  • Brady Solo: "?" (Contemporary) - 2nd in 12-14 Solo
  • GiaNina Solo: "Snowflake" (Lyrical) - 1st in 12-14 Solo
  • Hannah Solo: "?" - 7th in 12-14 Solo
  • Pressley Solo: "?" (Contemporary) - 3rd in 12-14 Solo
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Other Information
  • The group dance is inspired by the British rock band Queen.

S8E06

Competition Attended

Fierce in Sewell, New Jersey (Investors Bank PAC) on March 9, 2019[13]

Routines
  • Group Dance: "Widows" (Open) - 2nd in Junior Small Group, 4th Overall
  • GiaNina Solo: "Gym Tan Laundry" / "Snooki" (Jazz) - Scratched
  • Sarah Solo: "America's Sweetheart" (Acrobatic) - 3rd in Junior Solo, 4th Overall
  • Savannah Solo: "It's Not My Fault" (Musical Theater) - 1st in Junior Solo, 2nd Overall
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Other Information
  • Brady did not compete with the team this week.
  • GiaNina's solo was originally listed as "Gym Tan Laundry" in the competition schedule, however, when it was announced that her solo had been scratched, it was called "Snooki". It is unknown as to why the solo was scratched.
  • Sarah's solo was inspired by American gymnast Mary Lou Retton.

S8E07

Competition Attended

Starbound in Woodbridge, Virginia (Forest Park High School) on March 16, 2019[14]

Routines
  • Group Dance: "Hazing" (Contemporary) - 2nd in Junior Group
  • Elliana Solo: "The Strangler" (Contemporary) - 1st in Junior Solo
  • Hannah Solo: "Daydreamer" (Contemporary) - 2nd in Teen Solo
  • Pressley Solo: "Edward Scissorhands" (Contemporary) - 2nd in Junior Solo
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Other Information

S8E08

Competition Attended

Drop The Beat in Akron, Ohio (Coventry High School Auditorium) on March 23, 2019[15]

Routines
  • Group Dance: "Blue Bloods" (Contemporary) - 1st in Junior Small Group
  • Elliana and GiaNina Duet: "Judge Gia" (Jazz) - 2nd in Junior Duet/Trio
  • Lilliana and Pressley Duet: "Light Inside the Darkness" (Contemporary) - 1st in Junior Duet/Trio
  • Kamryn Solo: "Proud Kammy" (Open) - 1st in Rookie Solo
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Other Information
  • Kamryn Smith finally joined the team this week. It also appears that Elliana is a permanent member on the team to replace Brady Farrar.
  • March 24: Casting call for dancers aged 10 to 16 for Season 8 promo[16]

S8E09

Competition Attended

Ignite Dance Live in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania (Bethel Park High School) on March 30, 2019[17][18]

Routines
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Other Information
  • This episode will serve as a tribute to JoJo Siwa, with JoJo making an appearance at the competition.

S8E10

Competition Attended

Fierce in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (TBA) on April 6, 2019[19]

Routines
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