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g The Competition Begins
Season 1, Episode 1
101 Party, Party, Party (2)
Air Date: July 13, 2011
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"The Competition Begins" is the first episode of the first season of Dance Moms. It first aired on July 13, 2011.


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.[1]

Competition Attended

West Coast Dance Explosion in Phoenix, AZ on April 9-10, 2011[2]

Weekly Dances

Abby Lee Dance Company
Dance Name
Dance Style
Party, Party, Party Jazz 3rd in Mini Small Group
Rag Dolls
(not shown)
Contemporary 4th in Mini Small Group
I Want It Musical Theatre 1st in Mini Duet/Trio
Highest Scoring Mini Musical Theater Trio

Other Information

  • Pyramid:
    • Maddie
    • Chloe, Brooke
    • Paige, Nia, Mackenzie
  • Despite the group not being shown, Brooke and Paige can be seen wearing the costumes for Rag Dolls in the dressing room.[3]


  • In the scene where Maddie feels sick, the girls are actually rehearsing Electricity – the group dance shown in the following episode.
  • The original music used for the trio can be heard whenever it cuts to Christi and Kelly in the audience.

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Video Gallery

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