* AudienceAlienatingPremise: Many people won't even touch the show with a ten-foot pole because it appears to be exploitative of young girls in a number of areas.
* AwesomeMusic:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWMlDspUNX8 "Describing the Car Crash"]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7BO7aXnOJk "The Perfect Fit"]]
* BaseBreaker: Abby. Dear Lord, Abby. She's been called an incredible number of horrible things and is seen on the surface as a mere SadistTeacher.
* BrokenBase: '''GOOD GOD.''' Outside of the show's fanbase, there are those who believe the show is borderline '''child abuse'''.
** Brooke and Mackenzie's albums have received the same reaction. There are those (preferably already fans of the show) who enjoy the songs, and those (preferably those who have no idea what ''Dance Moms'' is) who despise the gratuitous {{autotune}}.
* CreepyAwesome: Maddie in the "Chandelier" video.
* DudeNotFunny: Abby making fun of Chloe after she returned to school after she was suspended in "You've Been Unfriended."
* EarWorm: Admit it, "It's A Girl Party" is pretty catchy, especially since ''a fucking nine year old'' made it.
* ExecutiveMeddling: "The Pyramid," and the dancer/moms that appear on the show were [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/dance-moms-and-the-broken-promise-of-reality-telev,83838/ chosen by the producers]]. According to Abby Lee, the rest of her studio is far less stressful.
* MagnumOpus: "The Last Text".
** "Amber Alert", a more recent dance, has been said to be ''[[UpToEleven even better]]''.
* NeverLiveItDown:
** Abby's actions in "You've Been Unfriended."
** The "topless showgirls" dance.
* {{Squick}}: When Jill orders a pair of masseurs for Gianna and Abby, Christi makes a noteworthy comment on how she feels sorry for the masseur who had to massage Abby's feet.
** As if the prospect of [[FanDisservice naked Abby]] didn't turn you off immediately.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: Used in dance routines.
** For example, "Candy Apple Style," which even includes [[{{Music/PSY}} PSY's]] horse riding dance in the routine.
** There's also a song that uses the same beat as [[Music/{{Lorde}} "Royals"]] but with different lyrics.
* SweetDreamsFuel: ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii6R1DTjBOU How wonderful it feeeels to be beauutifull...]]''
* WhatAnIdiot: Kelly decides to invite [[FatBastard Leslie]] to her 41st birthday party, despite the other moms not exactly being besties with her. Her reasoning? They didn't invite Leslie to their little lunch break and Kelly felt like she had to invite her. Leslie then proceeds to get into a big quarrel with Christi and leaves her in tears. The episode was called "Worst Birthday Party Ever" for a reason. All because of weak obligation.
** Kelly even said that she didn't enjoy Leslie's presence when she came.
* TheWoobie: Let's face it: ''everyone on the show'' has been a woobie at some point.
** Especially Chloe, considering she's almost AlwaysSecondBest and Abby takes pleasure out of using her as a ButtMonkey.
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