* 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.
* 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.
** [[HandWave Apparently Sophia's voice gets higher when she's nervous.]]
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: Used in dance routines. For example, "Candy Apple Style," which even includes [[{{Music/PSY}} PSY's]] horse riding dance in the routine.
* TheWoobie: In one episode, Abby leaves the studio temporarily and puts everything into Gianna's hands. When she isn't going over the girls' dances, she is understandably stressed. For further context, Abby threatened to fire Gianna if she choreographed a solo for Brooke. [[spoiler:Even though Gianna choreographs the dance, Abby does not fire her.]]
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