* 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.
* 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, although this is sort of ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch.
* 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.
* 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.
* MoralEventHorizon: Abby more or less crosses it in "You've Been Unfriended", when she decides to pick on Chloe [[spoiler:just after she's gotten back from suspension]], even going as far as calling her names like "blondie".
* 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.
* 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.
* UnfortunateImplications: In once season 4 episode, Abby decides that Nia, one of the only black girls on the show, will dance the part of a dog. Only a little iffy on its own...until it turns out that the costume includes a collar and a leash. Someone didn't think that through.
** Then in the very next episode, Jade (only Asian girl currently on the show) gets a solo called Far East, which involves stereotypical Chinese music, a fan, and a cheongsam-based costume. At least it's an acrobatic solo instead of trying to mimic actual Chinese dances.
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