Characters: Dance Moms

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Abby Lee Dance Company

    Abby Lee Miller 

Abby Lee Miller

Owner of the Abby Lee Dance Company studio.

    Current Abby Lee Dance Company Moms 

As A Whole

Melissa Ziegler-Gisoni

Melissa is the mother of Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler. Her girls are favored by Abby, much to the other moms' dismay.

Christi Lukasiak

Christi is the mother of Chloe Lukasiak.

Jill Vertes

The mother of Kendall Vertes.

Holly Frazier

The mother of Nia Frazier.

Kira Girard

The mother of Kalani Hiliker.

    Current Abby Lee Dance Company Dancers 

As a whole

  • Age-Inappropriate Dress: As mentioned in an episode where the girls received NO awards for their 'barely-there' costumes.
    • Arguably the outfits the girls wear to practice in as well - most of the time, they wear crop-tops and booty shorts. In the spin-off series, the girl who wears the shortest top is the oldest girl, Jessie, even though she's technically the only one of the group (except maybe Sammi) who actually needs to wear a shirt.
    • The infamous "topless showgirls" dance. The costumes were picked out to give the effect that they were naked. Unsurprisingly, the episode is unavailable online and has never been rebroadcast.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Most of their costumes and when they practice.
  • Brainy Brunettes: The brunettes of the group are all intelligent with their schoolwork and dancing
  • Deadpan Snarker: They have their moments.
  • Dumb Blonde: Subverted. They all get good grades and quite talented dancers.
  • Heroic BSOD: Whenever a girl forgets her solo.
  • Nice Girls: They're all are friends to each other.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: They are focused dancers, while their moms are bickering.

Maddie Ziegler-Gisoni

Maddie is the eldest daughter of Melissa and the older sister of Mackenzie.

  • The Ace: Definitely, much to the other moms' jealousy. If anyone out of the ALDC team could be considered the most popular, it's her.
  • The B Grade: A variation. She gets upset if she doesn't win first place, but she's still courteous to whoever does win.
  • Brainy Brunette
  • Cool Big Sis: To Mackenzie. She's often seen helping Mackenzie with her hair and makeup in the dressing room.
  • Despair Event Horizon: In "Abbygeddon" when she forgot her dance mid-performance and ended up breaking down in tears.
  • Homeschooled Kids: As of Season 4 she and Mackenzie are being homeschooled.
  • Humble Hero: She's rarely not at the top of the pyramid, she's won crowns and trophies alike, but she consists of staying modest and not letting her success get to her head.
  • Teacher Favoritism: No matter how much Abby tries to deny it. She is The Ace, after all.
  • The Rival: Her rivalry with Chloe is a major subplot.

Mackenzie Ziegler-Gisoni

Mackenzie is the youngest daughter of Melissa and the younger sister of Maddie.

Chloe Lukasiak

The daughter of Christi.

Kendall Vertes

The daughter of Jill.
  • Butt Monkey: Even though she is talented, but she is especially this in her first few appearances and in season three.
  • Sixth Ranger: Deconstructed. As the first new dancer added to the group, she was put on probation until she proved herself. As a result, there was drama between Abby and Jill regarding why she was treated differently than the other girls. So much so that Jill and Kendall temporarily switched to Candy Apples Dance Studio.

Nia Frazier

The daughter of Holly Frazier.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Goes two ways: "purpose" in Swahili, or "champion" in Welsh.
  • Black Best Friend: She is friendly and gets along with all the girls.
  • Ill Girl: She might be an example, as she has a medical condition affecting the bones in her feet. In the Mother's Day special, it was revealed that she was actually in the hospital for some time over the summer, and was in a wheelchair for a while afterward.
  • Out of Focus: In seasons 2 and 3, apart from the Rosa Park tribute and her duet with Paige. So much so that Abby that called attention to it.
  • Token Black

Kalani Hiliker

The daughter of Kira.
  • All There in the Manual: If you didn't watch Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition you probably won't know who she is or what her relationship is to Abby when she shows up.
  • Canon Immigrant: From Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition
  • Cool Big Sis: She's the oldest of girls on the team and is very encouraging towards them.
  • Homeschooled Kids: She homeschools so she can spend more time taking classes and traveling for dance.
  • Sixth Ranger: She shows up in season 4 and becomes a permanent member of the team.
  • Teacher Favoritism: She was Abby's favorite when she competed on Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition.

    Former Abby Lee Dance Company Moms and Dancers 

Kelly Hyland

The mother of Brooke and Paige Hyland.

Brooke Hyland

  • Child Popstar: During summer 2012 she released her hit debut single, "Summer Love Song". A year later, she releases an entire album. Mixed opinions have been tossed around concerning Brooke's music career, with a large amount of criticism given to Brooke's heavy Autotune use.
  • Cool Big Sis: To all the girls, and her sister, Paige. She is the oldest one on the team, after all.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: More recently she's been trying trying to be this.
  • Rubber Girl: To an extent. She specializes in acrobatic dance.

Paige Hyland

Kristie Ray

The mother of Asia Ray.

Jackie Lucia

The mother of Sophia Lucia.
  • Dropped a Bridge On Her: Jackie and Sophia left the team and went back to LA to prevent any mama drama with her daughter, who had become The Ace at the time. However, if you look at Sophia's accomplishments, it's not that much of a step down.

Asia Monet Ray

The daughter of Kristi.

Sophia Lucia

The daughter of Jackie Lucia

    Abby Lee Miller Dance Studio Others 

Gianna Martello

Payton Ackerman

The daughter of Leslie. Payton sometimes dances with the company featured on the show but has never been an official member.

Leslie Ackerman

The mother of Payton Ackerman

    Dance Moms: Miami 

Candy Apple's Dance Center

    Cathy Nesbitt-Stein 

Cathy Nesbitt-Stein

Owner of the Candy Apple's studio, former member of the ALDC team.