The season one judges. note
The season two judges. note Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition
is a Lifetime
dance reality competition series that grew from the same roots as Dance Moms
. It is a series hosted by Kevin Manno, an MTV host with severe Chuck Cunningham Syndrome
. where young talented dancers fight for the honor of being Abby's Ultimate Dancer, which comes with $100,000 and a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet School in NY. In other words, this competition is Serious Business
. The show could literally be So You Think You Can Dance, Jr.
, but with a lot more arguments
The first season went from October to December 2012, racking up twelve million views along the way. The series was renewed for a season two which premiered in September 2013 and is currently running.
The show's first season provides examples of:
- The Baroness: Yvette. She's the Ice Queen among the moms, having no sympathy for making a child cry. She'll do anything to put her daughter Hadley ahead, even if it means sabotage.
- Berserker Tears: Elisabeth during her post-elimination meltdown.
- Cry into Chest: This is what most contestants do with their moms after elimination.
- Cat Fight: Commonly there'll be one between Yvette and Kristie, and there will usually be another mom between them trying to break them up.
- Elimination Catchphrase: "Today is not your day."
- Elimination Statement: The eliminated dancer and/or their mom will usually give a short statement about how the child's grown as a dancer and how they will continue to dance in the future.
- Evil Snicker: Yvette does one after Elisabeth is eliminated and Hadley is spared.
- Fragile Flower: Elisabeth, for the love of God, Elisabeth. She has a really bad habit of bursting into tears at the tip of a hat, and she cranks things Up to Eleven after she is eliminated.
- Hey, It's That Sound!: You may be able to recognize the song in these two dances. They were used on Dance Moms for the "Glam" and "I Want It Now" dances.
- Lame Excuse: When Elisabeth is asked why she didn't dance too well, she tearfully says that her parents are divorcing and it's putting stress on her. The judges fall for it.
- Laser-Guided Karma: When Hadley wins a challenge that gives her the power to choose all assignments for the week, Yvette plans to sabotage everyone by putting them in their weakest spots. Hadley gives herself a solo, but her power backfires when her performance is not up to par.
- My Nayme Is: It's pronounced "Kylie Jay", but spelled "Kyleigh Jai".
- Previously On: Happens Once an Episode, save for the first.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech/Cat Fight: As this is a Dance Moms spinoff...
- Redheads Are Uncool: In one episode, Brianna laments about how she has been bullied in the past, and even lampshades it by saying, "I'm an outcast sometimes!" However, she went on to win the whole thing.
- Sound Effect Bleep: Sometimes.
- Stepford Smiler: Yvette, a mom known for her unsettling smiles.
- Technician Versus Performer: Asia is known for staying in the competition longer than most of the dancers, all of them being older than her.
- The One Guy: Zack.
The show's second season provides examples of:
- The Ace: Kalani.
- Call Back: The third episode features an improv dance-off very similar to one in the first season.
- MacGuffin: The Call Back Card (refrain from confusion). They work similarly to The Voice's steals, but instead of three the judges have just one, and they're used to save an eliminated dancer. Richy used his on Chloe, Abby used hers on Kalani, and Rachelle used hers on Trinity.
- Shout-Out: The debut episode's dances were shout outs to Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Madonna, and Gene Kelly. Not only that, but the next episode is Lady Gaga centric.
- Special Guest: Lady Gaga actually shows up in one episode via video, and Maddie and Mackenzie show up in the flesh.