YMMV: Dance Moms

  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: For those who saw Christi as a scrappy, her leaving the team was a massive Tear Jerker, especially due to her motives for doing so.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: 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.
  • Awesome Music:
  • Base Breaker: Abby. Dear Lord, Abby. Hell, she was under fire the moment the show went on air, and it really hit a peak with her infamous scuffle with Kelly in season four...only to then top itself with Abby's increasingly bizarre and iniquitous behavior in season five, which isn't helping her case in the slightest. Considering how she is known to act, those who believe that she's just a Sadist Teacher haven't been led too astray.
    • Holly is becoming one, since people think her actions to stand up against Abby for Nia is turning her into "the next Christi".
    • While we're on the topic, Christi herself fit here for the exact same reason.
    • The Siwas. The majority of people think Jojo is an annoying brat with a villainous Jerk Ass of a mother.
  • Broken Base: 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 (usually those who are already fans of the show) who enjoy the songs, and those (usually those who have no idea what Dance Moms is) who despise the gratuitous autotune or lack of substance in lyrics or musical production.
  • Creepy Awesome:
    • Maddie in the "Chandelier" and "Elastic Heart" videos.
    • The Darker and Edgier dances. All of them.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Christi and Kelly joking about roofies.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Abby making fun of Chloe after she returned to school after she was suspended in "You've Been Unfriended."
  • Ear Worm: Admit it, "It's A Girl Party" is pretty catchy, especially since a nine year old made it.
    • "Shine", as well.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Everyone besides Maddie, arguably.
    • Chloe has become an especially glaring example, attributed largely to her leaving the team in season 4.
    • Mackenzie's status has been buoyed primarily by her music career, and now Nia's in the same boat with her new single "Star In Your Own Life".
  • Executive Meddling: "The Pyramid," and the dancer/moms that appear on the show were chosen by the producers. According to Abby Lee, the rest of her studio is far less stressful.
  • First Installment Wins: The wide majority favors the original junior elite team (Maddie, Mackenzie, Nia, Brooke, Paige, Chloe) save for Vivi-Anne.
    • People also like the first few seasons better, since the ALDC felt much more like a team and Abby was far from the Jerk Ass that she is today.
  • Funny Moments: See here.
  • Fountain of Memes: Abby. Her weight, certain Never Live It Down moments, and her image to the vast majority as a Sadist Teacher are all huge attributions to her memetic status.
  • Heartwarming Moments: See here.
  • Internet Backdraft: Abby tweeted a photo of Maddie in a class at nationals with a master instructor, and made the ill-fated decision to put "#wherestallblonde" (as a reference to Chloe) at the end of it. The backlash she received was immense and all too understandable.
  • It Was His Sled: Basically everyone knows about "ALDC LA" at this point, considering the ungodly amount of advertising set out for it.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Abby has her moments, however rare (and rude) she may be.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Abby's shaping up to be this in season five, considering how almost everything she's built up is collapsing before her eyes with the moms standing up against her and the legal matter from her fight with Kelly looming over her. That's not even mentioning how she still has to work to keep the ALDC afloat.
  • Jumping the Shark: Many people believe that the show did this around season four.
  • Magnum Opus: Abby considers hers to be "Where Have All the Children Gone?", with "Last Text" being a close second.
  • Manipulative Bastard: ABBY. She hasn't really honed in on her "skill" until seasons four and five, where she starts crossing the Moral Event Horizon and unraveling the true evil inside her.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "We're all gonna have FUN." (Often used alongside a caption such as "When you force your friends to hang out with you".)
    • The stoic expression that Brooke wears all too frequently.
    • Two gifs - one of Abby eating Sour Patch Kids, and the other of Payton with a dead-eyed, unamused look - have gained circulation on Tumblr, with the latter in particular being commonly used as a reaction gif.
  • Moment Of Awesome: See here.
  • Narm:
    • Maddie's facial expressions during "Broken Dolls". There are few shots, and they're not onscreen for long, but they do show Maddie showing a facial expression so overly stoic that it's impossible not to smirk at.
    • Maddie's acting in Drop Dead Diva. Not the "I can't do it" scene, but rather the scene in which she falls mid-solo. Not only is the fall sort of forced (and this is even without knowing Maddie's jumping capability), but Maddie calling out her dance instructor afterwards is way too wooden to strike any sort of emotional chord. Even worse is the fact that everyone around her treats it seriously, which only adds to the hilarity.
    "Why wouldn't you change my routine? [...] Leave me alone! You're a terrible teacher! You ruined my life!"
  • Never Live It Down: Oh, let us count the instances...
    • Abby's actions in "You've Been Unfriended".
      • As well as the second part of "Hollywood Here We Come".
      • And "Big Trouble in the Big Apple."
    • The "topless showgirls" dance and the stripperific "Electricity" costumes.
    • Abby throwing the chair.
      • "STOP EATING! THAT'S WHY YOU'RE FAT!"
  • Nightmare Fuel: See here.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Abby exhibits it from time to time, but when she does, she really does.
  • Replacement Scrappy: There has been many a complaint on the new moms and dancers that have come in, saying that the original junior elite team is still the best.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Abby, ironically.
    • There is a huge gaining hatedom for the Siwas.
  • Signature Song: Brooke and Mackenzie, who have both released albums, have one.
    • Brooke has "Summer Love Song".
    • Mackenzie has "It's A Girl Party".
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Many performances, usually the darker ones, inhibit this.
    • "The Last Text" is essentially a "don't text and drive" PSA in the form of a dance number.
  • Squick:
    • All of the sexually oriented dances (the stripper costumes in "Electricity", the naked costumes in "Fantastic") become a lot more disturbing when you realize that they were conducted by a woman in her 40s.
    • 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 naked Abby didn't turn you off immediately.
  • Squick: Abby having Kenzie MASSAGE HER FOOT. We're even treated to a lovely close-up of Abby's bare foot.
    • You can clearly see how uncomfortable Kenzie was during the massage.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Used in dance routines.
    • For example, "Candy Apple Style," which even includes PSY's horse riding dance in the routine.
    • There's also a song that uses the same beat as "Royals" but with different lyrics.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: How wonderful it feeeels to be beauutifull...
  • Take That, Scrappy!: This clip, in which Abby not only removes Jojo from the pyramid in front of Jessalynn, but then yells at her saying that she does not deserve to be on the pyramid and in fact deserves nothing and that she is not entitled to anything in this world. When Jojo tries to talk for herself, Abby tells her to leave the room.
  • Tear Jerker: See here.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?:
    • The girls doing a dance inspired by the highly not-for-kids show Orange Is The New Black. As well as Abby suggesting that they do "research" on the show.
    • Jojo's prom queen solo, which A) is inspired by an R rated horror movie, and B) has the dancer performing the routine completely covered in blood and portraying a rather frightening character.
      • Not to mention that before Jojo went onstage, Abby got irked with Jessalynn for not showing her 11-year-old daughter the movie. WHAT?
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Abby's response to the moms calling her out on the stripperific costumes in "Electricity" and the "naked" costumes in "Fantastic".
  • The Woobie: Let's face it: everyone on the show has been a woobie at some point.