* AlasPoorScrappy: For those who saw [[spoiler:Christi]] as a scrappy, [[spoiler:her leaving the team was a massive TearJerker, especially due to her motives for doing so.]]
* 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.
* AwesomeMusic:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWMlDspUNX8 "Describing the Car Crash"]], the music used during "Last Text". It accentuates to the NightmareFuel-rific nature of the dance ''ten-fold'', with an ominous sound and feel to it which gets complemented by a [[HellIsThatNoise loud bang]] that sounds in a pattern. It'll be the most spine-chillingly mesmerizing 2 minutes of your life.
** Speaking of nightmare-inducing music, there's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs3KD4paImY Lights Fade Low's "Touch"]], used during "Amber Alert". It's so chilling already, with a woman singing lyrics that would fit all too well with a {{Yandere}}...and then [[BrownNote the distortion]] [[HellIsThatNoise comes in]]...
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7BO7aXnOJk "The Perfect Fit"]], an upbeat and sassy pop song used during Mackenzie's "If the Shoe Fits" solo.
** The music used for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DkkUSK0TeQ "The Seven Dancers"]]. Try listening to it [[EarWorm and not getting it stuck in your head.]] [[SchmuckBait Go ahead, try.]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hirXQzubbmk The "Broken Dolls" music]]; an intense, dramatic orchestral piece that sounds worthy to be used as part of a film score.
* BaseBreaker: Abby. Dear Lord, Abby. Hell, she was under fire the moment the show went on air, and it really hit a peak with [[spoiler:her infamous scuffle with Kelly]] in season four...[[SerialEscalation 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 SadistTeacher 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 JerkAss of a mother.
* 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 (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.
* CreepyAwesome:
** Maddie in the "Chandelier" and "Elastic Heart" videos.
** The DarkerAndEdgier dances. All of them.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: Christi and Kelly joking about ''roofies''.
* DudeNotFunny: Abby making fun of Chloe after she returned to school after she was suspended in "You've Been Unfriended."
* EarWorm: Admit it, "It's A Girl Party" is pretty catchy, especially since ''a nine year old'' made it.
** "Shine", as well.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Everyone besides Maddie, arguably.
** Chloe has become an especially glaring example, attributed largely to [[spoiler: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".
* 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.
* FirstInstallmentWins: 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 JerkAss that she is today.
* FunnyMoments: [[Funny/DanceMoms See here.]]
* FountainOfMemes: Abby. Her weight, certain NeverLiveItDown moments, and her image to the vast majority as a SadistTeacher are all huge attributions to her memetic status.
* HeartwarmingMoments: [[Heartwarming/DanceMoms See here.]]
* InternetBackdraft: 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.
* ItWasHisSled: Basically everyone knows about "ALDC LA" at this point, considering the ungodly amount of advertising set out for it.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Abby has her moments, however rare (and rude) she may be.
* JerkassWoobie: 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.
* JumpingTheShark: Many people believe that the show did this around season four.
* MagnumOpus: Abby considers hers to be "Where Have All the Children Gone?", with "Last Text" being a close second.
* ManipulativeBastard: '''ABBY'''. She hasn't really honed in on her "skill" until seasons four and five, where she starts crossing the MoralEventHorizon and unraveling the true evil inside her.
* MemeticMutation:
** "[[https://38.media.tumblr.com/1ea8fd22c0b283d969914c4f2a8730c7/tumblr_n1eyrkK4hq1rqfhi2o1_500.gif We're all gonna have]] '''''FUN'''''." (Often used alongside a caption such as "When you force your friends to hang out with you".)
** The [[TheStoic 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.
* MomentOfAwesome: [[Awesome/DanceMoms See here.]]
* {{Narm}}:
** Maddie's facial expressions during "Broken Dolls". There are few shots, and [[FreezeFrameBonus 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 ''Series/DropDeadDiva''. Not the "I can't do it" scene, but rather [[http://youtu.be/9V29WAkDcLU?t=27s 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!"
* NeverLiveItDown: 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!"'''
* NightmareFuel: [[NightmareFuel/DanceMoms See here.]]
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Abby exhibits it from time to time, but when she does, she ''really'' does.
* ReplacementScrappy: There has been many a complaint on the new moms and dancers that have come in, saying that [[FirstInstallmentWins the original junior elite team]] is still the best.
* TheScrappy:
** Abby, ironically.
** There is a huge gaining hatedom for the Siwas.
* SignatureSong: Brooke and Mackenzie, who have both released albums, have one.
** Brooke has "Summer Love Song".
** Mackenzie has "It's A Girl Party".
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: Many performances, usually the {{darker|AndEdgier}} 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 [[FanDisservice naked Abby]] didn't turn you off immediately.
* {{Squick}}: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toqRHtIBy2Q Abby having Kenzie MASSAGE HER FOOT]]. We're even treated to a [[SarcasmMode lovely]] close-up of Abby's bare foot.
** You can clearly see how uncomfortable Kenzie was during the massage.
* 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.
* SweetDreamsFuel: ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii6R1DTjBOU How wonderful it feeeels to be beauutifull...]]''
* TakeThatScrappy: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQtXo8aXwLg 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.
* TearJerker: [[TearJerker/DanceMoms See here.]]
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids:
** The girls doing a dance inspired by the highly not-for-kids show ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack''. As well as Abby suggesting that they do "research" on the show.
** Jojo's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrJw6szJKqI prom queen solo]], which A) is [[ShoutOut inspired by]] [[Film/{{Carrie}} an R rated horror movie]], and B) has the dancer performing the routine completely covered in blood and portraying a rather [[NightmareFuel 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?
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: Abby's response to the moms calling her out on the {{stripperific}} costumes in "Electricity" and the "naked" costumes in "Fantastic".
* 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.
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