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    The Moms 

As A Whole

Tricia Farrar

The mother of Brady Farrar.

Joanne Paolantonio

The mother of GiaNina Paolantonio.

  • Animal-Eared Headband: She and GiaNina both love to wear cat-eared headbands.
  • Break the Haughty: Learns the hard way that GiaNina's past experience in film and onstage can't speak for itself in Abby's studio.
  • It's All About Me: Or about her daughter, at least; she will take any opportunity to brag about GiaNina's career highlights (but don't call it bragging).
  • Joisey: Has a fairly pronounced New Jersey accent.

Ann Colin

The mother of Hannah Colin.

Stacey Ketchman

The mother of Lilliana Ketchman.

  • Arch-Enemy: To Yolanda.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: As one of the mini team moms in season 7, her hair was blond; as the only season 8 mom to have been on the show before, her hair is dark brown.
  • The Shrink: She is a psychiatrist by trade.

Ashley Hosbach

The mother of Pressley Hosbach.

Michelle Georgiana

The mother of Sarah Georgiana.

Erin Kristich

The mother of Savannah Kristich.

Yolanda Walmsley

The mother of Elliana Walmsley, she has a big controversy going on with Stacey. Abby invited her back needing a new dancer on the team.

  • Arch-Enemy: To Stacey.
  • Axe-Crazy: She seems nice, but the other moms accuse her of this due to her explosive temper and the few times she's gotten physical.
  • Control Freak: Even more so than the other moms, who let Abby deliver most of the corrections and threats of dismissal. Yolanda feels the need to repeat these to Elliana after Abby has already delivered them.
  • Education Mama: She has to spend a couple of weeks getting Elliana's homeschooling schedule in order before they can join the team for regular rehearsals.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: She has a tendency to rub everyone the wrong way, but those who have no personal issues with her are willing to act nice or get along.
  • Jumped at the Call
  • Sixth Ranger: her and her daughter are this to the team.

    The Dancers 

As a whole

Brady Farrar

Brady is the son of Tricia and the first permanent male on Abby's team.

  • The Ace: In terms of technique, he easily ranks among the top ALDC dancers in the show's history, up there with Sophia.
  • Ambiguously Gay: According to Tricia, many people have questioned the 14-year-old Brady's sexuality.
  • The Bus Came Back: Abby sent him home midway through the season, only to bring him back a few weeks later.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: With Pressley.
  • The Heart: without him in the group, the girls aren't able to come together as smoothly as they did when he was there. He was also supportive towards the other girls and had become good friends with them.
  • Military Brat: His father served in Iraq.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Inverted, as he is the only male dancer to have ever been featured on the show.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: Tricia believes he is the victim of this, in the form of jealousy from the other moms.
  • Teacher's Pet: Accused of this by the moms because of Abby giving him a solo or making him the lead in a group dance, and because she didn't chew him out for mistakes as harshly as they thought she would their own kid.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Often the voice of reason on his team.

GiaNina Paolantonio

GiaNina is the daughter of Joanne and one of the girls selected to join Abby's new team in season 8.

  • Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble: The correct way to pronounce her name is jee-ah-NEE-nah. Abby seems to find this too complicated, sometimes changing it to zha-NEE-nah or, sarcastically, JEE. AH. NEE. NAH.
  • Experience Entitlement: Admittedly, her pre-show CV is pretty impressive, but she and her mother seem to believe she automatically deserves special treatment from Abby because of it.
  • In Memoriam: Dedicates her lyrical solo "Snowflake" to her deceased grandmother.
  • Never My Fault: If she loses, it's because Abby's choreography is weak. If she makes a flub in a group dance, it's because the girls tried to confuse her. If Abby thinks she has a bad attitude, it's because the moms twisted her words.
  • The Prima Donna: Implied as much as in the aptly named episode "The Broadway Brat."

Hannah Colin

Hannah is the daughter of Ann and one of the girls selected to join Abby's new team in season 8.

  • Embarrassing Nickname: Called "Hannah Banana," or simply "Banana," by Ann. A cashier who overheard this believed her name was actually Banana!
  • The Quiet One: At least at first, especially whenever she is confronted by Abby, and her mother Ann makes it sound like it's been a problem since Hannah's childhood.
  • Shrinking Violet

Lilliana Ketchman

Lilliana is the daughter of Stacey who has been with Abby since the latter half of season 6 as a member of her mini-team. After it disbanded she was brought onto the elite team. She returned in Season 8 to be part of Abby's new team.

  • The Ace: For most of seasons 6 and 7, Lilly is considered a standout among the minis, and Abby clearly favors her as the only permanent girl on the team who's returned.
  • Contortionist: One of the most talented acro dancers at the ALDC.
  • Facial Dialogue: She's especially good at some of Abby's creepier choreography.
  • Pint-Sized Kid: Stacey admits in one episode that she requires growth hormones.

Pressley Hosbach

Pressley is the daughter of Ashley and one of the girls selected to join Abby's new team in season 8.

Sarah Georgiana

Sarah is the daughter of Michelle and one of the girls selected to join Abby's new team in season 8.

  • The Woobie: As the victim of her mother's constant bickering with Abby, it's fair to describe her as the new Chloe.

Savannah Kristich

Savannah is the daughter of Erin and one of the girls selected to join Abby's new team in season 8. Her mom pulled her out following the Walmsleys being invited back.

Elliana Walmsley

Elliana is Yolanda Walmsley's daughter. With the departure of Brady, Abby called on her to try to motivate the team to improve.

  • The Ace: She isn't without her flaws, but she is considered to be enough of a threat to the others. She learned a dance and practiced it on competition day and came in first!
  • Brought Down to Normal: Abby believes Elliana has lost some of her technique during the two years she was away from the ALDC, and is no longer the reliable winner she was.
  • The Rival: To Savannah, according to Erin.
  • Those Two Girls: The dancers think Elliana and GiaNina are this, to the exclusion of others.


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Abby Lee Dance Company

Abby Lee Miller

Owner of the Abby Lee Dance Company studio in Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania.

  • Alpha Bitch: While Cathy may seem to be one to her, she proved herself to be the bigger one.
  • Apathetic Teacher: Essentially in season 6 all the way up to her departure. Despite literally living in the studio, there have been multiple times when she has refused to teach the girls, once literally locking them out of the studio and has said on more than one occasion that she doesn't want to be there. It continued until 6.5's end to where the elites came back.
  • Arch-Enemy: Served as this to Kelly after she was kicked out of the ALDC. The lawsuit she was involved in due to her didn't help.
    • Also served as this to Christi and Chloe, the latter due to what amounts to Training from Hell and invoking Always Second Best because of her favoritism for Maddie... which became a Heroic BSoD at the end of Season 4. Fortunately, Chloe gets better to where she returns to competing as of the mid-Season 7 finale.
  • Asshole Victim: She perceives herself this way due to the producers, so much so that it's officially become Screw This, I'm Outta Here! and publicly resigning from the show. She's even named one of them Satan.
  • Berserk Button: Many of them.
    • Questioning and arguing with her about her teaching. (Jill learned this the hard way.)
    • Thinking that any mom is trying to take over the studio.
    • Being told what to do by the producers.
    • Swearing. It's a big one for her.
    • Don't rip on one of her students. Especially while they're dancing on stage.
  • Big Bad: Any signs of Big Good faded away after season 4, as she favored and continued to talk about Maddie even after she left. Unfortunately it came to bite her back in the ass with Maddie's book.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Although she's not the prime source of snark on the show, not even close...
  • Determinator: Her mission is to push her dancers to be the best and win as many competitions as possible, no matter what the cost.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: The "evil" part is debatable due to Alternative Character Interpretation, but her voice is very much raspy after years of straining it.
  • Fat Bastard: Most of the moms in Candy Apples and some other disenchanted ones see her this way.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: She was stuck on "heel" before her departure.
  • Heroic RRoD: Although the "heroic" part isn't the most accurate, season 5 in its entirety was one for Abby. In the episodes we've seen so far, she experiences emotional, mental and sometimes physical breakdowns.
  • Hot-Blooded: Combined with Hair-Trigger Temper at times.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: During auditions in season 4, one of the mothers of a girl who was auditioning criticized Paige's turns. Abby immediately jumped to Paige's defense, and kicked the girl who was auditioning and her mother out of the audition.
  • It's All About Me: Full stop.
  • Jerkass: Woo boy howdy.
  • Karma Houdini: Mostly due to Manipulative Editing, as because of it she got away with a lot of things.
  • Large Ham: The largest within the entire series.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Very much so.
  • Mean Boss: Threatened to fire Gianna in season 3 if she choreographed a solo for Brooke.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: At times.
  • Sadist Teacher: Her morality towards the team is becoming more foggy and more twisted by the episode, it seems.
  • Sanity Slippage: Bizarrely due to the way she felt the producers forced her to do things she didn't want to do throughout seasons 5 through 7.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Very publicly resigned from the show as of March 26, 2017.
  • Stern Teacher: It didn't start out that way though...
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Like everyone else that passed through her doors, she did start out sugar sweet.
  • Villain Protagonist: First it was speculative, now it's almost certain throughout the whole fanbase.
  • Weirdness Magnet: She did attract some cuckoos throughout the seasons.
    "What is it about me? Why do I attract all the crazy ones?"

Gianna Martello

Abby's assistant choreographer who started as one of her students, winning titles and awards, before discovering at the age of 16 that she also had a passion for teaching dance when she taught alongside Abby as well as by herself.

  • Brainy Brunette: Abby relied on Gianna to choreograph the dance numbers, so whenever an "Abby original" comes up, it's mostly due to Gianna.
  • Girl Friday
  • Not So Above It All: In the later seasons, she is just as rude to the girls and mothers as Abby.
  • Sexy Mentor
  • Those Two Girls: With Abby, to some extent.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: It's starting to prove that it's not entirely a facade by being around her former teacher, as whenever she is with her it's on aberrant display, as was the case in parts of seasons 4 and 5 up to 5.5's end. It did prove that she too was Not So Above It All.

    Former Dance Moms 

As A Whole

  • Action Mom: They can all be.
  • Almighty Mom: The core of the insanity
  • Badass Crew: The moms, they do have their moments.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: The first four seasons, the moms all relatively share the same thoughts and feelings on certain events. Come season five, divides in perspective become jarringly apparent.
    • Examples including that Jill, Melissa, and Kira tried justifying their daughters' rude remarks and impersonation of Jojo were harmless, some mothers often ridicule Brynn for reacting negatively to their crude remarks and often go off on how she can't act, but find it unacceptable when Ashlee makes any remarks about any of the girls, and the treatment of Nia's musical success in season five was largely unwelcomed by the moms and often said Holly was bragging about it and judge her as soon as a new project started.
  • Cat Fight: Oh damn.....
  • Doting Parent
  • Stage Mom: Every. Freaking. One of them!
  • So Proud of You: After a competition.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: They have each other to take it out on.

Melissa Ziegler-Gisoni

Melissa is the mother of Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler. Her girls are favored by Abby, much to the other moms' dismay, and maintains the best relationship with Abby because of this. She and her kids left at the end of season 6.

Kelly Hyland

The mother of Brooke and Paige Hyland.

  • Arch-Enemy: She's Abby's most bitter one, along with Christi.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Alongside Christi, it's one of her qualities.
  • Evil Former Friend: Ironically, Kelly used to be one of Abby's students, but has grown to be one of her most bitter rivals.
  • Expelling Moment of Awesome: When Abby goes after her and tries to bite her with her teeth, Kelly's last stand and blaze of glory against her in bitter response is an awesome hard slap to Abby's face.
  • Flipping the Bird: Sometimes. With a blurred hand, of course.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Constantly.
  • Mama Wolf: She is extremely protective of her children, and frequently stands up to Abby when she was mistreating Brooke and Paige.
  • Rage Quit: On more than one occasion, she has ditched the team, but she always comes back, except for when she really leaves for good in season 4.
  • Those Two Girls: With Christi.
  • The Unfavorite: Out of all the moms, Abby dislikes her the most. The feeling is mutual, however.

Jessalynn Siwa

The mother of JoJo Siwa. Much like Kira seen above, the Siwas got on the team as a result of being on the second AUDC season.

  • Heel–Face Turn: She starts showing a nicer, moralistic side after allying herself with Holly in Season 5B, due to the fact that Abby excluded their children from some of the events the ALDC did in Australia. Before she left in 6B, she started allying herself with the other mothers, such as Jill, Kira and Melissa.
  • Jerkass: Will do a lot of cruel and inhumane things to get Jojo ahead.
  • Jumped at the Call
  • Knight Templar: Occasionally showcases shades of this in her strategy to ensure that Jojo has the upper hand.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Leaves along with JoJo in the season 6 episode "JoJo Is A No-Show", because she wasn’t happy when JoJo had to do a ballet duet with Kendall, which she wasn’t comfortable with.
  • Those Two Girls: With Holly, especially during Season 5B.

Ashlee Allen

The mother of Brynn Rumfallo. Started appearing with the ALDC in season 6.

  • Alliterative Name
  • Alpha Bitch: Combined with a huge dose of Jerkass. In the first half of season 6, she would brutalize mom and kid alike; her usual targets being Kira and Kendall.
    • Some choice moments where she's particularly nasty are stating in front of Kendall that Brynn has been performing better and overall a better dancer than her, accusing Kira of "sitting on her ass and not caring" due to her absence to take care of her newborn son, and saying Kalani is not a good a dancer as she once was.
    • For a short while she got better, keeping her negative comments to a minimum come the Ziegler's departure, and in addition, much of what she said was unintentionally hurtful and in retaliation to negative comments towards Brynn. Eventually the trope is enforced once more within the rest of season 7 to the point where she and Brynn leave ALDC after Abby goes to prison.
  • Brutally Honest: To the degree that much of what she says is actually hurtful remarks, much of these comments even being targeted towards the girls.
    • It got to the point where Kendall called her out on it.
  • Hypocrite / Manipulative Bitch: Several mothers see her as this in the recent season after she left ALDC with them, only to return a short while later. One major example was when she and Brynn attacked the girls and their mothers on social media for an "adult" oriented performance they did, then play victim when they suddenly turned it around on her.
    • Even the producers called her out on this in the same episode.
  • Mama Bear: Very protective of her daughter.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Leaves along with Brynn near the late end of season 7 due to Abby going to prison.

Jill Vertes

The mother of Kendall Vertes.

  • Character Development: Towards the end of season 2, she sort of had a persona change into someone who didn't always fight with the other mothers.
  • It's All About Me: Has a tendency to only think about herself and her daughter. When Payton was first kicked off of the team, Jill was only focused on how Kendall could serve as a replacement; when Kelly decided to cancel Brooke's solo due to back pain, Jill was upset that she didn't cancel earlier so Kendall could've gotten a solo.
  • Motor Mouth
  • Smoky Voice: The moms love to make fun of her "Nine Hundred Number" voice.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She has cussed out some moms in later episodes.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: After abandoning ship on the team in season two, she made a very unexpected return several episodes later (during Pyramid, no less), much to everyone's shock. Understandably, Abby wasn't too happy.

Holly Hatcher-Frazier
"You're entitled to your wrong opinion, that's fine."

The mother of Nia Sioux Frazier.

Christi Lukasiak

Christi is the mother of Chloe Lukasiak. She had a very rocky relationship with Abby during her time at the ALDC, especially since she thought Abby was deliberately belittling and bullying her daughter. She eventually left at the end of season 4.

Kira Girard

The mother of Kalani Hilliker. Started appearing with the ALDC in season four but didn't really join until season five.

  • Absentee Actor: Kira misses quite a lot of episodes during the first half of Season 6, due to her pregnancy.
  • Canon Immigrant: From the second season of Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition.
  • Hidden Depths: According to allegations from Tracey Reasons, Kira has a criminal history for doing stuff like credit card fraud.
  • Mama Bear: Do not say that Kalani is a bad dancer, or will lose a competition. She will take it out on you.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She even had a mole that was on her face removed in order for her to be on the show.
  • The Quiet One: Most of the time (especially during her early ALDC days), Kira doesn’t usually say anything whilst the other mothers had their own drama to deal with.
  • Sixth Ranger: Applies to both her and Kalani, as they are the newest additions to the ALDC.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Starts in Season 5B. She starts thinking of the girls more often and helps call in a guest choreographer, who was shunned by Abby. Kira then called Abby out when Abby refused to accept Kalani’s hug, which turned into a screaming match between the two. From that moment onwards, Kira then started to speak her mind more often and regularly defended the girls than she did with Kalani.

    Former Main 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. However, it is easily accessible on other internet sites than the one of the show.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Most of their costumes and practice outfits.
  • Brainy Brunette: Most of the girls, as all of the girls get good grades and are quite talented dancers.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: All of the girls have had their bratty moments.
  • 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.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: They are focused dancers, while their moms are bickering.

Maddie Ziegler

Maddie is the eldest daughter of Melissa and the older sister of Mackenzie, and is essentially the show's breakout dancer. She's (in)famous for being Abby's favorite and has gained worldwide recognition outside of the show, primarily through a trilogy of Sia music videos that she starred in. Left mid-season 6 to pursue other projects.

  • 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.
  • Aloof Big Sister: Definitely showcases this when compared to Mackenzie.
  • Always Someone Better: For starters, she's almost always at the top of the pyramid.
    Jill: It's just not a surprise anymore.
    Abby: Isn't that sad?
  • The B Grade: A variation. She gets upset if she doesn't win first place, but she's still courteous to whoever does win. Most of the time.
  • Brainy Brunette
  • Breakout Character: Well, she was already getting the most opportunities out of the team (cameoing on Lifetime's own Drop Dead Diva, for example) before she starred in Sia's "Chandelier" video, which became one of (if not, the) most popular music videos of 2014 and racked up over half a billion YouTube views as well as 2.1 million likes. The video's extreme success skyrocketed her to performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Saturday Night Live, The Ellen Show, and at the Grammys. Not only that, but she did another collab with Sia by co-starring in the "Elastic Heart" video alongside Shia LaBeouf, garnering another 125 million views. And then she starred in a third Sia video for her song "Big Girls Cry", racking up an additional 20 million+ views. Not only that, but she's had a cameo acting role on Austin & Ally. So yeah, you can call her a breakout character.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Mackenzie. She's often seen helping Mackenzie with her hair and makeup in the dressing room. She sometimes did congratulate Mackenzie after doing an amazing solo performance and when Mackenzie and Nia were up against Vivi-Anne and Justice in season 1, Maddie said that Mackenzie will take down those apples.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Occasionally, most often with her sister and mother.
  • Despair Event Horizon: In "Abbygeddon" when she forgot her dance mid-performance and ended up breaking down in tears.
  • Go-Getter Girl: Compared to the other girls, Maddie's drive in dance is on another level entirely.
  • 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. However, this is averted, whenever she does not win first in a solo, especially if a teammate places above her.
  • Jerkass Ball: Can go through this at times.
    • This moment, where she roughly pulled Kenzie off her and shoved her away after she hugged her after her solo due to Mackenzie sarcastically said "nice turns" when her turns were not very nice.
    • This moment, where she refused to take her loss to Mackenzie with stride, explicitly stating that she deserved to win.
    • In the first season, she was especially conceited about how often she won, to the point where she said she didn't know how it felt to lose.
  • 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, as is her rivalry with Kalani.
  • Running Gag: She's been on top of the pyramid so much that it's rarely a surprise anymore, and no one really gets overworked about it.
  • Sore Loser: Subverted. She's a Graceful Loser due to her training and rarely displays this... and when it did come into play, it's a short case of Jerkass Ball.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: After the Sia videos, Maddie became a huge phenomenon in a short period of time. As such, she had to mature quickly and has become very graceful in the past year.

Mackenzie Ziegler-Gisoni

Mackenzie is the youngest daughter of Melissa and the younger sister of Maddie. Released a commercially successful pop album called Mack Z in 2014. Left mid-season 6.

  • Always Someone Better: The inevitable comparisons of her and Maddie, such as calling her Maddie's sister and not her own independent self, seem to follow her like a plague. She even dedicated her song "Shine" to the topic, stating that she still loves Maddie and only wishes to shine like her one day.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Towards Maddie sometimes; worsened by the fact that the girls spend most of their time together and so rarely have the chance to take a breather from each other.
  • Badass Adorable: Mackenzie's style of dance in particular is punctuated by flips, tricks, and quick shots. The power of her motion can be surprising considering her size.
  • Character Development: Of all dancers, Mackenzie seems to have matured the most. And considering she's the youngest of the bunch, that's saying something.
  • Cheerful Child
  • Child Popstar: She released an album during season four that made it to the top 5 chart on iTunes. Critical reception was favorable, but much like Brooke, her use of autotune was excessive.
  • The Cutie: Obviously, since it sort of comes with being the youngest.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She'll be 11 in June and is still relegated to pigtails for nearly every routine.
  • Homeschooled Kids: As of season four she and Maddie are being homeschooled.
  • Ill Girl: Mackenzie apparently has extra bones in one of her feet, making it painful for her to dance, though how painful it is seems to be up for debate.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Is known for making humorous and often snarky remarks in the confession cams.
  • Morality Pet: Could be seen as this to Abby in the earlier seasons.
  • Out of Focus: Especially during the first season. She wasn’t in many of the group routines (because she would have brought the age group down) and only one solo. She mainly did duets with Vivi-Anne, and one with Nia.
  • Plucky Comic Relief
  • The Rival: To Asia.
  • Smarter Than You Look: According to Melissa, Mackenzie excels in school more than Maddie.

Brooke Hyland

The eldest daughter of Kelly. Formerly the oldest elite team member; was known for being the most flexible member of the team. Prior to the show, she was stated as being one of Abby's favorites, but she progressively lost interest in dance as she grew older to the point that she briefly left the ALDC to pursue cheerleading. Released a single in 2012 called "Summer Love Song", and subsequently released a full self-titled album the following year. Left the show during season 4.

  • Affectionate Nickname: "Brooke" is actually just a nickname, her full first name is "Brooklyn."
  • Broken Tears: In the now infamous episode, after her mother and Abby had their physical fight, Brooke is reduced to uncontrollable sobs and crying.
  • 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.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Ultimately, her back problems prevents her from trying to pursue her childhood dream of performing in Cirque du Soleil.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Brooke of all the girls showed the least interest in the attention that come of the show. Of the girls who left, she's the only without a YouTube channel (Chloe and Paige).
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Brooke is constantly seen suffering from chronic back and hip pain throughout her appearances over the series, caused by performing excessive amounts of acro and contortion at the age where most people stop doing it, she's often encouraged to dance through the pain.
    • In Season One, while learning her solo "Metamorphosis," she thought her shoulder kept popping out and couldn't apply pressure to her hands during her tricks; Gianna told her to pop it back in and keep dancing.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: More recently she's been trying trying to be this.
  • Rubber Girl: To an extent. She specializes in acrobatic dance.
  • Perpetual Frowner: The producers try and portray her as one. One point she tried smiling every time they were filming, and they still only showed footage of her frowning.
  • Teens Are Short: Brooke in the first two seasons was the tallest among the girls at 4'11," however, by Season 3, both Chloe and Paige are taller than her; with most of the girls catching up in height. Now at 18, she's about 5'1,'' but this makes her the second shortest among the original girls.
  • The Stoic: Abby has called her "Brooding Brooke" on a few occasions, and is known for not showing much emotion; Kelly saying that Brooke isn't really one to cry when upset or hurt.

Paige Hyland

The youngest daughter of Kelly. Was known as one of the team's weakest dancers on the show. Left during season 4.

JoJo Siwa

The daughter of Jessalynn Siwa. Joined the team in season 5 as Chloe's replacement after being in season 2 of AUDC and placing 5th. Remained a permanent team member until season 6.5, where she left after signing a consumer deal with Nickelodeon. She now has her own YouTube channel and has starred in quite a few Nickelodeon shows.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: Because of her speech impediment, some of the girls, especially Kendall and Maddie, can be quite cruel to her, especially in season 5, where the only girl who is consistently nice to her is Nia.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Considering she's the second youngest and sassiest on the team, and she really gets the short end of the stick from Abby a lot, this trope was bound to come in play.
  • Butt-Monkey: Has turned into Abby's newest one as of late, considering how much she gets it from her.
  • Canon Immigrant: Just like Kalani after being on AUDC (in the same season, no less).
  • Child Popstar: She has released a lot of singles, starting with "I Can Make You Dance" and "Boomerang".
  • Ditzy Genius: While not particularly tactful, Jojo stands up for herself and is an impressive performer. The other girls have also admitted she has many skills they haven't quite mastered. According to the wikia, she is also a grade ahead for her age (is home-schooled) and learns another language in her spare time, so she's clearly very smart for her age.
  • Genki Girl
  • Jumped at the Call
  • Motor Mouth: She talks quite fast to the point where you can't understand what she's saying.
  • Mouthy Kid: Has gotten into some pretty hot water as a result.
  • No Indoor Voice: JoJo is often rather loud when she speaks.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Leaves as of the season 6 episode "JoJo Is A No-Show".
  • Spoiled Brat: She's shown to have some shades of this from time to time.

Brynn Rumfallo

The daughter of Ashlee. She joins the team in season 6, first as a fill-in for Maddie, who was off filming, and then earns a permanent spot on the team.

  • Brutally Honest: Not to the degree of her mother, but Brynn isn't afraid to honestly say her feelings on situations. It may have came to a complete falling out, however, as she may or may not have become The Friend Nobody Likes to the original dancers, which was immediately reciprocated by her attachment towards the minis.
    • Examples include saying Jill is "rude" for ridiculing her and her mother comforting each other after a fight and immediately after saying "I wish I could scream in her face and tell her how rude she is, but I won't because I'm not a brat," this being a jab at Kendall, who finally lashed out at Ashlee for her constant bullying of her.
  • Butt-Monkey: The moms are none too kind in regards to the comments they make about her; some moms have shamed Brynn for crying.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Other than a brief reunion with a few friends of hers within ALDC, she leaves along with her mother at the end of season 7 due to Abby going to prison.
  • The Stoic: An odd example, she's an emote girl, but her constant critique is that she can't act and fails to incorporate emotion into her dances.

Chloe Lukasiak

The daughter of Christi Lukasiak.

  • Always Second Best: And Christi is sick of it.
    • And even when Chloe does win, she gets the rug pulled out from under her (when she beat Maddie with a nigh-identical solo, only to lose her victory when it's realized that the scores were faulty).
  • Break the Cutie: Happens disturbingly often on the show, and then it got so bad that she left.
  • Butt-Monkey: A sadder and more serious example, considering how much she gets it from Abby. Her attempts to become more of an Iron Butt Monkey only led to her getting it more, to the point where she and her mother left the ALDC at the end of season 4.
    • Throughout the series, Christi has commented that Abby is setting the girls that aren't Maddie or Mackenzie, particularly Chloe, up to fail; there is some evidence under Sacrificial Lamb below.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Chloe is a very sweet young lady. Especially when she had to compete against Maddie, she always was happy for her.
  • Heroic BSoD: She suffers one after the nationals in season 4 due to hearing Abby telling her to "fix her lazy eye". Fortunately, she's since recovered far better for the wear.
  • Humble Hero: Chloe does not react to getting the Joffrey scholarship, not wanting to upset the other girls. Also, her first reaction upon re-entering the dressing room after her solo is to check on Maddie, to see if she was okay.
  • Ill Girl: Ultimately subverted as she had silent sinus syndrome, but it has since been fixed.
  • Only Child Syndrome: Subverted. She has a 5-year-old little sister named Clara who is not a dancer and who has only made brief blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearances.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Christi has mentioned this by actual name numerous times; Chloe was often relegated to competing against Maddie with "sub-par" choreography. She once went up against her with a hip-hop solo versus Maddie's tap; Maddie is a specialized tapper and the studio doesn't even offer hip-hop classes, having only done two hip-hop dances prior (neither of which were up to the usual standard). Also, when the select team would compete, Chloe had to face to go up against one of them the most.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Went through a growth spurt between Seasons 2 and 3 and now stands at 5'6''.
  • The Rival: Her rivalry with Maddie actually became a major subplot.
    • She becomes one to Kendall in season 4, because Abby wanted to see who could be her #2 girl when Maddie was away for professional jobs.
  • Those Two Girls: With Paige, forming the "twinnies".
  • Took a Level in Badass: It's subtle, but recently Chloe has caught up and is surpassing Maddie in skill.
  • True Companions: Like her mother with Holly and Jill, she is this with Nia and Kendall, due to the fact that those three were on the original ALDC elite team. Even when Jill and Christi had issues in early 7B, Chloe and Kendall disregarded that and still wanted to be friends.

Kendall Vertes

The daughter of Jill. Joined the ALDC in season 2 as Vivi-Anne's replacement. Left early in the season due to Jill's outrage over Kendall being put on probation again, briefly joined the Candy Apples team, and returned to the ALDC later in the season.

  • Alliterative Name: When under her "Kendall K" stage name.
  • Always Second Best: Abby often refers to Kendall as her "number two girl", emphasizing that she feels Kendall will never be as good as Maddie.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Occasionally showcased when frustrated, like in the dressing room.
    • Breaks down in Episode 13 of Season 6 and screams at Ashlee for her constant (albeit somewhat unintentional) bullying of her; Brynn lampshades this by calling Kendall a brat.
  • Butt-Monkey: Even though she is talented, she is especially this in her first few appearances and in season three.
    • Is constantly on the receiving end of Ashlee's rather rude remarks in Season 6, culminating in Kendall actually screaming in Ashlee's face "why are you so mean?" and leaving the studio with Jill for the day.
  • Child Popstar: Recently released a new single called "Wear It Out" under the name "Kendall K".
  • Deadpan Snarker: In recent seasons she's developed something of a wry sense of humor.
  • The Fashionista: Kendall is very into clothes and makeup.
  • Hidden Depths: In an October 2014 interview, Kendall said that she planned on taking acting classes.
  • Mysterious Middle Initial: Kendall's middle name is literally just "K", in homage to her cousins Kiley and Kara.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Kendall is of this complexion, and Abby often treats her as "the pretty one".
  • The Rival: Becomes one to Chloe in season 4, due to Abby wanting to see who could be her #2 girl, if Maddie is away for professional work.
  • 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.

Nia Hatcher-Frazier

The daughter of Holly Hatcher-Frazier. The only remaining elite team member as of season 6.5.

  • Big Sister Instinct: Nia has taken a protective role over Jojo and Brynn, as shown by comforting Jojo and not finding it acceptable when seeing the other girls had made fun of her, and hugging a crying Brynn and walking her to her mom in episode 13 of season 6.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Goes two ways: "purpose" in Swahili, or "champion" in Welsh.
  • Black and Nerdy
  • Boobs of Steel: Nia is physically the strongest of the girls, she saying herself that she's used to doing the lifting and not being lifted when performing a trio with two boys, she's additionally the most endowed of the girls.
  • Child Popstar: Has released several singles under the performing name Nia Sioux.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Inverted; her middle name, Sioux, is pretty awesome.
  • 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.
  • Last of Her Kind: Nia was the last original member of the team left prior to Abby leaving for prison.
  • 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 Minority: Not only is she the only African-American ALDC junior elite team member (at least, the only African-American original member; there was Nicaya), but Abby has had her play several different ethnicities in dance performances, much to Holly's chagrin.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In between seasons 4 and 5, Nia's dancing really took a steep upturn.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Nia has her petulant moments, but she's become incredibly articulate in the past few seasons.

Kalani Hilliker

The daughter of Kira. Contestant on season 2 of AUDC (where she placed 4th). Joined the team early in season 4 only to leave when she and her mother decided to return to Arizona, but eventually rejoined in season 5 after the departure of the Lukasiaks.

  • 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.


Candy Apple's Dance Center

    Cathy Nesbitt-Stein 

Cathy Nesbitt-Stein

The mother of Vivi-Anne Stein and the owner of the Candy Apples Dance Studio in Canton, OH. Was formerly a member for the ALDC back when the series began, but eventually disbanded after episode nine. Seen as the de-facto "villain" of the show (as far as reality shows go); however, when it comes to her being a bad person in real life, there are conflicting sources of evidence that point to this being true and false.

  • Alpha Bitch: Show only.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Abby, both on show and off. She's surprisingly capable of snarking to Abby on social media when the occasion calls for it.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: From first glance, "bad guy" probably won't immediately come to mind.
  • Big Bad: Out of everyone on the show, she's as close to being this as you can get (besides Abby).
  • Black Comedy: Her statement that she'd rather slit her wrists than let Vivi play softball over dance.
  • The Dragon: Patsy, which is somewhat of a callback to season 3 and who finally did her own The Bus Came Back, at the beginning of season 7, becomes her backup. It's shown that Patsy and her daughter Nicaya have had some bad blood with Jill from that time period onward and immediately picks on Kendall's dance routines during the first two episodes, which continues all throughout the season until near the mid-season 7 finale.
  • It's All About Me: During the moms' infamous group dance, Cathy suddenly started doing an improvised solo to try and upstage the other moms. Apparently, it worked.
  • Jerkass: On-show, but otherwise without cameras or strife, she's all smiles.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: Her studio boasts for being the county's "ONLY #1 dance studio". No, really.
  • Pet the Dog: She has some sympathy for some of Abby's dance kids as to why they don't get enough dances at one point. Probably the same off-show, since without Abby in the picture she did like the kids and most of the moms.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Does have a particular liking for the color.
  • Token Evil Teammate / Evil Former Friend: Used to be on Abby's team with her daughter Vivi-Anne, but eventually disbanded and became Abby's worst enemy when she went back to her own dance studio.
    • Word of God states that Cathy and Abby actually knew each other through the competitive dance world and, while not close, had been friendly for years prior to the show and their "meeting" in Season 1 was staged. However, she and Abby have maintained publicly that their current dislike of one another following Season 2 is very real.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Upon her return in Season 7, she's beginning to prove she can push Abby's buttons with a vengeance, so much so that she's immediately got her own dragon in Patsy.

    Vivi-Anne Stein 

Vivi-Anne Stein

The adopted daughter of Cathy, originally from Guatemala. She was originally on the show at its inception, but left shortly afterwards to train at her mom's dance center in Ohio.


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