Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition is a Lifetime dance reality competition series that grew from the same roots as Dance Moms. It is hosted by radio host Kevin Manno. The premise of the show is based around young talented dancers fighting for the honor of being Abby's Ultimate Dancer, which comes with $100,000 and a scholarship to the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School in NY. In other words, this competition is Serious Business.
The first season went from October to December 2012, racking up twelve million views along the way. The series was renewed for a second season which went from September 2013 to November 2013. It is unknown whether there will be a third season, although it is still possible.
The show 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.
- Call-Back: The third episode of season 2 features an improv dance-off very similar to one in the first season.
- 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.
- 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.
- MacGuffin: The Call Back Card (refrain from confusion), incorporated in season two. 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.
- My Nayme Is: It's pronounced "Kylie Jay", but spelled "Kyleigh Jai".
- Prone to Tears: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Smurfette Principle: Inverted; the roster of competitors will usually be all girls save for one (Zack in season 1) or two (Tyler & Travis in season 2) boys.
- Special Guest: Lady Gaga shows up in one episode via video, and Maddie and Mackenzie from Dance Moms show up in real life.
- Stepford Smiler: Yvette, a mom known for her unsettling smiles.
- Technician vs. Performer: Asia is known for staying in the competition longer than most of the dancers, all of them being older than her.