Season 1 Episode Guide
Most Outrageous Moments
Original Airdate: October 12, 2011
Abby discusses the most talked-about moments from the season and reveals never-before-seen footage.
There's Only One Star
Original Airdate: October 5, 2011
The girls audition for the lead in a major music video, but only one girl will have what it takes to fill the role of video starlet.
It All Ends Here
Original Airdate: September 28, 2011
After competing all season, it all boils down to this — the National Talent Competition. Abby’s dancers have been on a losing streak, and this is their last chance to prove they can win. Meanwhile, Melissa leaves the competition early to go on vacation. Her ex-husband, Kurt, steps in as “Dance Dad,” sending Melissa into a panic.
Cathy Brings It On!
Original Airdate: September 14, 2011
Kelly has had it with Abby not giving her daughters enough rehearsal time, so she covertly hires choreographers to teach Brooke and Paige new solos. But when Abby learns of Kelly's plotting, she threatens to pull both Brooke and Paige from the competition. Meanwhile, Cathy has been secretly rehearsing her Candy Apple Dancers to go head-to-head against Abby's dancers.
From Ballerinas to Showgirls
Original Airdate: September 7, 2011
Chloe is placed on top of Abby's infamous pyramid for the first time. Not only must she try to remain on top, but she's also under pressure to come in first place. However, her mother smells a rat. Is her daughter finally being given a shot, or is she being set up? Dance Mom Cathy is back home in Ohio secretly rehearsing her rival dance troupe. She is planning on pitting her girls against Abby's at the big Los Angeles competition.
Love on the Dance Floor
Original Airdate: August 31, 2011
Abby pairs Brooke with a former boyfriend for a big duet number in Orlando, but playing Cupid and choreographer proves to be a tricky combination. After successfully completing her doctorate, Holly commits to being a dedicated Dance Mom. However, Holly's Ivy League education didn't include lessons in backstabbing, manipulation and stress management.
She's a Fighter
Original Airdate: August 24, 2011
Time after time, Holly watches Abby cast her daughter Nia in roles that are uniquely ethnic, from Latin to African American. Holly does not want her daughter to think of herself this way. This week she goes head-to-head with Abby after Nia is assigned a dance with a leopard-print costume and an Afro wig.
Dying to Dance
Original Airdate: August 17, 2011
As a big competition approaches, Christi is determined that her daughter Chloe will do well this time. But things change when, on the way to the competition, Christi gets a call telling her that her grandmother has just been admitted to a hospital. She now must choose what’s more important to her: go to the hospital to sit by her grandmother’s side, or go to the dance competition to show her support for Chloe.
When Stars Collide
Original Airdate: August 10, 2011
It's Abby’s annual Showcase, an exhibition in which she shows off her accomplished dancers. This year the stakes are higher than ever, as a Broadway casting director is coming to look for new talent. Abby’s desire to push the girls to the max could have catastrophic effects if they don’t show their best.
Stealing the Show
Original Airdate: August 3, 2011
Abby gives each girl one solo dance for the next competition. However, she gives two solos to her star dancer, Maddie, clearly providing her with an advantage over the others. Christi has seen this too many times and lashes out at Abby with uncontrolled fury.
Original Airdate: July 27, 2011
Abby’s dancers need to win this week's competition to stay in the fight to get to nationals, but chaos ensues when one of the girls threatens to quit. Kelly's daughter, Brooke, threatens to drop out of dance; she now wants to be a cheerleader. Kelly has no intention of letting her daughter quit.
Original Airdate: July 20, 2011
Abby’s attempt to turn up the competition heat blows the audience away with revealing costumes and an inappropriate dance number. She is hoping that this will give them their next big win, but will it backfire and turn the judges against them?
The Competition Begins
Original Airdate: July 13, 2011
Abby reveals big news to her young dance girls — they'll be working all year to get to the big national competition. If they want to win, they've got to work harder than ever. Abby's confident she can get them there, but with a group of dance moms living vicariously through their daughters, this may be more than she can handle.