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Dance Moms - Season 5

The fifth season of Dance Moms, an American dance reality television created by Collins Avenue Productions, began airing on January 6, 2015 on Lifetime's television network. The season concluded on August 18, 2015. A total of 32 official episodes and 2 special episodes (Girl Talk 2, Slumber Party!) aired this season.

Dance Moms - Season 5

The fifth season starts off in a rocky way because Chloe and Christi have disappeared from the team and have cut off all contacts between the girls and mothers. Abby announces that ALDC LA is happening and the team will be going to Los Angeles in a few weeks. She also calls Kalani and Kira back to the team to replace Chloe and Christi. Meanwhile, the moms are concerned about Paige's lawsuit against Abby and the negative social media comments from Abby's former team members.

Maddie's got a job in LA and she won't be attending this week's competition. Abby invites Jessalynn and her daughter, JoJo, from Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition (season 2) to replace Maddie. The negative vibe around the studio is not helping the moms being very welcoming. Abby and Holly are still mad at each other since last week's fight, and tensions are already growing with the Jessalynn. JoJo is given a lyrical solo intended to be Maddie's. However, Jojo is not able to perform it correctly so Abby changes it to a jazz routine. Since Abby's already entered the solo as a lyrical solo, she decides to give it to Sarah H., which brings back Christy.

The demanding instructor told Entertainment Tonight that "altercations" caused "a lot of missing Abby" in the second half of season five, which has yet to air. Miller was apparently thrown out by producers at a competition, and decided to stay away for some time. She told ET, "So I left and I didn't come back...There's about one week that I just wasn't there. And I thought, 'You know what? If they can do it without me, do it without me.'"Advertisement

A sixth season of the show is hitting road blocks, according to Miller, who says that Lifetime is "in the rears" when it comes to paying her for the current season. She says that before there's any talk of another season, her payment plan would have to be attended to.

But when it comes to Dance Moms, Miller doesn't want all the attention on the strife between her and students' parents. Instead, she says that because of all the children that watch the Lifetime series, she'd to focus on the art and "back off the moms and the swearing and the fighting and all that."

With the nationals dance competition and the opening of the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) Los Angeles studio, the moms in the Season 5 finale of Dance Moms had a lot to be worried about. The ALDC had only won 15 out of 25 competitions in Season 5, so were they able to win at nationals in the Season 5 finale of Dance Moms? In a reoccurring theme ever since the ALDC moved to Los Angeles, the parents were concerned that Abby Lee Miller was too absent from rehearsals leading up the big Center Stage Dance Productions national competition. Even with their leader absent for some of the week though, the girls performed fabulously, but that didn't matter since the girls lost at nationals, breaking their four-year winning streak.

As Kendall's mom Jill said, it's been a "stormy dance season" and that didn't change during the Aug. 11 episode "Chaos at Nationals." Maddie and Ava from Jeanette's BDA competed in solos against each other, with Ava being the victor much to Abby's dismay. Abby did allow Nia to perform a solo in the teen division and even with her music skipping, she secured second place like Maddie. For the group dances at nationals, Abby always choreographs intense-themed dances and Season 5 was no exception. The girls had to convey the message of waiting to know if people survived after a car accident in a hospital waiting room. But their emotional performance along with the dance's heavy theme didn't work for the girls this time.

Abby takes notice of the positive effects homeschooling has had on their training, and suggests to Christi that Chloe should do the same. The moms have a lot of objections, especially Holly (a former teacher and principal).

Abby is devastated by the death of her beloved dog, Broadway Baby. Claiming they want to do something nice for her, the moms hatch a plan to secretly change the group dance to a tribute dedicated to the pup.

Maddie Ziegler, one of the members of the Abby Lee Dance Company otherwise known as ALDC, had a chance of lifetime when she danced in not just one, but two music videos of the pop artist Sia recently. While her first performance in the video "Chandelier" was praised, it seems that her second one in "Elastic Heart" opposite Shia Lebouf was not as palatable. Especially critical was dance mom Cathy Nesbitt-Stein, who also owns and operates the Candy Apples Dance Center.

"Candy will assemble a new team of dancers previous scorned by Abby who are 'ready to seek vengeance on the dance floor,'" according to the synopsis. This new Candy Apples team will compete with the ALDC in the Energy Dance Competition in Detroit, Michigan.

The episode will highlight the rivalry between the two dance groups, most especially their owners, Cathy and Abby. Abby will also put her team under pressure. She was shown on camera issuing a warning: "I will be sick to my stomach if my junior elite team lets this imbecile beat us. They will never hear the end of it from me." 041b061a72

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