Dance Moms

2011 TV-14 1 season

Dance Moms

2011 TV-14 1 season
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On this competitive reality show, tiny dancers learn the ropes under the demanding tutelage of Abby Lee Miller, owner of Pittsburgh's Abby Lee Dance Company -- and their moms keep a close eye on the kids' budding dance and showbiz careers.
Abby Lee Miller, Chloe Lukasiak, Christi Lukasiak, Maddie Ziegler, Melissa Ziegler-Gisoni, Mackenzie Ziegler, Brooke Hyland, Paige Hyland, Kelly Hyland, Kendall Vertes
  • SEASON  1

Summary of Season 1 (2011) - 4 discs

Set at Pittsburgh's renowned Abby Lee Dance Company, this explosive docu-series follows children on the road to stardom and the doting mothers who are there for every rehearsal, performance and bow -- all under the discerning eye of Abby Lee Miller.
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-14 - This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this docuseries sensationalizes the pressure-filled world of competitive dance and features tense exchanges among a strong-willed instructor, her young students, and their motivated mothers. The show offers an intriguing glimpse into an image-centric culture that encourages young girls (and sometimes boys) to adhere to a rigid image and to play up sex appeal to score a win. This isn't a show for kids, and there's very little of substance it offers to older viewers, but it's riddled with controversy and explosive personalities, so there's no denying its entertainment value. Expect some strong bleeped language ("s--t," "damn," and the like) and some inadvertent messages about using alcohol as a stress-reliever.

Sexual Content

Some dance moves are designed with sexy in mind, and the instructor encourages the dancers to play up their appeal.


Not applicable


Heated exchanges between adults sometimes get explicit, but most of it ("s--t," "damn," and the like) is bleeped. Name-calling includes words like "stupid" and "idiot."

Social Behavior

This series highlights the worst aspects of competitive dance, playing up infighting among the dancers and their overbearing mothers and putting on display an instructor's controversial methods of motivation. It also illustrates the importance this culture places on fitting a physical image, as the dancers' appearances and actions are under strict scrutiny at all times. On the upside, the show celebrates the kids' dedication to their craft and the pride they take in doing a good job.


The Abby Lee Dance Company gets plenty of notoriety from the show.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some moms drink wine and mixed drinks, and it's implied that doing so helps them cope with the pressures of this high-stress atmosphere.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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