Dance Moms

TV Show • 2011 • Reality  

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Dance Moms is an American dance reality series that debuted on Lifetime on July 13, 2011. Created by Collins Avenue Productions, it is set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the Abby Lee Dance Company, and follows children's early careers in dance show business, and their mothers. A spinoff series, Dance Moms: Miami, set in Miami at Victor Smalley and Angel Armas' dance studio, Stars Dance Studio, premiered on April 3, 2012, and was cancelled in September 2012 after eight episodes. On October 10, 2012, Lifetime announced that they had picked up Dance Moms for a third season, consisting of 26 episodes, which debuted on January 1, 2013.
This tv show contains 47 potentially triggering events.
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Season
Episode
Your Triggers
Does the dog die?
210 supporters
Yes
21
No
1
2
aninterestingusername
Abby’s dog dies in season 2
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Unanswered Triggers
Were animals harmed in the making?
72 supporters
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Yes
0
No
0
Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
25 supporters
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Yes
0
No
0
Is there on-screen pooping?
23 supporters
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Yes
0
No
0
Is autism misrepresented?
22 supporters
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Yes
0
No
0
Is there blackface?
19 supporters
Yes
0
No
0
1
FleetwoodMacNCheez
There are numerous dances that depict racial stereotypes and have costumes including props like afros.
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Is someone eaten?
19 supporters
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Yes
0
No
0
Are there sudden loud noises?
19 supporters
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Yes
0
No
0
Is there decapitation?
18 supporters
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Yes
0
No
0
Is there throat mutilation?
17 supporters
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Yes
0
No
0
0
FleetwoodMacNCheez
There are performances where able-bodied dancers portray disabled characters.
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Abandonment
0
Molllieeeeee
Some of the dads aren’t as involved as they should be
2 comments | Add comment
Is an animal abandoned?
54 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Abuse
Yes
7
No
0
2
FleetwoodMacNCheez
There are definitely some toxic stage mothers
2 comments | Add comment
Yes
3
No
0
Is someone stalked?
20 supporters
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Yes
2
No
7
Is there domestic violence?
54 supporters
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Yes
0
No
9
Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
48 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
3
Yes
1
No
5
Yes
26
No
1
1
Emma777
Abby and the moms are shown to gaslight several kids throughout the series.
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Is a child abused?
71 supporters
Yes
25
No
1
5
WesAndersonRocksMySocks
Abby's verbal tirades are arguably abusive
3 comments | Add comment
Addiction
1
WesAndersonRocksMySocks
Drug abuse is portrayed artistically in musical numbers
3 comments | Add comment
Is there addiction?
9 supporters
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Yes
9
No
1
Yes
8
No
6
1
lavenderdame
Some of the moms drink alcohol in the show and Abby makes some offhanded remarks to Christi in reference to her drinking at a competition, but alcohol is not being abused
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Animal
Does a horse die?
57 supporters
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Yes
0
No
10
Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
101 supporters
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Yes
4
No
11
Are animals abused?
117 supporters
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Yes
0
No
15
Yes
0
No
14
Yes
15
No
0
3
catmeres
taxidermied
1 comment | Add comment
Is an animal sad?
46 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Are rabbits harmed?
41 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Does a cat die?
105 supporters
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Yes
0
No
10
Does a pet die?
91 supporters
Yes
12
No
0
3
Molllieeeeee
Abby’s dog dies
1 comment | Add comment
Does a dragon die?
17 supporters
Yes
1
No
11
0
BrielleBryson
Kalani's dragon dies

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Are there spiders?
31 supporters
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Yes
1
No
7
Are there alligators/crocodiles??
3 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Are there snakes?
0 supporters
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Yes
0
No
10
Are there sharks?
5 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Are there bugs?
19 supporters
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Yes
2
No
8
Assault
Does a woman get slapped?
10 supporters
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Yes
4
No
0
Is someone drugged?
17 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Is there pedophilia?
68 supporters
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Yes
2
No
1
Is someone held under water?
11 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Is rape mentioned?
45 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Yes
11
No
0
2
Molllieeeeee
In the amber alert dance number and also there’s a solo done by lily called straight escape where she’s in a straight jacket
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Is someone sexually assaulted?
114 supporters
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Yes
2
No
8
Is someone's mouth covered?
7 supporters
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Yes
3
No
1
Yes
0
No
3
Bodily Harm
Yes
3
No
7
3
Lilac
During a performance one of the girls imitates somebody cutting their wrists, there are also jokes about doing this every once in a while
1 comment | Add comment
Yes
15
No
0
1
aninterestingusername
Children as young as 8 are shown having panic attacks
4 comments | Add comment
Is there cannibalism?
25 supporters
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Yes
0
No
6
Is someone crushed to death?
17 supporters
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Yes
0
No
5
Is someone burned alive?
25 supporters
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Yes
0
No
9
Yes
1
No
8
1
Lilac
There is a dance about this.
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Is there body horror?
30 supporters
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Yes
0
No
5
Is there amputation?
16 supporters
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Yes
0
No
8
Does a head get squashed?
39 supporters
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Yes
0
No
6
Is there Achilles Tendon injury?
12 supporters
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Yes
0
No
6
Is there a hanging?
26 supporters
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Yes
0
No
7
Does someone asphyxiate?
15 supporters
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Yes
0
No
5
Are any teeth damaged?
27 supporters
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Yes
0
No
7
Does someone become unconscious?
3 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Yes
15
No
0
2
aninterestingusername
In season 2 a girl from another studio falls out of an aerial and breaks her ankle, someone has a broken finger and someone else does a backflip and breaks her foot
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Does someone have a seizure?
5 supporters
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Yes
0
No
6
Is there genital trauma/mutilation?
48 supporters
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Yes
0
No
6
Yes
8
No
0
1
aninterestingusername
Someone has a broken finger and someone else does a backflip and breaks her foot in season 2. In season 8 someone got her toe caught on some tape and rips her toenail
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Is someone tortured?
58 supporters
Yes
2
No
5
2
Lilac
This is subjective to personal definitions of torture but child labor laws are broken and there are multiple scenes of children being physically abused
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Yes
1
No
3
0
Molllieeeeee
Abby says to the girls before going on stage “what if she fell 15 stories down and died huh” and they also mention falling down stairs in a competition but can’t remember which episode sorry
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0
Lilac
No, but a story about this happening is told in detail.
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Is there eye mutilation?
63 supporters
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Yes
0
No
6
Is someone stabbed?
7 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Is there excessive gore?
53 supporters
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Yes
0
No
5
Children
Yes
2
No
3
1
Molllieeeeee
Dnace about this
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Does a kid die?
31 supporters
Yes
3
No
6
0
S6
 E29
it is talked about that a girl from another studio killed themselves and the girls do a tribute dance for her
1 comment | Add comment
Yes
7
No
1
0
onehorseopenslay
yes, there are a few dances where young girls wear revealing costumes and do inappropriate choreography
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Death
Does someone sacrifice themselves?
8 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Does a major character die?
14 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
3
Does a non-human character die?
16 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
2
Does someone die?
11 supporters
Yes
4
No
0
0
FleetwoodMacNCheez
Family members' deaths are discussed but not shown on-screen
1 comment | Add comment
Disability
Is the r-slur used?
23 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Drugs/Alcohol
Does someone overdose?
10 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
3
Family
Yes
2
No
7
2
Lilac
There is an artistic piece about kidnappings but no real-life kidnappings
2 comments | Add comment
Does a parent die?
10 supporters
Yes
19
No
0
1
WesAndersonRocksMySocks
Abby Lee Miller's mother dies
1 comment | Add comment
Does someone cheat?
13 supporters
Yes
5
No
4
2
rowantree_
It's mentioned several times that Melissa cheated on her husband by sleeping with her boss
2 comments | Add comment
Is a child's toy destroyed?
17 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
4
Does a family member die?
14 supporters
Add comment
Yes
3
No
0
Fear
Are there jumpscares?
33 supporters
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Yes
0
No
7
Yes
1
No
6
0
onehorseopenslay
only in a dance
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Are there ghosts?
5 supporters
Yes
4
No
2
1
WesAndersonRocksMySocks
The girls portray ghosts in a dance number
2 comments | Add comment
Are there clowns?
9 supporters
Yes
11
No
0
2
WesAndersonRocksMySocks
The girls portray clowns in a dance number

1 comment | Add comment
Are there natural bodies of water?
0 supporters
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Yes
3
No
0
Are there razors?
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7 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Is there a shower scene?
7 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
7
Are there mannequins?
4 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
2
Gross
Does someone wet/soil themselves?
12 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
5
Does someone vomit?
60 supporters
Yes
17
No
2
2
elhopper11
When Maeci is feeling nauseous, she goes to a room and throws up. The audio seems pretty fake, but it’s still gross.
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Does someone spit?
10 supporters
Add comment
Yes
4
No
3
Is there audio gore?
1 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
6
Is there farting?
6 supporters
Add comment
Yes
4
No
0
Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
16 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
4
LGBTQ+
Are there transphobic slurs?
31 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
3
Yes
1
No
2
Is there bisexual cheating?
17 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
4
Medical
Is electro-therapy used?
15 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
6
Yes
2
No
5
0
dylk
S6
 E8
JoJo Dances with a fake needle
2 comments | Add comment
2
Beardifulbeans
Jojo wears a straight jacket in one of the dances
1 comment | Add comment
Yes
5
No
3
0
dylk
They show Abby's mother in the hospital
2 comments | Add comment
Yes
12
No
0
2
WesAndersonRocksMySocks
Abby's battle with cancer is portrayed throughout the series
1 comment | Add comment
Mental Health
Yes
4
No
2
0
FleetwoodMacNCheez
The mothers discuss their daughters struggling with PTSD after dealing with the verbal abuse they receive
1 comment | Add comment
0
FleetwoodMacNCheez
Depicted in dance routines
1 comment | Add comment
Yes
7
No
3
1
Beardifulbeans
Maddie starts pulling out her hair because she’s frustrated
1 comment | Add comment
1
FleetwoodMacNCheez
Not in real life, but there are dances where the girls are supposed to depict people suffering from mental illness and they depict acts of violence
1 comment | Add comment
Is there D.I.D. misrepresentation?
13 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
2
3
Molllieeeeee
Suicide related routines
1 comment | Add comment
Does someone have a meltdown?
5 supporters
Add comment
Yes
4
No
0
Is there misophonia?
1 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
4
Yes
13
No
0
1
WesAndersonRocksMySocks
Body image issues are addressed in dance numbers
2 comments | Add comment
3
BridgetHoule
Maddie says in the very first episode (i think) that if she didn’t dance, she would kill herself.
3 comments | Add comment
Yes
19
No
0
5
WesAndersonRocksMySocks
Panic attacks are so frequent on the show that there are compilations on YouTube
2 comments | Add comment
Is there a claustrophobic scene?
1 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
8
2
WesAndersonRocksMySocks
Portrayed in a dance number
1 comment | Add comment
Is there autism specific abuse?
31 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
10
4
WesAndersonRocksMySocks
There is a suicide-themed dance
1 comment | Add comment
Noxious
Are there underwater scenes?
5 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
3
Does a baby cry?
14 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
2
Is there shakey cam?
24 supporters
Add comment
Yes
2
No
5
Is there screaming?
7 supporters
Add comment
Yes
4
No
0
0
lvlywlrd
yes but it is blurred/bleeped out in post production
1 comment | Add comment
Are there flashing lights or images?
27 supporters
Add comment
Yes
7
No
1
Paranoia
Yes
5
No
2
1
Anonymous
It’s a reality show so people talk to the camera in confessionals
3 comments | Add comment
Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
17 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
3
Is there childbirth?
14 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
5
Are there abortions?
13 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
7
Are there babies or unborn children?
12 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
3
Does someone miscarry?
17 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
5
Does a pregnant person die?
10 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
4
Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
32 supporters
Yes
16
No
0
2
WesAndersonRocksMySocks
Abby is frequently mocked for her weight
2 comments | Add comment
Does the black guy die first?
17 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
9
Are there homophobic slurs?
31 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
8
Yes
0
No
8
Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
21 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
5
Is there hate speech?
20 supporters
Add comment
Yes
8
No
1
Is a minority is misrepresented?
13 supporters
Add comment
Yes
2
No
4
Does an LGBT person die?
25 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
8
2
Lilac
Abby constantly shames girls for their anxiety (especially season 8) and she mocks girls for their eye/ear conditions
2 comments | Add comment
Are there n-words?
21 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
8
Is there aphobia?
12 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
4
Relationships
Is there a large age gap?
26 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
3
Religious
Yes
3
No
0
0
onehorseopenslay
in one dance, yes
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Sex
Yes
14
No
1
3
WesAndersonRocksMySocks
Many of the dances the young girls do are very mature and arguably sexual in nature. Plenty of skimpy costumes, including burlesque routines and one number where the girls wore flesh-colored outfits to appear nude
2 comments | Add comment
Is someone sexually objectified?
25 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
4
Yes
4
No
4
2
Anonymous
Not a complete nude science but in season 1 they do a dance called fan-tastic and they are portrayed to look nude but they aren’t
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Is there bestiality?
50 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Are there incestuous relationships?
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55 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
8
Sexism
Yes
4
No
0
Sickness
Does someone have a stroke?
7 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
4
Does someone have a chronic illness?
8 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
3
Yes
4
No
1
0
Molllieeeeee
Dance about it
1 comment | Add comment
Social
Yes
2
No
3
2
Anonymous
They do a few dances about being homeless
1 comment | Add comment
Are there anti-abortion themes?
22 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
3
Are there fat suits?
13 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
3
Is existentialism debated?
5 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
3
Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
2 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
6
Does it have a sad ending?
27 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
6
Vehicular
Does a car crash?
11 supporters
Yes
9
No
1
2
Natalie705
There is a dance about a car crash.
1 comment | Add comment
1
Beardifulbeans
Various parking lot scenes where the moms or Abby drive away in anger
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Does a plane crash?
5 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
6
Is someone hit by a car?
15 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
6
Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
2 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
6
Is there blood/gore?
35 supporters
Yes
9
No
4
1
Lilac
I do not know why people pressed no, there is so much blood and gore. It is fake, but still gory and believable, several times each season
2 comments | Add comment
Does someone drown?
10 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
5
Yes
3
No
6
2
dylk
No actual gun violence but there is a dance where they dance with fake guns
1 comment | Add comment