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Abby Lee Miller (Head Instructor, Abby Lee Dance Company) started the Abby Lee Dance Company at 14 years old, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She prides herself on turning out professional level dancers and says she feels as if she is raising them giving them every thing they need to go out into the world and succeed with a career in dance. She comes off as strict and tough, even bossy, and has made many of her dancers cry. Melissa, Maddie & Mackenzie's mom, is a divorced mother of two. The other moms have done many interviews on the show telling how they cannot stand her. They see her as duplicitous and untrustworthy, though pleasant to people's faces. Melissa however, believes they are just jealous of her daughter Maddie, who is thought to be the best in the studio and Abby's so called 'favorite'. Melissa tends to avoid confrontations when other moms try to address issues they have with her or Abby's favoritism towards Maddie. Melissa works at the front desk of the studio to offset the money that dance costs. Christi has two daughters: Chloe, who is enrolled in the Abby Lee Dance Company; and Clara, age two. Christi is very encouraging of Chloe but constantly worries that Abby does not give Chloe the attention or the opportunities that Maddie receives. Because of this, Christi almost always finds herself at odds with Abby as well as with Melissa. Christi had a tough upbringing, essentially being raised by her grandmother due to her mother having her at a young age. Because of this, Christi feels that she had few opportunities as a child and wants to make sure that Chloe receives more opportunities than her. Kelly, Brooke & Paige's mom, used to be a dancer at the Abby Lee Dance company herself, but quit as a teenager. Now grown, she has now enrolled both of her daughters in the same dance company. She is often seen gossiping on the show with Christi, heightening tensions between the mothers. Cathy, Vivi-Anne's mom, owns a dance studio herself; Candy Apple's Dance Center, in Canton, Ohio. However after teaching her daughter everything she knows about dance, she decided to bring Vivi to Miss Abby where someone else can teach her and be honest and blunt with Vivi. Cathy, although new to the group of moms, has quickly worked her way into the gossip and drama, while befriending Melissa. She is seen by the other moms as perky, and happy, but annoying. Cathy has enrolled her daughter in the company for different reasons than the other mothers, therefore she does not feel the need to participate in most of the rules for the Abby Lee Dance Company. She admits that she is not there to be a team player and has done everything possible to separate herself, including leaving competitions early, not riding the bus with the rest of the team and their mothers, not sharing her costumes, telling the other moms that they need Botox, and not wearing the assigned outfits on her trip even though Abby has repeatedly asked her to cooperate. Cathy caused a great deal of drama when she changed Abby's choreography and music for Vivi Anne without consulting with Abby. During the Dance Mom's dance (which she choreographed) she began to improvise, soon taking over the stage for herself, causing the other mothers to leave the stage and angering Kelly. Many viewers speculate that Vivi-Anne is dancing not for herself, but so her mother can find vicarious fame through her. Cathy left after Abby told her that she was tired of her picking and choosing which functions she would go to. Holly, Nia's mom, is a mother of three, however only Nia is enrolled in the Abby Lee Dance Company. Holly is a principal and has earned her doctorate. Holly tends to be quieter than the other moms, however, she does have an opinon. When she feels the need to speak up, she does it in a different tone than some of the other mothers. She's been seen confronting Abby about Nia's placement in dances and costumes that are based around her ethnicity (such as a leopard print jumpsuit and an afro wig). However, she has yet to stand her ground and prevent those numbers from happening, and instead confronts Abby after the fact. Minister Dawn is not one of the Dance Moms, but has appeared twice and is notable for her spectacular exit from Abby's dance studio in the first episode. Her daughter came to class inappropriately dressed (loose hair, t-shirt and socks for acro, which would make the rehearsal unsafe for her) and Abby had her leave the classroom. When Reverend Dawn found out, she pushed her way into the studio, screamed at Abby at length, and followed her around calling her "trash" and berating her. She only left when the police were called; she and her daughter were barred from returning. She did reappear in one later, less explosive, episode to discuss billing issues with Abby; she insists that she doesn't owe for costumes and lessons given since Abby "made" them leave. ALDC DancersMaddie, age 9, is the team's star performer. She is continually placed at the top of the pyramid and in the front for dances, and receives a great deal of attention from Abby. Maddie has been on an undefeated winning streak for the whole season, until episode 10 where she wins second place in L.A. She also attracted the attention of a Broadway casting agent in episode five. Maddie is passionate about dance, declaring that If I didn't dance, I would kill myself. She has dreams of becoming a performer on Broadway. Chloe, age 10, is considered to be Maddie's biggest competition at the studio. Her performances are frequently compared to Maddie’s, by both her mother, Christi, and Abby. Chloe herself does not believe that they should be compared, but rather judged on their own. Though not as well-recognized as Maddie at the studio, Chloe held the title of Junior Miss Dance of Pennsylvania for the first season of the series. Brooke, age 13, is the oldest member of the team. Brooke is not very interested in dance, expressing a desire to be a cheerleader with her friends; she also has complaints about dance negating any opportunity for a social life. A distinctively talented acrobatic dancer, Brooke has placed high for many of her acro performances, often in spite of personal injury, and on one occasion gained the coveted top slot of the pyramid for her impressive performance. She purportedly used to be one of Abby's favorites. Paige, age 10, is Brooke's younger sister. Like Brooke, she is a talented acrobatic dancer, but does not receive as much airtime as some of the other girls. She is most frequently situated at the bottom of the pyramid, with the upper-tier slots awarded to Chloe, Brooke, and Maddie. Nia, age 10, is one of the team's less distinctive dancers, though she believes herself to be improving. She is frequently rebuked for her technique by Abby, and on a few occasions has been accused of bringing the rest of the team down. As the team's lone African-American dancer, Nia is frequently placed in ethnic roles and dances, much to her mother's indignation. She is usually placed at the bottom of the pyramid. Mackenzie, age 7, is Maddie's younger sister. Unlike Maddie, she does not have much interest in becoming a Broadway star; she'd rather "hang out by the pool" and "eat chips" than perform in competitions. Because she is significantly younger than the other girls, Mackenzie does not qualify to compete in many of the competitions. When she does compete, she frequently performs in duets with Vivi, or small roles in group numbers, such as pushing the swing in "Where Have All the Children Gone?" Vivi-Anne, age 6 1/2, is a newcomer to the Abby Lee Dance Company. She was previously trained by her mother, Cathy, at Candy Apple's Dance Center in Ohio; her mother brought her to Abby Lee in order for her to receive outside training from another professional. Vivi is not able to perform at the level of the other girls, and performs mainly duets with Mackenzie and solos. She does not share her mother's enthusiasm for dance, stating that she would sometimes rather just stay home than go to competitions. Vivi-Anne is no longer a student at the Abby Lee Dance Company after Abby told Cathy that she wanted her and Vivi-Anne gone because they picked and chose which functions to attend and which functions not to attend. Other DancersThough less frequently featured than the Abby Lee Dance Company girls, these dancers have made significant guest appearances on the show. Taylor is an older dancer from Candy Apple's Dance Studio. Cathy specifically picked her to go head-to-head with Chloe at the competition in Hollywood, even going so far as choreograph her dance to the same music Chloe was dancing to. She was defeated by Chloe, who won first place, and did not place herself. Justice is another Candy Apple's dancer, roughly the age of Vivi-Anne. He and Vivi-Anne danced a duet against Nia and Mackenzie at the Hollywood competition, but failed to place, and were defeated when Nia and Mackenzie's routine took first place. Julianna is a dancer roughly the age of Maddie. She is considered by Maddie and her mother to be Maddie's biggest rival outside the studio. The two go head to head at the Orlando competition in a pageant, which Maddie wins in spite of faltering when speaking in front of the judges. Brandon is a sixteen-year-old dancer who performs with the ALDC. Abby brings him in for the girls' Orlando number, "Snapshot", to play a photographer in the dance. He and Brooke are partners for the number, have some unresolved feelings: Brooke states that she liked him when she was younger, but no longer does. The situation is made awkward when Abby, to boost the "chemistry" of their dancing, sends them on a date. The outing is mutually uncomfortable for the pair, and they perform awkwardly during the competition.