Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition Wiki
Season 1
General Information
Country of origin: United States
Number of episodes: 11
Broadcast Information
Original channel: Lifetime
Premiere: October 9, 2012
Finale: December 11, 2012
Season Chronology
Previous: N/A
Next: Season 2

The first season of Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition premiered October 9, 2012 on Lifetime.

Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition follows a dozen aspiring dancers, ages six through 13 - who will learn new routines and compete in a number of challenges designed to test their skills when they perform before Miller, Antin and Jackson, as well as a live audience, at the historic Los Angeles Theatre. Along the way, each competitor will be accompanied and coached by his or her own mother, who will make critical training, costume, music and choreographic decisions for their child while also navigating the precarious waters of the other highly competitive parents. As Miller, Antin and Jackson must make the sometimes easy and other times difficult decision to eliminate one dancer each week, the intense on stage competition and stakes between dancers and mothers increase throughout the season - culminating with a finale performance that assuredly will change the winning dancer's life forever.[1]


  • Abby Lee Miller
  • Richy Jackson
  • Robin Antin
  • Bobby Newberry
  • Anthony Burell  
  • Gina Starbuck 
  • Joyce Chittick 
  • Frank Gatson
  • Kitty McNamee
  • Molly Long
  • Ricky Palomino 
  • Q Pittman
  • Victor Rojas
  • Shannon Beach
  • Mayelin Carbajales
  • Kristi Ray
  • Kelly Jones
  • Kristen Colchico-Greeley
  • Gina Torres
  • Yvette Walts
  • Erin Tracy
  • Coreen O'Connor
  • Shayna Tevaga
  • Maria Cantoria
  • Renee Wilkinson
  • Kris Haire
  • Sabrina Jackson
  • Michelle Kelly

Season 1: 2012

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Title Original Air Date
0 0 "Casting Special" October 9, 2012
Meet fourteen amazing dancers and their moms from around the country when they arrive in Los Angeles for the chance of a lifetime, the final audition of Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition. In an intense rehearsal, the dancers must learn three different routines in only two hours. The finalists also get a chance to meet their judges, including "Lead Judge" Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller, who is joined at the judges table by Robin Antin, founder of the Pussycat Dolls dance troupe, and celebrity choreographer Richard "Richy" Jackson. It all comes down to a double elimination and the pressure is on as the contestants must impress the judges if they want to make the cut.
1 1 "Let the Dancing Begin" October 9, 2012
When this life-changing competition kicks off, the 12 finalists are tasked with their first live performance in front of judges. The dancers are split into trios and assigned routines with a "Hollywood" theme. As the contestants prepare throughout the week, the moms start sizing each other up. Alliances begin to form, but when one mom takes charge during rehearsal, the other moms realize that she could be trouble. Plus, one mother and daughter team reveal just how far they're willing to go to win the competition.
2 2 "Unleash The Monsters" October 16, 2012
There are 11 dancers left and the theme for this week’s competition is "Monsters of the Night." The theme proves to be very fitting as one mom bares her claws and strikes at another, who is using her divorce as a way to get attention. After witnessing that mom make one of the girls break into tears, two of the other mothers join forces and conjure up a demon, unleashing on the other mom claiming she is being fake. Also one of the girls wins the group dance challenge and gets a solo, but there must be a full moon because she brings out the beast in her mother who refuses to listen to her daughter’s suggestions.
3 3 "Get Into Character" October 23, 2012
This week, the 10 remaining dancers are assigned duets based on "American Extremes." One of the classically trained dancers struggles during her hip-hop duet. Meanwhile, another contestant's role in the group dance forces her to share painful memories with her fellow dancers. Plus, one mother's meddling threatens to send a team home.
4 4 "In A New York Minute" October 30, 2012
The nine remaining dancers are thrilled when they learn the theme for this week's performance is "Broadway." But when two mothers at odds team up, everyone prepares for the worst. Meanwhile, one dancer struggles with the hip-hop trio and when the judges can't decide who should go home, that can mean only one thing — a dance-off.
5 5 "Sabotage" November 6, 2012
After winning the right to pick all the dance assignments for the week, one mother takes this week's skill, survival, to heart. Her strategy to sabotage the other dancers by putting them in their weakest areas creates discord amongst the mothers who feel betrayed by her actions. Meanwhile, one dancer struggles with her technique while ignoring her mother's corrections, which threatens to turn their dance into a real disaster. And, one pair must overcome their physical differences in order to become the perfect dancing machines.
6 6 "Dancing Through the Decades" November 13, 2012
With only seven dancers left in the competition, the pressure is at a fever-pitch. One mom is overwhelmed as she deals with competition demands as well as personal problems. Meanwhile, one dancer struggles with confidence issues as she tackles her very first solo of the competition.
7 7 "Happily Never After" November 20, 2012
It's Witches, Wolves and Wicked Stepmothers, this week when the dancers enter the land of fairy tales. But for one mother and daughter, their fantasy of being the ultimate dancer comes to an end. Meanwhile another dancer struggles with becoming the evil Stepmother. Plus an injury during rehearsal could spell disaster for another mother and daughter duo.
8 8 "Bend it Like Abby" November 27, 2012
The final five dancers must be very flexible this week as they try to master dance styles from around the world. One dancer starts some drama that quickly goes global after she tells her mother she overheard other dancers saying she wished she had been eliminated. Another dancer struggles to connect with the history of the people that inspired her routine. And, the bottom two dancers must undergo a flexibility test to stay in the competition.
9 9 "Cirque du Solos" December 4, 2012
With only four dancers remaining in the competition, the moms have to do whatever it takes to ensure their child makes it to the final three. This week the girls not only have to worry about perfecting their solos, but they're also doing a complicated and grueling circus inspired group dance.
10 10 "Dance for Your Life" December 11, 2012
Only three dancers remain for the grueling final round of this life changing competition. With $100,000 and a scholarship to the Joffrey School of Ballet in New York on the line, the three remaining girls must dance for their lives. But they're not alone. Former contestants and their moms make a surprise return for one last performance. It all comes down to the two hour finale when Abby will reveal her first Ultimate Dancer.

Results Table

CS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Brianna CW Winner
Madison CW Runner-Up
Asia CW 3rd Place
Amanda C CW Eliminated
4th Place
Jordyn CW Eliminated
5th Place
Hadley CW Eliminated
6th Place
Lexine CW Eliminated
7th Place
Elisabeth CW Eliminated
8th Place
Lennon Eliminated
9th Place
Tua Eliminated
10th Place
Kyleigh Jai Eliminated
11th Place
Tessa Eliminated
12th Place
Amanda K Eliminated
13th Place
Nicole Eliminated
14th Place
  • Note: CW - Challenge Win
Safe Dancer(s)
Top Dancer(s)
Bottom Dancer(s)
Eliminated Dancer(s)

Other Information

  • Three of the dancers from this season (Lennon Torres, Hadley Walts, and Asia Monet Ray) later went on to be regulars on the third season of Dance Moms, with Lennon and Hadley dancing at Candy Apples Dance Center and Asia being a member of the Abby Lee Dance Company.