The Dance Moms And Their Children
Note: Ages are based on public records as of September 2011.
Melissa Zeigler: Age 43, lives in Murrysville and works at the Abbey Lee Dance Company studio part-time. Mother of Maddie (age 9) and Mackenzie (age 7).
- Melissa Zeigler on Twitter
- Maddie on Facebook
- Maddie's Website
- Maddie and Mackenzie on Twitter
- Maddie on Twitter
- Mackenzie on Twitter
- Melissa's Bio on Lifetime Moms
Christi Lukasiak: Age 34, lives on Churchill and operates a children's fitness program. Mother of Chloe (age 10) and Clara.
- Chloe on Facebook
- Christi Lukasiak on Twitter
- Christi's Bio Page on Lifetime Moms
- Christi on Twitter
Holly Hatcher-Frazier: Age 41, lives in Churchill, principal of private school. Mother of Nia (age 10).
Kelly Hyland: Age 40, lives in Murrysville. Stay-at-home mother of Brooke (age 13) and Paige (10), and a 12-year-old son who does not appear on the show. Kelly attended Abbey Lee Dance Company herself as a child. According to an article by Janice Cromption, "Ms. Miller got her start as a dance instructor at the age of 14, when she began offering dance lessons to her younger friends -- one of whom was Ms. Hyland."
- Brooke Hyland on Twitter
- Kelly Hyland on Twitter
- Paige Hyland on Twitter
- Kelly's Bio on Lifetime Moms
Cathy Nesbitt-Stein: Owner of Candy Apple's Dance Center in Ohio.
Jill Vertes: Mother of Kendall (age 8) who appeared in Season Two, and another daughter who is also enrolled in a dance program at ALDC. Jill is a former cheerleader for the University of Pittsburgh, PA.
Leslie Ackerman: Mother of Payton, a dancer who appeared on the first episode of Season Two.
Gianna Martello ("Gia"): Abby's assistant.
The Dance Moms Dancer And Their Placement On The Pyramid
On The show, Dance Moms, Abby Lee Miller uses a pyramid to show the moms and the dancers who she feels did their best in previous competitions and who needs to improve. Miller said that the pyramid concept was not something she created or used prior to the show, but was developed by the producers of the show to boost ratings.
Season 1 had twelve episodes using the pyramid, however, in Episode 12, all the dancers were in a straight line on the pyramid rather than stacked. Here are the dances that appeared in Seasons 1 and 2 and where they were placed on the pyramids in each episode.
Maddie Ziegler: In Season 1, dancer Maddie appeared at the top of the pyramid 9 out of 11 episodes. In Season 2, she appeared at the top of the pyramid in 5 out of 11 episodes.
Mackenzie Ziegler: In Season 1, Mackenzie was the only dancer to remain on the bottom of the pyramid in all episodes. In Season 2, she was in the middle one time (Episode 4), and on the top once (Episode 6).
Chloe Lukasiak: Chloe was on the bottom of the pyramid in two episodes (5 and 8) on top of the pyramid in Episode 9, and remained in the middle for all other Season 1 episodes. In Season 2, Chloe was in the middle of the pyramid except for Episode 4 when she was on the top.
Brooke Hyland: In Season 1, Brooke was at the top of the pyramid in Episode 4, the middle in episodes 1,3,5, 7, 8, 9, and 11, and was at the bottom in episodes 2, 6, and 10. In Season 2, Brook was at the top twice (episodes 3 and 5), the bottom 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, and 11. She did not appear in Episode 4 and was at the middle in episodes 7 and 10.
Paige Hyland: In Season 1, Paige was in the middle of the pyramid in episodes 2, 6, 7, and 8, and on the bottom in episodes 1, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, and 11. In Season 2, she was on the top in Episode 7, the middle in Episode 11, and on the bottom for all other episodes.
Nia Frazier: Age 10. Season 1 Nia was on the bottom in episodes 1 through 4, 6, and 8. She was in the middle in episodes 5, 7, 9, and 10. In Season 2, she was on the top in Episode 8, the middle in episodes 1, 2, and 9, and on the bottom for all other episodes.
Kendall Vertes: Kendall did not appear in Season 1. In Season 2, she appeared in episodes 2 through 8 on the bottom of the pyramid and subsequently left the show.
Vivi-Anne Stein: The daughter of Cathy Nesbitt-Stein, owner of Candy Apples Dance Studio, Vivi-Anne appeared briefly on the show in Season 1 as a dancer for Abby Lee, then remained on the show during Season 2 as a dancer affiliated with her mother's studio. In Season 1, she appear in episodes 3 through 8 on the bottom of the pyramid.