Lifetime picks up “Dance Moms” competition series

Collins Avenue will produce Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition, a reality series headlined by Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller (pictured), for U.S. network Lifetime's fall schedule.
August 7, 2012

Collins Avenue is to produce Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, a reality series headlined by Dance Moms’ Abby Lee Miller (pictured), for U.S. network Lifetime’s fall schedule.

Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition will follow 12 of the U.S.’s most talented boy and girl dancers as they learn new routines and compete in challenges judged by Miller, Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin, and choreographer Richard Jackson.

The 10-episode series will be hosted by Kevin Manno, from MTV’s The Seven. US$100,000 is up for grabs in the competition series, along with a scholarship to the Young Dancer Program at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York.

The aspiring dancers, aged six to 13, will be accompanied and coached by their mother during training, costume, music and choreography decisions, all leading up to their judged routines in front of a live audience, at the Los Angeles theatre. A contestant will be eliminated each week.

Collins Avenue’s Jeff Collins, Michael Hammond, Mike Aho and Sandi Johnson serve as executive producers, alongside Lifetime’s Rob Sharenow, Gena McCarthy and Kimberly Chessler. Bryan Stinson and Adam Vetri will co-executive produce.

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