Set in Pittsburgh, Dance Moms follows the Abby Lee Dance Company's Junior Elite Competition team of young girls aged 8 to 15-years-old as they travel week-to-week to various competitions in hopes of a National title. Much of the program depicts the doting mothers as fellow rivals not only of each other, but oftentimes as a group protecting the familiarity of the team. All of the performances shown on screen are choreographed by Miller, herself, with the exception of routines crafted by guest choreographers hired by Miller. CADC (Canton, OH) is a rivaling dance company.
On Jan. 29, 2014, Miller announced that "Kelly Hyland and her 2 daughters Brooke and Paige are no longer contracted with and will no longer appear on Dance Moms" as stated on an appearance with The View. Hyland was arrested in Jan. on alleged assault charges after a dispute backstage at a dance comp. held in NYC during filming for the show's 4th season in Nov.'13. Hyland appeared in court with Miller on Jan. 21, 2014 and pleaded "not guilty" to charges of physical assault. (Wiki) - (Prev.TV mb)