Get On Your Dancing Shoes: Dance Moms is Back for a Reunion Special

The Irreplaceables are back!
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Seven years after the curtain closed on their time at the Abby Lee Dance Company, the original cast of Dance Moms have returned for a long-awaited reunion special. 

Featuring the series’ original stars, Chloe Lukasiak, Brooke Hyland, Paige Hyland, Kailani Hilliker, JoJo Siwa, and Kendall Vertes, Raised on Dance Moms: The Reunion looks back on some of the most dramatic and emotional ALDC moments.

Returning alongside their daughters are OG dance mums Kelly Hyland, Jessalynn Siwa, Jill Vertes, and Kira Hilliker – each offering a rare glimpse behind the scenes of their daughter’s time at the Abby Lee Dance Company. 

As ‘The Irreplaceables’ return to the Dance Moms stage to look back on their final dance, scroll down for everything you need to know. 

Cast of Dance Moms standing in front of purple backdrop.
The OG ALDC are back! (Credit: BINGE/Lifetime)

Is Dance Moms returning?

In exciting news for Dance Moms fans, the franchise is rumoured to be returning for another season! 

While a release date has yet to be confirmed, in February 2023, Abby Lee Miller shared a casting call to Instagram revealing that she would be searching for talent for season nine of Dance Moms at her Are You Ready Dance Convention in Miami. 

Despite Abby’s announcement, we’ve still yet to hear any further news on the production of season nine, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated as soon as more information is available.

How many seasons of Dance Moms are there?

First launching in 2011, the original Dance Moms series consists of eight seasons and over 220 episodes. 

The franchise also had several spin-off series, including two seasons of Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, one season of Dance Moms: Miami, and one season of Raising Asia. 

Cast of Dance Moms at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards red carpet.
The first season of Dance Moms premiered in 2011. (Credit: Getty)

Why isn’t Nia in the Dance Moms reunion?

While the reunion saw the return of many of the OG dancers, season one star Nia Sioux was noticeably absent from the one-off special. 

Explaining her reasoning to TikTok, Nia revealed, “Hate to break it to you guys, but the reason is quite simple – I just really didn’t want to do it… and that’s a good enough answer and a good enough reason.” 

Also absent from the reunion were ALDC favourites Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler who, according to their mum Melissa Gioni, chose not to participate to protect their mental health. 

Speaking on her Instagram stories ahead of the reunion, Mackenzie further added that their absence “had nothing to do with the girls” and that they both “didn’t really want to go back in time.” 

Original cast of Dance Moms taking a mirror selfie.
Dance Moms’ Brooke Hyland shared a group snap alongside Kendall, Mackenzie, Paige, Maddie, Nia, and Chloe. (Credit: Instagram)

Where to watch Dance Moms in Australia

Whether you’re ready to re-visit your favourite ALDC drama or binge-watch all eight seasons for the first time, Dance Moms is available to stream in Australia on 9Now. 

Where to watch the Dance Moms reunion

Want to revisit some of Dance Moms’ most iconic moments alongside the original cast? You can catch the official reunion special, Raised on Dance Moms: The Reunion, on BINGE from June 12, 2024. 

Stream Raised on Dance Moms: The Reunion on BINGE from $10.00/month with a 7-day free trial. Subscribe here.

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