EXCLUSIVE: Cheryl Burke to replace Abby Lee Miller on 'Dance Moms' - AOL Entertainment
Abby Lee Miller's replacement on Dance Moms has quite a bit of experience on the ballroom floor and with reality TV. Reality Star, Abby Lee Miller from the hit Lifetime show, Dance Moms visits Beaumont and shares her advice and positive energy with fans at The Dance. Lifetime's "Dance Moms" has been bringing us dance drama for six seasons now. But some unsettling incidents that have been happening off.
The cast talks about the past and the upcoming season, with topics including: Abby's love-life; charging for meet-and-greets; Kelly's return; a strain in Kelly and Christi's relationship; the fight between Cathy and Christi at nationals; and Paige's relationship with Abby. January 15, The original Moms return, including Kelly.
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Abby dotes on her new "Superstar" Sophia Lucia, who alone returns among the replacement dancers, causing Christi to wonder how to chase Sophia's mother Jackie back to California. The Moms must face Abby's wrath after being on strike for two weeks.
January 22, Melissa lies about her unhappiness when Abby assigns Maddie and Kendall a duet. Abby bans Brooke from the competition, and gives Paige and Mackenzie solos.
Sophia fails to appear at the competition. Melissa tries to get back in favor with Abby, but Abby remains upset with Melissa and Maddie over the previous silent protest. Chloe is challenged with the acrobatic group dance, creating conflict between Abby and Christi. Mackenzie struggles when she is placed atop the pyramid and is assigned a solo, as well as given a spot in the group dance.
Jill tries to become Abby's new favorite mother. The solos fare poorly at awards. During the group dance, Chloe improperly drops her hat after receiving strong warnings from Abby, ultimately resulting in Christi storming out of the competition. Nia and Holly must deal with RNDa painful medical condition. Sophia and Jackie briefly return, only to quickly and mysteriously disappear.
Abby refuses to even say Chloe's name, who remains suspended. Nia asks to re-schedule her duet with Paige, which was pulled the previous week. Abby also tries to prod Brooke into proving she cares about dancing, and make Maddie demonstrate that there's more to her than people know. When the girls and their moms choreograph a dance as a tribute, Abby is offended, and chooses to let them improvise instead; but Abby does appreciate Melissa dedicating Maddie's dance to Broadway Baby Nicaya is disqualified in her native St.
Louis, when her mother Kaya fights with the team — which also leads to a restoration of the friendship between Kelly and Christi.
Nick Dobbs returns for a group dance that involves a tangled and confusing story of differing loves. When Nia and Kendall are given a duet together, the moms become suspicious of Jill when she arranges rehearsals for Kendall alone.
Talk is generated when Abby goes on a date with a mysterious man.
EXCLUSIVE: Cheryl Burke to replace Abby Lee Miller on 'Dance Moms'
Abby and the mothers are suspicious of Mackenzie's foot injury. Kendall begins working on her facial expressions, including getting new headshots from a photographer. Abby enjoys uncharacteristically warm and playful moments with Paige, Mackenzie and Kendall.
On July 11, she announced her return in season 8. Maddie and Mackenzie studied dance at Miller's studio through Reign Dance Productions from the early ages of four and two respectively. They were original cast members of the show, and left during Season 6. Chloe began dancing at Miller's studio at age two.
They were original cast members of the show, but left the show after the Season 4 finale. Prior to the show, as a teenager Kelly had been a dancer at ALDC, before quitting to become a cheerleader.
They were original cast members, but Kelly assaulted Abby in the middle of Season 4, resulting in the Hyland's leaving the show. Brooke and Paige have since gone on to focus on school. Nia had earlier studied dance at Miller's studio through Reign Dance Productions.
Vivi-Anne was previously a student and team member at her mother's studio, Candy Apples Dance Centre, where she continued her dance training after leaving the team and show. Cathy and Vivi-Anne have continued to appear occasionally since season 2. Also see "Rival studios" below. Jill Vertes is the mother of Kendall Vertes,  a model and jazz dancer and aspiring singer Kendall K. Asia first appeared on AUDC, where she was the youngest competitor from either season. Kira Girard is the mother of Kalani Hilliker   a lyrical dancer and model and fashion designer.