Dance Moms is back — well, almost. After more than a year off the air, Dance Moms season 8 will be making an exciting return tonight, June 4, and it is sure to be a welcome surprise for tried-and-true fans who thought the seventh season was the show's last.
But the ALDC era is far from over. The eight season gives viewers an inside look at the real-life drama and health battles of leading lady and controversial choreographer Abby Lee Miller, introduce them to an all-new cast, and returns to the show's original roots: Pittsburgh.
After struggling through Miller’s court battle, impending jail time, and deteriorating health issues last season, some people were surprised the cameras kept rolling as long as they did. Miller is now cancer-free, and like any hopeful dancer who got knocked to the bottom of the pyramid, the show is back for a few more fouettes, fierce competition, and, of course, drama. Dance Moms, we’re ready for your resurrection.
When does Dance Moms season 8 premiere?
You'll want to set your DVRs ASAP because episode one's air date is approaching fast. Miller announced via her Instagram that Dance Moms season 8 began filming in late January. It will premiere on Lifetime on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 9 p.m. EST. Prior to that, at 8 p.m., Lifetime will air Dance Moms: The Return of Abby, a special updating fans on the choreographer's life since they last saw her in season seven.
Who is returning for Dance Moms season 8?
If you've been watching since Maddie Ziegler made her debut in 2011, you might be sad to hear that none of the OG ladies will be taking part in Dance Moms: Resurrection. Many of the now-teens have went on to capitalize on their fame in other ways. Nia released a music single, Maddie has starred on several magazine covers and Chloe traveled with her fellow former teammates Kendall and Kahlani in a dance tour called “The Irreplaceables Tour."
In a behind-the-scenes video Miller posted to her Instagram, it looks like the all-new team will include a super talented young boy, plus six new fresh-faced kiddos who will round out the weekly dance competition participants.
Learn more about the Dance Moms season 8 cast on Lifetime's website.
Where does Dance Moms season 8 pick up?
It’s been well over a year since the last episode of Dance Moms was filmed. In that time, Miller served prison time for felony bankruptcy fraud, though she was released early. She subsequently went on to open up about her battle with a rare form of cancer that’s left her in a wheelchair. Yet in true Miller fashion, she’s determined that the show must go on — even just for her own good.
“I need to get back to teaching, and I need to get back to screaming at kids,” she says cheekily in the show’s new trailer.
Sure enough, the 52-year-old reality star will lead her brand-new crew back to her “roots” — a.k.a the original Abby Lee Dance Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Since the last three seasons have taken place in Los Angeles, the cement brick walls of the old ALDC will be a welcomed comeback. Plus, this means that longtime choreographer Gianna Martello is likely to return and work with the new team.
Will any of the original cast members return to Dance Moms?
Although you won’t be seeing Maddie Zeigler, Chloe Lukasiak, or Nia Sioux this season, Miller's Instagram proves that there will be an appearance from breakout star Jojo Siwa, the precocious, bow-clad blond dancer from seasons five and six, whose social media shows she’s kept in with Miller during her health struggles, even visiting her in the hospital.
Jojo wasn’t a part of the dance team in season seven, but still showed up in a few episodes as a guest, and it looks like that will be the same on Resurrection. Jojo was prepping for her tour at the time of filming, so we're guessing she'll stop by to give the new dancer hopefuls a few words of advice. After all, the show's recognition skyrocketed her to mega fame.
Why does the show have a new name?
Dance Moms season 8 comes with a new name: Dance Moms: Resurrection. And the reasons that aren’t too hard to speculate.
“There’s people that counted me out...” the Miller says says to the newest group of tiny wannabe pro-dancers in the show’s teaser trailer. “...thought I was finished, considered the ALDC dead. Well, I fought to be here, and you’ll have to fight too."
The show's new name might even find it's way into some of the new dance choreography. Miller recently posted another teaser trailer in anticipation of the premiere that shows a disturbing clip of dancers rolling a coffin down a hallway while dressed in costume. Another clip shows a girl lifting herself from a wheelchair on stage while Miller can be heard from a voiceover talking about this being her second chance and how the dancers are preserving her legacy.
But don't be fooled by the new outlook for Abby Lee Miller. "I'm going to tougher and meaner than ever before," she says in the eerie video.