The second half of “Dance Moms” Season 5 has yet to premiere, but that isn’t stopping lead Abby Lee Miller from talking about the Lifetime reality series’ future. At the opening of her West Coast studio, ALDC LA (Abby Lee Dance Company Los Angeles) in Santa Monica, California, on Saturday, Abby teased a potential sixth season of “Dance Moms.”
The topic of Season 6 came about while Abby dished about the making of “Dance Moms” with her ALDC LA guests. “The kids weren’t really cast on the show. Their mothers were. The kids kind of came along like a free ride. They’ve been a free ride for five years,” Abby said in a Mingle Media TV Network video. “People ask us about a Season 6? Will there be a Season 6? Do you want to do a Season 6? What’s happening with Season 6? That's a huge honor, an amazing honor to be on a television show that continues for six seasons.”
So, what will it take for Abby and her elite junior team to agree to another season? It appears money will play a big factor. In the clip, Abby reveals she never “planned" to star on the show, but was asked to sign a contract while filming Season 1, episode 1, in 2011 in order for the network to air her choreography on Lifetime. Abby said she and her elite junior team members received 1,500k per episode for the four seasons of “Dance Moms.”
“When we talk about Season 6, we have to remember that these kids…. made 1k per episode,” Abby said, confirming the girls did receive a raise of 2k per episode for Season 5.
Abby, who has recently produced music for two of her ALDC dancers, Mackenzie Ziegler, 10, and Kendall Vertes, 12, teased the possibility of producing the hit series herself. “Somebody is making millions. So, it's a lot to think about. Producing music, producing television, producing films, who knows? We can control our own destiny and I think this is the beginning of it right here.”
“Dance Moms” aired the Season 5 midseason finale on May 26. The show reportedly wrapped the second half of its fifth season after attending Center Stage Dance Productions competition in Lancaster, California, on May 30. The first episode of the forthcoming installment will premiere on Lifetime Tuesday, June 9, at 9 p.m. EDT.