Rest easy, “Dance Moms” fans. Despite previews for the coming episode “Family Comes First" that show Abby Lee Dance Company coach Abby Lee Miller removing longtime dancer Nia Frazier from her team, the dramatic casting shakeup isn’t as permanent as the promo makes it seem.
Following the premiere of the Season 4, episode 14 promo Tuesday night, fans of the Lifetime dance competition reality series have come out in droves on social media to stand up for Nia, a 12-year-old elite competitive dancer with Miller who appears to be getting kicked off the team in the episode. “I am making the executive season to pull Nia out of the group,” Miller, 47, can be heard saying in the show’s promo, following a closeup of the girl’s mother Holly Frazier, saying, “I’m done. I’m moving on.”
But is Nia really getting kicked off the ALDC team? Not exactly. According to Dance Moms Wikia, she is merely pulled from the team’s group performance for one week, a move commonly pulled by Miller on the series. While the young dancer will not compete with her teammates -- Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler, Chloe Lukasiak, Kalani Hilliker and Kendall Vertes -- on next week's episode, she is rumored to have secured her own solo for the Midwest-based competition.
According to the spoiler site, Nia will be performing an “open” genre solo called “Damsel in Distress.” The team will reportedly also perform an open routine with a Bollywood-inspired number “Bollywood and Vine" (as seen in the photo above). Other numbers in the episode are rumored to include a jazz solo from Kendall, 11, and a lyrical/contemporary duet from Chloe, 12, and the ALDC's newest member, Kalani, 13.
Despite Nia’s absence from episode 14’s group number, the young dancer appears to be rejoining the group at the Masters of Dance Arts competition in Buffalo, N.Y., on the following episode. “Lights! Camera! Dance!" is set to premiere on Lifetime April 8. According to Dance Moms Wikia, the lyrical number is in honor of Miller’s mother, Maryen Lorrain Miller, who passed away last month at the age of 86; it's called “Amazing Grace.”
Holly Frazier, a fellow “Dance Moms” star, has yet to comment on the temporary casting change for episode 14, only speaking about her daughter’s antics on the series’ latest episode Tuesday. “Nia’s face when she realize the competition was in Canton was classic,” Frazier, 43, tweeted, even sharing a compliment about the ALDC’s biggest rival. “The Candy Apples group performance was terrific!!” she added.
“Dance Moms” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Lifetime.