If the title of Tuesday’s Season 5 finale of “Dance Moms” isn’t any indication of the drama to come, we have some additional scoop on what happens in episode 31, “Chaos at Nationals.” And hold onto your tap shoes ALDC fans, but the installment is going to be one emotional ride.
The synopsis for the finale reveals that Abby Lee Miller’s elite junior team will do their best to bring Abby home several first-place wins, but their quest for a clean sweep at their first West Coast nationals may not go as planned. "The girls give their all to make their leader proud, but the tension spirals out of control, leading to a chaotic ending unlike any Nationals before," Lifetime’s episode summary teases.
“The pressure is on… I’m opening [a studio] in LA and if these girls choke, I’m not going to make it. I am scared to death,” Abby says in the teaser. And it looks like Abby’s desire to see her students perform well may result in a few dramatic reactions from her team.
Despite being Abby’s No. 1 student and a longtime shoe-in for a spot in the national solo competition, Maddie Ziegler is shown crying in the promo. The finale teaser opens with a shot of Maddie, 12, sporting red eyes and wiping away tears while practicing inside Abby’s West Coast studio. In a voiceover Abby laments that Season 5 has been a rough season for her girls.
The promo goes on to show Abby visibly upset at nationals, even ordering her students to leave the stage during the awards ceremony. “You should all demand your money back because this is a joke,” Abby tells the dance moms.
Watch the promo video for Season 5, episode 31 below:
While Lifetime is teasing that viewers “won’t believe” how the season ends, you don’t have to wait until Tuesday’s premiere to find out the competition results.
According to one “Dance Moms” spoiler site, the ALDC did not score a big win at the national competition. The site reports that the ALDC’s group routine, "The Waiting Room," placed second overall at Center Stage Dance Productions at Lancaster, California, on May 30. The team’s solos didn’t fare too well either. Maddie reportedly placed second in the junior division and her sister, Mackenzie Ziegler, placed fourth. In the teen division Nia Frazier reportedly took home second-place, and despite competing a solo, Kalani Hilliker placed first in the teen duo/trio division.
The “Dance Moms” Season 5 finale, “Chaos at Nationals,” premieres Tuesday at 9 p.m. EDT on Lifetime.