“Dance Moms” fans are in for a real treat! Not since the end of the reality series’ fourth season have viewers been treated to new cast photos (back when Chloe Lukasiak was still a series regular) but earlier this week, in honor of “Dance Moms” Season 5B, the network has released over a dozen new shots of the ALDC (Abby Lee Dance Company) gang.
All of the photos appear to have been taken during the opening celebration of coach Abby Lee Miller’s West Coast dance studio, ALDC LA. The event was held at the studio’s new branch in Santa Monica, California, on May 30. In the shots, the girls, which include Maddie Ziegler, 12, Mackenzie Ziegler, now 11, Kalani Hilliker, 14, JoJo Siwa, 12, and Kendall Vertes, 12, can be seen sporting a wide variety of costumes and performing in both group and solo dances.
While Nia Frazier, 13, is absent from the dancing shots-- a Mingle Media TV Networks video from the event confirms she did perform a solo-- she is present for the group photos. One promo shows Kendall, Kalani, Maddie, Nia and Kendall posing next to a silver wall wearing matching black and white costumes. In another image, the dancers are wearing the same costumes and jumping on a trampoline inside ALDC LA’s tumble track room.
One face noticeably absent from two group shots is ALDC newcomer JoJo. But don’t fret JoJo supporters, she will be back for Season 5B. The young performer can be seen in another photo with her newfound teammates, all of whom are sporting red and black Abby Lee attire, chatting on the tumble track.
And, of course, we can’t forget about the moms! While Abby does not make a cameo in any of the Season 5B shots, her dance moms sure do. One image shows Jessalynn Siwa, Melissa Gisoni and Jill Vertes smiling and applauding for their girls as they perform at the new studio.
"Dance Moms" Season 5B premiered on June 9. Catch new episodes of "Dance Moms" Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EDT on Lifetime.