The final episode of "Dance Moms" Season 5 aired Tuesday and fans of the Lifetime series already are beginning to ask: What's the deal with Season 6? During the reunion special, Abby Lee Dance Company owner Abby Lee Miller made several comments about the upcoming installment, but has yet to publicly confirm her return to the show. So, will she and her elite junior girls be back? From International Business Times' recent interview with dancer Nia Sioux Frazier, to cast member tweets and executive producer Jeff Collins' interview with AfterBuzzTV, we have uncovered some answers about what viewers can expect from Season 6. Here's the scoop:
1. Production start time. During an appearance on AfterBuzzTV Wednesday, Collins, who viewers know best as the host of the "Dance Moms" reunion shows, would not reveal exactly when Season 6 will commence filming, only teasing that "it is right around the corner." He would not confirm if it will have 32 episodes, but did hint that "it's going to be a big season."
2. Jeanette and Ava will probably return. After failing to earn a permanent spot on Abby’s team in Season 4, Ava Cota, along with her mother, Jeanette Cota, made a name for themselves as ALDC rivals in Season 5. But will they be back for more? Collins said he would be surprised if the mother-daughter duo didn’t return.
“Her daughter’s a beautiful dancer and she’s a great teacher,” Collins commented. “I can’t imagine that they would not be part of Season 6. If they want to come back, we are there to play.”
3. And so might Nia and Holly. Nia Sioux Frazier and her mom, Holly Hatcher-Frazier, may have had a rocky season with Abby on “Dance Moms," but it doesn’t appear the young performer is ready to hang up her dancing shoes just yet. Nia, 14, recently told IBTimes she wants to continue pursuing all forms of entertainment.
"I feel like I can do it all," she said. "I want to do it all. I want to do singing, acting, dancing, and I love being on the show."
— Kira Girard (@kiragirard) August 19, 2015
4. Don't forget about Kira and Kalani. With a wedding and a baby boy on the way, you may think Kira Girard would be too busy to star on another season of "Dance Moms" alongside her daughter, Kalani Hilliker, but that doesn't appear to be the case. The bride-to-be recently tweeted about filming the upcoming season.
5. The junior elite team may not be the stars. Abby teased during the Season 5 reunion show that she may be done with her original elite junior team members. Collins recently shared a similar sentiment on AfterBuzzTV.
“We never know who's going to be on the show until the day we start shooting ... Some of the girls are becoming teenagers. Obviously, you guys are aware that Maddie [Ziegler] is becoming a big star. So, that’s our job is to be constantly looking. It doesn’t mean that we are replacing anybody ...”
6. New dancers are being auditioned. Out with the old and in with the new? While Lifetime may not be looking to replace any cast members, “Dance Moms” producers are always on the lookout for new dancers and moms, says Collins.
"This is what we do all the time," Collins said in response to an ad that recently surfaced seeking new talent for the show. "We are always, always, always looking for new dancers."
— Dance Moms (@DanceMoms) August 19, 2015
7. Los Angeles or bust. Collins has revealed that the upcoming season will take place on the West Coast. (The original ALDC is in Pittsburgh.) While he did not confirm Abby's return, he did say filming will take place at Abby’s new studio, ALDC LA (Abby Lee Dance Company Los Angeles).
Watch Jeff Collins' full interview with AfterBuzz TV below:
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