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When “Dance Moms” returns on Oct. 3 viewers will get to meet The Irreplaceables team. Lifetime

Update- 9/25/17 9:41 a.m.: This story and headline have been corrected after Lifetime backtracked on the way it describes the Oct. 31 episode of “Dance Moms”. Lifetime said in a statement on Monday the episode would be the season finale. It said a previous statement describing it as the series finale, as well as a subsequent email exchange with our reporter, were incorrect.

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Following many cast comments and hints about “Dance Moms” coming to an end, Lifetime is continuing to keep fans in suspense. After telling International Business Times in an email on Thursday, Sept. 21, that the Season 7 finale of “Dance Moms” would act as a series finale, the network backtracked on their statement on Monday. Lifetime now states the Oct. 31 episode will serve as a season, not a series, finale.

While Lifetime has claimed the show is not yet over, ahead of the Season 7 finale, multiple stars of the dance competition show have teased the program is coming to a close. On Tuesday, original cast member Nia Sioux told Teen Vogue she was parting ways with the show.

“I was just like, I’m 16 now, I’m growing up, the show has been a great platform, but it’s time to move on. During the show, I couldn’t take all the opportunities that I wanted to, and now since I’m off the show I’m getting to do what I want to do,” she told the site.

Chloe Lukasiak, who officially retuned to the series this season, told IBT earlier this month that due to filming wrapping up, she was unable to wear her new JustFab clothing line on “Dance Moms.”

Camryn Bridges, the show’s newest star, also wrote “that’s a wrap” on Instagram following the final national competition in Lawndale, California, on April 15.

The moms have also dropped hints. Ahead of the last competition, Kira Girard took to Twitter to share her feelings about the then-speculated conclusion. “The memories we have created will never be forgotten. I’m so not ready for tomorrow,” she wrote. After the competition, Holly Frazier and Camille Bridges also hinted at the show’s ending. Holly posted a photo of Nia, Chloe and Kendall Vertes to Instagram with the caption “The survivors,” while Camille shared a telling photo to her account.


That's a wrap! #irreplaceables

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“Dance Moms” will take a break next week, meaning there will be no new episode airing on Sept. 26. The series will pick up again on Tuesday, Oct. 3. When “Dance Moms” returns from its short hiatus, fans can expect to see the official formation of a new team, The Irreplaceables.

Last on the series, the mothers announced to coach Abby Lee Miller that Kalani Hilliker, Kendall, Camryn and Nia would not be return to her ALDC studio. Instead, they decided to form a new group with their former teammate, Chloe.

In Season 7, episode 23, titled “There’s a New Team in Town,” Chloe and the girls will head to a new studio and receive weekly instruction from Aisha Francis. Their competition dance, however, won’t be what fans, or the girls, are used to. The elite choreographer will teach them an adult, burlesque number, something Abby won’t have her remaining, much younger ALDC students, compete.

“The Irreplaceables and the ALDC go head-to-head at competition for the first time. Abby’s team competes a fan-favorite group number while the older girls shock the audience with a mature routine,” Lifetime’s synopsis reveals. The summary also states that the adult number will result in “an uproar from Abby and her minions.”

“There’s a New Team in Town - Part 1 ” airs Oct. 3 at 9 p.m. EDT on Lifetime. Mark your calendars to tune in for the “Dance Moms” Season 7 finale on Oct. 31 on Lifetime.