In October of 2017, the curtain closed on season seven of Dance Moms, one of Lifetime’s most popular and entertaining shows.
Although the show did produce the eighth season, the members of the team were entirely new, and the brand new cast had fans wondering where the original dancers were. They may not be dancing at the ALDC anymore, but the girls are still making their mark, through dance and other ventures.
Nia was on Dance Moms for all seven seasons; from the beginning to the end, even though she often suffered from a lack of opportunities, and lack of support from Abby. But she overcame all of that and has made strides in several areas. Even while she was on Dance Moms, Nia was working on her music career, and still is. Just last year, she released a song called “Low Key Love.” Nia has also been on other shows and movies since Dance Moms. Her Facebook Watch show “Dance With Nia” highlights dancers with disabilities, and she was cast as one of the starring roles in a movie called Imperfect High. And between all of that, Nia is attending college at UCLA.
For her six seasons on Dance Moms, Maddie was the apple of Abby’s eye, and she worked on projects such as Sia’s “Chandelier” music video. After she left the show, she published a memoir called The Maddie Diaries, detailing her life story. She also continued her acting career, acting in The Book of Henry, Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn, and P.S. I Still Love You. Maddie has also done work in modeling and has a partnership with Fabletics. Maddie continues to dance at events and for performances.
On Dance Moms, Mackenzie was mostly known for her acrobatic tricks, and being Maddie’s younger sister. But Mackenzie has proven that she is so much more than that. She began her career as a pop singer while still on the show, but has continued producing songs like “What If” and “Nothing On Us.” Mackenzie also competed on other dance shows- Dancing With the Stars: Juniors, and The Masked Dancer, and reached the finals on both shows. She has also dabbled in writing and cosmetics.
After season seven of Dance Moms, Kendall continued the music career she started on the show. She created several music videos, most notably “Wear ‘Em Out,” but has also produced a Christmas album, and a song called “Girl Talk.” Kendall has also branched out into acting, appearing in Rapunzel: A Princess Frozen in Time, and Anastasia. Besides these ventures, Kendall was on the golf team at her high school, Penn Trafford High School, and graduated from
there in 2021.
Kalani came to Dance Moms in season four, after she competed on Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, and remained until the end of season seven. Like many of her fellow cast members, she worked in acting after the show ended, in Brat’s Happy Death Day 2U, the movie Swiped, and the web show Dirt. She has a large social media following and has begun work in the fashion industry, too, producing a line of prom dresses.
Chloe left Dance Moms after four seasons but made a surprise reappearance for a majority of season seven. In the gap that she didn’t dance at the ALDC, she danced at Studio 19 in Pennsylvania, and Murrieta Dance Project in California. She has explored her many different talents and skills since Dance Moms ended, especially her writing talent. Chloe published a book, started Chloe’s Book Club to encourage others to love reading, and is attending Pepperdine University to explore a career in writing. She also partnered with JustFab and worked with them to promote some of their shoes.
Brooke was the oldest girl on Dance Moms, and even during the show, other opportunities such as cheerleading and school dances would draw her away from dance. After she and her sister departed Dance Moms in season four, she graduated from high school and went on to graduate from Ohio University, too, with a degree in marketing. She is quite active on YouTube and TikTok, often making videos discussing her time on the show, and has gained a large following.
Paige, along with her sister, Brooke, and her mother, Kelly, left Dance Moms after Kelly’s physical altercation with Abby. Like her sister, she began to focus on a more typical life for a teenager, graduating from high school and going on to attend West Virginia University. She appears sometimes in Brooke’s YouTube videos, but has a social media presence of her own, especially on Instagram.
Although JoJo did not join the show until season five, and technically isn’t one of the original members of the team, she has been the most successful of the dancers, and her current ventures should be included. JoJo has become one of the faces of Nickelodeon, known for her brightly colored clothes, blonde ponytail, huge bows, and cheerful personality. She produces content on YouTube and TikTok and is making her way into acting, as well. She competed on The Masked Singer in 2020 and lent her voice to The Angry Birds Movie 2. Dance Moms thrust its cast into the spotlight and kickstarted their acting, dancing, singing, and social media careers. But even without the show, the girls have been branching into new fields and interests, and have been very successful while doing so.