So you think your kid can dance? Lifetime has picked up the new reality series Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition, starring Dance Moms instructor Abby Lee Miller, TV Guide Magazine has learned. Miller will serve as lead judge, with Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin and celebrity choreographer Richard Jackson (Lady Gaga's "Marry the Night") joining her at the judges' table.
The competition will center on 12 girl and boy dancers (ages 6 through 13) as they compete in challenges and perform in front of Miller, Antin and Jackson (and a live audience) at the Los Angeles Theatre in downtown L.A. The contestants are vying for a $100,000 cash prize and a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet School's Young Dancer Program.
Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition comes from Dance Moms and Dance Moms: Miami producer Collins Avenue — although it's not billed as a spin-off (as it's an entirely different show and format). But there will be a parental element, as competitors are coached by his or her mother, who is charged with making key decisions (including costumes, music and choreography). One dancer is eliminated each week.
Lifetime has ordered 10 episodes of the show, which premieres this fall. Kevin Manno, last seen on MTV's The Seven, is the host.