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How You Can Watch ‘Dance Moms’ from Outside of the US

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Saturday, November 9th, 2013


Dance Moms is a dance reality series that premiered on the Lifetime channel in July’ 2011. The series was developed by Collins Avenue Productions and stars Abby Lee Miller, a renowned dance instructor and owner of Abby Lee Dance Company, as the mentor of young dancers. Dance Moms has received a decent response from the audience and the series was even nominated for the Reality Show Award during the 2012 and 2013 editions of Teen Choice Awards. As of 2013, the series has seen 3 seasons and over 60 episodes.

Dance Moms Plot

Dance Moms is set in Pittsburgh and follows a group of young girls belonging to Abby Lee Dance Company as they participate in various dance competitions in the hope of winning the national title. The series also focuses on the mothers of the dancers as they provide encouragement to their daughters and even rival other mothers. Every week, Abby gives her feedback on the performance of the dancers through a pyramid scheme. The pyramid is not static; it changes every week and the behavior of the moms may also impact the placement of the girls on the pyramid. The series provides a fascinating insight into behind the scenes action and the highs and lows experienced by the contestants in the pursuit of the National Dance title.

Dance Moms Broadcast Schedule And Availability

Dance Moms is telecast on Tuesday nights on the Lifetime channel. The past seasons of the show as well the latest episodes of the series are also available online through the official Lifetime website (mylifetime.com/shows/dance-moms). Due to licensing restrictions, the availability of online episodes of the show is restricted only within United States. When international viewers (including US expats and tourists located abroad) try to access Dance Moms episodes online, they just see the message – “The video you are trying to watch cannot be viewed from your current country or location”.

How Lifetime Blocks Dance Moms Online

Lifetime doesn’t allow international viewers to watch Dance Moms online since it does not have the rights to broadcast the show outside United States. The channel has tied up with several content providers to distribute its shows abroad and due to the content sharing terms agreed upon by both the parties, Lifetime cannot broadcast Dance Moms and other shows outside US. To enforce these restrictions online, Lifetime scans the IP address of its visitors and only allows people with a US IP to access Dance Moms online.

In case you are outside US but still want to watch the latest episodes of Dance Moms online, you need to change your IP address through an IP changing solution. By switching to a US IP address through a proxy or a VPN, you can access Lifetime’s shows just like you would do it from within United States. While both proxies and VPNs are effective IP changing solutions, only VPNs can deliver ultra fast speeds and top grade privacy that is needed to unlock streaming services from abroad.

How To Unlock Dance Moms From Overseas With A VPN

Step 1: Choose a US VPN plan that offers high streaming speed along with unlimited bandwidth. For unlocking Dance Moms episodes, we highly recommend subscribing to ExpressVPN, SwitchVPN, Kepard, IPVanish or Private Internet Access since these companies are well-established in the market and provide IP addresses from several US cities.

Step 2: Setup the service on your computer or mobile device by creating a new network connection or by installing the VPN client provided by your VPN vendor. Not all VPN service providers provide a custom client but when it is available, the solution offers features that are not usually available with manual installations.

Step 3: Save the connection details and restart the system if necessary. For mobile devices, you must also close and restart the Lifetime app so that it can use the VPN parameters to connect to the internet.

Step 4: Start the VPN service by clicking on its icon or by tapping on the Connect button available on the mobile screen. The time taken by the service to connect to its server would depend on your ISP speed and the distance of the server from your location. While most connections are instantaneous, you may need to wait for few minutes if you have a slow internet connection or if you are located far away from the VPN server.

Step 5: Once connected, check the location of the IP address assigned to you by visiting an IP checking website. In case the default server of your VPN vendor is located outside US, you would be automatically assigned a non-US IP address. In such cases, you must visit the Server list (or server status) section of your provider’s site and switch to a US server manually. In addition, you must remember to use a US server located nearest to your location so that you can unlock Lifetime shows at best speeds.

Step 6: Visit the Dance Moms page on the Lifetime portal again and click on the episode names to unlock them. In case you wish to unlock the episodes through a mobile device, remember to close and restart the Lifetime app after switching to a US IP address. Congratulations, you have successfully unlocked Dance Moms from all the countries in the world.


November 9, 2013
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