Dance Moms fans know Asia Monet Ray as the wriggling little firebrand who parlayed her Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition notoriety into a couple-season stint on Abby Lee Miller’s original Lifetime hit. Now Ray and her no-nonsense mom Kristie — who also made a splash on both series — have landed a 14-episode gig of their own. Raising Asia will premiere July 29 on Lifetime, at the oddly kid-unfriendly hour of 10/9CT.
Each half-hour episode will feature the eight year old, California-based singer/dancer and her glamorous momager chasing Asia’s dreams of international fame, with bodybuilder dad Shawn, and baby sister, Bella Blu (yes, Bella Blu Ray), cheering them on.
According to the Lifetime announcement, Asia was already an internet sensation and world traveler before placing third on AUDC‘s first season and migrating to Dance Moms. Usurping Mackenzie Ziegler as Abby’s little-kid favorite while her mother drove the veteran Abby Lee Dance Studio mothers nuts with her combative nature and big-city dismissiveness, Asia left the team (and the show) midway through the AUDC’s trip to nationals in New Orleans in the Season 3 finale.
Raising Asia is the latest offering from Jeff Collins and Collins Avenue Entertainment, who brought Lifetime audiences Dance Moms and Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition.
Raising Asia premieres Tuesday, July 29, at 10pm ET/PT on Lifetime.