Maddie Ziegler is an American dancer, actress and model. She was initially known for appearing in Lifetime’s reality show Dance Moms from 2011 (at age 8) until 2016. From 2014 to 2017, she gained wider fame for starring in a series of music videos by Sia, including “Chandelier” and “Elastic Heart”.
Similarly, that was which cumulatively have attracted more than 4 billion views on YouTube. Ziegler has appeared in films, television and concerts, and has modeled on magazine covers and in advertisements for Capezio, Ralph Lauren, Fabletics and Target, among other brands. She was included by Time magazine on its list of the “30 most influential teens” in each of 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Ziegler was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Melissa Ziegler-Gisoni and Kurt Ziegler, who owned a mortgage company. She is of Polish, German and Italian descent. Her parents divorced in 2011, and her mother married Greg Gisoni in 2013. Moreover, Ziegler began taking dance lessons at the age of two and joined the Abby Lee Dance Company at age four, where she trained in tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, acro, jazz and aerial dance. Ziegler has a younger sister, Mackenzie, a dancer and singer who appeared with her on Dance Moms, two older half-brothers from her father’s previous marriage, and two older step-siblings from the previous marriage of her step-father, Greg Gisoni, a vice-president at Westinghouse Electric Company.
Ziegler attended Sloan Elementary School until 2013, when she left to be homeschooled. Ziegler and her family have long lived in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. And also spend part of their time in Los Angeles. From early 2017 to mid-2018, Ziegler dated Australian teenager Jack Kelly, the son of former New York Yankees infielder Pat Kelly.
With Abby Lee Dance Company, Ziegler won numerous titles at regional, state and national dance competitions. Including the 2014 Dancers Choice Award for Favorite Dancer 17 & Under. In 2010, Ziegler performed for Paula Abdul’s reality television program Live to Dance. Moreover, in 2011, eight-year-old Ziegler and her mother appeared on the first season of Lifetime’s Dance Moms, a reality show about the young dancers on Abby Lee Miller’s Abby Lee Dance Company Elite Competition Team and their often quarrelsome mothers.
In 2012, Ziegler landed her first professional acting job, portraying the character Young Deb on an episode of the Lifetime series Drop Dead Diva. Later, in 2014, Ziegler appeared as a guest star in Episode 34 of HitStreak Summer, a made-for-mobile series. She continued her acting career in 2015 with guest spots on the Disney Channel series Austin & Ally and ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars.
Later, in January 2016, she guest starred in the episode “Ballet and the Beasts” on Nickelodeon’s Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn. She returned to Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn in January 2017 in the episode “Keeping Up with the Quadashians”. Moreover, Ziegler voiced the character Camille in the animated film, Ballerina (since 2016), released in the US in 2017 as Leap!, and played Christina in the feature film The Book of Henry (since 2017).
Modeling, endorsements and fashion
Ziegler has modeled for, or represented, such brands as Clean & Clear, Capezio, including their Betsey Johnson line, Target, Ralph Lauren, Pop-Tarts and Fabletics. She has also been featured on numerous magazine covers and in fashion editorials for Schön!, Elle, Dance Spirit, Nylon, Vs., Seventeen, Harper’s Bazaar, People, Dazed, Cosmopolitan, i-D, Billboard, Teen Vogue, Stella, Maniac,Vanity Fair Italia, Flaunt, Paper and Galore. Ziegler is represented by IMG Models.
Dancing and dance judging
Ziegler appeared as the featured dancer in the ABC TV special The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60 in February 2016. During the song “Part of Your World”, sung by Kelsea Ballerini and choreographed by Travis Wall. A Huffington Post reporter called the number “stunning and graceful”.
Later in May 2016, Ziegler appeared on the season finale of The Voice with Sia, dancing to “Cheap Thrills”. The following month, she starred in another Todrick Hall video. “Taylor in Wonderland”, based on Alice in Wonderland, dancing to a mash-up of Taylor Swift songs.
Social Media Appearance
Ziegler wrote the foreword to Abby Lee Miller’s 2014 memoir, Everything I Learned about Life, I Learned in Dance Class. Ziegler interviewed her friend Millie Bobby Brown for a cover article in the November 2016 issue of Interview magazine. In 2017, she released her own memoir, The Maddie Diaries, which became a New York Times Best Seller.
Ziegler also wrote a trilogy of novels for middle-grade readers. The series centers on a 12-year-old dancer, Harper, whose family relocates to a new state. And negotiates the pre-teen challenges of making new friends while earning her place on a competitive dance team.
As per celebritynetworth.com, she has a net worth of $5 million. Those who were unfamiliar with the dancer were blown away by the then 12-year-old’s performance in the video. And soon after she starred alongside Shia Labeouf in another Sia hit, “Elastic Heart,” which garnered over 1 billion views online. She has since starred in several other videos for Sia.
- Full Name: Madison Nicole Ziegler
- Date of Birth: September 30, 2002
- Age: 17 years
- Birth Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
- Height: 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
- Upcoming movie: West Side Story
- Books: The Maddie Diaries: A Memoir, The Competition, etc.
- Siblings: Michele Gisoni, Tyler Ziegler, Ryan Ziegler, Mathew Gisoni
- Gender: Female
- Profession: Actress, Dancer, Model
- Net Worth: $5 million
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