I say that dance comes before school.
Madison "Maddie" Nicole Ziegler (born September 30, 2002) is an eleven-year-old dancer at the Abby Lee Dance Company. She is the daughter of Kurt and Melissa Ziegler, and older sister of Mackenzie Ziegler. Her parents are divorced, allegedly because dance got in the way of their marriage. She is in the fifth grade.
Maddie takes more private lessons than the other girls, and she is shown on the show as Abby's favorite. She is very confident in her abilities and claims that she is stronger in tap and lyrical dancing than in any other style of dance. In the future, she hopes to be on Broadway as either a dancer or choreographer.
She has very long brown hair and just like Kendall, Paige, and Brooke she has blue eyes. She also has braces which she had since the fall of 2012. Her braces are off in the Christmas Special because she got them removed sometime before the filming of the special.
In Dance Moms
In Wildly Inappropriate, Maddie competes with her first solo on the show, "Cry".
In Stealing the Show, Maddie gets two solos. Abby says it is because Maddie takes tap lessons outside the group. Christi demands that Melissa pull one of the solos.
In When Stars Collide, a casting director told her to come to Broadway whenever she is in New York.
In She's a Fighter, Maddie dedicates her solo, "Angel", to her grandmother.
In There's Only One Star, the competiton for the lead is between Maddie and Chloe, but Chloe ultimately wins.
In Everyone's Replaceable, Maddie is given a solo called "Star of the Show". After Chloe is selected for a special program, Maddie becomes annoyed. Abby gives her a pep talk and says that Chloe would never be happy for her, so she should at least pretend to be happy for Chloe. Though most of this pep talk's information isn't true, it boosts Maddie's confidence.
In Brooke's Turning Point, Maddie wins third place with a jazz solo, "Lights, Camera, Action!", and Chloe beats her.
In Jill on the Rampage, Maddie falls while performing her solo, "Maestro Man". She is carried off of the stage.
In Bullets and Ballet, Maddie is found at the bottom of the pyramid, much to her and her mother's surprise.
In Topless Showgirls, Maddie reclaimed her spot at the top of the pyramid after not being there for six weeks.
In Waiting for Joffrey, Maddie is in a trio with Brooke and Chloe called "Somebody Told Me". It ends up winning first place.
In Abbygeddon, the show's editing portrayed Maddie as becoming frazzled because she did not win a Joffrey Ballet School scholarship. Maddie ended up running off stage during her solo "In My Heart" because she said she forgot the solo, but some of the Moms believed it was because Melissa and Abby put too much pressure on her. This causes Maddie to lose confidence in herself.
In The Battle Begins, Maddie refuse to do her solo, "In My Heart", when Abby is pushing it.
In Night of the Living Dancers, Maddie performs the solo again, and though her music starts to skip, she keeps dancing until the finish. She earns second place and regains her confidence.
In Maddie Has a Secret, Maddie goes to two competitions and enters her "Cry" solo in one and her new "Looking for a Place Called Home" solo in the other. She wins two titles in a day.
In How Do You Like Them Apples?, Maddie is found at the top of the pyramid twice.
In Guess Who's Back?, it is revealed Maddie was chosen for the part on Drop Dead Diva.
In Break a Leg, Maddie went to the set to film her scenes for Drop Dead Diva. Maddie played young Deb and performed a dance. Maddie also made a cameo as herself in the video used to testify against Abby.
In Revenge of the Candy Apples, there is another controversy where the moms accuse Abby of giving too many opportunities to Maddie; in response, Maddie refuses to do her solo, which Abby holds against her for most of the remainder of the season.
In Recital Rebellion, Maddie performed her Survivor number which made her the only girl to have two solos at this event. Maddie also performed Breaking Down Walls.
Pre-Dance Moms Dances
- Big Bow Wow (Video-1, Video-2) (Pictures)
- Sunshine & Lollipops (Video) (Pictures)
- Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Video) (Pictures)
- Rhythm in Your Nursery Rhymes
- Camille, Colette and Fifi (with Paige Hyland and Chloe Lukasiak) (Pictures)
- Pin-Up Girls (with Paige Hyland and Chloe Lukasiak) (Pictures)
- Corners (with Nick Dobbs, Chloe Lukasiak , Paige Hyland ,Payton Ackerman , et al) (Pictures)
- 5 Little Monkeys (with Nia Frazier, Paige Hyland, etc) (Pictures)
- The Chicks (with Nia Frazier, Chloe Lukasiak, Paige Hyland, etc) (Pictures)
- All that Jazz (with Nia Frazier, Paige Hyland, etc)
- Barnyard (with Brooke Hyland, Nick Dobbs, Brandon Pent, etc) (Pictures)
- Charleston (with Chloe Lukasiak, Paige Hyland, Brandon Pent, etc) (Pictures)
- Under the Weather (with Nia Frazier, Chloe Lukasiak, Brooke Hyland, etc) (Pictures)
- My Hair Looks Fierce
- The Lion Sleeps Tonight
- 10 Little Indians (with Mackenzie Ziegler, etc)
Pre-Dance Moms Awards
- Big Bow Bow: 1st Overall at Dance Educators of America
- Big Bow Wow: 1st Overall at Dance Educators of America (New York Nationals)
- Sunshine & Lollipops: 2nd Overall at Dance Educators of America and 1st Overall at Onstage NY
- Sunshine & Lollipops: 1st Overall at Fire and Ice
- Sunshine & Lollipops: 1st Overall at Applause Talent
- Sunshine & Lollipops: 2nd Overall at Dance Educators of America (New York Nationals)
- Sunshine & Lollipops: 1st Overall at OnStage (New York)
- Somewhere Over the Rainbow: 1st Overall at Dance Educators of America
- Somewhere Over the Rainbow: 1st Overall at NUVO (Pittsburgh)
- Somewhere Over the Rainbow: 1st Overall at Dance Educators of America (Pittsburgh Regionals)
- Somewhere Over the Rainbow: 1st Overall at Dance Educators of America (Las Vegas National Titles)
- Rhythm in Your Nursery Rhymes: 1st Overall and Title at Dance Educators of America
- Petite Miss Dance of Pennsylvania, Dance Masters of America, Chapter #10, 2010
- Miracle Worker: 1st Overall at Dance Educators of America (Pittsburgh Regionals)
- Miracle Worker: 3rd Overall at New York City Dance Alliance
- Camille, Colette and Fifi: 1st Overall at Fire and Ice
- Camille, Colette and Fifi: 1st Overall at Dance Masters of Pennsylvania
- Camille, Colette and Fifi: 1st Overall at Dance Educators of America (New York Nationals)
- Pin-Up Girls: 1st Overall at NUVO (Pittsburgh)
- The Chicks: 1st Overall at Dance Educators of America
- The Chicks: 1st Overall Dance Educators of America (New York Nationals)
- Under the Weather: 5th Overall at Dance Educators of America
- 5 Little Monkeys: 2nd Overall at Fire And Ice
- 5 Little Monkeys: 1st Overall at Dance Masters of Pennsylvania
- All that Jazz: 5th Overall at Dance Educators of America (New York Nationals)
- Barnyard: 1st Overall at Dance Educators of America (New York Nationals)
- Charleston: 3rd Overall at Dance Educators of America (Pittsburgh Regionals)
Dance Moms Dances
Petite Miss StarQuest
|Dying to Dance||Beautiful||Lyrical||1st|
|She's a Fighter||Angel||Lyrical||1st|
Petite Miss StarPower
|Love on the Dance Floor||Universe||Lyrical||
Petite Miss StarPower
|Cathy Brings It On||Disappear||Contemporary Lyrical||2nd|
|It All Ends Here||Manhattan||Lyrical||1st|
Little Miss Starbound
|Everyone's Replaceable||Star of the Show|
|Brooke's Turning Point||Lights, Camera, Action!||Jazz||3rd|
|No One Likes A Bully||The Girl I Wanna Be||Lyrical||1st|
|Wardrobe Malfunction||Maestro Man||Ethnic Jazz||3rd in elementary 1-3|
(did not place on show)
|Bullets and Ballet||Every Little Step||Lyrical||1st|
|Topless Showgirls||I'm Already There||Lyrical||1st|
|Miami Heat Wave||All of My Life||Lyrical||1st|
|Melissa Pleads the Fifth||Reflections||Lyrical Acro||1st|
|Waiting for Joffrey||Quiet Voices|
Junior Miss Energy
|Abbygeddon||In My Heart||Lyrical||did not place|
|Night of the Living Dancers||In My Heart||Lyrical||2nd|
|I Know What You Did Last Competition||Helen Keller|
|Looking For a Place Called Home|
3000 Light Years
Junior Miss StarPower
Junior Miss Starpower
|Worst Birthday Party Ever!||Mom, It'll Never Be The Same|
Don't Take It Away
|Guess Who's Back?||I Can't Find the Words|
|Break a Leg||This is Me Over You||Lyrical||1st|
|The Recital to End All Recitals||Airmail Special||Tap||not applicable|
|Solo Fever||Piece of My Heart|
Piece in My Heart
Elite Junior Soloist
|Nationals 90210||Telling Myself||Contemporary||2nd|
|The Beginning of the End||Don't Leave Me||Contemporary||1st|
The In10sive Dance
|Rotten to the Core||Quicksand||Contemporary||1st|
|You've Been Unfriended||You Don't Know Me||Contemporary||1st|
|Bye Bye Baby||Showing You My Heart||Lyrical||1st|
|All's Fair in Love and War||Lifeline|
Send Me a Lifeline
|Camouflaged Maneuvers||Uphill Battle|
It's a War
|The Apple of Her Eye||Breaking Down Walls|
|The Politics of Dancing||I'm Trying||Lyrical||1st|
|May I Have This Dance?||They'll Never Change||Contemporary||
Junior Miss Energy
|Candy Apple Showdown||I'm on My Way|
Over and Over (Blaire Reinhard)
|Two Girls, One Solo||Be Anything|
You Can Be Anything
|Lyrical||2nd at awards|
1st from miscalculation
|Tap Versus Hip Hop||You and Me Against the World||Tap||2nd|
Clash of the Dance Moms *not shown*
Junior Miss Nextstar
|Gone, Abby Gone||Hold on|
Holding on Too
Junior Miss Nexstar
|The Big, Not So, Easy||Amazing Grace||Lyrical||1st|
2013 National Title
|It All Ends Here||Black Swan||Lyrical ballet||Chloe Lukasiak||1st||1|
|I Know What You Did Last Competition||Inside of Me||Lyrical||Chloe Lukasiak||2nd||2.5|
|Liar Liar Dance Mom on Fire!||Sugar and Spice|
Sugar 'N Spice
|She's a Maniac||Run from Mother|
|Boy Crazy, Mom Crazy||We're Alright|
Cuz We're Alright
|Do-Si-Do and Do-Si-Don't||Bodies Electric||Contemporary||Kendall Vertes||1st||3.5|
|The Competition Begins||I Want It|
15 Minutes of Fame
|Musical theater||Paige Hyland|
|No One Likes A Bully||Nothing More Annoying|
Than A Man
|Musical theater||Chloe Lukasiak|
|did not place||2.0|
|Bullets and Ballet||Over and Over||Contemporary||Paige Hyland|
|Miami Heat Wave||La Divas|
Looks Are Everything
|Melissa Pleads the Fifth||Whatever I Want||Modern Jazz||Nia Frazier|
|did not place|
High Scoring Open Trio
|Waiting for Joffrey||Somebody Told Me||Lyrical||Brooke Hyland|
|New Girl In Town||Writing All These Words|
- According to her official site, one of the most important lessons Maddie has learned so far is not to read the internet about herself, because most of the times people will judge without realizing that what they see on TV is not real, and their comments can be really hurtful.
- Reigndanceproductions.com noted at the time of Abbygeddon that "Maddie Ziegler & Chloe Lukasiak were awarded Full Tuition Scholarships to the Joffrey/ Mia Michaels 2 week Intensive in Los Angeles." Melissa also tweeted that Maddie found out the same time as Chloe, again stating that the scholarship was for Joffrey Ballet School West in Los Angeles, administered by Mia Michaels.
- Maddie reportedly performed for the television program Live to Dance in 2010; but the program was canceled before her performance(s) aired. A video showing an excited reaction can be viewed here, with Maddie wearing the same costume she elsewhere used for "Sunshine & Lollipops."
- Her favorite dances to perform are lyrical and tap, but she likes to watch all types of dance.
- Her favorite subject in school is math.
- Her favorite colors are neon blue, pink, and purple.
- Her favorite animal is a dolphin.
- Both Maddie and Mackenzie have stated how close they are to Brooke Hyland. When asked about Maddie's closest friend at Abby Lee Dance Company, Melissa responded that Brooke was. Maddie has stated that Brooke is her inspiration. Mackenzie has said that she and Brooke are really close and Brooke is like an older sister to her.
- There is a room in her house called "The Store" that has all of her and Mackenzie's dance items.
- Outside of dance, she and her sister take voice lessons.
- She and the other girls met Nick Jonas at his Broadway show "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."
- Maddie danced to the song "Cry" by Alexx Calise at a competition in an episode, and later appeared in the official music video for the song. Gianna, a choreographer at Abby's, co-choreographed the dance.
- Maddie and Mackenzie have iPhones, and all the girls received iPads for the second season of Dance Moms.
- Melissa said that she made Maddie and Mackenzie pay for their phones (and screen protectors.)
- Her mother used to work at the front desk at the Abby Lee Dance Company to pay off the cost for dance during season one and the first half of season two.
- Maddie's original name was Taylor, but after two days it was changed to Madison.
- Despite recieving the scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet Summer Camp Intensive, Melissa stated on Twitter that Maddie was not able to participate.
- Her favorite shows are Jessie and Shake It Up.
- According to Mackenzie, Maddie is bossy, but they still have fun together. Mackenzie also says they never get competitive with each other because she wants to be different.
- Maddie dances in her sleep.
- Her star sign is Libra.
- Besides dancing, her other passions are makeup and hair.
- Maddie's favorite singer is Justin Bieber, and she also loves Selena Gomez.
- Her favorite book is Dolphin Tales.
- Her favorite cities are New York and Los Angeles.
- Maddie takes dance, voice, and acting lessons at the Abby Lee Dance Company since she was 2.5 years old.
- If she had to pick between dance, acting, and singing, she'd pick "100% dance".
- She does not read the internet about herself.
- Her favorite solo is "Uphill Battle" because it was challenging to her.
- Maddie's lucky number is 13.
- When asked what she does in her free time, Maddie says that when she's not dancing, she's at home - dancing. Sometimes she will play games with Mackenzie, pretending to be dance teachers.
To view the gallery for Maddie Ziegler, click here.
- Official website (with excellent photo galleries)
- Twitter page
- Instagram account
- Staree page
- YouTube channel
- Google Images for Maddie Ziegler of Dance Moms
- Search YouTube videos for Maddie Ziegler of Dance Moms
- Tumblr microblogs tagged "Maddie Ziegler"
- maddieziegler.com detailed unofficial site
- Maddie Ziegler at the Internet Movie Database
- Lifetime page for Maddie, Mackenzie and Melissa
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jQ4rsnAjLw#t=1m15s
- ↑ http://abbyleedancecompany.com/rdp/ abbyleedancecompany.com/rdp
- ↑ http://dancemoms.wikia.com/wiki/File:Joffrey-announcement-abbyleedancecompany-dot-com.png
- ↑ https://twitter.com/Dancemom1313/statuses/223449228242976769
- ↑ https://twitter.com/dancemom1313/statuses/188392298218921984
- ↑ http://www.joffreyballetschool.com/la-summer-housing.html
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/dance-moms/cast/melissa-maddie-mackenzie
- ↑ 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 http://ziegler-girls.com/maddie.php
- ↑ http://twitter.com/#!/dancemom1313/status/172810668196626432
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAZStJ5xexQ&feature=related
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwRVvMFh0BA (around 1:19 mark)
- ↑ http://dancemoms.wikia.com/wiki/File:HowToSucceed.PNG
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjkG82EBFAE (official music video)
- ↑ Gianna Martello (see last paragraph)
- ↑ Night of the Living Dancers
- ↑ http://maddieziegler.com/dance-moms-facts/
- ↑ http://www.okmagazine.com/news/exclusive-melissa-gisoni-and-maddie-and-mackenzie-ziegler-talk-dance-moms-and-abby-lee-miller
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRnbTkePmto#t=1m50s
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRnbTkePmto#t=0m12s
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