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Maddie 2016 Headshot
Gender: Female
Born: September 30, 2002
Age: 14
Occupation: Student
8th in the 2016/17 school year[1]
Affiliations: Abby Lee Dance Company (former)[2]
Height: 5' 4" (c. July 2016)[3]
Est. Adult Ht: 5' 5"
Friends and Family
Parents: Melissa Gisoni (mother)
Kurt Ziegler (father)
Greg Gisoni (step-dad)
Siblings: Mackenzie (younger sister)
Ryan (half-brother)
Tyler (half-brother)
Mathew (step-brother)
Michele (step-sister)[4]
Friends: Kendall Vertes
Kalani Hilliker
Nia Frazier
Payton Ackerman
Nick Dobbs
Gianna Martello
Nina Linhart
Auriel Welty
Katherine Narasimhan
Jennine Wedge
James Washington
JoJo Siwa
Kamryn Beck
Jade Cloud
Sophia Lucia
Addison Moffett
Brynn Rumfallo
Love Interests: Zac Efron (celebrity crush)
Pets: Molly (dog, deceased)[5]
Maliboo (dog)
Peanut (cat, rehomed)
Nicknames Bubby (by the Ziegler family)
Maddog (by the Ziegler family and friends)
Missie (by her school)
Bro (by Kendall)
Autographs Maddie signature
Episode Run
Debut: The Competition Begins
Last: The Final Curtain
Quick Links
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Madison "Maddie" Nicole Ziegler (born September 30, 2002) is a dancer at the Abby Lee Dance Company. She is the daughter of Kurt and Melissa Ziegler, and the older sister of Mackenzie Ziegler. At competitions, she usually performs lyrical and contemporary pieces.

Maddie filmed her final regular Dance Moms episode in February 2016. She will serve as a judge in the thirteenth season of So You Think You Can Dance,[6] with a desire to focus on acting in the future.[7]

Outside Dance MomsEdit

  • Maddie performed in Alexx Calise's music video for "Cry" (watch video.) Gianna co-choreographed the dance, and took Maddie to the filming during Melissa's absence.[8]
  • Maddie appeared in the role of Young Deb in a fourth-season broadcast of Drop Dead Diva.
  • She was cast in the music video for the song "Chandelier" by the artist Sia. Sia, a fan of reality television, has said her "dream was to hire her."[9][10] Sia also tweeted that she had contacted Maddie and her agent directly via Twitter, saying Maddie stood out for her; and denying claims that Abby had been involved in Maddie's selection for the part.[11] (Twitter message asking Maddie and trying to contact Melissa on 4 Mar 2014.) The music video was filmed in April, 2014, and released May 6th. (Watch Video.) Sia was extremely complimentary towards Maddie ("the most talented and professional individual I've ever worked with!"),[12][13][14] and that "people were crying on set because Maddie is so other-worldly."[15] Sia also indicated that she enjoyed Mackenzie as a pop music artist.[16] In less than 100 days after its release, the YouTube vevo video for "Chandelier" had thus far received 100 million views.[17] Within 335 days after release, the music video had over 645 million views, and was listed as the 20th most viewed YouTube video of all time.[18] The video currently has over a billion views. [19]
    • MTV reviewed the Sia/Maddie music video, saying it was "creepy cool"; that the "tiny dancer... channels some wild lunatic spirit"; and it is "the weirdest/best dance video since Robyn’s [2011] “Call Your Girlfriend.”" Later, the MTV Video Awards nominated the video (along with four others) for 2014 "Video Of The Year."[20]
    • A review by Billboard called it "a dazzling dance performance."[21]
    • Time magazine wrote that it may be the best dance routine of the year, and that it is "the choreography that steals the show."[22]
    • Slate referred to it as "Maybe the best dance video of the Year."[23]
    • VH1 wrote that they had been pushing the song as an early contender for Song of the Summer, and with the release of the full video, "we’re even that much more in love."[24]
    • USA Today called the video "just plain incredible," with Maddie dancing "with amazing grace and abandon for just under 4 minutes. Words won’t do this justice, just watch."[25]
    • The video also exists in an extended edit version.[26]
    • With input from Sia, Ryan Heffington served as choreographer for the video, the video itself winning "Best Choreography" at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.[27]
    • In May 2015, "Chandelier" was ranked the 17th most viewed YouTube video of all time.
  • Following "Chandelier," Maddie made three more music videos for Sia, "Elastic Heart", "Big Girls Cry", and "The Greatest".
  • Due to work with Sia, Maddie performed live on shows such as Ellen, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Dancing with the Stars, Saturday Night Live and the 2015 Grammy Awards.
  • Maddie, along with several other members of the Dance Moms cast, appeared and starred in Todrick Hall's video "Freaks Like Me" as the Red Queen and Cinderella. It was released on July 3rd, 2014. The music video can be seen in full here
  • On October 24 2014, Maddie performed with Sia at the We Can Survive concert at the Hollywood Bowl ("Chandelier", "Big Girls Cry", "Elastic Heart", "Diamonds"). Story with photos.
  • She guest stared on the Austin and Ally episode "Homework & Hidden Talents".
  • She has a role in the movie The Book of Henry, directed by Colin Trevorrow, with Naomi Watts among the starring cast. Production began in October 2015.
  • Maddie is a judge in the 13th season of So You Think You Can Dance. The season is subtitled The Next Generation, and features dancers ages 8 to 13. Debut: May 30th, 2016.[28]
  • There are plans for her to star in the film Sister, with a script written by Sia.

Miscellaneous InformationEdit

  • Maddie's half-brother, Tyler, has a tattoo of her birthday in roman numerals on his chest.[29] He also has a similar tattoo for Mackenzie on his side.[30][31]
  • She has written a memoir, The Maddie Diaries, to be released in March 2017 by Gallery Books. She is also writing three novels to be released by Alladin Books.[32]
  • In the summer of 2014, Maddie told Channel Nine's Today Show that she trains 40 hours per week, frequently until 8:45 to 9:30 at night.
  • Maddie's lucky number is 13.[33] ("M" is the 13th letter in the alphabet, with Mackenzie and Melissa's names also starting with the letter.)
  • Besides dance, she loves to do hair and makeup; and if she didn't dance, she would want to do beauty.[34]
  • Her favorite styles of dance are contemporary and tap, but she likes all types of dance.[35][36]
  • In 2015, she said the favorite solo she had done was "Among All of God's Creatures."[37]
  • Her favorite group dance is "The Waiting Room".[38] (Aug 2015)
  • Maddie says her own favorite dance move is a switch sissone, but it hurts her hips.[39]
  • She used to love math,[40] but disliked it by the time she was taking algebra in sixth grade.[41] In 2015, her favorite school subject was listed as English.[42]
  • In early 2015 while in Pittsburgh, Maddie said she was usually in the studio beginning at 12:30 PM or 1:00 PM for training or filming; ending around 9:30 PM; with an hour long break between; for six days a week. She also took acting on Thursday mornings.[43] A little later in the year, she was attending her school tutor's house Mondays through Wednesdays between 8:30 am and 12:30pm, and on Thursdays took school between acting and ballet classes.[44]
  • By 2015, the Zieglers employed 24-hour security.[45]
  • Melissa says Maddie is a "Type A" personality, and needs to be be prepared by organizing her upcoming wardrobe, and arriving early to events.[46]
  • By 2015, her eventual desire was to leave reality television, and become a "real" actress, and with singing, acquire the skills of a triple threat.[47] She has stated, "I don’t want to just be a reality star. I don’t just want to live my life in a stressful mess."[48]
  • There had been a room in her old house called "The Store" that had all of her and Mackenzie's dance items.[49] In May 2015, the Ziegler-Gisoni family sold their old home in Pittsburgh, moving into a larger custom built house in Pittsburgh,[50][51] although also expecting to live in Los Angeles half the time.[52]
  • Her favorite shows are Pretty Little Liars and Grey's Anatomy.
  • Maddie and her sister share the same social media expert with Abby, who posts information about all of them at the same time on their accounts.[53]
  • Despite receiving the scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet Summer Camp Intensive, Melissa stated on Twitter that Maddie was not able to participate.[citation needed]
  • 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.[54]
  • Maddie dances in her sleep.[55]
  • In 2015, her favorite musical artists included Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Sia, Kendall K[56]. She also listed Swift's song "Shake It Off" as her favorite song at the moment, as it reminded her to shake off the hate she gets on social media.[57][58] In 2013, Maddie's favorite singer was Justin Bieber, and also loved Selena Gomez.[59]
  • Her favorite book was Dolphin Tales (c.2013).[60] In 2015, she gave a newer reading list to Us Weekly.
  • According to Maddie, Melissa first began her dancing at a "random ballet school" when she was two years old.[61]
  • Maddie has taken dance, voice, and acting lessons at the Abby Lee Dance Company since she was 2.5 years old.[59][62]
  • If she had to pick between dance, acting, and singing, she'd pick "100% dance".[59] (c. 2013)
  • She has said that she avoids reading the internet about herself.[59]
  • She had had braces which she had since the fall of 2012. Her braces were off in the Christmas Special because she got them removed sometime before the filming of the special.
  • Through April 6th, 2015, her videos with Sia had over one billion views.[63]
  • When asked what she does in her free time, Maddie says that when she's not dancing, she's at home - dancing.[64] Sometimes she will play games with Mackenzie, pretending to be dance teachers.
  • 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.[65]
  • On her eleventh birthday, Gianna praised her by calling her "the most hard working, talented and loving girl I know!"
  • There had been rumors that Maddie wasn't returning for season 5 as she might be on Broadway. Maddie herself gave her expectations for her future when the show will end someday, in an interview with inTouch, published July 29th, 2014: "I’ll still be at the studio every day and I'll still take dance very seriously. And, the girls there are my best friends. I don't really worry about the show ending, because all that stuff will stay the same!"[66]
  • Following the Hylands departure from the show in season four, Maddie sadly recalled that Paige was her best friend.[67]
  • During an Irish radio broadcast, Abby supposedly stated that Maddie was recording an upcoming single. There has been no confirmation for a release date.
  • Her Zodiac sign is Libra.
  • She is inspired by Zendaya's fashion choices because she can be girly- yet- tomboyish [68]
  • She and the other girls met Nick Jonas at his Broadway show "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."[69]
  • She shares the same talent agency (William Morris Endeavor)[70][71] with Pretty Little Liars executive producer Oliver Goldstick. WME asked Goldstick if he could find a spot for her on the show, telling him that Maddie was a big fan of their program. Goldstick eventually co-wrote the episode where Maddie appeared.[72][73]
  • Maddie's net worth was estimated to be $2 million in 2015.[74]


To see tables for Maddie Ziegler's dances and results, visit the Maddie Ziegler/Dances subpage.

Filmography, discography and major awardsEdit

As herselfEdit

Year Series Notes
2010Live to DanceEpisode did not air (Search YouTube)
2011–2016Dance MomsLead
2011Good Day L.A.Performed in group dance "This Is My Beauty"
The Today ShowGuest, with Abby, Chloe, Mackenzie, Nia, and girls' moms (Search YouTube)
2012NightlineGuest (Video)
The ViewPerformed in group dance "Born to Dance"
Anderson LivePerformed in group dance "Private Eyes"
2013The ViewPerformed in group dance "The Last Text"
Abby's Ultimate Dance CompetitionPerformer, 2 episodes. Challenge, "Survivor" solo
2014Abby's Studio RescuePerformer and guest, "Delusions of Dance Grandeur" (with Kendall, Mackenzie, Nia) (Search YouTube)
The Ellen DeGeneres ShowPerformer, "Chandelier" with Sia, Episode 11–160 (Watch on YouTube)
Jimmy Kimmel Live!Performer, Episode 12–95 (Comedy sketch on YouTube) - (Performing "Chandelier" on YouTube) - (Search YouTube)
Dancing with the StarsPerformer, "Chandelier" with Allison Holker as sung by Sia, Episode 19–4 (Watch on YouTube)
Today (Australia)Guest, at least 2 episodes. (Search YouTube)
Good Morning AmericaGuest, 1 episode Article and video.[75] (Search YouTube)
2015Good Day L.A.Guest (Search YouTube)
Today (Australia)Guest, at least 1 episode. (Search YouTube)
Saturday Night LivePerformer, "Elastic Heart" with Kristen Wiig as sung by Sia, Episode 40–11 (Watch on YouTube)
The Ellen DeGeneres ShowPerformer, "Elastic Heart" with Sia, Episode 12–93 (Watch on YouTube)
57th Annual Grammy AwardsPerformer, "Elastic Heart" with Kristen Wiig as sung by Sia (Watch on YouTube)
Dancing with the StarsPerformer, Episode 20–9. Trio with Brynn Rumfallo and Jaycee Wilkins with song performance by Josh Groban. (Watch on YouTube) Short 20-second solo (Search YouTube)
TRTÉ (Swipe TV)[76]Performer, guest (with Mackenzie, Kendall). (Interview). (Duet with Kendall).
The View Performed in group dance "Together We Stand"
The Ellen DeGeneres ShowPerformer, "Alive" with Sia, (Watch on YouTube)
2016The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60February 21st. Performer with Kelsea Ballerini. Choreography by Travis Wall.
So You Think You Can Dance: The Next GenerationMentor.[77] 13th season of series; debut on May 30th, 2016.
The Voice (U.S.)Performer, "Cheap Thrills" with Sia, Episode 10–28 (Watch on YouTube)
2016 Teen Choice AwardsPresenter alongside Cat Deeley

Acting creditsEdit

Year Production Role Notes
2012Drop Dead DivaYoung DebGuest, Episode "Lady Parts"
2014HitStreakMaddie (self)Guest, made-for-mobile sitcom short-episodes series[78][79][80] (Watch on YouTube)
2015Austin & AllyShelbyGuest, Episode "Homework and Hidden Talents"   (Search YouTube)
Pretty Little LiarsCreepy Dancer Episode aired June 30th, 2015.[81] Choreographed by Travis Wall.[82] Filmed in May 2015.[83][84]  (Search YouTube)
2016Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and DawnEiffelGuest, Episode "Ballet and the Beasts". Video
2017The Book of HenryChristina SicklemanExpected. Production began in October 2015. Scheduled release June 16, 2017.
BallerinaTBDVoice, animated feature. Expected release in early 2017.[85][86]
TBDSisterUnknownExpected. A script written by Sia


Year Work Lead Artist Type Notes
2014"Freaks Like Me"Todrick HallSingleAdditional vocals
2016"Ease on Down the Boulevard"Todrick Hall Co-lead with Todrick, Kendall, Nia, Mackenzie, JoJo, Kalani and Brynn. Produced for ALDC LA commercial

Music videosEdit

Year Song Song Artist Notes
2011"It's Like Summer"LUXSupporting
2012"Cry"Alexx CaliseVideo co-lead, with Alexx Calise
"Summer Love Song"Brooke HylandSupporting
2014"It's a Girl Party"Mack ZSupporting
"Freaks Like Me"Todrick HallVideo co-lead, with Todrick, Kendall, Mackenzie, Nia and Payton
"Chandelier"SiaVideo lead. Video nominated at 2014 MTV Video Music Awards for "Video of the Year" and "Best Choreography" (Won "Best Choreography"). Nominated for Best Music Video, 2014 Grammy Awards. Won Best Video, ARIA Music Awards of 2014.[87] In December 2015, was ranked 13th most-viewed YouTube video of all time.
"Shine"Mack ZSupporting
2015"Elastic Heart"SiaVideo lead, alongside Shia LaBeouf. (Watch on YouTube).
"Big Girls Cry"SiaVideo lead. (Watch on YouTube).
2016"Cheap Thrills"SiaOfficial video.[88] (Watch on YouTube).
"Taylor In Wonderland"Todrick HallVideo lead. Features a mashup of various Taylor Swift songs, with the music video being inspired by Alice in Wonderland. (Watch on YouTube).
"The Greatest"SiaVideo lead. Released September 6, 2016 (Watch on Youtube)

Major awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Result
2013 Industry Dance Awards Favorite Dancer Nominated[89]
2014 Industry Dance Awards Favorite Dancer 17 & Under Won[90]
2015 The Dance Awards Junior Female Best Dancer 3rd runner up[91]
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice Dancer Nominated
Industry Dance Awards Favorite Dancer 17 & Under Nominated[92]
2016 42nd People's Choice Seriously Popular Award Won[93]
Shorty Awards Best in Dance Nominated
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice Dancer Won[94]
Industry Dance Awards Breakthrough Performer Won[95]
Favorite Dancer 17 & Under Nominated[96]


To view the gallery for Maddie Ziegler, click here.

External LinksEdit


  1. In 4th grade early half of 2013
    Maddie Ziegler interview: the tiny dancer with 1bn YouTube views
    "Ziegler has two half brothers and a stepbrother and stepsister." Names not given
  9. “My dream was to hire her, because she’s such an exceptionally gifted dancer and actor, and then create a kind of world that she wouldn’t normally be a part of,” Sia told VH1.
  10. "I'm addicted to reality television and it finally paid off because I had been watching Maddie for years and I'd always been drawn to her – she has something very magical and otherworldly. She's like a regular 11-year-old kid and then when she starts dancing it becomes a whole other beast. I'd been waiting for an opportunity to work with her and then I saw (choreographer) Ryan Heffington's show, KTCHN, and it was so mind-blowing."
    "Daniel's the technical genius behind things for me. I have a vision and then he helps me with all of the camera lenses and that sort of stuff. I'd said to him that I wanted to get Maddie and that I wanted to get Ryan to choreograph it"
  11. "Reckless ♥
    ‏@annaguerraxx Aug 5 @Sia @Dancemomchristi said you called @Abby_Lee_Miller and asked for one of her students and she told you to pick Maddie. Is this true??"

    Verified account ‏@Sia
    @annaguerraxx @Dancemomchristi @Abby_Lee_Miller nope I contacted Maddie's agent and Maddie via twitter directly! She stood out for me." 10:18 PM - 5 Aug 2014
  12. "Also, can you believe @maddieziegler is 11? WE COULDN'T!!!! she's the most talented and professional individual I've ever worked with!"
  15. “People were crying on set because Maddie is so other-worldly. She’s this sweet little 11-year-old, she’s so professional — probably the most professional person I’ve worked with — and then literally turn the music on, and something else takes over. She’s like a channel. It’s so interesting to watch.”
  17. "WOAH. the video for "Chandelier" is @vevo certified for 100,000,000 views! thank you! …" 10:17 AM - 8 Aug 2014
  29. The tattoo reads "IX.XXX.MMII" which translates to "9.30.2002"
  35. London Q&A, September, 2014
  37. TRTE / Swipe TV 2015
  39. TRTE / Swipe TV 2015
  44. "Sia's 12-Year-Old Protégé Maddie Ziegler: "Celebrities know me now, and it’s funny.”"
  46. 2015
  49. (around 1:19 mark), Season 2 bonus
  50. The Ziegler's 4-bedroom, 2500 sq. ft. suburban Pittsburgh pad... sold in just 6 hours, at the full $279,000 asking price... the new 7,000 sq. ft. pad is quite the step-ball-change up. Amenities include a dance studio in the basement...
  52. Mingle Media TV Network interview by JJ Snyder, May 2015
  58. "Sia's 12-Year-Old Protégé Maddie Ziegler: "Celebrities know me now, and it’s funny.”"
  59. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ziegler-girls-com-maddie
  61. Target, video interview
  65. Night of the Living Dancers
  75. Alternate text article, "Meet the New 'It' Girl Maddie Ziegler"
  82. Search YouTube for video.

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