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Melissa Gisoni - MvK 04
Gender: Female
Born: June 13 [1][2]
Height: 5'2 1/2" (estimated)
Friends and Family
Spouse: Greg Gisoni (husband)
Kurt Ziegler (ex-husband)
Children: Maddie Ziegler (daughter)
Mackenzie Ziegler (daughter)
Mathew Gisoni (step-son)
Michele Gisoni (step-daughter)
Friends: Jill Vertes
Holly Frazier
Gianna Martello
Leslie Ackerman
Kira Girard
Jessalynn Siwa
Feuds: Christi Lukasiak
Ashlee Allen
Pets: Molly (dog, deceased)[3]
Maliboo (dog)
Peanut (cat, rehomed)
Episode Run
Debut: The Competition Begins
Last: Hello and Goodbye

Melissa Ziegler-Gisoni is the mother of Maddie Ziegler and Mackenzie Ziegler. She is married to Greg Gisoni.

Other InformationEdit

  • She has often been called a "second mom" by people from Abby's studio.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
  • Shopping and chocolate are guilty pleasures of hers.[11]
  • Her daughters' solo music and Disney songs are on her iPod.[11]
  • Her most memorable Valentine's Day was when she got cards from her girls.[12]
  • Her biggest regret is not going to college.[12]
  • She wants her daughters to go on Broadway and go to college.[12]
  • Her husband Greg has been serving as a Vice President for Westinghouse Electric Company, which has its world headquarters in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.[13][14]
  • Out of all the moms, she is the closest with Jill Vertes and Holly Frazier.[15]
  • Melissa, along with several other members of the Dance Moms cast, appeared in Todrick Hall's video "Freaks Like Me." It was released on July 3rd, 2014. The music video can be seen in full here.
  • In May 2015, the Ziegler-Gisoni family sold their old home in Pittsburgh, moving into a larger custom built house in Pittsburgh,[16][17] although also expecting to live in Los Angeles half the time.[18]
  • During a Season 2 extra, Melissa said they didn't often use their kitchen, adding that their schedule has them dancing six nights a week.[19]
  • In May 2009, Melissa and her then husband Kurt, filed for chapter seven bankruptcy- owing $1,214,284.15 to creditors. The case was later discharged in July of 2010.[20]

Filmography and discographyEdit

As herselfEdit

Year Series Notes
2011-2016Dance MomsLead. Seasons 1-6

Music videosEdit

Year Song Song Artist Notes
2014"Freaks Like Me"Todrick HallCameo
2016"Ease on Down the Boulevard"Todrick HallMinor role. Produced as a commercial for ALDC LA (Video)


To view the gallery for Melissa Ziegler, click here.

External LinksEdit


  1. Melissa Gisoni, confirmed account, 5:45 PM - 13 Jun 2012: "Thank you to all my amazing friends for all the birthday wishes!!! #dancemoms"
  2. Sample of birthday wishes about Melissa on 13 June 2014: - from @aldcprobz "Happy Birthday to the studios Second Mom @dancemom1313 have a lovely day we love you ❤️❤️ #flashbackfriday " - from @itsKAMRYNBECK, "miss you also a very happy birthday to @dancemom1313 🎂💕 " - from @jennine_wedge, "Happy Birthday @dancemom1313 - I hope it's perfect! Thank you for all you do! Love you to the moon and back!"
    " @rach_thomaD: "Happy Birthday to one of the sweetest and generous ladies ever, @dancemom1313! Love you!!" @hi_itsRyRy: "@dancemom1313 happy birthday to my second mother, thank you for everything you do for me. Have the best day❤️" @ninalinhart: "Happy birthday to my second mom!! Thank you so much for all you do ❤️ @dancemom1313" @dancemom1313: "Thanks for all the birthday wishes! You guys are amazing and so full of love! I am elated that you are so sweet" @23kalani: "Happy birthday @dancemom1313 thx for being my Pittsburgh mom love you to pieces miss you xoxo"

    N.B.: the above tweets come from searching Twitter for "dancemom1313 birthday", and looking at "Top" results only, posted on June 13th, 2014. There is only one account wishing Melissa a happy birthday on June 30th, 2014, and it is from "Famous Birthdays ‏@FamousBirthdays". In addition, the same account (@FamousBirthdays) is alone again in wishing Melissa a happy birthday on October 22nd.
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  14. Greg Gisoni representing Westinghouse at a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) meeting.
  16. 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...
  18. Mingle Media TV Network interview by JJ Snyder, May 2015
  19. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named housetour
  20. "Maddie Ziegler‘s parents filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy in May of 2009. Kurt and Melissa Ziegler, who were married at the time of the joint filing, owed $1,214,284.15 to creditors."
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