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Gender: Female
Born: June 20, 2001
Age: 14
Occupation: Dancer
9th in 2015/16 schoolyear
Height: 5' 4" (est. Nov 2014)[1]
Est. Adult Ht: 5' 6"
Friends and Family
Parents: Holly Frazier (mother)
Evan Frazier, Sr. (father)
Siblings: Evan (brother)
William (brother)
Grandparents: Andrew Frazier, Sr. (deceased)[2]
Friends: Maddie Ziegler
Mackenzie Ziegler
Kendall Vertes
JoJo Siwa
Kalani Hilliker
Chloe Lukasiak
Paige Hyland
Brooke Hyland
Payton Ackerman
Nick Dobbs
Gianna Martello
James Washington
Haley Huelsman
Chloe Smith
Brandon Pent
Asia Monet Ray
Pets: Henry Rhinestone (Yorkie)
Olive (French Bulldog)[3]
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  I've worked so hard, and it's great that Abby finally sees that.  

Nia Sioux Frazier is a dancer, training at the Abby Lee Dance Company since the age of three.[4] She is the daughter of Evan and Holly Frazier, and the sister of Evan and William Frazier.

Abby has had Nia portray many different ethnicities, such as Indian, but Holly doesn't like it. Although Abby doesn't give her the most attention, Nia is considered very hard-working. Her favorite styles of dance are contemporary and musical theatre.[5]

Miscellaneous information

  • Nia is born and raised in Pittsburgh.[6]
  • She began dancing at Abby's studio when she was three and joined the Abby Lee Dance Company when she was five.[7]
  • In 2015, Nia's favorite styles were contemporary and musical theatre,[8][9] Around 2011, her favorite styles were acro to perform, and jazz to watch.[10]
  • Nia has her own app available on iTunes. (Hyperink)[11]
  • In 2015, she thought she would love to go to NYU or Columbia and study physical therapy, voice, theater, or medicine.[12] Some other things she'd like to do: Broadway, movies, and Nick or Disney on television.[13]
  • Into 2015, Nia had trained at piano (for 5 years) and drums (for 2 years). Dance became a priority for awhile, but has since rediscovered her love for the piano. Besides singing, Nia also writes music herself.[14]
  • During Holly's Season 2 house tour extra, her mother says that Nia is on the chess team and a certificate is shown. Holly also says "Nia" means "purpose" in Swahili, and "champion" in Welsh.
  • Along with dance, music, and chess, Nia also has taken swimming, and had earned a purple belt in karate before giving up the sport, to focus on dance.[15][15] (c. 2011/2012) She also enjoys sculpting in glass, cooking, photography, collecting American dolls, and playing cards and Monopoly with her brother.[16][17] (2015)
  • In 2012, she was dancing four to five days for three to four hours.[7]
  • Nia is usually the one who keeps an eye out for Mackenizie, so the group doesn't accidentally lose track of her when moving around.[18] (2014)
  • In 2015, Holly explained her decision to return to the ALDC by saying that Abby does care about Nia, although maybe not so much for Holly herself.[19] According to Melissa, the show does not reveal how much Abby adores Nia.
  • She loves it when fans are excited to take pictures with her.[20]
  • In May 2015, her favorite song was Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood." [21]
  • Nia loves One Direction[22]
  • She also loves Fifth Harmony, and has often run into them in various places.[23]
  • Her favorite movie is The Wiz.[24] (2015)
  • Her favorite place to visit is the beach.[25]
  • Her favorite celebrities to follow on social media are Beyonce[26] and Zendaya.[27] (2015)
  • Due to RND, Nia was an inpatient at Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh in 2009. In 2014 she returned to perform for other patients, along with Kendall, Mackenzie and Maddie. Holly is a board member with the Institute.
  • She's had braces twice, with a removal in mid-May 2014.[28]
  • After working with her for the "Freaks Like Me" music video, Todrick Hall complimented her for having an amazing singing voice.
  • Her favorite dance move is the Death Drop. [29] (2012)
  • Her favorite thing about dance is that it is great exercise, energetic, and you can't stop doing it.[30] (c. 2011)
  • Her favorite subject is spelling.[30] (c. 2011)
  • Abby tries to find Nia's thing in dance when it's acro, jazz, or lyrical.
  • Nia, along with several other members of the Dance Moms cast, appeared and starred in Todrick Hall's video "Freaks Like Me" as the Ursula and Princess Tiana. It was released on July 3rd, 2014. The music video can be seen in full here
  • Nia won Miss Sheer Talent at Nationals in Vegas. It is also her very first crown.
  • From the end of season 4.5, Nia would have done approximately 20 solos.
  • Her favorite color is any shade of pink.[31][30] (2015)
  • Her Zodiac sign is Gemini.
  • In the fifth season, many fans have been concluding that Nia has left the ALDC, since she hasn't been with the girls at events recently, and took an Instagram pic with Chloe and Paige. However, Nia participated with the ALDC at a Jump competition unfilmed for the show (Feb 13th) after these rumors became prevalent; and Nia is listed specifically by name at as receiving a scholarship for an unfilmed Sheer Talent competition (Mar 7-9), two weeks after posting the photo with Chloe and Paige (Feb 24).[32]
    • With further rumors that Nia is attending Debbie Allen's Dance Academy, it may be worth noting that an Examiner report in 2012 had Nia taking a class there at that time.[33] In late 2014, Abby had been photographed warmly posing with Debbie, as well as visiting her Dance Academy.[34][35]
    • In May 2015, Nia told a reporter at the Reality TV Awards that she was definitely returning to the ALDC for the next season. Nia again responded to "rumor spreaders" later that month, stating that she and Holly were not leaving Dance Moms.[36] Nia partly explained by saying she had been with the studio since she was three, with Holly adding that Abby might not care about her so much, but did care about Nia.[37]
  • Nia got to perform her first song "Star in Your Own Life" alongside teammate JoJo Siwa in Melbourne, Australia at the Federation Square on March 2015.[38]
  • Her favorite dance costume is the one of "Wonder Woman."[39] (2015)
  • Around 2011, she wanted to be a Rockette when she grows up, but if she doesn't dance, she would be an artist.[4][30]

Filmography and discography

As herself

Year Series Notes
2011–presentDance MomsLead
2011Good Day L.A.Performed in group dance "This Is My Beauty"
2011The Today ShowGuest, with Abby, Chloe, Mackenzie, Maddie, and girls' moms (Search YouTube)
2012NightlineGuest (Video)
2012The ViewPerformed in group dance "Born to Dance"
2012Anderson LivePerformed in group dance "Private Eyes"
2012KatieGuest, with Abby, Holly, Christi, Chloe (Photo), Extra video)
2013The ViewPerformed in group dance "The Last Text"
2014Abby's Studio RescuePerformer and guest, "Delusions of Dance Grandeur" (with Kendall, Mackenzie, Maddie) (Search YouTube)
2015Awesomeness TVFeatured Guest (Link)

Music videos

Year Song Artist Notes
2011"It's Like Summer"LUXSupporting
2012"Summer Love Song"Brooke HylandSupporting
2014"It's a Girl Party"Mack ZSupporting
2014"Freaks Like Me"Todrick Hall (WP)Co-lead, with Todrick, Kendall, Mackenzie, Maddie and Payton
2015"Turn Up The Track"MattyBSupporting
2015"Star in Your Own Life"Nia Sioux (self)Lead


Year Work Lead Artist Type Notes
2014"Freaks Like Me"Todrick Hall (WP)SingleAdditional vocals
2015"Star in Your Own Life"Nia Sioux (self)SingleMusic video released.
2015"Slay"Nia Sioux (self)
Coco Jones
SingleUnofficial low-fi version in circulation, official release pending

In Dance Moms

During the first season-and-a-half, Nia was usually at the bottom of the pyramid, though sometimes in the middle and once at the top in The Runaway Mom for her positive attitude.

During the second half of season two, Nia was placed at the top twice and won an ALDC scholarship for 2012 most improved dance student in The Recital to End All Recitals.

Season 1

  • In The Competition Begins, she talks about a crown she bought because she had to have one and that she hasn't won one yet, but Holly says the time was coming when she would win one. At the competition, she along with the other girls try to cheer up Paige after Paige is accidentally burned by Kelly's curling iron. During the group performance, Abby remarks that Nia is late.
  • In Wildly Inappropriate, Abby asks Nia how she thought she did at West Coast and Nia says she could have improved, and that she needed to work on pointing her feet, with Abby agreeing. After the "Electricity" group dance and awards, Nia says one of the reasons they may not have won was because the dance was a little inappropriate, with Holly and Christi agreeing.
  • In Stealing the Show, Abby informs the girls that the bottom, including Nia, that they need to step it up. She then gives everyone a solo. Her solo is another ethnic piece entitled "You Do." Later she performs it and she says that she forgot the last part of her dance and made that part up. During awards, Nia does not place.
  • In When Stars Collide, Nia is placed on the middle of the pyramid. Abby informs the girls that it is the ALDC 2011 Recital. A Broadway casting agent comes to the Abby Lee Dance Company in search of a new dancer. Nia is sent in second after Chloe. She starts to sing, but then stops because she was nervous. After the recital, the Broadway talent agent selects Maddie as the "star."
  • In Dying to Dance, Abby informs the girls that this group dance is very controversial. It is about children going missing. Holly does not think this dance is appropriate and is very disturbing and creepy. She also does not like the fact that Nia chokes herself during the dance. After "Where Have All The Children Gone" performs, Holly takes back her words and thought the group was great and artistic and was proud for Nia to be in that group dance. During awards, the group places 1st overall.
  • In She's a Fighter, Nia is placed higher and on the middle of the pyramid. This week, she has a solo entitled "They Call Me Laquifa" which is a 70's funk number. When Abby brings out the costumes, Nia gets a leopard print costume. Nia loves her costume and tries it on. When they have their costumes on, Holly sees Nia in her costume and she is livid that she's the only girl dressed in animal print. She thinks that Abby is being stereotypical. Abby then tells Holly she wants Nia in an afro. Holly is in disbelief that Abby is being so stereotypical and is typecasting Nia to the extreme. At the competition, Nia performs "They Call Me Laquifa" and Holly says it was entertaining, but it wasn't dancing. Awards are given out and Nia does not place. Holly is not upset about this because it wasn't a number she thought would impress the judges.
  • In Love on the Dance Floor, Nia is again on the bottom of the pyramid. Holly is not surprised by this because she feels that Laquifa number should not have placed. Surprisingly Nia gets another solo. It is another ethnic piece entitled "Bollywood." Abby wants Holly to come witness the private lesson because she thinks Holly is not witnessing Nia not applying the corrections. Abby informs the girls that they will be entering a competition pageant. At the competition Abby gives another run through a dance and starts yelling. Holly is upset because she thinks that Abby doesn't do this to Maddie. Holly then has a breakdown, but Nia comforts her. She then performs "Bollywood." Nia is awarded 1st place and Abby and Holly are so proud of her. Nia does not qualify for the pageant. The group "Snapshot" does not place. Abby informs the girls and the moms that they are going on a road trip.
  • In From Ballerinas to Showgirls, Nia finally moves to the middle row of the pyramid because she won her category at the last competition. The group dance is entitled "Sinful," because she didn't have enough girls to do the seven deadly sins. Abby gives Nia the sin of greed. Holly is unhappy because she says that there is not a greedy bone in Nia's body. At the competition, the group places 7th overall and the moms think they should've placed higher.
  • In Cathy Brings It On, Nia is again placed on the middle of the pyramid for the second time in a row. Abby gives Nia and Mackenzie a duet called "The Snake Charmer" and is acrobatic. Abby then brings in Shangela Laquifa, and Nia is beyond happy. Shangela then teaches Nia the Death Drop and will be performed in "My Pumps". Holly is nervous Nia can't pull it off. At the competition, Cathy shows up with her dancers from Candy Apple Dance Center. She has a duet including Justice and Vivi-Anne. At the competition, Mackenzie and Nia's duet place first, defeating Justice's and Vivi's duet which did not place. The group "My Pumps" competes and Nia does her death drop successfully. The group finishes 3rd place.
  • In It All Ends Here, it's nationals. Abby Lee Dance Company has been on a loosing streak. Nia is again on the bottom of the pyramid. Nia is in the group dance "This Is My Beauty," a lyrical routine. Abby calls the mothers to sit in an organized circle while she tells them what their children to work on. Abby says that Nia has to work on the feet and applying the corrections. Abby takes all of the girls to see the nature of Lake Tahoe and to do stretching in the back and lower leg. At the competition, "This Is My Beauty" finishes 1st and wins the whole competition.

Season 2

  • In The Runaway Mom, Nia is placed at the top of the pyramid, and given a solo with her father in attendance. When they arrive at the competition, it turns out that Kendall will be her competition, having recently left the ALDC for Candy Apple's. When Kendall wins, Nia cries to her dad in the dressing room. Holly confronts Abby about the mind games that have been played on her daughter on the episode with Abby remaining quiet and humbled.
  • In Miami Heat Wave, Nia is given a solo, but when she performs it for the first time, she forgets the moves and runs off the floor. Holly talks to the manager about letting Nia perform again, and she is granted the opportunity. On her second try, Nia finishes the dance and comes in third in her age category to Maddie and Chloe, who won first and second, respectively.
  • In Guess Who's Back?, she is given another solo to a Laquifa song, "Werqin' Girl."
  • In The Recital to End All Recitals, Abby presents Nia with a cash scholarship, with the entire faculty deciding that she was the most improved student at the ALDC in the 2012 season (mentioned above.)

Season 3

  • In Rotten to the Core, she is given a duet with Paige, assigned by perceived personality types. Nia is the "Wallflower," while Paige is the "Wild Child." In this episode, we learn that Nia suffers from a painful medical condition, RND. Pictures are shown of Nia in the past confined to a wheelchair. With Holly, Nia worries that her best in dancing will never be good enough. When Holly and Abby discuss what to do about Nia and her ailing foot, Holly calls Abby a "monstrosity of evil" and the duet with Paige is canceled.
  • In You've Been Unfriended, Nia decides to ask Abby to reschedule the duet with Paige; and Paige is worried how Abby will treat Nia in the request. Abby decides to grant Nia's request, and later hugs her when talking about the decision to cancel. When Holly interprets this as an apology, Abby emphatically denies it is anything of the kind.
  • In All's Fair in Love and War, Nia is given a duet with Kendall. Nia becomes sick, and suggestions are made to give Nia's part to Maddie, or turn it into a solo. Nia asks to remain in the duet, which is performed.
  • Nia is placed at the top of the pyramid in The Apple of Her Eye. She is given the lead role in the group dance "Rosa Parks," although Abby does not let her take the lead role for granted. On the bus trip, Nia gives a presentation about the historical Rosa Parks. After the dance is performed with Nia in the lead role, the group takes first place.
  • In Tell All, Part 1, Holly answers a question about Nia's feet and RND. Holly says that it is true that stress plays a role in the disorder, but says that she will have to learn to deal with stress in life. Earlier[with certainty on the show?], it was noted that physical exercise is beneficial to the condition.[citation needed] In the following episode, Holly says Nia remains because she continues to improve and loves her team.
  • In auditions for the magazine interview in Recital Rebellion, Nia was given the role of Jock.
  • In The Dancing Dead, Nia is placed at the top of the pyramid, for taking the initiative in asking how she can improve. She is given a solo that is a tribute to Broadway Baby.
  • In The Big, Not So, Easy, Nia has to compete with Paige and Maddie for who will get a solo at nationals. Predictably, Maddie gets the dance.
  • In 'Twas the Fight Before Christmas, her dad makes an appearance. Evan, Sr., says that the show has been an amazing experience for Nia; and even if the show sometimes makes him want to reach through the television and grab Abby, the good outweighs the bad with the show. As a gift, Abby presents Nia with baking equipment.

Season 4

  • In Guess Who's Coming to the Dance?, we learn that Cathy tried to give Abby a dog as a replacement for Baby, but Abby did not want it; and this is how Nia received her dog Olive.[verify] We are also told how Abby had Nia get an unnecessary wheelchair, just so she could get their airplane tickets upgraded to first class. Abby explains that Nia rarely receives solos because Abby is intent on winning, and doesn't think Nia is at that level, and partly due to previous health issues; but believes that Nia could eventually make it as a professional dancer.
  • In Welcome Back... Now Don't Get Too Comfy, Abby switches her to a higher place on the pyramid in place of Kendall, because Nia has been working over the break, but Kendall missed booty camp.
  • In No One is Safe, Nia is given the lead role in the group dance "Free At Last." When it wins, Abby hugs her, and she is put on top of the pyramid in the following episode.
  • In Wingman Down, Abby becomes frustrated going over Nia's solo in rehearsals. At the competition, Christi tries to fix Nia's headpiece before performing. The headpiece falls off at the end of the dance, and Nia gets upset with her mom; while Abby blames Christi.


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Dance Moms Dances

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

Pre-Dance Moms Dances



  • My Boyfriend's Back (with Kennedy Trent and Kylie Edwards) (Pictures)

Group Dances

Pre-Dance Moms Awards


  • Satan's Little Lamb: 4th Overall at Dance Educators of America (2010, NYC)[40]
  • Satan's Little Lamb: 5th Overall at Dance Educators of America (Pittsburgh)
  • Waka Waka: 1st Overall at Dance Educators of America
  • Waka Waka: 3rd Overall at Dance Educators of America (Las Vegas)


  • My Boyfriend's Back: 1st Overall at Dance Educators of America

Group Dances

  • All that Jazz: 5th Overall at Dance Educators of America (NYC)
  • The Chicks: 1st Overall at Dance Educators of America
  • Kissed a Boy: 2nd Overall at Dance Educators of America
  • 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

External links


  2. Bye Bye Pittsburgh
  4. 4.0 4.1
  5. Afterbuzz, April 2015
  7. 7.0 7.1
  8. Afterbuzz, April 2015
  9. Google Hangout, May 26, 2015
    Lifetime information in 2015 for Holly and Nia has not been updated since 2011
  15. 15.0 15.1 (around 1:30 mark)
  16. Google Hangout, Birthday #2, 2015
    Nia: I definitely will be dancing with the ALDC next season.
    Christy Olson: Is that a "I already signed the contract"?
    Holly: No, it's not so much that we signed a contract...
    Nia: I danced there since I was three.
    Holly: Right. We've been here a long time... I really do think she likes Nia quite a bit. I don't know if she cares for me so much, but she does care for Nia. So.
  20. Arambulo Live 2015
  21. Arambulo Live 2015
  25. Arambulo Live 2015
  26. Arambulo Live 2015
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3
  31. Birthday Google hangout #2, 2015
  34. photo posing together at an evening event, the night before Abby appeared to be on "medication" at a competition with Murrieta Dance Project in Hello Hollywood, Goodbye Abby. Photo of Abby posing with Kaeli exists at same evening event.
  35. Abby visiting DADA 27 Sep 2014, photo including Kaeli
  36. "For the rumor spreaders.... @dancemomholly and I are not leaving #DanceMoms ❤️ have a nice day
    Nia: I definitely will be dancing with the ALDC next season.
    Christy Olson: Is that a "I already signed the contract"?
    Holly: No, it's not so much that we signed a contract...
    Nia: I danced there since I was three.
    Holly: Right. We've been here a long time... I really do think she likes Nia quite a bit. I don't know if she cares for me so much, but she does care for Nia. So.

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