Maddie Ziegler

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Madison Ziegler
Born Madison Nicole Ziegler
(2002-09-30) September 30, 2002 (age 12)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S
Years active 2011–present
Official website

Madison Nicole "Maddie" Ziegler (born September 30, 2002)[1] is an American child dancer, actress, and model. She is best known for appearing on Lifetime's reality series Dance Moms, and for her appearances in numerous music videos, including the video for Sia's "Chandelier".

Early life[edit]

Maddie Ziegler is of Polish, German, and Italian descent.[2] She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Melissa Ziegler-Gisoni (née Sulo) and Kurt Ziegler.[3] Ziegler's parents divorced in 2011, citing that dance took both a financial and emotional toll on the family; Ziegler's mother later remarried. Maddie Ziegler has a younger sister, Mackenzie,[4] two elder half brothers from her father's previous marriage, and two older step-siblings.[2] Until 2013, Ziegler attended Sloan Elementary School, before leaving to be homeschooled.[5] Ziegler and her family currently live in Murrysville, Pennsylvania.[6]


Ziegler began dancing at the age of 2 and currently attends the Abby Lee Dance Company.[2] In 2011, Ziegler was a contestant on the CBS dance competition show Live to Dance, but the show was cancelled before her episode aired.[7] Later that year, Ziegler's mother earned a role on Lifetime's Dance Moms, a program that documents the day-to-day lives of the young dancers on the Abby Lee Dance Company Elite Competition Team. In the program, Ziegler appears alongside her mother and younger sister, Mackenzie, who also dances. Maddie is the best dancer on the team. [8] In 2013, Ziegler made an appearance on the sister program, Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition.[9]

In 2012, Ziegler landed her first professional acting job, portraying the character of Young Deb on the Lifetime series Drop Dead Diva.[10] In 2014, it was confirmed that Ziegler will guest star in an upcoming episode of the Disney Channel show Austin & Ally.[11]

Ziegler has appeared in numerous music videos for artists including Alexx Calise,[12] Sia, and Todrick Hall.[13] Sia's "Chandelier", which Ziegler stars in, received nominations at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards for Video of the Year and Best Choreography, winning the latter.

Ziegler has modeled for various fashion lines including Glitzy Girl, Sally Miller,[14] and Purple Pixies.[15] She was the "cover star" of the summer 2014 issue of Kode magazine.[16] In October 2014, Ziegler and her sister released a fashion line, The Maddie & Mackenzie Collection, through Mod Angel. In November, they released their winter clothing line.[17][18]

In 2014, singer-songwriter Rachael Sage dedicated her song "Happiness" to Ziegler.[19]


Ziegler, along with her mother and sister, are partnered with Starlight Children's Foundation.[20]


Year Series Role Notes
2011 Live to Dance Herself Episode did not air
2011–present Dance Moms Herself Lead
2012 Drop Dead Diva Young Deb Guest, Episode 'Lady Parts'
2013 Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition Herself Performer, 2 episodes
2014 The Ellen DeGeneres Show Herself Guest, Episode 11-160
2014 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Herself Guest, Episode 12-95
2014 Late Night with Seth Meyers Herself Guest, Episode 1-57
2014 Dancing with the Stars Herself Performer
2014 Good Morning America Herself Guest
2015 Austin & Ally Shelby Guest

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Artist Notes
2011 "It's Like Summer" LUX Supporting
2012 "Cry" Alexx Calise Lead
2012 "Summer Love Song" Brooke Hyland Supporting
2014 "Girl Party" Mack Z Supporting
2014 "Freaks Like Me" Todrick Hall Supporting, vocals
2014 "Chandelier" Sia Lead, Video nominated at 2014 MTV Video Music Awards for 'Video of the Year' and 'Best Choreography' (Won 'Best Choreography'), also nominated for Grammy Award for Best Music Video.
2014 "Shine" Mack Z Supporting


  1. ^ "Ziegler Girls | Maddie Bio". Ziegler Girls Official Website. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Dance Moms Dancer Maddie ziegler". Maddie Ziegler. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Famous Abby Lee Miller Dancers". Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Ziegler Girls | sheila". Ziegler Girls Official Website. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ "'Dance Moms': Is Someone Getting Kicked Out In Season 4? -". Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  6. ^ Cristina Rouvalis (November 2013). "Inside the ‘Dance Moms’ Empire". Pittsburgh Magazine. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Paula Abdul 'devastated' as post-Idol show Live To Dance is cancelled - Daily Mail Online". Mail Online. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  8. ^ "About Dance Moms - Official Site -". Lifetime Entertainment Services. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  9. ^ "'Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition' S2 E3 Recap: Gods and Mortals". Glamorosi Magazine. Blogger. September 18, 2013.
  10. ^ Jen Harper (July 24, 2012). "'Dance Moms': Maddie lands spot on 'Drop Dead Diva' and Jill keeps spot on Abby Lee Miller's hit list". Zap2it. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
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  12. ^ Bill Palmer. "Dance Moms' Maddie stars in Alexx Calise music video for "Cry"". Collins Avenue. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  13. ^ Jason Lipshutz (May 6, 2014). "Sia Taps 'Dance Moms' Star For 'Chandelier' Video". Billboard. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  14. ^ Bauknecht, Sara. "Stylebook: Two 'Dance Moms' dancers promote Glitzy Girl jewelry line". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Official Launch of the Purple PIxies Ziegler Dance Team Line NYC - Facebook". Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Kode 2 Summer 2014 (Sia + Maddie)". Kode Magazine. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Dance Moms Stars Launch Limited Fashion Collection". L'Art Magazine. October 13, 2014.
  18. ^ (Untitled). September 29, 2014.
  19. ^ "Rachael Sage's 'Happiness' earns rave reviews after Maddie Z dance". Fanshare. August 30, 2014
  20. ^ "‘Dance Moms’ Stars Team Up With Starlight Children’s Foundation; Show Is Renewed for Third Season - OK! Magazine". OK! Magazine. October 10, 2012. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 

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