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Mackenzie Frances Ziegler (born June 4, 2004) is an American dancer, singer, actress and model.[1] She appeared for six years on Lifetime's reality dance show Dance Moms and is the younger sister of dancer and actress Maddie Ziegler.[2]

Ziegler's music career began with her 2014 album, Mack Z. In 2018 she released her second album, Phases.[3] She has joined singer Johnny Orlando in joint concert tours in North America and Europe and has released several other singles with Orlando and several solo releases. In 2017 and 2018, Ziegler traveled in Australia and New Zealand on dance workshop tours with her sister. She has also modeled for Polo Ralph Lauren, among other brands.

In addition to Dance Moms, Ziegler has appeared on other television programs, including the sitcom Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn (2015 and 2017). Since 2018, she has starred in the high school drama series Total Eclipse. She also competed on Dancing with the Stars: Juniors and starred as Dorothy in a holiday stage pantomime adaptation, The Wonderful Winter of Oz, in Pasadena, California.[4]

As of January 2019, Ziegler's social media penetration includes more than 12 million Instagram followers, 10 million Musical.ly fans, 3 million YouTube subscribers and one million Twitter followers.

Early life

Ziegler was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and grew up in Murraysville, Pennsylvania.[5] Her parents, Melissa Ziegler-Gisoni and Kurt Ziegler, divorced when she was 6 years old after a 2009 bankruptcy.[6][7] Her mother remarried Greg Gisoni in 2013.[8] Ziegler has an older sister, Maddie, who is also a dancer and actress,[2] as well as two older paternal half-brothers, Ryan and Tyler, and two older step-siblings, Matthew and Michelle.[9] She began dancing at the Abby Lee Dance Company in Pittsburgh at the age of two.[citation needed] With that company, she won titles in dance competitions.[10]

Ziegler is homeschooled.[11]

Career

2011–2016: Dance Moms and Mack Z

Ziegler first appeared on television in 2011 on Lifetime's reality dance show Dance Moms, alongside her mother and sister.[1] In 2016, the Zieglers left the show after six seasons in order to pursue other projects.[12] Ziegler also appeared on Dance Moms' sister shows Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition and Abby's Studio Rescue.[13][14]

In 2014, Ziegler released her debut album titled Mack Z, which she also used as a stage name for singing appearances. The album peaked at #1 on the iTunes pop charts, as well as #7 on iTunes' albums sales chart across all genres. The music video for the album's lead single, "Girl Party", also reached #1 on the iTunes pop chart.[15][16] The video of the single has been viewed more than 60 million times.[17] Later that year, her videos for "Shine" and "Christmas All Year Long" premiered.[18][19] She continued to release singles and videos as Mack Z in 2015 and 2016.[20] In 2014, Ziegler and her sister released a limited edition fashion line, The Maddie & Mackenzie Collection, through Mod Angel.[21]

In 2015, Ziegler made her acting debut on Nickelodeon's sitcom Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn and appeared in a WowWee commercial alongside her sister.[22][23] She returned to Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn in January 2017 in the episode "Keeping Up with the Quadashians".[24] Also in 2015, she walked the Polo Ralph Lauren Runway in New York City[25] and appeared in an ad campaign video for Glamour Magazine.[26]

2016–2018: Music and touring

In November 2016, Ziegler released her first single under her full name, a duet with singer Johnny Orlando, titled "Day & Night".[27] The duet's music video was released on December 21, 2016, and has been viewed more than 20 million times.[28] In April 2017, she released another single, "Monsters (AKA Haters)".[29] The official video of the song has been viewed more than 18 million times.[30] In 2017–2018, Ziegler and Orlando presented their Day & Night Tour throughout North America and the UK.[31][32] Her 2017 video "Breathe" has been viewed more than 25 million times,[33] and the video of her 2018 duet with Orlando, "What If", has been viewed more than 20 million times.[34]

In 2016, she and her sister were the faces of Clean & Clear's fall back-to-school campaign.[2] Ziegler was the face of Polo Ralph Lauren's children's spring 2016 collection[35][36] and was named a brand ambassador for girls' fashion line Emily West in 2017.[37] In 2017 and 2018, Ziegler collaborated on dance-inspired activewear clothing lines with tween retailer Justice.[38] Justice also collaborated with her on a video of her song, "Teamwork", a back-to-school social media campaign with an anti-bullying theme, to promote the line.[39] The video has been viewed more than 20 million times on YouTube.[40] Later that year, Ziegler released a tee-shirt line called Tee4Too.[41] In 2016, Ziegler collaborated with TurnBoard to release the Kenzie Ziegler TurnBoard.[42]

Ziegler and her sister conducted a dance workshop tour of Australia in January 2017.[37][43] Ziegler is featured in a 2017 dance advertisement for General Electric.[44] They conducted another dance workshop tour of Australia and New Zealand in mid-2018.[45][46]

Ziegler's social media penetration exceeded 20 million followers by 2017.[47] Her Instagram account has more than 12 million followers,[48] she has more than 10 million fans on Musical.ly,[49] her two YouTube channels have received a total of more than 300 million views, with more than 3 million subscribers on her main channel,[50] and she has more than one million Twitter followers.[51] Ziegler was nominated at the 2016 Teen Choice Awards for Choice Muser,[52] won the same award in 2018[53] and was nominated for Favorite Dancer 17 & Under at the 2017 Industry Dance Awards.[54] Refinery29 included her on its 2017 list of 29 young actors, singers and activists "on the verge of superstardom."[55] The same year, Tiger Beat named her to its annual list of "19 Under 19".[56]

2018–present: Total Eclipse, Phases and Dancing with the Stars Juniors

Since 2018, Ziegler has starred as Cassie, a teenage girl who fantasizes about being an astronaut on the moon to cope with unpopularity, in the high school drama series Total Eclipse on the Brat digital network.[31][57] The series' third season is slated to premiere in 2019.[58] She is an executive producer for the show.[59] She also co-starred as the same character in the film Brat Holiday Spectacular (2018).[60] In February 2018, Ziegler and her sister appeared on The Slow Mo Guys YouTube channel.[61] She appeared on the cover of the April/May 2018 issue of Girls' Life magazine.[62] Ziegler released a self-help book in May 2018, titled Kenzie's Rules for Life: How to be Happy, Healthy, and Dance to Your Own Beat, "a collection of inspirational, upbeat lessons for kids learning to navigate life."[63] The book ranked No. 7 on the Publishers Weekly best-seller list for juvenile non-fiction.[64] In fall 2018, Ziegler launched her own cosmetics line, "Love, Kenzie".[65] Ziegler was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars: Juniors in 2018, reaching the finals.[66] On one episode of this show she danced together with her sister for the first time on television since Dance Moms.[67]

On November 20, 2018, Ziegler released her second studio album, Phases.[3] The lead single from the album, "Nothing On Us", was released on August 3, 2018.[68] Ziegler premiered the second single, "Wonderful", written by Sia,[69] on Dancing with the Stars.[70] In December 2018, Ziegler starred as Dorothy in a holiday stage pantomime adaptation, The Wonderful Winter of Oz, in Pasadena, California.[4] In mid-2019, Ziegler is set to tour the US as the warm-up act for PrettyMuch.[71]

Philanthropy

In 2012, Ziegler, along with her mother and sister, partnered with Starlight Children's Foundation to help raise awareness for chronically ill youth.[7][72] Ziegler has also partnered with foundations such as Love Your Melon and Dancers Against Cancer to raise awareness and funding for childhood cancer.[73][74] In 2016, Ziegler and her sister made a public service announcement for DoSomething.org's Birthday Mail campaign, which enables people to send homemade birthday cards to children living in homeless shelters.[75] The same organization placed the Ziegler sisters on their 2016 list of charitable young celebrities.[76] Ziegler has also joined her sister to support Dancers Against Cancer.[77] In 2018, Ziegler performed at the first We Day Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.[78]

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2011–2016 Dance Moms Herself Lead[12]
2011 Dance Moms: Most Outrageous Moments Herself TV Movie Documentary
2011 The Today Show Herself/Performer
2012 Nightline Performer
2013 Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition Herself/Performer Episode: Gods and Mortals[13]
2013 Dance Moms Christmas Special Herself/Performer TV Movie
2014 The Today Show Herself/Singer Performed her single "Girl Party"
2014 Abby's Studio Rescue Herself/Performer Episode: Delusions of Dance Grandeur[14]
2014 Good Day New York Herself/Performer Performed her single "Girl Party"
2015 Dance Moms Slumber Party Herself TV Movie
2015 The Today Show Herself/Performer
2015 Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn Lilly Episode: "Unhappy Campers"[22]
2015 The View Herself/Performer [79]
2016 Dance Moms: The Girls' Guide to Life Herself TV-mini series
2016 So You Think You Can Dance Herself [80]
2017 Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn Lilly Episode: "Keeping Up with the Quadashians"[24]
2018–present Total Eclipse Cassie Lead role, Brat series[31]
2018 Dancing with the Stars Herself/Singer Guest artist, performing her song "Wonderful"[70]
2018 Dancing with the Stars: Juniors Herself Contestant[66]
2018 Brat Holiday Spectacular Cassie Lead role, Brat film[60]

Stage

Year Title Role Notes
2018 The Wonderful Winter of Oz Dorothy Pasadena production

Music videos

Year Title Lead performer Notes
2011 "It's Like Summer" LUX Supporting[81]
2012 "Summer Love Song" Brooke Hyland Supporting[82]
2014 "Girl Party" Mack Z Lead[17]
2014 "Freaks Like Me" Todrick Hall Supporting, vocals[83]
2014 "Shine" Mack Z Lead[18]
2014 "Christmas All Year Long" Mack Z Lead[19]
2015 "I Gotta Dance" Mack Z Episode: "The Girl with the Curl"
2015 "Dance Moms: Masterpiece" Jessie J Supporting
2016 "I Gotta Dance (Dave Aude Remix)" Mack Z Lead
2016 "Day & Night" Johnny Orlando and Mackenzie Ziegler Lead; first song released as "Mackenzie Ziegler"[28]
2017 "Monsters (aka Haters)" Mackenzie Ziegler Lead[30]
2017 "Riding Free" Maisy Stella Supporting[84]
2017 "Teamwork" Mackenzie Ziegler Lead; created for Justice[85]
2017 "Breathe" Mackenzie Ziegler Lead[86]
2018 "What If" Johnny Orlando and Mackenzie Ziegler Lead[87]
2018 "Nothing On Us" Mackenzie Ziegler Lead[88]
2018 "Wonderful" Mackenzie Ziegler Lead with dancer Sage Rosen[89]

Tours

  • The Ziegler Girls 2017 tour of Australia (with Maddie Ziegler)[37]
  • Day & Night Tour with Johnny Orlando (2017)
  • Maddie & Mackenzie Australia & New Zealand Tour 2018 (with Maddie Ziegler)[46][45]

Discography

Albums

Title Details
Mack Z
(as Mack Z)
Phases
  • Released: November 20, 2018
  • Label: Independent
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice Muser Nominated[52]
2017 Industry Dance Awards Favorite Dancer 17 & Under Nominated[54]
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Muser Won[53]

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