Maddie Ziegler, born on September 30, 2002, started her career in 2011 when she first appeared in a dance reality show that had successfully run for up to five years. She has also appeared in music videos by famous singers, had guest roles in T.V. shows and films, and was the face of magazine covers and advertisements. She has done tours and has recently played lead roles in many well-received films. Join us as we celebrate this talented dancer and actress on her birthday!
Maddie Ziegler made a name for herself in the entertainment industry at the age of eight and has not looked back since. This young achiever was born Madison Nicole Ziegler on September 30, 2002, in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, to Melissa Ziegler-Gisoni and Kurt Ziegler. She began dancing when she was two years old, starting with ballet. At four years old, Ziegler joined the Abby Lee Dance Company, where she learned tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, acro, jazz, and ariel dancing. While with the dance company, Ziegler won several regional, state, and national dance competitions.
Ziegler’s big break came in 2011 when she first appeared in “Dance Moms” alongside her mother and sister, where she was dubbed a preternaturally polished standout for six seasons. At 11 years, she began dancing in music videos, notably Sia’s “Chandelier” (2014). The video blew up, garnering two billion views on YouTube and winning many awards. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award in 2015. The dancer collaborated and appeared in more music videos by Sia, such as “Cheap Thrills” (2016) and “The Greatest” (2016).
In 2012, Zeigler landed her first acting role in the Lifetime series “Drop Dead Diva.” In 2015, she guest-starred in more T.V. shows, namely Disney’s “Austin and Ally” and ABC drama “Pretty Little Liars.” Zeigler also starred in films such as the 2021 “The Fallout,” which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Narrative Feature Film competition. Zeigler’s latest film role was in Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story,” also released in 2021.
In addition to dancing and acting, Ziegler released a fashion line, The Maddie & Mackenzie Collection, with her sister in 2014. Ziegler was a correspondent for “Elle” at the New York Fashion Week in 2015. In 2020, she launched ‘The Imagination Collection,’ a make-up line, in collaboration with Morphe Cosmetics. Ziegler has contributed to many charitable causes, ranging from raising awareness for chronic illnesses to campaigning to help rescue dogs. She has been in a relationship with singer-songwriter Eddie Benjamin since 2019 and has over 13 million followers on her Instagram account.
The dancer appears on “Dance Moms” alongside her mother, Melissa Zeigler-Gissoni, and sister, Mackenzie, for six seasons.
Ziegler stars in an episode of the Lifetime series “Drop Dead Diva.”
Ziegler appears in the award-winning music video, “Chandelier” by Sia, which is nominated for a Grammy and wins an MTV music video award for ‘Best Choreography.’
Ziegler begins touring and performing on stage with Sia.
The dancer launches the Imagination Collection in collaboration with Morphe Cosmetics.
Her film, “The Fallout,” wins the ‘Grand Jury Prize’ in the Narrative Feature Film competition.
Why We Love Maddie Ziegler
Ziegler has had setbacks in her career, but she hasn’t let them affect her work. She has always given her 100% to all her music videos and acting roles, no matter how difficult life was at the time.
She is philanthropic
In 2012, Ziegler and her sister partnered with the Starlight Children Foundation to raise awareness about chronic illnesses. In 2016, she sent birthday cards to homeless children in Los Angeles. Ziegler has a big heart, and she never stops herself from giving back to society.
She gives helpful advice
Ziegler returned to the competitive dance show, “So You Think You Can Dance,” as the youngest judge in 2016. She is known for her great constructive feedback to help improve young competitors’ dancing skills.
5 Surprising Facts
Her godmother is Sia
One of the reasons for the close relationship between Ziegler and Sia is because the singer is, in fact, Ziegler’s godmother!
She is an author
She wrote a memoir called “The Maddie Diaries” in 2017, which became a “New York Times” Bestseller, and published a middle-school level series of novels about a dancer, Harper, whose story she based on her personal experiences.
Her favorite fruit is the strawberry
The dancer-actress has revealed that she loves eating strawberries.
She has a crush on Zac Efron
Ziegler has had a celebrity crush on Efron since she was five years old; she also revealed that she loved watching him on screen.
She has bizarre favorite smells
The dancer revealed she loves the smell of mail, the post office, and the inside of her garage!
Maddie Ziegler FAQs
What disability does Maddie Ziegler have in “Music?”
In “Music,” directed and written by Sia, Ziegler’s character has non-verbal autism.
Is Maddie Ziegler a prodigy?
Ziegler is a dance prodigy. She commenced ballet at the age of two years.
Did Maddie Ziegler stop dancing?
She still dances; however, she is also pursuing acting and focusing on her makeup brand ― the Imagination Collection.
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