In 2015, 2016, and 2017, Maddie Ziegler was named one of the 30 most influential youths by Time magazine. This is no surprise to many who have followed the rise and journey of the American dancer, model, and actress since she hit the scene in 2011 when she was just 8 years old. Since then, Maddie has been involved in almost everything including writing and philanthropy. The good news is that she has done all of those things well and is truly excelling in her arts.
Maddie Ziegler Bio
Although it is as Maddie that the dancer is mostly known, it was as Madison Nicole Ziegler that she was born on September 30, 2002, in Pittsburgh, PA. She is of German, Polish, and Italian descent and was brought up alongside a younger sister, Mackenzie Ziegler who is also a famous dancer and actress. Her parents, Melissa Ziegler-Gisoni and Kurt Ziegler got divorced in 2011 and two years after that, her mother got remarried to a certain Greg Gisoni. From a previous marriage of her father, the singer has 2 older half-brothers and from her mother’s marriage to Gisoni she also has two older step-siblings who are Gisoni’s kids from his previous relationship.
Since she was only a child of 2, Maddie began taking dance lessons and to help her further develop her dancing talent, she was sent to the Abby Lee Dance Company when she was only 4. There, she learned different dance styles including jazz, contemporary, ballet, ariel dance, and tap. For her education, she went to Sloan Elementary School but would later leave in 2013 to be schooled at home.
The career of Maddie Ziegler kicked off even before she was 8 years old, although that was when she really caught the eyes of the world. She first appeared on Paula Abdul’s show where she performed Live to Dance in 2010. The next year, she was on the first season of Dance Moms. From then on, she kept appearing on the Lifetime’s show with her sister and mother until 2016 when they appeared for the last time. At that time, the then 14 years old Maddison had already become one of the best dancers in the United States.
She was discovered by Sia through Dance Moms and she worked with her on different music videos such as Chandelier which has already pulled more than 1.9 billion views on YouTube and got a Grammy Nomination for best music video in 2015. More so, she has also worked with others including LSD, Todrick Hall, and Mack Z.
As an actress, she has appeared in Lucky Thirteen (2015), Ballerina (2016), and The Book of Henry (2017). On TV, her credits include The View (2012-2015), Dancing with the Stars (2014-2015), Pretty Little Liars (2015), and she was a judge on So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation (2016) and Project Runway (2016). Also, the dancer has appeared in many commercials including for Target, WowWee, Capezio, and ASPCA.
Still very young, Maddie Ziegler has not only had many and vast appearances but has also had many nominations and awards to show for her hard work. Her awards include an Industry Dance Award she won in 2014 for Dancers Choice Awards: Favorite Dancer 17 & Under, People’s Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards, and Industry Dance Awards in 2016. She won two more Teen Choice Awards for Choice Dancer in 2017 and 2018.
Thus far, Maddie Ziegler has been in a couple of relationships. The first person known to be her boyfriend is Jack Kelly. The two teenagers dated for 18 months before they finally decided to take a break from each other. Jack is the son of Pat Kelly who played baseball for New York Yankees.
Following the end of the relationship, it was reported in October 2018 that the singer was in another relationship with then-17 years old Kailand Morris who is the son of American legendary singer, Stevie Wonder and Kai Millard Morris. Although the relationship is still not very serious, it has been revealed that the lovebirds are enjoying their time together.
Considering all she has achieved at her age, there is no doubt that Maddie Ziegler has achieved much more than many others in her age bracket. Not only is she established as a dancer, she is also an actress among other things. Thanks to this, she has a net worth that has been estimated to be between $3 million to $5 million.
Apart from just making money, Madison is also involved in philanthropy. She partnered alongside her mom and sister with Starlight Children’s Foundation in an awareness campaign for chronically ill youths. Also, she has worked with Dancers Against Cancer towards raising funds for cancer patients, and then she also got involved with Sia to raise funds for MAC Cosmetics’ AIDS foundation.