Childhood and early adolescence are usually an interesting phase of life, small worries, naivety, and a general tendency to follow the current (usually peer influences). It is rare to see young people who are already forging a career path and standing out with distinction. Child stars don’t come every day and Maddie Ziegler is definitely not a normal teenager.
Maddie Ziegler’s Bio
Maddie Ziegler is a young American dancer, actress, writer, and model. She was born on September 30, 2002, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America, to parents Kurt Ziegler and Melissa Gisoni. As she grew up, her parents owned a mortgage company.
Remarkably, she started dancing at the age of 2; Madie joined the Abby Lee Dance Company as a member. The Academy has trained her in tap dancing, ballet, lyric, contemporary, jazz and aerial dance.
Ziegler attended Sloan Elementary School until 2013 when she left to go to home school. Before she was pulled off, she had the opportunity to show her talent for Paula Abdul reality television program Live to Dance in 2010. In 2011, Maddie was first pushed into the national consciousness with her participation in the reality TV show Lifetime Dance Moms which ran from 2011 to 2016.
Music Video Acclaim
Musicians like Alexx Calise, Sia and Todrick Hall have seen Maddie appear in their music videos. She appeared in the 2014 video for Chandelier de Sia. The video was nominated for the MTV Video Music Awards 2014 for Video of the Year and Best Choreography. It was also nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Music Video in 2015. It received more than 1.7 billion views on YouTube and, at one point, it was the 13th most viewed YouTube video of all time.
Maddie continued to appear in a video and in 2015, she appeared in Elastic Heart, another video of Sia that has been viewed over 800 million times on YouTube. She also performed in Chandelier with Sia and Kristen Wiig at the Grammy Awards 2015. The Chandelier and Elastic Heart videos were both selected from Sucre Pop’s 2016 list of “25 Best Dance Videos of the Last Decade”.
Acting and Modelling
In 2012, Maddie Ziegler made her acting debut as Young Deb is an American television series of comedy-drama and fiction Drop Dead Diva. In 2015, she played the role of Shelby Hayden in an American sitcom for teenagers Austin & Ally.
She has also ventured into modeling for brands such as Clean & Clear, Capezio, including their Betsey Johnson, Target and Ralph Lauren lines. She has also made the front page of many fashion magazines and editorials.
For a girl of her age, her entrepreneurial instinct is quite impressive; she launched a casual fashion line, for girls and juniors, in October 2016. The line includes tops, jackets and other items. Maddie’s Instagram following stands at 10.9 million.
As a teenager, she is already the author of a New York Times bestseller, her personal memoirs, The Maddie Diaries, published in 2017, have sold in the millions. She is currently writing a trilogy of novels for intermediate readers. These novels tell a story similar to hers, that of Harper, a 12-year-old dancer whose family is moving to a new state. He must find a way to overcome the challenges of pre-teens, make new friends while gaining a place on a competitive dance team. The first novel, entitled L’Audition, was published in October 2017. The other two volumes are expected to follow in 2018 and 2019.
Maddie Ziegler’s Boyfriend, Mom, and Siblings
The dance prodigy has been in a relationship with future social media star Jack Kelly. The couple started dating in 2017 and are popular for having most of their viral photos on social media. Jack has an impressive 1.6 million followers on Instagram. The couple recently celebrated their first anniversary on January 2018.
Maddie’s mother is Melissa Gisoni. She is divorced from Maddie’s father, Kurt Ziegler, since 2011. She remarried in 2013 to Greg Gisoni, Vice President of Westinghouse Electric Company. Maddie has two sisters, Michele and Mackenzie, who is also a dancer and singer. She has made appearances with Maddie in the dance-reality series Dance Moms. Maddie has two older half-brothers, Ryan and Tyler, who were born from her father Kurt’s first marriage.
Height and Net Worth
Maddie is still very young and, as such, her height is set to increase. She is currently 1.6 meters tall.
Through her various activities: dance, theatre, modeling and writing, Maddie Ziegler’s current net worth is an impressive $2.5 million.