Madison Nicole Ziegler, (Pittsburgh, September 30, 2002) as known as Maddie Ziegler, is an american dancer and model. She is known for appearing on Lifetime's reality show Dance Moms and for starring in Sia's music videos, including 'Chandelier', 'Elastic Heart', 'Big Girls Cry', and one of the 'Cheap Thrills" videos which cumulatively have attracted more than 1.7 billion views in YouTube.
Early Life Edit
Ziegler was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Melissa Ziegler-Gisoni and Kurt Ziegler, who owned a mortgage company. She is of Polish, German and Italian descent. Her parents divorced in 2011, citing the financial and emotional toll that dance took on the family. She has been an active member of the Abby Lee Dance Company since the age of two. She trains in tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, acro, jazz, and aerial dance. Maddie Ziegler has a younger sister, Mackenzie (b. June 4, 2004), who appears with her on Dance Moms, two older half-brothers from her father's previous marriage, and two older step-siblings from the previous marriage of her step-father, Greg Gisoni, a vice-president at Westinghouse Electric Company.
Ziegler attended Sloan Elementary School until 2013, when she left to be homeschooled. Ziegler and her family have long lived in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, and now split their time between Murrysville and Los Angeles.