Chandelier star Maddie Ziegler ditches Sia for a newPosted on: May 13, 2018, by : xnlamp
In 2011, Ziegler, her younger sister Mackenzie and their mom signed on for season one of Dance Moms, a series that documents a young troupe of Miller-trained dancers and the drama that ensues between their squabbling parents.
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My closest friends are in the dance group, she says.
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Right now, shes focusing on her other passion: acting.
She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, where she began dancing at the age of 2. A year or so later, her mother enrolled her in classes with choreographer Abby Lee Miller.
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I got a tweet from [Sia] that said, Would you like to be in the music video for my new single Chandelier? she tells The Post. At first I didnt think it was real!
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From the beginning of the show (now in its fifth season), Ziegler was cast as the prima performer.
If you cant immediately place Maddie Zieglers face in the new campaign for Capezios Betsey Johnson line, you can bet youve seen her busting a move in a platinum blond wig.
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Since Chandelier took off, shes filmed two other buzzy Sia videos: Elastic Heart with Shia LaBeouf, which premiered in January, and Big Girls Cry, released in April.
One of Zieglers career highlights was landing a cameo on a June episode of Pretty Little Liars, her favorite show.
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[The collection is] so fun and cute for, like, dance wear, but also to wear outside the studio, says Ziegler of the collection, priced $50 to $125. I dont always get to wear fashion, because Im always in gym clothes, so when I get to try really cute things, I take advantage and go all out.
I was literally freaking out [on set], the dancer recalls.
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Since its debut last year in May, Chandelier has racked up more than 800 million hits on YouTube. (Its currently ranked the 17th most-viewed video ever on the site, ahead of Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball.) It also scored a Grammy win for best choreography at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.
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Rolling Stone crowned it best music video of the year, and by way of several high-profile live performances on shows like Ellen and Jimmy Kimmel Live, to name a few Ziegler became something of a rarity: a consistent face in the fickle realm of viral stardom.
Although the exacting instructor often pits her pupils against each other, Zeigler, who still lives in Pittsburgh and remains a member of the company, says the team bond couldnt be stronger.
Shes the breakout star of Lifetimes reality hit Dance Moms, but most would recognize the 12-year-old as the mini-me of Australian singer-songwriter Sia, whose trilogy of Ziegler-fronted videos has been viewed more than a billion times on YouTube.
Another major moment? Modeling for Betsey Johnson, of course.
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