Updated: Mar 16, 2020
Madison Nicole Ziegler (/ˈzɪɡlər/ ZIG-lər; born September 30, 2002) is an American dancer, actress and model. She first became known for appearing in Lifetime's reality show Dance Moms from 2011 (at age 8) until 2016. From 2014 to 2017, she gained wider fame for starring in a series of music videos by Sia, including "Chandelier" and "Elastic Heart", which cumulatively have attracted more than 4 billion views on YouTube.
Ziegler has appeared in films, television and concerts, and has modeled on magazine covers and in advertisements for Capezio, Ralph Lauren, Fabletics and Target, among other brands. She was included by Time magazine on its list of the "30 most influential teens" in each of 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Ziegler was a judge on the 2016 season of So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation, toured with Sia in North America and Australia in 2016 and 2017 and toured in Australia and New Zealand with her sister, Mackenzie, in 2017 and 2018. Her 2017 memoir, The Maddie Diaries, was a New York Times Best Seller.
She voiced the character Camille Le Haut in the animated film Ballerina (2016) and appeared as Christina Sickleman in the feature film The Book of Henry (2017). Her social media presence includes an Instagram account with more than 13 million followers.
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, and her mother married Greg Gisoni in 2013. Ziegler began taking dance lessons at age two and joined the Abby Lee Dance Company at age four, where she trained in tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, acro, jazz and aerial dance.
Ziegler has a younger sister, Mackenzie, a dancer and singer who appeared 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 also spend part of their time in Los Angeles. From early 2017 to mid-2018, Ziegler was dating Australian teenager Jack Kelly, the son of former New York Yankees infielder Pat Kelly.