Most people don’t recognize Maddie Ziegler in her natural, long brown hair. They know her as the white-wig-wearing, talented, young dancer who starred in numerous Sia music videos.
Dance Moms & Chandelier
Maddie started as a participant in Lifetime’s reality television show Dance Moms in 2011 when she was only eight. She continued to appear on the show until its last season in 2016.
It was in 2014, however, when Maddie had a breakout performance in Sia’s Chandelier. It cemented her relationship with the Australian singer, and she continued to perform in more music videos such as ‘Elastic Heart’ ‘Cheap Thrills’ and ‘The Greatest.’
As Sia became a chart-topping singer, Maddie also gained much recognition for her dancing. Her music videos and live dance performances online have millions of views.
Youngest Judge in So You Think You Can Dance
This year, Maddie became the youngest judge in the reality dancing competition So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation, working alongside Paula Abdul, Jason Derulo, and Nigel Lythgoe.
Maddie said she was excited the most to work with ex-American Idol judge Paula Abdul because they starred together in Live to Dance in 2010, although Maddie’s episode didn’t get to air before the show’s cancellation.
Reaping the Benefits
As Maddie’s career begins to grow, so is her fortune. She is reportedly worth $2 million, thanks to the four music videos and her performance on Saturday Night Live with Sia in 2016. ET reported that she has the same earnings as Zendaya, Gigi Hadid, and Meghan Trainor. Maddie recently spent a chunk of her wealth on a new home. The 7,000 sq.ft. property has a dance studio in the basement to facilitate the young star’s lifestyle.
While her collaboration with Sia put her on the map, Maddie’s stellar dancing in all her performances propelled her to the level of fame she experiences today.