Here are some interviews from Maddie’s first night of judging on the new season of So You Think You Can Dance!
“When I was 8, I wasn’t doing what 8-year-olds are doing now.”
It’s funny to hear Maddie Ziegler appraising the cohort of talented, tiny dancers coming up behind her. After all, she’s just 13. But Ziegler, best known as the platinum-blonde-bewigged stand-in for camera-shy pop singer Sia, is already a bit of an old hand when it comes to dancing onscreen. “We did more old-school dancing, but they’re way more advanced,” she continues. “Even 9- and 10 -year-olds are so good at hip-hop — their freestyling is amazing, and I’m sure some of those kids choreograph their own dances.”
Ziegler’s dancing career (on TV, at least) began in 2011, when the Pittsburgh native emerged as the preternaturally polished standout on six seasons of Lifetime’s reality show Dance Moms, where Sia first discovered her. This week, Ziegler will join Paula Abdul, Jason Derulo, and Nigel Lythgoe on the judging panel of So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation, the reality juggernaut’s first foray into competition for the 8- to 13-year-old set.
Competition can instill plenty of good habits in young dancers — stage presence, attention to detail, showmanship — but it can engender plenty of bad ones as well — favoring precision over artistry, and a tendency toward mugging that Ziegler herself once suffered from (it even had a name: “Maddie Face”). Breaking those depends on both training and working with teachers who will push a young dancer toward greatness.
Exciting news! This last April, Maddie went to NYC and did a photoshoot for Seventeen Magazine. Not only is Maddie featured in the issue, she’s on the cover! Sia joins in on this interview and Maddie also answered some fan questions. I’ve added scans from the issue to the gallery. Make sure to get your own copy when the issue hits newstands!
Maddie recently shot an Alice In Wonderland themed music video with Todrick Hall! Maddie can be seen as Alice in this Taylor Swift meets Wonderland video. Check out the awesome video below!
Exciting news! So You Think You Can Dance: Next Generation premieres TONIGHT on Fox! If you didn’t already know, Maddie is appearing as a judge on this season. Check out this awesome clip Maddie shared below!
Maddie and her sister Mackenzie have teamed up with DoSomething.org for their birthday mail campaign! Approximately 2.5 million children in the United States experience homelessness every year. Unfortunately, this can make celebrating birthday’s difficult or impossible. DoSomething.org decided to help make a difference. Find out what the birthday mail campaign is all about and how to participate by watching the video below!