Maddie Ziegler is many things: young dancer extraordinaire, former favorite pupil of Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller, So You Think You Can Dance? judge, and muse/dancer of choice for pop star Sia. Today Ziegler turns 14 years old. In honor of her birthday, here are six of her best performances.
Seems appropriate for the occasion.
2. Bond Girl
So shiny and slinky!
This was Ziegler's final performance on Dance Moms. In case you are wondering about the moms wearing black hats with veils, it's because they were in mourning. Ladies, tone down the drama a bit, your kids aren't dying, they're just leaving a TV show.
4. Sia's "Chandelier" video
In 2014, after seeing her perform on Dance Moms, Sia tweeted Maddie Ziegler and asked her to be in the video for "Chandelier." It was the start of a beautiful friendship (and a profitable one, too).
5. Sia's "Elastic Heart" video
Some people felt that Ziegler, then 12, dancing with actor Shia LaBeouf, then 28, was too sexual, and bordered on pedophilia. Sia took to Twitter to issue an apology, tweeting "I apologize to those who feel triggered by #ElasticHeart. My intention was to create some emotional content, not to upset anybody."
6. Performing "Elastic Heart" with Sia on Saturday Night Live
Sia brought Maddie Ziegler and another dancer, Denna Thomsen, along to dance while she sang "Elastic Heart" on SNL in January 2015.
Yeah, she pretty much rocks.