PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The reality TV show “Dance Moms” may show the moms in an unflattering light, but the girls shine on stage, especially Maddie Ziegler.
Filmed at a Penn Hills dance studio, Maddie now spends all day here dancing, filming and being tutored, starting with private ballet lessons at 9:30 a.m. until rehearsals wrap up at 9:30 p.m.READ MORE: Westmoreland Co. Board Of Elections Making Changes, Restructuring
That’s when she’s not in L.A. or New York, on shows like Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Kimmel, Disney’s “Austin and Ally” or her biggest show yet — the Grammys.
“It’s just crazy,” Maddie tell’s KDKA’s Kristine Sorensen. “I never thought I’d be doing all this, performed on so many shows, the Grammys, not even in a year.”
It has been a wild year. Her fame exploded when singer Sia saw Maddie on “Dance Moms” and plucked her to be the only performer in the music video for her song “Chandelier.”
The video has since gotten more than 500 million views, was named “Top video of 2014” by “Rolling Stone,” and was nominated for video of the year at the Grammy’s where she performed live.
“It was just amazing,” Maddie said, “especially because this was my first time at the Grammy’s and I got to perform. And I look out in audience and Kim and Kanye were just sitting there, like oh my god, they were just watching me. So it was really cool.”
Kristine asked if she was nervous, and she said she was very nervous.
On the red carpet, Maddie wore a custom Armani junior, standing next to Sia who apparently doesn’t like to show her face.READ MORE: Black Bear Spotted Roaming Near Rt. 981 In New Alexandria
Maddie has essentially become the face for Sia.
Maddie says she feels like “Hanna Montana,” recognized when she wears the wig, even by famous people.
“It was amazing, because everyone knew who I was,” she says, referring to backstage at the Grammy awards. “Gwen Stefani was like, ‘Oh, I remember you.’ I was like, “Oh my god, that’s amazing.'”
Maddie’s being called the “it” girl.
Elle Magazine featured her in a spread, shot at her Murrysville home, and she’ll be their correspondent at New York Fashion Week next week, where she’ll report on fashion and her favorite hobby — doing hair and make-up.
Maddie also hopes to break into movies and scripted TV shows and is working on her singing and acting skills in addition to her dancing.
She even took time to teach Kristine, who’s a dancer herself, some of the music video dance from “Chandelier,” which you can check out in the video.MORE NEWS: Police Searching For Missing 82-Year-Old Merilyn Penn