Mackenzie Frances Ziegler (born June 4, 2004) is an American dancer, singer, actress and model. [6] She is best known for appearing for six years on Lifetime 's reality dance show Dance Moms and is the younger sister of dancer and actress Maddie Ziegler . [8] Ziegler has also appeared on other television programs, including the sitcom Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn , has modeled for Polo Ralph Lauren , and her social media penetration includes more than 9 million Instagram followers, 10 million Musical.ly fans and 2 million YouTube subscribers. Her 2014 album, Mack Z , and its lead single both reached the top of the iTunes charts. In 2017, Ziegler traveled in Australia on a dance workshop tour with her sister and then toured singing with Johnny Orlando in joint concerts in North America and Europe.

Early life

Ziegler was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania . Her parents, Melissa Ziegler-Gisoni and Kurt Ziegler, divorced when she was 6 years old after a 2009 bankruptcy. [9] [10] Her mother remarried Greg Gisoni in 2013. [11] Ziegler has an older sister, Maddie , who is also a dancer and actress, [8] as well as two older paternal half-brothers, Ryan and Tyler, and two older step-siblings, Matthew and Michelle. [12] She began dancing at the Abby Lee Dance Company in Pittsburgh at the age of two. With that company, she won titles in dance competitions. [13]

Ziegler is homeschooled and resides in Murrysville, Pennsylvania .

Career

Dancing and acting

Ziegler first appeared on television in 2011 on Lifetime 's reality dance show Dance Moms , alongside her mother and sister. [6] In 2016, the Zieglers left the show after six seasons in order to pursue other projects. [15] Ziegler also appeared on Dance Moms' sister shows Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition and Abby's Studio Rescue . [16] [17] Ziegler and her sister conducted a dance workshop tour of Australia in January 2017. [18] Ziegler is featured in a 2017 dance advertisement for General Electric . [19]

In 2015, Ziegler made her acting debut on Nickelodeon 's sitcom Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn and appeared in a WowWee commercial alongside her sister. [20] [21] She has also appeared on such talk shows as The Today Show , The View [22] and Good Day New York . [23] She returned to Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn in January 2017 in the episode "Keeping Up with the Quadashians". [24]

Singing

In 2014, Ziegler released her debut album Mack Z , which she also used as a stage name for singing appearances. The album peaked at #1 on the iTunes pop charts, as well as #7 on iTunes' albums sales chart across all genres. The music video for the album's lead single, "Girl Party", also reached #1 on the iTunes pop chart. [25] [26] The video of the single has been viewed more than 50 million times. [27] Later that year, her videos for "Shine" and "Christmas All Year Long" premiered, each eventually attracting more that 7 million views. [28] [29] She continued to release singles and videos as Mack Z in 2015 and 2016. [30]

In November 2016, Ziegler released her first single under her full name, a duet with young singer Johnny Orlando, titled "Day & Night". [31] The duet's music video was released on December 21, 2016, and has been viewed more than 16 million times. [32] In April 2017, she released another single, "Monsters (AKA Haters)". [33] The official video of the song has been viewed more than 13 million times. [34] In 2017, Ziegler and Orlando sang in concerts throughout North America and the UK in their Day & Night Tour, [9] which is set to continue in Europe in December. [9]

Modeling and other activities

In 2015, Ziegler walked the Polo Ralph Lauren Runway in New York City. [9] That same year she appeared in a campaign video for Glamour Magazine . [9] In 2016, she and her sister Maddie were the faces of Clean & Clear's fall back-to-school campaign. [8] Ziegler was the face of Polo Ralph Lauren's children's spring 2016 collection [9] [9] and was named a brand ambassador for girls' fashion line Emily West in 2017. [18] In 2017 and 2018, Ziegler collaborated on dance-inspired activewear clothing lines with tween retailer Justice . [9] Justice also collaborated with her on a video of her song, "Teamwork", a back-to-school social media campaign with an anti-bullying theme, to promote the line. [9] The video has been viewed more than 20 million times on YouTube. [9]

In 2014, Ziegler and her sister released a limited edition fashion line, The Maddie & Mackenzie Collection , through Mod Angel. [9] In fall 2016, Ziegler released a tee-shirt line called Tee4Too. [49] In 2016, Ziegler collaborated with TurnBoard to release the Kenzie Ziegler TurnBoard. [50] In February 2018, Ziegler and her sister appeared on The Slow Mo Guys YouTube channel. [51] Ziegler plans to release a self-help book in May 2018, titled Kenzie's Rules for Life: How to be Happy, Healthy, and Dance to Your Own Beat . [52]

Ziegler's social media penetration exceeded 20 million followers by 2017. [53] Her Instagram account has more than 9 million followers, [54] she has more than 10 million fans on Musical.ly , [56] her two YouTube channels have received a total of more than 200 million views with more than 2 million subscribers on her main channel, [58] and she has more than one million Twitter followers. [59] Ziegler was nominated at the 2016 Teen Choice Awards for Choice Muser [60] and was nominated for Favorite Dancer 17 & Under at the 2017 Industry Dance Awards. [61] Refinery29 included her on its 2017 list of 29 young actors, singers and activists "on the verge of superstardom." [11] The same year, Tiger Beat named her to its annual list of "19 Under 19". [11]

Philanthropy

In 2012, Ziegler, along with her mother and sister, partnered with Starlight Children's Foundation to help raise awareness for chronically ill youth. [10] [11] Ziegler has also partnered with foundations such as Love Your Melon and Dancers Against Cancer to raise awareness and funding for childhood cancer. [11] [11] In 2016, Ziegler and her sister made a public service announcement for DoSomething.org's Birthday Mail campaign, which enables people to send homemade birthday cards to children living in homeless shelters. [11] The same organization placed the Ziegler sisters on their 2016 list of charitable young celebrities. [11]

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2011–2016 Dance Moms Herself Lead [15]
2011 Dance Moms: Most Outrageous Moments Herself TV Movie Documentary
2011 The Today Show Herself/Performer
2012 Nightline Performer
2013 Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition Herself/Performer Episode: Gods and Mortals [16]
2013 Dance Moms Christmas Special Herself/Performer TV Movie
2014 The Today Show Herself/Singer Performed her single "Girl Party"
2014 Abby's Studio Rescue Herself/Performer Episode: Delusions of Dance Grandeur [17]
2014 Good Day New York Herself/Performer Performed her single "Girl Party"
2015 Dance Moms Slumber Party Herself TV Movie
2015 The Today Show Herself/Performer
2015 Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn Lilly Episode: "Unhappy Campers" [20]
2015 The View Herself/Performer [22]
2016 Dance Moms: The Girls' Guide to Life Herself TV-mini series
2016 So You Think You Can Dance Herself [11]
2016 Teens Wanna Know Herself Episode: JoJo Siwa 13th Birthday Party Bash
2017 Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn Lilly Episode: "Keeping Up with the Quadashians" [24]

Music videos

Year Title Lead performer Notes
2011 "It's Like Summer" LUX Supporting [11]
2012 "Summer Love Song" Brooke Hyland Supporting [12]
2014 "Girl Party" Mack Z Lead [27]
2014 "Freaks Like Me" Todrick Hall Supporting, vocals [12]
2014 "Shine" Mack Z Lead [28]
2014 "Christmas All Year Long" Mack Z Lead [29]
2015 "I Gotta Dance" Mack Z Episode: "The Girl with the Curl"
2015 "Dance Moms: Masterpiece" Jessie J Supporting
2016 "I Gotta Dance (Dave Aude Remix)" Mack Z Lead
2016 "Day & Night" Johnny Orlando and Mackenzie Ziegler Lead; first song released as "Mackenzie Ziegler" [32]
2017 "Monsters (aka Haters)" Mackenzie Ziegler Lead [34]
2017 "Riding Free" Maisy Stella Supporting [12]
2017 "Teamwork" Mackenzie Ziegler Lead; created for Justice [12]
2017 "Breathe" Mackenzie Ziegler Lead [12]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice Muser Nominated [60]
2017 Industry Dance Awards Favorite Dancer 17 & Under Nominated [61]