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

YearTitleRoleNotes
2011–2016Dance MomsHerselfLead[15]
2011Dance Moms: Most Outrageous MomentsHerselfTV Movie Documentary
2011The Today ShowHerself/Performer 
2012NightlinePerformer 
2013Abby's Ultimate Dance CompetitionHerself/PerformerEpisode: Gods and Mortals[16]
2013Dance Moms Christmas SpecialHerself/PerformerTV Movie
2014The Today ShowHerself/SingerPerformed her single "Girl Party"
2014Abby's Studio RescueHerself/PerformerEpisode: Delusions of Dance Grandeur[17]
2014Good Day New YorkHerself/PerformerPerformed her single "Girl Party"
2015Dance Moms Slumber PartyHerselfTV Movie
2015The Today ShowHerself/Performer 
2015Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & DawnLillyEpisode: "Unhappy Campers"[20]
2015The ViewHerself/Performer[22]
2016Dance Moms: The Girls' Guide to LifeHerselfTV-mini series
2016So You Think You Can DanceHerself[11]
2016Teens Wanna KnowHerselfEpisode: JoJo Siwa 13th Birthday Party Bash
2017Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & DawnLillyEpisode: "Keeping Up with the Quadashians"[24]

Music videos

YearTitleLead performerNotes
2011"It's Like Summer"LUXSupporting[11]
2012"Summer Love Song"Brooke HylandSupporting[12]
2014"Girl Party"Mack ZLead[27]
2014"Freaks Like Me"Todrick HallSupporting, vocals[12]
2014"Shine"Mack ZLead[28]
2014"Christmas All Year Long"Mack ZLead[29]
2015"I Gotta Dance"Mack ZEpisode: "The Girl with the Curl"
2015"Dance Moms: Masterpiece"Jessie JSupporting
2016"I Gotta Dance (Dave Aude Remix)"Mack ZLead
2016"Day & Night"Johnny Orlando and Mackenzie ZieglerLead; first song released as "Mackenzie Ziegler"[32]
2017"Monsters (aka Haters)"Mackenzie ZieglerLead[34]
2017"Riding Free"Maisy StellaSupporting[12]
2017"Teamwork"Mackenzie ZieglerLead; created for Justice[12]
2017"Breathe"Mackenzie ZieglerLead[12]

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryResult
2016Teen Choice AwardsChoice MuserNominated[60]
2017Industry Dance AwardsFavorite Dancer 17 & UnderNominated[61]