In this New York Times bestselling memoir, the incredibly talented breakout star of Dance Moms and judge on So You Think You Can Dance brings her uplifting coming-of-age story about following her dreams and working hard to achieve success in both the dance world and in life.
Maddie Ziegler knew one day she’d be a star—she just didn’t know how soon that day would come.
At just eight years old, she was cast on Lifetime’s hit reality show Dance Moms and quickly won the hearts of fans everywhere with her natural talent and determination. Soon, she was capturing attention from all over—including pop superstar Sia, who cast her as her dance double in the incredibly popular music video for her hit song “Chandelier.” The rest, as they say, was history.
In this inspirational memoir, Maddie explains the hard work she put into her rise to stardom and how she keeps her balance along the way—starring in music videos, going on tour, and becoming an actress in The Book of Henry with Naomi Watts and Jacob Tremblay. She also answers her fans’ burning questions with wise advice she’s learned on her journey. With honesty, charm, and humor, Maddie offers her unique perspective on making her way in the entertainment world as a young teenager, reflecting on the lessons she’s learned—and preparing for the exciting road ahead.
Madison Nicole Ziegler, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a professional dancer and actress. She was one of the stars of Lifetime’s Dance Moms for six seasons, and was the lead dancer in Sia’s critically acclaimed music videos “Chandelier,” “Elastic Heart,” and “Big Girls Cry.” Maddie was also a judge on So You Think You Can Dance and stars in the film The Book of Henry.
Actor, model, and New York Times bestselling is best known for her work with Sia including the iconic music video “Chandelier” which has amassed nearly two billion views. Maddie’s film credits include The Book of Henry and Leap! and she has also made appearances on television shows such as Pretty Little Liars, Austin & Ally, and as the youngest judge on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. Maddie recently was cast in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story.