Life and CareerEdit
Ziegler was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Melissa Ziegler-Gisoni and Kurt Ziegler. She is of Polish, German, and Italian descent. Her parents divorced in 2011, citing the financial and emotional toll dance took on the family. She has been an active member of the Abby Lee Dance Company since 2004 at the age of two. She trains in tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, acro, jazz and aerial dance. Ziegler has a younger sister, Mackenzie (b. June 4, 2004), who is also an active dancer at the Abby Lee Dance Company, as well as two older half-brothers from her father's previous marriage and two older step-siblings. Ziegler attended Sloan Elementary School until 2013, leaving to be homeschooled. Ziegler and her family currently live in Murrysville, Pennsylvania. Ziegler began dancing at the age of two and currently attends the Abby Lee Dance Company. She has won numerous titles at regional, state, and national levels in the dance world.
In 2010 at age 8, Ziegler performed for Paula Abdul's reality television program Live to Dance but the program was canceled before her performance aired. In 2011, Ziegler's mother earned a role on Lifetime's Dance Moms where appears alongside her mother and younger sister, Mackenzie. In 2013, she made guest appearances on the spin-off program, Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition. In 2012, Ziegler landed her first professional acting job, portraying the character of Young Deb on the Lifetime series Drop Dead Diva. She will continue her acting career in 2015 with a guest spot on the Disney Channel series Austin & Ally.
Ziegler has appeared in music videos for various artists. Sia's "Chandelier", which Ziegler stars in, received nominations at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards for Video of the Year and Best Choreography, winning the latter. The video was also nominated for Grammy Award for Best Music Video at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.Ziegler later starred with Shia LaBeouf in "Elastic Heart", also by Sia. Ziegler has performed on several shows, including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Dancing with the Stars, and Saturday Night Live, as well as at the 2014 Hollywood Bowl. On February 8, 2015, alongside Sia and Kristen Wiig, Ziegler performed at the nationally televised 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Ziegler has modeled for various fashion lines including Glitzy Girl, Sally Miller, and Purple Pixies.