Mackenzie Frances Ziegler (born June 4, 2004) is an American dancer, singer, actress and model. 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.
Ziegler’s music career began with her self-titled 2014 album, Mack Z. The album and its lead single both reached the top of the iTunes charts. In 2017 and 2018, Ziegler traveled in Australia and New Zealand on dance workshop tours with her sister. She also joined singer Johnny Orlando in joint concert tours in North America and Europe and has released several other singles with Orlando and as solo releases. She has also modeled for Polo Ralph Lauren, among other brands.
In addition to Dance Moms, Ziegler has appeared on other television programs, including the sitcom Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn (2015 and 2017). In 2018, she has been starring in the high school drama series Total Eclipse on the Brat digital network. She is also performing on Dancing with the Stars: Juniors and is scheduled to star as Dorothy in a holiday stage pantomime adaptation, The Wonderful Winter of Oz, in Pasadena, California.
As of August 2018, Ziegler’s social media penetration includes more than 11 million Instagram followers, 10 million Musical.ly fans, 2.8 million YouTube subscribers and one million Twitter followers.
Ziegler was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and grew up in Murraysville, Pennsylvania. Her parents, Melissa Ziegler-Gisoni and Kurt Ziegler, divorced when she was 6 years old after a 2009 bankruptcy. Her mother remarried Greg Gisoni in 2013. Ziegler has an older sister, Maddie, who is also a dancer and actress, as well as two older paternal half-brothers, Ryan and Tyler, and two older step-siblings, Matthew and Michelle. 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.
Dancing and acting
Ziegler first appeared on television in 2011 on Lifetime‘s reality dance show Dance Moms, alongside her mother and sister. In 2016, the Zieglers left the show after six seasons in order to pursue other projects. Ziegler also appeared on Dance Moms’ sister shows Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition and Abby’s Studio Rescue. Ziegler and her sister conducted a dance workshop tour of Australia in January 2017. Ziegler is featured in a 2017 dance advertisement for General Electric. They conducted another dance workshop tour of Australia and New Zealand in June and July 2018.
In 2015, Ziegler made her acting debut on Nickelodeon‘s sitcom Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn and appeared in a WowWee commercial alongside her sister. She has also appeared on such talk shows as The Today Show, The View and Good Day New York. She returned to Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn in January 2017 in the episode “Keeping Up with the Quadashians”. In 2018, Ziegler starred as Cassie, a teenage girl who fantasizes about being an astronaut on the moon to cope with unpopularity, in Season 1 and Season 2 of the high school drama series Total Eclipse on the Brat digital network. She is also an executive producer for the show. Ziegler is also appearing as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars: Juniors in 2018.
Ziegler is scheduled to star as Dorothy in a holiday stage pantomime adaptation, The Wonderful Winter of Oz, in Pasadena, California, alongside Phil LaMarr, Jared Gertner, Marissa Jaret Winokur and Kermit the Frog as the Wizard of Oz.
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. The video of the single has been viewed more than 60 million times. Later that year, her videos for “Shine” and “Christmas All Year Long” premiered. She continued to release singles and videos as Mack Z in 2015 and 2016.
In November 2016, Ziegler released her first single under her full name, a duet with singer Johnny Orlando, titled “Day & Night”. The duet’s music video was released on December 21, 2016, and has been viewed more than 20 million times. In April 2017, she released another single, “Monsters (AKA Haters)”. The official video of the song has been viewed more than 17 million times. In 2017–2018, Ziegler and Orlando presented their Day & Night Tour throughout North America and the UK. Her 2017 video “Breathe” has been viewed approximately 25 million times, and the video of her 2018 duet with Orlando, “What If”, has been viewed more than 17 million times. Ziegler premiered her song “Wonderful” on Dancing with the Stars in 2018.
Modeling and other activities
In 2015, Ziegler walked the Polo Ralph Lauren Runway in New York City. That same year she appeared in an ad campaign video for Glamour Magazine. In 2016, she and her sister Maddie were the faces of Clean & Clear’s fall back-to-school campaign. Ziegler was the face of Polo Ralph Lauren’s children’s spring 2016 collection and was named a brand ambassador for girls’ fashion line Emily West in 2017. In 2017 and 2018, Ziegler collaborated on dance-inspired activewear clothing lines with tween retailer Justice. 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. The video has been viewed more than 22 million times on YouTube.
In 2014, Ziegler and her sister released a limited edition fashion line, The Maddie & Mackenzie Collection, through Mod Angel. In fall 2016, Ziegler released a tee-shirt line called Tee4Too. In 2016, Ziegler collaborated with TurnBoard to release the Kenzie Ziegler TurnBoard. In February 2018, Ziegler and her sister appeared on The Slow Mo Guys YouTube channel. She appeared on the cover of the April/May 2018 issue of Girls’ Life magazine. Ziegler released a self-help book in May 2018, titled Kenzie’s Rules for Life: How to be Happy, Healthy, and Dance to Your Own Beat, “a collection of inspirational, upbeat lessons for kids learning to navigate life.” The book ranked No. 7 on the Publishers Weekly best-seller list for juvenile non-fiction. In fall 2018, Ziegler launched her own cosmetics line, “Love, Kenzie”.
Ziegler’s social media penetration exceeded 20 million followers by 2017. Her Instagram account has more than 11 million followers, she has more than 10 million fans on Musical.ly, her two YouTube channels have received a total of more than 300 million views, with more than 2.8 million subscribers on her main channel, and she has more than one million Twitter followers. Ziegler was nominated at the 2016 Teen Choice Awards for Choice Muser, won the same award in 2018 and was nominated for Favorite Dancer 17 & Under at the 2017 Industry Dance Awards. Refinery29 included her on its 2017 list of 29 young actors, singers and activists “on the verge of superstardom.” The same year, Tiger Beat named her to its annual list of “19 Under 19”.
In 2012, Ziegler, along with her mother and sister, partnered with Starlight Children’s Foundation to help raise awareness for chronically ill youth. Ziegler has also partnered with foundations such as Love Your Melon and Dancers Against Cancer to raise awareness and funding for childhood cancer. 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. The same organization placed the Ziegler sisters on their 2016 list of charitable young celebrities. Ziegler has also joined her sister to support Dancers Against Cancer. In 2018, Ziegler performed at the first We Day Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
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|2011||Dance Moms: Most Outrageous Moments||Herself||TV Movie Documentary|
|2011||The Today Show||Herself/Performer|
|2013||Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition||Herself/Performer||Episode: Gods and Mortals|
|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|
|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”|
|2016||Dance Moms: The Girls’ Guide to Life||Herself||TV-mini series|
|2016||So You Think You Can Dance||Herself|||
|2016||Teens Wanna Know||Herself||Episode: JoJo Siwa 13th Birthday Party Bash|
|2017||Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn||Lilly||Episode: “Keeping Up with the Quadashians”|
|2018–present||Total Eclipse||Cassie||Lead role, Brat series|
|2018||Dancing with the Stars||Herself/Singer||Guest artist, performing her song “Wonderful”|
|2018||Dancing with the Stars: Juniors||Herself||Contestant|
|2011||“It’s Like Summer”||LUX||Supporting|
|2012||“Summer Love Song”||Brooke Hyland||Supporting|
|2014||“Girl Party”||Mack Z||Lead|
|2014||“Freaks Like Me”||Todrick Hall||Supporting, vocals|
|2014||“Christmas All Year Long”||Mack Z||Lead|
|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”|
|2017||“Monsters (aka Haters)”||Mackenzie Ziegler||Lead|
|2017||“Riding Free”||Maisy Stella||Supporting|
|2017||“Teamwork”||Mackenzie Ziegler||Lead; created for Justice|
|2018||“What If”||Johnny Orlando and Mackenzie Ziegler||Lead|
|2018||“Nothing On Us”||Mackenzie Ziegler||Lead|
- The Ziegler Girls 2017 tour of Australia (with Maddie Ziegler) Garvey, Cas. “Spotted: Dance Moms stars share Whitsundays snaps”, Chinchilla News, January 10, 2017</ref>
- Day & Night Tour with Johnny Orlando (2017)
- Maddie & Mackenzie Australia & New Zealand Tour 2018 (with Maddie Ziegler)
Awards and nominations
|2016||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Muser||Nominated|
|2017||Industry Dance Awards||Favorite Dancer 17 & Under||Won|
|2018||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Muser||Won|