The Original Stars of 'Dance Moms': Where Are They Now?
Updated: Jul 3
On July 13, 2011, a new era in dance reality TV was born — Dance Moms. Six young girls were on their way to superstardom and inspired a generation of dancers. Yes, the moms and Abby Lee Miller were sometimes controversial, but we're here to talk about the dancers.
With the reboot of the series premiering on June 4 on Lifetime and Abby working on a personal renaissance, it's time to check in on the six original players — Maddie & Mackenzie Ziegler, Paige & Brooke Hyland, Nia Sioux and Chloe Lukasiak. What are they up to in 2019?
She was the oldest on the team and known for her Acro on the show. Even though she was one of the original stars on the show, she and sister Paige left Dance Moms in 2014 after her mom, Kelly Hyland, had a major falling out with Abby at the start of the fourth season.
Brooke graduated from high school in 2016. She is now a college junior at the University of Ohio majoring in business.
Since leaving the show with her sister and mom in 2014, Paige has modeled for Sherri Hill several times over the past few years. She's now a high school senior and will be attending West Virginia University in the fall.
Nia was the only OG cast member to stick around for every season before the show went on hiatus. She's stayed in the public eye by doing several dance concept videos choreographed by Kristin McQuaid and Chloe Arnold. She appears on The Bold and the Beautiful in the role of Forrester Creations intern, Emma Barber. Nia is also focused on her education and has college in mind for her plans.
One of the most successful of the former cast members, Maddie reached a whole new level of fame when she became Sia's muse. From "Chandelier" to "Elastic Heart", Maddie's image was everywhere. She has a new video with Sia, Diplo and Labrinth called "No New Friends" and she will be featured Sia's upcoming feature film directorial debut, Music.
So You Think You Can Dance fans will also remember Maddie's time on the judges' panel during The Next Generation in 2016. Maddie now has the biggest job of her career on the horizon. She will be playing one of the Jets in Stephen Spielberg's reimagining of the classic film, West Side Story. Filming begins this summer and the movie should take Maddie's career to a whole new level.
The baby of the group is all grown up! Kenzie is now 14 years old and focusing on her singing career. She hasn't left dance completely behind. She was a contestant on Season 1 of Dancing with the Stars: Juniors. She was paired with junior pro Sage Rosen and mentored by DWTS pro Gleb Savchenko. The trio made it to the finals on the show.
Chloe left at the end of Season 4 in 2014 with her mom, Christi. She jumped into other projects including a successful YouTube channel and beginning her acting career with shorts and the TV movie, Center Stage: On Pointe.
Chloe is a high school senior this year and recently teased that she had been accepted to college in the fall. She revealed she is attending Pepperdine University in Malibu, California in the fall. We are looking forward to those dorm room decorating videos in the fall.
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