Sia's Dancing Mini-Me Maddie Ziegler Speaks

Maddie Ziegler may be the most famous 11-year-old interpretative dancer, well, ever. She's the acrobatic star of the captivating video for Sia's "Chandelier" - viewed over 26 million times on YouTube - and performed alongside the camera-shy singer on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Here, Ziegler, who got her start on Lifetime's Dance Moms reality show, explains her "crazy eyes" and more.

How did Sia contact you? Is she a Dance Moms devotee?

I didn't audition or anything. I got a tweet from Sia, who's a fan of the show, and she asked if I'd like to be in her next video. Two weeks later, I was in L.A. making the video.

What was Sia and co-director Daniel Askill's vision for the video?

I was playing a mini-Sia. I'm not completely sure what they were thinking, but I know I had to play a crazy person. All of my corrections were people saying, "Use your crazy eyes! Always make the weirdest faces!"

Was the choreography hard for you?

I'm used to doing competitions and over-rehearsed material - this was completely different. No one really cared if I was in the perfect position, or if my feet weren't pointed. They just cared that I was playing the right part, that I was telling a story. I had rehearsal for three days to learn the dance, but I learned it in two hours on the first day. We filmed the entire video in one day.

Sia doesn't appear in her videos or face the crowd when she performs. She even got Lena Dunham to imitate you imitating her on Late Night With Seth Meyers. What do you think about that?

It's so cool that she can go to the supermarket and no one knows who she is. A couple of years ago, she didn't have the best life, and I guess she wanted to be known for her music instead of her image. She has amazing songs, she's best friends with Katy Perry and Kesha, and she's the humblest person I've ever met.


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