Maddie Ziegler is doing just fine without Abby Lee Miller. The dancer famously left Lifetime’s “Dance Moms” in May in favor of other jobs, and it appears she’s thriving.
Not only is Maddie, 13, currently serving as the youngest judge to date on “So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation,” she also got to show off her dancing chops on the Fox series’ 250th episode last month. Of course, coach Abby was present and “anxiously” awaiting for the performance (posted above) with the rest of the audience.
Outside of TV Maddie’s first movie, “The Book of Henry,” premieres in theaters in September. Already in post-production, Maddie also lent her voice to the animated feature “Ballerina” with co-star Elle Fanning. Fans can expect the movie to release worldwide in 2017.
Maddie’s celebrity also landed her two books deals. March 2017 will see the release of her memoir “The Maddie Diaries” with Gallery Books. The teen has also signed a deal with Aladdin Books for a young adult trilogy with the first installment set to release next fall.
After modeling in runway shows and posing for magazines, Maddie also secured her very own clothing line (more on that drama here). “Maddie,” designed for dancers-on-the-go, will be available for sale online and at select Nordstrom locations in October.
Elsewhere in the industry, Maddie has continued to collaborate with pop singer Sia. After several successful music videos together, the “Chandelier” performer tapped Maddie to star in her latest project. The music video for “The Greatest” (below) premiered on VEVO Tuesday.
Maddie’s work hasn’t gone unnoticed by others in the business. In July, she walked away with Fox’s Teen Choice Award for 2016 Choice Dancer. She thanked fans for the honor after the fact, saying the win made her “overwhelmed by all the love.” The following month she was gifted another win at the 2016 Dance Industry Awards, scoring the title of Breakthrough Performance Award Honoree.
While it doesn’t appear Maddie is planning to return to “Dance Moms” anytime soon (spoilers indicate she did not compete in any Season 6B episodes) coach Abby Lee has hinted she may have a TV project in the works with her former star pupil. After Maddie and her sister Mackenzie Ziegler had finished filming their last episode of “Dance Moms,” Abby made the announcement on YouTube.
“... Hopefully were going to be working on another project that you might just see on your television screen [or] even your computer screen in the future,” she told fans. “Keep your fingers crossed.”
Would you want to see Abby and Maddie team up for another show? Sound off in the comments section below. The fall premiere of “Dance Moms” airs on Tuesday at 9 p.m. EDT on Lifetime.