Can’t get enough of Maddie Ziegler? Well, you’re in for a real treat. Recently, Abby Lee Miller released archive footage of Maddie’s first solo from a 2008 ALDC concert. This little five-year-old wanted to be a star, and after years of hard work, she certainly has become one. Although we were never big on the Maddie hype when she was on Dance Moms, her work with Sia and her recent performance with Travis Wall on SYTYCD‘s 250th episode have certainly showcased just how hard this little girl has trained and how far she’s come.
Based on the Maddie Ziegler case, here’s how you build a star: Take a five-year-old kid and throw her on stage in a solo that’s somewhat out of her depth in terms of content. Watch the audience not really care that her toes aren’t pointed and her knees are a royal mess because, well, she’s only five, after all. Force the world to fall in love with her because her smile lights up the room, and she’s just so darned cute…and then spend the next several years making her train her butt off to earn the adoration that she so easily gained as a baby dancer.
Oh, yeah. And showcasing her on an abysmal reality series doesn’t exactly hurt, either…
Check out Abby’s video of Maddie; and just for comparison, we’ll toss Maddie and Sia’s latest collaboration in here as a bonus.
Congratulations, Maddie Ziegler. You’ve come a long way, kid.1 of 1