Maddie Ziegler is arguably at the top of her game right now. The critically acclaimed dancer has ventured into other opportunities since officially leaving “Dance Moms” last season. After working on a series of projects that has yet to hit the public, her latest gig as a judge in “So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation” automatically puts her in the spotlight on a weekly basis.
The dance competition show is currently on its 13th season and to spice things up, they have decided to cast younger participants vying for this year’s championship title. Ziegler, being somewhat a pro with regard to participating in such challenges, was a perfect fit to be a mentor/judge on the show. Despite this, she admits that she did get the butterflies on her first day on the job.
“I was so nervous because I’m usually the one in their position, so to be on the other side watching people dance and judge them, it was really cool,” the 13-year-old exclusively told InStyle magazine. Ziegler joins a roster of dancing icons at the panel Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo whom she said were all very nice and helpful to her.
“They’re all so sweet,” she gushed. “They just want me to have a good time. I feel really relaxed when I’m with them because they’re so chill and not crazy at all. They’re all really nice.”
As for her advice to the competitors, the dancer said, “Nothing is impossible with dance and if you want to achieve something, you can. I never thought I would be doing any of the things I’m doing today. I always dreamt of it but I never thought I actually would. Now I’m here and it’s really cool.”
The opportunities for Ziegler do not end there as she has just also been confirmed to be part of Sia’s “Nostalgic for the Present” tour. The pop star’s dance muse to three of her popular music videos “Chandelier,” “Elastic Heart” and “Cheap Thrills” will be performing live on stage with her, presumably in the tune of the same songs. The young prodigy will debut on the concert scene on Aug. 4 at the Crocus Concert Hall in Moscow, which will also be the kick off show for the worldwide tour. Fans can already buy pre-sale tickets while general tickets will go on sale on July 29.