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Mackenzie Frances Ziegler (born June 4, 2004) is an American dancer, singer, internet personality and actress. She first gained notice as a child while appearing for six years on the Lifetime reality dance series Dance Moms together with her older sister, dancer and actress Maddie Ziegler.

Ziegler's music career began with her 2014 studio album, Mack Z. In 2018 she released her second studio album, Phases. She has joined singer Johnny Orlando in joint concert tours in North America and Europe and has released several other singles with Orlando and several solo releases. In 2017 and 2018, Ziegler traveled in Australia and New Zealand on dance workshop tours with her sister. She has also modeled for Polo Ralph Lauren.

In addition to Dance Moms, Ziegler has appeared on other television series, including the sitcom Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn (2015 and 2017). From 2018 to 2020, she starred in the Brat TV high school drama series Total Eclipse. She also competed on Dancing with the Stars: Juniors and starred as Dorothy in a holiday stage pantomime adaptation, The Wonderful Winter of Oz, in Pasadena, California.

As of February 2022, Ziegler has accumulated more than 14 million Instagram followers, 22 million TikTok followers, 3 million YouTube subscribers, and one million Twitter followers.

Early life

Ziegler was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Melissa Ziegler-Gisoni and Kurt Ziegler and grew up in Murrysville, Pennsylvania. She is of Polish, Italian and German descent. Her parents divorced when she was 6 years old after a 2009 bankruptcy. Her mother remarried Greg Gisoni in 2013. Ziegler has an older sister, Maddie, who is also a dancer and actress, as well as two older paternal half-brothers, Ryan and Tyler, and two older step-siblings, Matthew and Michelle. She began dancing at the Abby Lee Dance Company in Pittsburgh at the age of two. With that company, she won titles in dance competitions. Ziegler was homeschooled.

Since August 2020, Ziegler has been dating Tacoda Dubbs.


2011–2016: Dance Moms and Mack Z

Ziegler first appeared on television in 2011 on Lifetime's reality dance show Dance Moms, alongside her mother and sister. In 2016, the Zieglers left the show after six seasons to pursue other projects. Ziegler also appeared on Dance Moms' sister shows Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition and Abby's Studio Rescue.

In 2014, Ziegler released her debut album titled Mack Z, which she also used as a stage name for singing appearances. The album peaked at #1 on the iTunes pop charts, as well as #7 on iTunes' albums sales chart across all genres. The music video for the album's lead single, "Girl Party", also reached #1 on the iTunes pop chart. The video of the single has been viewed more than 80 million times. Later that year, her videos for "Shine" and "Christmas All Year Long" premiered. She continued to release singles and videos as Mack Z in 2015 and 2016. In 2014, Ziegler and her sister released a limited edition fashion line, The Maddie & Mackenzie Collection, through Mod Angel.

In 2015, Ziegler made her acting debut on Nickelodeon's sitcom Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn and appeared in a WowWee commercial alongside her sister. She returned to Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn in January 2017 in the episode "Keeping Up with the Quadashians". Also in 2015, she walked the Polo Ralph Lauren Runway in New York City and appeared in an ad campaign video for Glamour Magazine.

2016–2017: Music and touring

In November 2016, Ziegler released her first single under her full name, a duet with singer Johnny Orlando, titled "Day & Night". The duet's music video was released on December 21, 2016, and has been viewed more than 24 million times. In 2017–2018, Ziegler and Orlando presented their Day & Night Tour throughout North America and the UK. Her 2017 video "Breathe" has been viewed more than 45 million times, and the video of her 2018 duet with Orlando, "What If", has been viewed more than 60 million times.

In 2016, she and her sister were the faces of Clean & Clear's fall back-to-school campaign. Ziegler was the face of Polo Ralph Lauren's children's spring 2016 collection and was named a brand ambassador for girls' fashion line Emily West in 2017. In 2016, Ziegler collaborated with TurnBoard to release the Kenzie Ziegler TurnBoard, a turning practice tool for dancers. In 2017 and 2018, Ziegler collaborated on dance-inspired activewear clothing lines with tween retailer Justice. Justice also collaborated with her on a video of her song, "Teamwork", a back-to-school social media campaign with an anti-bullying theme, to promote the line. Later that year, Ziegler released a tee-shirt line called Tee4Too, and, with FanJoy in 2019, she released a line of sweatshirts and tee-shirts.

Ziegler and her sister conducted a dance workshop tour of Australia in January 2017. Ziegler is featured in a 2017 dance advertisement for General Electric. They conducted another dance workshop tour of Australia and New Zealand in mid-2018.

2018–present: Total Eclipse and Dancing with the Stars Juniors

From 2018 to 2020, Ziegler starred as Cassie, a teenage girl coping with unpopularity, in the high school drama series Total Eclipse on the Brat TV digital network. She was an executive producer for the show. She also co-starred as the same character in the film Brat Holiday Spectacular (2018). In February 2018, Ziegler and her sister appeared on The Slow Mo Guys YouTube channel. She appeared on the cover of the April/May 2018 issue of Girls' Life magazine. Ziegler released a self-help book in May 2018, titled Kenzie's Rules for Life: How to be Happy, Healthy, and Dance to Your Own Beat, "a collection of inspirational, upbeat lessons for kids learning to navigate life." The book ranked No. 7 on the Publishers Weekly best-seller list for juvenile non-fiction. In fall 2018, Ziegler launched her own cosmetics line, "Love, Kenzie".

Ziegler was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars: Juniors in 2018, reaching the finals. On one episode of this show she danced together with her sister for the first time on television since Dance Moms. On November 20, 2018, Ziegler released her second studio album, Phases. One of the singles on the album, "Wonderful", was written by Sia, and Ziegler premiered the song on Dancing with the Stars. In December 2018, Ziegler starred as Dorothy in a holiday stage pantomime adaptation, The Wonderful Winter of Oz, in Pasadena, California. In mid-2019, Ziegler signed with Arista Records and toured the US as the warm-up act for PrettyMuch. She stars as the title character in an animated film, released in the US in November 2019 with the American title Ice Princess Lily, about an ice princess who befriends a dragon to defeat the evil snowman who rules her land.

Ziegler and her sister were guest judges in 2020 on the Quibi dance competition show Floored. She duetted with Sia on her song "Exhale", released in June 2020. In 2020–2021, Ziegler competed on The Masked Singer spin-off The Masked Dancer as "Tulip" and finished in third place.


In 2012, Ziegler, along with her mother and sister, partnered with Starlight Children's Foundation to help raise awareness for chronically ill youth. Ziegler has also partnered with foundations such as Love Your Melon and Dancers Against Cancer to raise awareness and funding for childhood cancer. In 2016, Ziegler and her sister made a public service announcement for's Birthday Mail campaign, which enables people to send homemade birthday cards to children living in homeless shelters. The same organization placed the Ziegler sisters on their 2016 list of charitable young celebrities. Ziegler has also joined her sister to support Dancers Against Cancer.

In 2018, Ziegler performed at the first We Day Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She appeared on Celebrity Family Feud in 2019 together with her sister, mother, aunt and dancer Charlize Glass, playing for "My Friend's Place", where they have volunteered in the past, which provides meals for homeless youth in Los Angeles.


Television and film

Year Title Role Notes
2011–2016 Dance Moms Herself Lead
2011 Dance Moms: Most Outrageous Moments Herself TV movie documentary
2013 Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition Herself/Performer Episode: Gods and Mortals
Dance Moms Christmas Special Herself/Performer TV Movie
2014 The Today Show Herself/Singer Performed her single "Girl Party"
Abby's Studio Rescue Herself/Performer Episode: Delusions of Dance Grandeur
Good Day New York Herself/Performer Performed her single "Girl Party"
2015 Dance Moms Slumber Party Herself TV Movie
The Today Show Herself/Performer
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn Lilly Episode: "Unhappy Campers"
The View Herself/Performer
2016 Dance Moms: The Girls' Guide to Life Herself TV-mini series
So You Think You Can Dance Herself
2017 Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn Lilly Episode: "Keeping Up with the Quadashians"
2018 Dancing with the Stars Herself/Singer Guest artist, performing her song "Wonderful"
Dancing with the Stars: Juniors Herself Contestant
2019 Celebrity Family Feud Herself Contestant for charity
Ice Princess Lily Princess Lily Voice
2020 The Masked Dancer Tulip/Herself Contestant
2021 Let Us In Ivy Independent film


Year Title Role Notes
2018–2020 Total Eclipse Cassie Lead role
2018 Brat Holiday Spectacular Cassie Lead role, holiday special


Year Title Role Notes
2018 The Wonderful Winter of Oz Dorothy Pasadena production

Music videos

Year Title Lead performer Notes
2011 "It's Like Summer" LUX Supporting
2012 "Summer Love Song" Brooke Hyland Supporting
2014 "Girl Party" Mackenzie Ziegler Lead
"Freaks Like Me" Todrick Hall Supporting, vocals
"Shine" Mackenzie Ziegler Lead
"Christmas All Year Long" Mackenzie Ziegler Lead
2015 "I Gotta Dance" Mackenzie Ziegler Episode: "The Girl with the Curl"
"Dance Moms: Masterpiece" Jessie J Supporting
2016 "I Gotta Dance (Dave Aude Remix)" Mackenzie Ziegler Lead
"Day & Night" Johnny Orlando and Mackenzie Ziegler Lead; first song released as "Mackenzie Ziegler"
2017 "Monsters (aka Haters)" Mackenzie Ziegler Lead
"Riding Free" Maisy Stella Supporting
"Teamwork" Mackenzie Ziegler Lead; created for Justice
"Breathe" Mackenzie Ziegler Lead
2018 "What If" Johnny Orlando and Mackenzie Ziegler Lead
"Nothing On Us" Mackenzie Ziegler Lead
"Wonderful" Mackenzie Ziegler Lead with dancer Sage Rosen
2019 "Hot" Mackenzie Ziegler Lead
2020 "Exhale" Mackenzie Ziegler Lead
"Donuts" Mackenzie Ziegler (ft. Yung Bae) Lead
"Cozy With Me" Mackenzie Ziegler (ft. Ant Saunders) Co-lead
2021 "happy for me" Mackenzie Ziegler Lead
2022 "Worst Thing" NOTD (ft. Kenzie) Lead
"100 Degrees" Mackenzie Ziegler Lead


  • The Ziegler Girls 2017 tour of Australia (with Maddie Ziegler)
  • Day & Night Tour with Johnny Orlando (2017)
  • Maddie & Mackenzie Australia & New Zealand Tour 2018 (with Maddie Ziegler)
Opening act
  • FOMO Tour (2019; PrettyMuch)



Title Details
Mack Z
(as Mack Z)
  • Released: November 20, 2018
  • Label: Independent
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice Muser Nominated
2017 Industry Dance Awards Favorite Dancer 17 & Under Nominated
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Muser Won
2019 Teen Choice Awards Choice Fashion/Beauty Web Star Nominated
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