It has been about a decade since fans first met. Maddie Ziegler and Kenzie ziegler at Dance moms.
The show premiered in 2011 – when the sisters were 8 and 6, respectively – and quickly became a hit.
“We were taken out of school every day to go dancing and filming a TV show, so it wasn’t normal at all,” Maddie, now 18, recalls to Kenzie, Today. 16-year-old hui, in conversation for Elite Daily. “We ended up not even finishing [at our] elementary school, because we have withdrawn from work so much. And then once we started traveling, people started to recognize us. I remember we were in an ice cream shop and someone called out our names, and we were so freaked out. Like, how did these people know us? And then we realized, Oh, there’s a lot of attention around our show.
The reality TV series followed Abby lee millerThe team of young dancers and their mothers as the students prepared and participated in dance competitions across the country. While Kenzie admitted that growing up in the spotlight was “unusual,” she also said she couldn’t remember what life was like before.
“I don’t think we dealt with how unusual this was for a 6 and 8 year old,” Maddie agreed. “Fortunately, you and I were.”