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THEN AND NOW: The stars of 'Dance Moms' over 10 years later

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"Dance Moms" first aired nearly 10 years ago. Jason Merritt/KCA2015/Getty Images
  • The reality show "Dance Moms" first premiered on Lifetime 10 years ago in 2011.

  • JoJo Siwa has gone on to achieve a massive social-media following.

  • Maddie Ziegler made it big when she danced in Sia's music video.

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Maddie Ziegler was 8 years old when "Dance Moms" started filming.

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Maddie Ziegler on "Dance Moms." Lifetime

In the first episode, her mom, Melissa Gisoni, proudly declared that Maddie was Abby Lee Miller's, the controversial and strict teacher of the elite Abby Lee Dance Company, favorite student.

The dancer kept that title for most of her ALDC career.

The 19-year-old is one of the most famous dancers to emerge from the show.

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Maddie Ziegler is set to appear in the "West Side Story" remake. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

In 2014, Maddie hit it big when musician Sia tapped her to appear in the "Chandelier" music video. The two have continued to work closely together, and Ziegler starred in Sia's 2021 movie "Music," which has been criticized for casting an able-bodied actor to play a disabled character.

Maddie is also set to play Velma in the 2021 "West Side Story" remake.

In addition to dancing and acting, she judged Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance?" in 2016, released a memoir titled "The Maddie Diaries" in 2017, and launched a makeup collection with Morphe in 2020.

Maddie's younger sister, Mackenzie, was one of the youngest ALDC dancers.

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Mackenzie Ziegler on "Dance Moms." Lifetime

Mackenzie was around 6 years old at the start of the show, so she competed in a lower age bracket than the rest of the team.

She was known for her comedic quotes, like when she said she didn't need to be a Broadway dancer, she just wanted to stay home and eat chips.

She's now focusing on an acting and singing career.

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Mackenzie Ziegler released an album, "Phases," in 2018. Paul Archuleta/Getty Images

After leaving "Dance Moms," Mackenzie has released music under the stage name Kenzie.

She dropped her first album "Phases" in 2018 and even collaborated with Sia for her 2020 song "Exhale."

With a growing presence on YouTube and TikTok, Kenzie's also branched into acting by starring on the Brat web series "Total Eclipse" and voicing the main character in the US version of the film "Ice Princess Lily" (2019).

Recently, Mackenzie competed as Tulip on Fox's "The Masked Dancer" and came in third place. She also played Ivy in "Let Us In" (2021).

In September 2021, she marked a new era of her music career with her single "Happy for Me."

Chloe Lukasiak often played second fiddle to Maddie.

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Chloe Lukasiak on "Dance Moms." Lifetime

Chloe was 9 years old when she first appeared on "Dance Moms," and she was one of Maddie's biggest challengers.

Every week was a battle to see which one of them would win the solo at the competition.

Now, she's a published writer.

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Chloe Lukasiak has talked about attending Pepperdine University. John Wolfsohn/Getty Images

Chloe stepped away from the often-toxic competitive-dance world when she left the series at the end of season four. Now, she's 20 years old.

She has a separate Instagram where she posts her poetry, and she previously released a book in 2018 called "Girl on Pointe: Chloe's Guide to Taking on the World."

She also uploads vlogs on YouTube for over 2 million subscribers and has appeared in various movies like "Center Stage: On Pointe" (2016) and "Loophole" (2019).

In her videos, she also talks about attending Pepperdine University and her college experience.

In 2021, she started a book club with an Instagram that now has over 17,000 followers.

Nia Sioux was 10 when her "Dance Moms" journey began.

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Nia Sioux on "Dance Moms." Lifetime

Although Abby Lee seemingly didn't consider her one of the top dancers, Nia held her own and even learned how to perfect a difficult signature move — the death drop, in which the dancer falls to the ground in a split-legged pose.

Nia is currently enrolled at UCLA.

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Nia Sioux is acting and singing while attending UCLA. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

The 20-year-old is attending UCLA while also staying busy with a budding singing and acting career.

She's worked on shows like CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" and Brat's web series "Sunnyside Up."

Nia dropped her latest single "Low Key Love" in 2020, and she vlogs on YouTube for over a million subscribers.

In 2021, she started the podcast "Adulting with Teala and Nia" alongside Teala Dunn and played Hanna Brooks in the TV movie "Imperfect High."

She's set to appear in the upcoming film "I Am Mortal," which is in post-production.

Brooke Hyland was the oldest member of the team when the show started.

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Brooke Hyland on "Dance Moms." Lifetime

At 13 years old, Brooke had already been dancing for years and seemed, at times, to be getting tired of it.

Throughout the series, she would say that she was missing out on regular high-school activities because she was so focused on dance.

Brooke eventually got the normal school experience she wanted.

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Brooke Hyland graduated from Ohio University. Presley Ann/Getty Images

After leaving the show at age 16, Brooke finished up high school and eventually went on to graduate from Ohio University with a marketing degree in 2019.

She tried her hand at a singing career shortly after she left "Dance Moms," but now she runs a popular food-themed Instagram account and occasionally posts on her YouTube channel, which has over 200,000 subscribers.

She still seems to be close friends with Nia and was pictured hanging out with her in late 2020.

Brooke's younger sister, Paige, was 10 years old when the show started.

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Paige Hyland on "Dance Moms." Lifetime

Paige tried hard to keep up with Chloe and Maddie but often found herself relegated to group dances instead of solos.

Paige is now a college student with millions of Instagram followers.

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Paige Hyland occasionally dances on TikTok. Johnny Nunez/Getty Images

According to her Instagram, the 20-year-old currently attends West Virginia University.

Gaining popularity on social media, Paige has over 3 million followers on Instagram and over 900,000 on TikTok, where she'll sometimes show off her dance moves.

Kendall Vertes joined the show on season two.

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Kendall Vertes on "Dance Moms." Lifetime

Dancing since she was just 18 months old, the then-9-year-old stayed on the show through season seven.

Kendall is now an actress and singer.

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Kendall Vertes has appeared in several films. Paul Archuleta/Getty Images

Under the stage name Kendall K, she released several albums and singles, with her latest song "Girl Talk" debuting in 2018.

The 18-year-old also branched into acting, recently appearing in the movies "Rapunzel: A Princess Frozen in Time" (2019), "Santa in Training" (2019), and a live-action version of "Anastasia" (2020), about the Romanov royal family.

In 2021, she started hosting "The Kendall K. and Friends Show" on CBS-TV.

She also regularly posts on her Instagram page, which has over 8 million followers.

Asia Monet Ray joined the show during season three.

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Asia Monet Ray on "Dance Moms." Lifetime

When she was 8 years old, Asia was brought onto the ALDC team and challenged other performers like Mackenzie.

Asia is now focusing on a singing career.

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Asia Monet Ray posts song covers on YouTube. Yuchen Liao/Getty Images

After "Dance Moms," she had her own Lifetime reality show called "Raising Asia" that ran for a single season in 2014.

Asia also jumped into acting, appearing on multiple episodes of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" and FX's "American Crime Story."

These days, the 16-year-old is prioritizing a music career, as she released her single "Real Life" in 2019 and frequently posts song covers on her YouTube page to nearly 500,000 subscribers.

Kalani Hilliker joined the elite dance team during season four.

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Kalani Hilliker on "Dance Moms." Lifetime

Kalani gained attention on Lifetime's "Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition," a "Dance Moms" spin-off in which young performers compete for $100,000 and a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet School.

She officially joined the reality-show cast when she was 13 years old.

The 21-year-old is still dancing.

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Kalani Hilliker launched a line of prom dresses. Dana Pleasant/Getty Images for boohoo.com

Her Instagram page, which has over 6 million followers, is filled with videos showing off her moves. She captioned one clip, "Dance is always my 1st love."

In addition to dancing, Kalani now vlogs on her YouTube channel for over 800,000 subscribers.

She also dove into the world of fashion with a line of formal dresses for Prom Girl, and several "Dance Moms" alumni, like Nia and Kendall, attended her launch event.

Kalani's also acted in projects like the movie "Swiped" (2018) and on the Brat TV show "Dirt."

She still seems to be friends with Kendall, and shared a selfie with her on Instagram in January 2021.

JoJo Siwa joined the "Dance Moms" cast in 2015.

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JoJo Siwa on "Dance Moms." Lifetime

JoJo was a late addition to the series, officially joining during season five.

Before her entrance to the official team, JoJo was on "Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition" when she was only 9 years old.

She's one of the most famous stars to come from the show.

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JoJo Siwa has millions of followers and subscribers across multiple platforms. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Images

JoJo has over 12 million subscribers on her YouTube channel and she's also gained over 37 million followers on TikTok.

The 18-year-old does a little bit of everything, from acting to singing to vlogging.

JoJo also has an accessories line with Claire's, portrayed T-Rex on Fox's "The Masked Singer," and was named one of Time's 100 most influential people of 2020.

Recently, she starred in Nickelodeon's dance flick "The J Team" (2021).

She's currently competing on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" and earned the first perfect score of the season for her and dance partner Jenna Johnson's foxtrot.

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