10 Jul

The Power of Positive Friendships

It’s true- positive friendships bring happiness and health. It’s been scientifically proven! The more positive friends you surround yourself with, the more upbeat and energetic you’ll be, as their positive energy naturally rubs off on you. Studies by Michigan State University have shown that the power of positive friendships lowers your chances of chronic illnesses like depression, diabetes, and heart disease.

Every once in a while, what may seem like a good friendship may actually be toxic- the type of friendship that makes you feel bad and brings you down. If you have a friend that constantly treats you with jealousy or disrespect, you should distance yourself because this type of negative energy can lower your self-esteem.  

How can you tell if your friendships are good for you? 

They Support You

Positive friends are the first to offer you help when you need it most. When you’re feeling down, they will do whatever it takes to make you smile. Have you ever walked off stage feeling really disappointed in your performance? Your positive friends are the ones waiting in the wings to give you a big hug and tell you how proud of you they are! They support you through it all- the good, the bad, the ugly! No matter what these positive friends are by your side.

Positive Friendships Bring Out the Best In You

The best of friends have a special way of motivating you to be the best version of yourself. You’re inspired by them! Spending time with them has lead you to face your fears, try new things and achieve life goals. Perhaps you have always dreamed of dancing on Broadway? Your positive friends are the ones who give you the encouragement and push you to go after what you want in life! 

They Make You Feel Good

This is probably the most obvious sign that your friendship is positive. Positive friends make you feel good! They lift you up. After spending time with a positive friend, you’ll feel happy and confident, not criticised and judged.

Good Friends Have Strong Character

Look at a friend’s morals and character when deciding whether they’re a positive friend or not. Key traits that positive friends have include being good listeners, reliable, empathetic, non-judgemental, and trustworthy. A good sense of humour is always a bonus!

The bottom line? 

The best of friends are the people who you laugh the hardest with, the ones who are your biggest fans, greet you with the biggest smiles, and are always just a phone call away. 

How do I attract positive friendships?

In order to attract positive friendships, you need to be a good friend yourself! Be the kind of person you want to spend time with! It all starts with positivity from within yourself. If you’re happy and positive, most likely your friends will be too! Aspire to lift each other up, let each other know you are there for one another in the good and bad times… and always help each other achieve your goals!

As the saying goes “Give a little love and it all comes back to you!” 

You get what you give, so give a lot! 

Your life and friendships will thank you for it.

13 Jun

Top 4 Places to Network as a Teen

You may think that networking is something only older business people do, when actually it’s something that you should start doing now – yes network as a teen! Networking is super important because one day the connections you make now could help you land your first job or the one after that! The networks you form can also help when it comes to providing references, as well as the friendship and support you need to make it in the real world. Everyone you meet is a new connection that could potentially be a big help for you in the future. So always be kind and genuine to everyone you meet!

The good news is – networking is actually really easy! It’s all about making connections with other people. Still a bit unsure about this whole networking thing? We’ve narrowed it down to the top 4 places that you can network as a teen, so listen up!

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1. Network as a Teen Online

If you parents allow you to use social media, it’s super important that you always keep your pages in check. Before you post anything, ask yourself if it would be appropriate if your future boss saw it. If the answer is no, don’t post it! Linkedin is a great tool that is specifically designed for professional networking. Have leadership roles at your high school? Just completed a cool internship? Maybe you spend your weekends volunteering? Proudly place those accomplishments onto your Linkedin profile.

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2. Get Involved

The easiest type of connections to form are with people with similar interests as you. Love to act? Join your local youth theatre club. Love to sing? Join your local choir. Whatever it is you love to do – just get involved! Workshop, retreats, camps and yes dance tours are all great ways to get active and meet people.

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3. Friends of Friends

We know you already know your best friends really well, but what about friends of friends? Your current circle of friends could introduce you to a whole new network of people! Same goes for your parents’ friends, your teachers’ friends, your coaches’ friends and so on!

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4. Travel Places

Don’t just stop once you’ve made a strong network in your hometown. Broaden your network by travelling to new places. Our dance tours take you to LA, NYC & Orlando and even London & Paris! The more people you know in more places, the stronger your network will be! Everywhere time you travel, meet people. You’ll be bound to run into some super friendly, intelligent and creative people – those are the ones you want to stay in touch with!

13 Jun

4 Signs You Have Found Your Passion

A passion is commonly defined as something you are really enthusiastic or excited about doing. You simply love doing it! Most people have a passion but often have trouble figuring out exactly what it is.

In school, you’re exposed to a curriculum of subjects, but the outside world has SO many more possibilities. If you haven’t found something you’re passionate about, it probably just means you haven’t tried enough things. Take that ballroom dance class that you’ve always been curious about or finally muster up the courage to join your local choir. The key to finding your passion is trying as many things possible, and the ones that stick around long-term most likely will become your passions.

Once you find your passion, you have two choices.

  1. You can start working on how you can turn your passion into a money-making career. You’re set for life if you can find a way to get paid for doing what you love. If you’re going to bust your butt working hard, it pays to be something you actually love doing! Stay tuned for Kim’s lifestyle mentorship programmes that will help you turn your passion into a business!
  2. Keep your passion as your hobby. Some of you will want to do something else as a career and keep your passion for the weekends as your extracurricular go-to activity. This works too!

Whatever you choose to do make sure to follow your gut, listen to your intuition and choose what is right for you! Just know that in this decision making process, EVERYTHING is possible and you can have it all – you just have to do the work and THINK about it. When the WHY you want something is strong enough the HOW will present itself.

In the meantime, here are 4 common signs that you’ve stumbled upon your passion.

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1. You’re naturally really good at your passion.

A passion is something you were born to do. While others may struggle to do your passion, you find it really easy. When you have a natural ability to do something, your natural talent shines. You’re really good at it, and have always received positive feedback when doing it from the very first time you did it. Use this positive feedback to motivate you to continue to work hard on your passion.

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2. It makes you super happy!

Passions can bring you huge amounts of joy and fulfilment. It makes you giddy, and you often find yourself grinning from ear to ear when doing your passion. From the moment you wake up, you can’t wait to start working on your passion.

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3. You spend a lot of time doing it.

Most of your spare time is spent doing your passion. You find yourself practicing and reading about your passion constantly! Before you know it, you’ve spent your entire day working on your passion. When you’re passionate about something, it’s so easy to lose track of time.

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4. It doesn’t feel like a chore.

You could be up until midnight working hard on your passion, and still never complain about it. When you love doing what you do, it never feels like a chore. You happily spend all of your days perfecting your passion, without anyone having to force you to do it.

06 May

Have A Look Inside A Dance Mom’s Bag

Ever wonder what’s really inside a Dance Mom’s bag? Why is it so big? What could she possibly need to bring when she’s not even dancing?

We thought we’d have a little bit of fun and have a peak. From hair spray to double-sided tape to baby wipes there’s bound to be something to help in any dance emergency! Scroll down to have a look inside the ever so mysterious Dance Mom bag.


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06 May

8 Signs That You’re Definitely A Dance Mom (or Dad)

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It starts with the first day you sign your 4-year-old daughter up for her first ballet class. Before you know it, your days are consumed with rehearsals, competitions and performances. And just like that – You officially become a Dance Mom (or Dad).

Just for fun, here are some telltale signs that you too have become a Dance Mom (or Dad)…

1. Your superpower is being able to whip together a perfect bun in under 10 seconds.

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2. Your furniture is constantly pushed to the side to make room for practice.

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3. You never leave the house without hairspray.

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4. Or makeup…

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5. Your child’s dance teachers are starting to see your child more than you do.

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6. You suddenly become “that mom” with the loudest hoot and holler in the audience!

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7. And you’re basically a backup dancer for the team because you’ve watched so many rehearsals!

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8. Last but not lease, there’s no prouder feeling than seeing your child share their passion with the world… Being a Dance Mom (or Dad) is just the best!

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10 Apr

4 Types of Dance You May Never Have Heard of

From Bollywood to Ballet, there is such a wide array of dance styles around the globe. No matter where you’re from in the world, our cultures all have one thing in common – the love of dance! After all, dance is known as the universal language. Here are few styles that you may not be familiar with from around the world!

1. Capoiera


Capoiera is an indigenous form of dance, originating in Brazil. It’s a combination of acrobatics and martial arts. It’s a dance style that takes strength and endurance, as the pace is fast and the moves are complex! The beats set the mood and keep you moving- imagine traditional African percussions mixed with male vocals.


2. Dragon Dance

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The Chinese New Year brings the Dragon Dance to life. The Dragon represents power, wisdom, and wealth. The Dragon Dance is believed to scare away evil spirits, getting rid of any bad luck that they bring. During the Dance, the sound of drums and gongs fill the air, while dancers hold the dragon up with poles making him dance.


3. Tinikling


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Tinikling comes from the Phillippines. The dance involves two people tapping and sliding bamboo poles on the ground, while the dancers dance over the poles. The dance represents the movements of a local bird called ‘Tikling’. The dancers perform graceful moves, mimicking what the bird does in order to escape the bamboo traps set by the farmers. Dancers weave through the rapidly moving bamboo poles with bare feet. Rhythm is key in this dance style, as just one missed beat would mean the bamboo poles snap your ankles! The tempo of the bamboo poles becomes faster as the dance progresses.


4. Russian Folk Dance

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One of the most memorable styles of Russian Folk Dance involves a whole bunch of squat work! Russian Folk Dance combines energetic knee bending movements with stomping, clapping and split jumps. These acrobatic type movements are usually performed by male dancers to a fun and fast tempo.

09 Apr

Starvista Spotlight: 4 SSO Dancers from Around the Globe

SHE SHINES ON loves our Starvista family! We’re a tight knit, special group that shares some incredible memories that only fellow Starvistas can ever understand. We’re lucky to have dancers from all over – New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and the UK! With dancers from all over the globe, we wanted to bring our special Starvista community a bit closer by introducing you to a few!


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What do you love about dance? I love the feeling of being on stage and performing in front of an audience – there is no other feeling in the world that is better. I love being able to share my passion and what I love with people, in such an exhilarating, rewarding way. I love putting on a piece of music and letting my body express what I’m feeling. I love the people and the community that dance connects you with, both who you dance with and internationally. I love everything about dance!

When did you go on your SHE SHINES ON Dance Tour? I went on my first SSO Tour in April of 2017 to Los Angeles, and I went on my second SSO Tour in September of 2018 to New York & Orlando.

What did you learn most on tour? There is so much that you learn on SHE SHINES ON Dance Tours, both about yourself as a dancer, but about yourself as a person as well. I obviously learnt incredible things about dance and the performing arts industry through the amazing opportunities we had and the teachers we were taught by, but I learnt more about self belief, inspiration and positive mindset through the incredible workshops that we had with Kim Davey. She is such an inspiring person to be around. What she teaches about your mindset in life is something that I will never forget and one of the most valuable things that I learnt on both tours.

What are your dancing goals? I want to go overseas when I leave school and dance professionally! I never knew that this was something that I could seriously do, but after my first SSO tour, I realised that it was something that is possible and that you can achieve anything that you put your mind to. On the New York tour, we had workshops with current Broadway dancers, and ever since then, my long term goal is to be dancing on Broadway!

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Fun Facts

  1. What’s your pre-performance ritual? I always make sure I spend at least 45 minutes stretching and warming up before I go on stage so that I can dance my absolute best!
  2. Hobbies: Obviously I love dance (and spend pretty much all my time doing it!), but I love to sing, play the piano and cook!
  3. Favourite song to dance to: Anything Billie Eilish! I absolutely love her style of music, her musicality, her voice and all her songs!
  4. Your dance idol: Sophie Holloway! I love her style of dance, and she is a Radio City Rockette, which I just find the coolest thing ever! I also LOVE Pairs Cavanagh, who is also an Australian dancer. Her choreography is out of this world, and I was actually lucky enough to be taught by her earlier this year in Sydney – which I loved!
  5. Hidden talents: It’s not really a talent, but I have double jointed fingers and my thumbs bend all the way back!
  6. Favourite quote: “Your thoughts become things.” – The Secret
  7. What do you want to be when you grow up? A dancer or a nutritionist.
  8. Name 3 things on your bucket list? 1. To travel to every continent in the world 2. To visit every Disneyland in the world. 3. To perform on Broadway! (obviously I love travel and dance – which is why I love SHE SHINES ON so much!).
  9. If you could fly anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? After my tour last year, I have realised how much I love New York City. So I would go back and watch as many Broadway shows as I could, see more incredible sights and embrace it all over again!
  10. Tell us about your most favourite dance performance ever. One of my favourite performances was actually on my tour to Orlando with SSO, when we danced at Disney. We has such a huge, supportive, loud audience, which made the performance so exciting! It was a pretty surreal experience to dance with my best friends, overseas at Disney, and in front of a huge crowd. It is definitely a performance that I will never forget.
  11. What are 3 words your best friends would use to describe you? Adventurous, loyal and hardworking.
  12. What do you like to do with your best friends? Go on a road trip to a beautiful place in New Zealand, try new cafes and foods, and take cool photos in new places!


Kiara Watkin – Australia

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What do you love about dance? I love how I feel when I am dancing on stage, in the studio or even in my bedroom. I am happy, living in the moment and completely satisfied with life at that point in time. I love the unique opportunities that dance provides. I could be travelling the world performing on a cruise ship, being a princess at Disneyland or entertaining a live audience. The adventures are endless. I also love the many gifts dance has given me. For example a strong, fit and flexible body, the ability to handle pressure and last minute changes, a great work ethic and attitude and lifelong friends. I would not be the determined, ambitious and passionate person I am today without dance.

When did you go on your SHE SHINES ON Dance Tour? I went on the SHE SHINES ON Dance Tour to New York & Orlando at the end of June last year and had the best time!

What did you learn most on tour? By doing dance classes, seeing shows on Broadway and having seminars with industry professionals, I was inspired to chase my dream of becoming a professional dancer and realised I would be able to achieve this if I kept working hard. I also realised how many opportunities are out there for dancers. Kim is an amazing lady who inspires all to follow their dreams.

What are your dancing goals? I want to have a successful career in the dance industry and prove that you don’t have to go to university and get a standard 9-5 job to be successful. I would love to have the opportunity to work as a performer at theme parks and on cruise lines all around the world and maybe even one day be lucky enough to star in musicals.  

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Fun Facts

  1. What’s your pre-performance ritual? Once I am all ready with my makeup done and costume on, I like to sit by myself in a quiet place listening to the music of the performance I am about to do and visualise the routine in my head.
  2. Hobbies: Between dance classes, auditions, dance gigs and teaching pilates and dancing, I don’t get much time for myself. However, when I do I love scrapbooking and keeping up with the latest fashion trends.
  3. Favourite song to dance to: Happy by Pharrell Williams.
  4. Your dance idol: My dance idol is Misty Copeland, as she defies all odds to achieve her dream.
  5. Hidden talents: Speaking Japanese and falling asleep anywhere at any time.
  6. Favourite quote: “The more you practice the luckier you get.” or “Dreams don’t work unless you do.”
  7. What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to become a professional dancer, travelling the world.
  8. Name 3 things on your bucket list? 1. To be a professional dancer working for heaps of different companies. 2. To travel around the world. 3. In many years to come, own a successful pilates studio.  
  9. If you could fly anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? I would fly to London and spend a couple of weeks there doing dance classes at Pineapple Studios, seeing shows on West End, shopping and exploring the best restaurants and cafes of London.
  10. Tell us about your most favourite dance performance ever. My favourite dance performance was my graduating showcase. After 2 years of studying full time to gain my Diploma in Music Theatre, I had the best time performing in our showcase alongside my friends and with my family in the audience. I felt a sense of fulfillment and happiness, and I was thankful for the experience, proud of my achievements and excited for the future ahead.
  11. What are 3 words your best friends would use to describe you? Kind, hard working and determined.
  12. What do you like to do with your best friends? I love to go out for lunch with my best friends, followed by a shopping date at the mall.



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What do you love about dance? I love that I can let go and escape to a different world and leave the stress of life behind.

When did go on your SHE SHINES ON Dance Tour? I went on the LA SHE SHINES ON Dance Tour in June-July in 2018.

What did you learn most on tour? I learnt that I can make my dreams happen. I also learnt new techniques and dancing styles. It also opened my eyes to a whole different world out there that I would love to be a part of.

What are your dancing goals? My goals are to one day be on Broadway or dance and perform for Disney.

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Fun Facts

  1. What’s your pre-performance ritual? I like to not eat before I dance, I like to warm up and get my whole body warm before I perform. I run through my dances, jump three times just before I go on stage to help with the build-up of nerves and adrenaline, and say a quick prayer.
  2. Hobbies: Singing, painting, camping with family, watching movies and TV.
  3. Favourite song to dance to: I enjoy dancing in all styles and giving expression to all music. I don’t really have a favourite song to dance to.
  4. Your dance idol: Allison Holker, Travis Wall and Katherine McCormick.  
  5. Hidden talents: I am a great organiser.
  6. Favourite quote:If you can dream it you can do it.” – Walt Disney
  7. What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be a performer; dancing and singing on stage. After that, I would like to study physiotherapy.
  8. Name 3 things on your bucket list? 1. Visit Florence. 2. Italy, experience a white Christmas. 3. See as many Broadway shows as possible.
  9. If you could fly anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? Paris, France.
  10. Tell us about your most favourite dance performance ever. Dancing at Disneyland in 2018 was one of the best. I could see myself doing that every day as I was filled with such excitement and felt so alive.
  11. What are 3 words your best friends would use to describe you? Confident, talkative and organized.  
  12. What do you like to do with your best friends? Hang out and chat.



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What do you love about dance? I have been dancing since I was 3, so for 15 years. I train in the styles of contemporary, commercial/urban, jazz, ballet and tap. Dancing has run in the family, so I got put into ballet classes when I was 3 and decided I wanted to carry on because I love the buzz you get from performing.

When did go on your SHE SHINES ON Dance Tour? I am the CYD? Super Convention Scouted Winner and won a spot on the LA Dance Tour this August 2019! Winning this opportunity is very special to me because I know that it is gonna be a once in a lifetime experience. I am most excited about training on tour, and I am really looking forward to going to all of the amazing studios to take classes. I have always watched all the LA dance videos at the famous studios like Millennium that you see all over Instagram, and the fact that I am going to be able to go and train at these places means a lot.

What did you learn most on tour? Whilst on tour, I hope to improve as a dancer, I hope to gain confidence and take part in classes that I normally wouldn’t choose to so that I can grow out of my comfort zone.

What are your dancing goals? My dancing goals are just to keep improving and hopefully make a career out of it. I just want to keep performing.


Fun Facts

  1. What’s your pre-performance ritual? My pre-performance ritual is making sure I am warmed up properly and stretched so that I can perform to the best of my ability. I also try to relax and tell myself to just enjoy it, which is what I do every time I am on stage.
  2. Hobbies: In terms of hobbies, I pretty much am always either dancing or working at my job which is at the cinema. I also enjoy going out with my friends!
  3. Favourite song to dance to: My favourite song to dance to at the moment would be either Fire on Fire by Sam Smith or Waves by Dean Lewis.
  4. Your dance idol: There are many people I look up to in the dance world, but the main ones would be Autumn Miller, Briar Nolet, Charity and Andres, Delaney Glazer, Kaycee Rice, Kaea Pearce, and just The Royal Family in general.
  5. Hidden talents: I don’t have any hidden talents, pretty boring :).
  6. Favourite quote: “Be somebody nobody thought you could be.”
  7. What do you want to be when you grow up? The obvious answer would be that I want to be a dancer when I grow up, but in a bit more detail… I would love to be a backup dancer on big shows such as X-factor, The Brits, and also for celebrities concerts.
  8. Name 3 things on your bucket list? 1. Go to the Maldives and visit the Sea of Stars. 2. Go dolphin watching or swim with them. 3. Live a life I’m proud of with my favourite person.
  9. If you could fly anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? Australia!
  10. Tell us about your most favourite dance performance ever. My most favourite dance performance would be at one of the UK’s biggest dance conventions. It was such a fun experience, and the nerves and excitement that you get before you go on that huge stage is very motivating.
  11. What are 3 words your best friends would use to describe you? Spontaneous (up for a laugh and to do anything whenever – within reason lol), funny and caring.
  12. What do you like to do with your best friends? A lot of my close friends are also dancers, so I like to dance with them but we also like going out and having a laugh. Whether that be out on the town or just for ice cream, no matter what we do we always have a laugh.
11 Mar

The Rise of the Boss Babe


We’ve seen it everrrrywhere.

But what does it mean?

You’ve probably already seen a boss babe around, you may know one… you may even BE one!

She’s strong, confident, fearless… just to name a few. She’s the type of gal whose personality is magnetic. She knows what she wants and how to get it. And the best news is that she’s here to stay!

Women make up nearly 41% of new entrepreneurs and that only continues to rise!

SHINE SHINES ON was started by our very own boss babe.

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Kim Davey created SHE SHINES ON to inspire girls to believe that they can follow their dreams. As a young girl, Kim was passionate about dance, theatre and television, but when it came time to choose a career, she heard that tired refrain – “You can’t make a living in the arts!” – so she became a lawyer instead.

After graduating, she lasted only 7 weeks (yes, weeks!) working in a law firm before realising she wasn’t being true to herself.

She vowed to change this. She travelled to all 7 continents and took part in numerous personal development trainings, which lit the spark in her to create the life of her dreams, boldly and without hesitation.

Through these experiences she began to see that if you believe in yourself then you really can turn your dreams into reality. That’s what Kim wants every girl to believe who comes on tour with SHE SHINES ON.

Hence, SHE SHINES ON was born- travel, personal development, and performing arts all rolled into one! It’s our founder’s passion, and she wants to share it with you so you can pursue your passions, like the boss babe that YOU are!

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11 Mar

Mad About Maddie

Maddie Ziegler has become one of the most famous young female dancers of our time. SHE SHINES ON especially loves her passion for performance and how she just goes for what she wants! We fell in love with her on Dance Moms, and she continued to wow us with her talents dancing in Sia’s music videos. And, she even found time to star in a movie, The Book of Henry. Maddie has been gracing our screens since the young age of 8, but there’s plenty about the young dancer that you might not know.


Full name: Madison Nicole Ziegler

Nickname: Maddie Moo Moo, Maddie Girl, Mad Dog

Birthday: September 30, 2002

Pet peeve: The sound when your fork scrapes the plate

Hidden talent: She can do some weird accents

Favorite food: Strawberries, ice cream, sushi and cereal

First thing she notices on a person: Personality and eyes

Pets: A maltipoo dog named Malibu

Favorite smell: Mail and garage

Favorite color: Purple

Favorite actress: Kate Hudson

Favorite TV show: Gossip Girl

Favorite movie: Get Out

Favorite Disney Princess: Ariel

Advice for young teens: Chase your dreams! If you’re passionate about something, just go for it!

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05 Feb

3 Ways to Practice Self-Love

You know you’re awesome, right? Knowing this and truly believing how amazing you are every day is so important! Unsure where to begin?

Here are 3 easy ways to practice self-love!

1. Surround yourself with loving people

Spend time with people in your life that make you smile, laugh and feel good about yourself! Having a positive person in your life brings the love, comfort and support you need on the worst of days. If you ever need a shoulder to cry on, you’ll know who to lean on. Being around good people will naturally make you feel good about yourself!

2. Take care of yourself

It has been proven that exercise and self-esteem go hand in hand! Feel a bit down? Go for a run, do a little dance… get up and be active! You’ll feel so much better afterwards… pinky promise! And don’t forget that getting enough rest and eating a healthy balanced diet is just as important. Helpful Hint: When you need a pick me up, eat lots of orange and yellow fruits and veggies – lemons, oranges, bananas, peppers, mango, pineapple, banana – proven to make you feel good!

3. Focus on the positives

It’s all about taking control of your thoughts and focusing only on the positives! Practice turning every negative into a positive. No matter what the situation ask yourself, “What am I thankful for here?…What did I learn?” If it helps, write down what you’re grateful for in a journal or say it to yourself confidently in the mirror. Breathe in the goodness, breathe out the badness. Life is good!