Maddie Ziegler Quits 'Dance Moms' for Sia Movie

By Shane Jordan on Feb 06, 2016 03:03 AM EST

It would seem that Maddie Ziegler is officially leaving her reality TV gig, Dance Moms, for bigger and better things. According to the latest gossip news updates, the 13-year-old star of three of Sia's music video's is quitting the show that helped make her famous to continuing working with the singer as an actress in her first movie. Meanwhile, Ziegler's former reality TV tutor, Abby Lee Miller's reputation for being less than kind has the 49-year-old reality star on the defensive. Miller recently explained that she is dedicated to shaping children's talent as dancers -- not building them up into thinking they are someone special.

After 6-seasons on Lifetime's Dance Moms Maddie Zielgler is reportedly walking away from the show to continue to work with pop singer Sia on her directorial debut.

The 40-year-old vocal powerhouse told The Hollywood Reporter that she was a bit apprehensive at first about branching out into film but success in her music career eventually helped her to realize that making a movie could be possible:

"I was too embarrassed to tell anyone I wanted to make a movie because I thought it would be seen as a vanity project because I was a singer.

"And then last year, after I made the 'Chandelier' video, I realized that I was pretty good at directing, so I felt a little bit braver."

For her part, Ziegler is more than happy to work with Sia on her first full length movie or anything else for that matter.

During a recent interview with Entertainment Online, Maddie explained that she was more than comfortable working with Sia in any capacity that she would like:

"She's literally the sweetest person ever.

"I feel like I'm just so comfortable with her every time I'm with her. I never feel like, 'Oh my god, I'm hanging out with a celebrity.'

"She's the most humble person and so caring, and she like, cooks for me!"

Although her bad behavior has nothing to do with Ziegler's leaving Dance Moms, instructor Abby Lee Miller's reputation as cruel task master has been growing for years.

While it might look less than loving to some, Miller told In Touch that she could hardly apologizing for dedicating herself to improving children's dancing -- not their self-esteem:

"I'm to the point now where I respect and listen to my kids...Teaching children is my one true love.

"I don't think it's true. I'm a tough coach, but if I'm giving you my time, my energy, my tutelage -- you have to give back. You have to make me proud of you.

"I wasn't put on this earth to make kids feel special. I was put here to make them dance."

What do you think of Maddie Ziegler's leaving Dance Moms after all that it has done for her?

Is it about time she moved on to something bigger than a reality series on Lifetime?

Or is it poor form to leave the show after it's virtually launched her career?

Let us hear what you have to say about it in the comment field below.

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