She's continuing to prove the immense power of personal expression

By Faith Brar
Updated: March 22, 2016
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As much as we love Sia's infectious songs, we really look forward to her music videos thanks to her dancing mini me, Maddie Ziegler. We've seen her in videos for "Chandelier," "Elastic Heart," and "Big Girls Don't Cry," and she stars in the artist's latest video for "Cheap Thrills," which dropped today (if this song isn't already on your workout playlist, we'll give you a minute to add it). Just as we expected. Ziegler's dance moves are as innovative as the song is catchy.

But the 13-year-old dancing prodigy has been blowing up the entertainment world for quite some time now. She rose to fame in 2011 at just eight years old, after being selected as one of the original cast members on Dance Moms. And by 11, she was starring in music videos for Sia, where her unique interpretive moves were extremely well-received, gaining over a billion views on YouTube.

In February, Ziegler became the brand ambassador for Capezio dancewear, joining them in their latest video campaign, #DanceInYou. The campaign hopes to encourage young girls to be original and to stand out by embracing themselves for who they are. Ziegler is a natural fit, obviously.

In the video, Ziegler is at the barre with a class of young ballerinas. After momentarily following their moves, she spontaneously breaks out into a dazzling free-form number. She even rocks black and blue attire, refusing to conform to the traditional pink ballet dress code. Her rebellion is viewed skeptically by the other girls around her, but only for a short while. Within moments, Ziegler's originality encourages the ballerinas to step away from the barre and to dance the way they want-resulting in a can't-tear-your-eyes-away dance party.

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