The cast of Dance Moms isn’t exactly struggling to make ends meet. As fans, we don’t get to share in their wealth, of course, but who doesn’t love a good Cinderella story? Watching someone go from being a nobody with relatively nothing to being a somebody with everything is weirdly addicting. But with Dance Moms, the success of the stars is really just the cherry on top of the drama-filled sundae.
The series, which premiered in 2011, mainly focuses on the dancers of the Abby Lee Dance Company and, as the title implies, their mothers who always brought the drama. There were jealous fits, competitions, and lots of tears — and that was just in Season 1. Years later, though, those tears seemed to have been worth it as the cast of Dance Moms is worth quite a lot of money in 2020. Here’s a look at how much your favorite stars have in the bank.
Dance Moms coach Abby Lee Miller is a multimillionaire
One of the most memorable stars of Dance Moms was Abby Lee Miller, the teacher, choreographer, and owner of the studio where the girls danced. Abby Lee was harsh to the moms and didn’t exactly mince words for the daughters either. But after Dance Moms had a successful first several seasons, Abby Lee’s life kind of got off track. Following a yearlong prison sentence and cancer diagnosis, fans might not know what to expect from Abby Lee, but as it turns out, she’s doing just fine financially.
In fact, according to Celebrity Net Worth, Abby Lee is worth an estimated $2 million. Abby Lee has been able to maintain her wealth in a variety of ways. In addition to her big paychecks from Dance Moms back in the day, Abby Lee also wrote a book entitled Everything I Learned About Life, I Learned In Dance Class, which undoubtedly attributes to her net worth. Even though her life has been filled to the brim with drama, Abby Lee doesn’t seem to suffer any money issues as a result.
Dance Moms’ Maddie Ziegler’s net worth is unsurprisingly high
Maddie Ziegler‘s legacy has remained intact since her departure from Dance Moms in 2016. Part of that may be because Maddie was definitely Abby Lee Miller’s favorite student (something everyone noticed), but another reason was that even before she left the show, Maddie had established a successful career in the entertainment industry. Maddie is most widely known as the girl from Sia’s "Chandelier" music video, which really launched the dancer to stardom in 2014.
Because of that, it should come as no surprise that Maddie’s net worth is quite impressive. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the starlet is estimated to be worth $5 million. However, Maddie has more than her time on Dance Moms and her relationship with Sia to thank for her wealth. Maddie also penned a memoir, The Maddie Diaries, and wrote a series of books, which all add to her net worth. On top of all of that, Maddie has booked acting gigs, including a role in the remake of West Side Story, and has a Fabletics fashion line. Clearly, she can do it all — and make a lot of money in the process.
Chloe Lukasiak has found plenty of success post-Dance Moms
Chloe Lukasiak may just be one of the most well-recognized original cast members of Dance Moms. Still, Chloe ended up leaving the show after the fourth season, only to return two years later before ultimately leaving for good. With Dance Moms behind her, you might wonder just how Chloe has been able to make a living, but as it turns out, she hasn’t had any issues in that department.
Chloe’s net worth is reportedly an astounding $6 million. So how did she get to be so rich? In addition to amassing a huge Instagram following, a YouTube channel with over 2 million subscribers, and her Dance Moms past, Chloe has also achieved success in her acting career. Chloe has appeared in films such as Center Stage: On Pointe, Loophole, and The Message, according to IMDb.
On top of all her other projects, Chloe has also written a book entitled Girl on Pointe: Chloe’s Guide to Taking on the World. Though dance is what she’s primarily known for, Chloe revealed in an interview with Education and Career News that writing is her one true love, dubbing it one of her "ultimate goals."
Brooke Hyland has laid pretty low since Dance Moms
Though many former Dance Moms cast members have gone on to have successful careers in the entertainment industry, Brooke Hyland doesn’t seem interested in Hollywood — at least, not in the usual sense. The original cast member of Dance Moms who was known for her impressive acrobatic tricks — and, tbh, her mother — has definitely moved on since leaving the show and has created a life of her own.
While Brooke might not be raking in the millions or starring in movies and shows, she still has an impressive net worth for someone her age. According to The Richest, Brooke reportedly has a net worth of about $250,000. Though Brooke hasn’t danced professionally in a while, she’s has started her own career. After graduating from Ohio University in 2019, Brooke headed to Los Angeles to make her dreams of making it in the fashion industry come true.
In an interview with A-List Nation in January 2020, Hyland explained, "I have a full-time job in the fashion/e-commerce industry. I do influencer relations and PR." Brooke’s net worth will likely increase, as she told the publication, "It is my first job after college and my goal is to exceed my higher ups’ expectations and hopefully be promoted in the near future."
Paige Hyland didn’t need Dance Moms to make some serious money
Like her sister, Brooke Hyland, Paige Hyland also said goodbye to Dance Moms forever in 2014, and leaving the show might have been the best thing the younger Hyland sister could have done. Not only did saying goodbye to Dance Moms mean a lot less drama in Paige’s life, but it also meant a lot more free time, which cleared the way for Paige’s net worth to rise to reportedly $250,000.
As Paige and Brooke’s mom, Kelly Hyland told OK! magazine, the girls were able to be normal kids after leaving the show. "That was one of my problems being on the show," she explained. "Having my kids do normal activities that kids their age do. They wanted to go to school dances and do that kind of stuff and they were never allowed."
For Paige, that meant doing normal teenager things like hanging out with friends, starting a relationship, going off to college, and —oh, yeah — modeling for Sherri Hill, according to E! News. According to Paige’s Twitter bio, she is also slated to graduate from West Virginia University in 2023, so one can only guess what she’ll be up to in the future.
Dance Moms’ Nia Sioux has made a name for herself
Nia Sioux is one of the most memorable original cast members of Dance Moms. And even though Nia said goodbye to the series in 2017, the young star wasn’t done with the silver screen just yet.
Nia’s net worth is reportedly an impressive $1 million — and that probably has a lot to do with her career after she left Dance Moms. Of course, the show surely contributed to Nia’s wealth, as well, since she was one of the longtime original cast members. According to Screen Rant, it’s likely that Nia made about $1,000 to $2,000 per episode of Dance Moms, which definitely could add up. On top of that, Nia had a yearlong run playing Emma Barber on The Bold and the Beautiful, and several other television projects which likely all contribute to her massive wealth. Additionally, Nia also authored a picture book, Today I Dance, which was published in April 2020.
Mackenzie Ziegler’s net worth since leaving Dance Moms is impressive
The youngest of the original cast members of Dance Moms is none other than Maddie Ziegler’s little sister, Mackenzie Ziegler. Fans of the show’s first season likely remember Mackenzie as being the adorable little girl who could pull off some serious acrobatic tricks. Still, Mackenzie has made her mark on the world even after leaving Dance Moms with her sister in 2016.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Mackenzie is worth an estimated $3 million, which is a seriously large number for someone so young. In addition to her time on Dance Moms, Mackenzie also released two albums, appeared on Dancing With The Stars: Juniors, and became a bona fide TikTok star. But out of all of her talents, it appears as though singing is the one she’s most passionate about.
In an interview with BBC News, Mackenzie said, "I just want my music to speak to people in a good way and, you know, it’s not about blowing up or anything. I just want to release music because I love it." With the way her career has risen already, her net worth is also going to be on the rise sooner rather than later.
Former Dance Moms star Kendall Vertes isn’t exactly strapped for cash
Although Kendall Vertes wasn’t part of the first season of Dance Moms, she still ended up being a huge part of the core group of girls from the second season on. Kendall showed off some pretty impressive dance skills on the series, but perhaps even more memorable were her mom’s screams. We’re just being honest. When Kendall eventually left Dance Moms in 2017, fans weren’t quite sure what she would do next. But, as it turns out, she had a plan.
Kendall’s net worth is reportedly an estimated $1.5 million, which is an impressive amount considering the fact that she wasn’t even on the first season of Dance Moms. Nevertheless, Kendall has found plenty of success, including appearing in several films such as Rapunzel: A Princess Frozen in Time and Anastasia in 2019. But acting isn’t Kendall’s only skill.
While still starring on Dance Moms, Kendall released the single "Wear Em Out" and accompanying music video, which beat Taylor Swift’s "Bad Blood" music video on the iTunes music video chart, as the International Business Times reported. Without a doubt, Kendall excels at whatever she puts her mind to.
JoJo Siwa’s wealth is unparalleled among her Dance Moms peers
If there is one Dance Moms star who has truly outgrown the show, it is JoJo Siwa. JoJo joined Season 2 of Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition in 2013 and took fifth place. She also, of course, starred on Dance Moms for two seasons. After that, JoJo’s star only rose higher and higher, and when she released her song "Boomerang" and its accompanying music video, which has over 900 million views (and counting!), she took her place as queen of the tweens.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, JoJo’s wealth has really added up over the years and she is worth a reported $12 million, as of this writing. That’s right, she is worth more than her former coach! But you can’t say that JoJo hasn’t earned all her money. In addition to her hard work and long hours put in touring across the country, JoJo also has several merchandise lines that sell at places like Walmart and Target, which both really bring in the cash. There isn’t a little girl out there who doesn’t love JoJo and her signature bows, and the star’s wealth is surely to grow because of that.
Dance Moms’ Kalani Hilliker knows how to work Instagram to her advantage
Kalani Hilliker might not be as familiar to you as some of her other Dance Moms cast members, but the dancer certainly made a splash during her time on the reality show. Kalani joined the series in 2014, and though her mom obviously got in on the drama, they ended up saying goodbye in 2017, just three years later. Now, Kalani wasn’t on the show as long as some others, but that doesn’t mean her net worth has suffered because of that.
Quite the contrary, actually. Kalani is reported to have a net worth of $2 million — and her career after she left Dance Moms is probably to thank for that. Kalani is now a total social media influencer, boasting six million followers on Instagram and over 800,000 subscribers on YouTube, as of this writing.
Clearly, Kalani knows what she’s doing in the land of social media, and she’s scored some great partnerships as well, including Bang Energy and HeySilkySkin. With influencers earning an average of about $1,000 for every 100,000 followers, according to Mic, it’s no wonder Kalani has done so well for herself.
Christi Lukasiak has made good money since she and her daughter left Dance Moms
Perhaps the most famous dance mom from Dance Moms was Christi Lukasiak. The mother of Chloe Lukasiak had some seriously explosive moments on the show, as well as some hilarious ones. In an interview with Feeling The Vibe, Christi said that fans will always remember her one-liners from the show, like this one: "Jill’s running around and she’s throwing shoes and she’s cursing, and all I’m thinking is I can’t take you seriously wearing that hat!" Christi said of one of her most famous lines, adding, "And people will say that to me all the time!"
But after leaving Dance Moms and the drama behind her, Christi has focused much of her attention on building her social media following on TikTok. Though, that hasn’t been without hiccups. "I would say my biggest failure has been trying to create my own brand, because at first I thought you had to be original. I didn’t realize that if you just jump on the trend out there, that everything performs much better," Chrisi told Feeling the Vibe. Christi also began launching online courses via the social media platform. With a reported net worth between $1 and $5 million, Christi’s new gig is obviously going well.
Dance Moms mama Melissa Gisoni knows how to handle wealth
Though Melissa Gisoni may just be the epitome of a "dance mom," she went on to live quite a normal life after she and her daughters left Dance Moms. Well, a normalish life.As her daughters, Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler, are still pursuing fame and fortune, Melissa’s life will always be entrenched in that. But now that she’s no longer in front of the camera, she can be her true self. In a 2016 essay for Cosmopolitan, Melissa explained that she was done with fame. "I never wanted to be on TV and I never want to be on TV again," she revealed.
Despite her wishes not to be famous, though, Melissa still has an impressive estimated net worth of $2 million, although it’s not totally clear where exactly she gets her money from. Of course, Melissa has a large social media following, with nearly four million Instagram followers, as of this writing, so she may pull in a good amount of money from that. Regardless, though, she’s happy to stay home. "Literally, I’m just a mom from Pittsburgh," she wrote for Cosmopolitan.
Did Kelly Hyland’s splashy exit from Dance Moms help her rake in the big bucks?
Love her or hate her, everyone remembers Kelly Hyland from the original Dance Moms cast. Kelly was a fierce advocate for her daughters and had a complicated history with Abby Lee Miller, so it wasn’t surprising when the two clashed. But after kissing the show farewell in 2014, Kelly has pretty much stayed out of the spotlight.
Still, Kelly reportedly has a net worth in the $1 to $5 million range. It’s not totally clear where she gets all that money from, but her fame and notoriety after leaving Dance Moms may have something to do with it. In 2014, Kelly filed a lawsuit against Abby Lee claiming that she and her daughters "were mistreated on the show, their contract has been breached, and they have not been paid for the fourth season and were intentionally subjected to emotional distress," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The suit was eventually dismissed, but Kelly’s name may forever be associated with it.