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Melissa Gisoni - MvK 04
Gender: Female
Born: June 13, 1968
Age: 52
Height: 5' 4" (estimated)
Friends and Family
Spouse: Greg Gisoni (husband)
Kurt Ziegler (ex-husband)
Children: Maddie Ziegler (daughter)
Mackenzie Ziegler (daughter)
Mathew Gisoni (step-son)
Michele Gisoni (step-daughter)
Friends: Jill Vertes
Holly Hatcher-Frazier
Gianna Martello
Kelly Hyland
Christi Lukasiak
Kira Girard
Jessalynn Siwa
Feuds: Christi Lukasiak
Kristie Ray
Sari Lopez
Lynn Fay
Abby Lee Miller
Ashlee Allen
Jeannie Quinn
Jo Anne Morales
Christy Hunt
Leslie Ackerman
Pets: Molly (dog, deceased)[1]
Maliboo (dog)
Peanut (cat, rehomed)
Episode Run
Debut: The Competition Begins
Last: Hello and Goodbye

  Melissa Ziegler-Gisoni (née Sulo)[2] is the mother of Maddie Ziegler and Mackenzie Ziegler. She is married to Greg Gisoni.

Other Information

  • She has often been called a "second mom" by people from Abby's studio.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
  • Shopping and chocolate are guilty pleasures of hers.[10]
  • Her daughters' solo music and Disney songs are on her iPod.[10]
  • Her most memorable Valentine's Day was when she got cards from her girls.[11]
  • Her biggest regret is not going to college.[11]
  • She wants her daughters to go on Broadway and go to college.[11]
  • Her husband Greg has been serving as a Vice President for Westinghouse Electric Company, which has its world headquarters in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.[12][13]
  • Out of all the moms, she is the closest with Jill Vertes and Holly Frazier.[14]
  • Melissa, along with several other members of the Dance Moms cast, appeared in Todrick Hall's video "Freaks Like Me." It was released on July 3rd, 2014. The music video can be seen in full here.
  • In May 2015, the Ziegler-Gisoni family sold their old home in Pittsburgh, moving into a larger custom built house in Pittsburgh,[15][16] although also expecting to live in Los Angeles half the time.[17]
  • During a Season 2 extra, Melissa said they didn't often use their kitchen, adding that their schedule has them dancing six nights a week.[18]
  • In May 2009, Melissa and her then husband Kurt, filed for chapter seven bankruptcy- owing $1,214,284.15 to creditors. The case was later discharged in July of 2010.[19]

Other Credits

To see Melissa Ziegler's other credits, visit the Melissa Ziegler/Credits subpage.


To view the gallery for Melissa Ziegler, click here.

External Links


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  13. Greg Gisoni representing Westinghouse at a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) meeting.
  15. The Ziegler's 4-bedroom, 2500 sq. ft. suburban Pittsburgh pad... sold in just 6 hours, at the full $279,000 asking price... the new 7,000 sq. ft. pad is quite the step-ball-change up. Amenities include a dance studio in the basement...
  17. Mingle Media TV Network interview by JJ Snyder, May 2015
  18. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named housetour
  19. "Maddie Ziegler‘s parents filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy in May of 2009. Kurt and Melissa Ziegler, who were married at the time of the joint filing, owed $1,214,284.15 to creditors."
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