Maddie Ziegler 'never' did this one signature thing while dancing until she met Sia

You know those silly looks that Maddie Ziegler makes when she dances? When she sticks her tongue out, widens her eyes and stars into the camera? The now-signature move is something that the former "Dance Moms" standout didn't do until she met her partner-in-crime, Sia.

"I’d never done crazy faces in dance until I met Sia!" Ziegler explained to AOL Entertainment during a recent phone call. "I was definitely scared at first, but now it’s like second-nature to me. I come up with the weirdest faces now, and when we’re hanging out, we’re always just doing funny things and Sia’s like, ‘Oh, I have to make sure Ryan [Heffington, our choreographer] puts that face into the dance!’"

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Of course, Ziegler has learned more than just funny faces from Sia, who she has been working with relentlessly since she initially appeared in the music video for the singer's breakout solo hit, "Chandelier," back in 2014. The 14-year-old credits the chart-topper with giving her a newfound self-confidence and encouraging her to make sure that she continues to have fun doing what she truly loves.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 19: Actress Maddie Ziegler attends the premiere of The Weinstein Company's 'Leap' at the Pacific Theatres at The Grove on August 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 19: Actress Maddie Ziegler attends the premiere of 'Leap!' at the Pacific Theatres at The Grove on August 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: Dancer Maddie Ziegler arrives at the Teen Choice Awards 2017 at Galen Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: Maddie Ziegler accepts Choice Dancer onstage during the Teen Choice Awards 2017 at Galen Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 27: Actress Maddie Ziegler attends the opening night of 'Shaping Sound: After The Curtain' at Royce Hall on June 27, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 14: Maddie Ziegler arrives at the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival - Opening Night Premiere Of Focus Features' 'The Book Of Henry' at Arclight Cinemas Culver City on June 14, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Actress Maddie Ziegler enters the 'Today Show' taping at the NBC Rockefeller Center Studios on June 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - June 5: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Maddie Ziegler visits the Young Hollywood Studio on June 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mary Clavering/Young Hollywood/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 09: Maddie Ziegler attends Marc Jacobs Fragrances and Kaia Gerber Celebrate DAISY on May 9, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Marc Jacobs)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 14: Maddie Ziegler poses for photos at the signing of her book 'The Maddie Diaries' at Barnes & Noble at The Grove on March 14, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lucianna Faraone Coccia/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: Dancer Maddie Ziegler at Nickelodeon's 2017 Kids' Choice Awards at USC Galen Center on March 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MARCH 14: Maddie Ziegler visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on March 14, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 07: Dancer Maddie Ziegler attends the Build series to discuss 'The Maddie Diaries' at Build Studio on March 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 07: Actress Maddie Ziegler is seen walking in Soho on March 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 05: Dancer Maddie Ziegler attends the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcast live on Turner's TBS, TNT, and truTV at The Forum on March 5, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 21: TV personality Maddie Ziegler attends Vanity Fair and L'Oreal Paris Toast to Young Hollywood hosted by Dakota Johnson and Krista Smith at Delilah on February 21, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 07: Recording artist Sia (L) and dancer Maddie Ziegler perform during a stop of Sai's Nostalgic for the Present tour at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on October 7, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 23: Dancer Maddie Ziegler performs with recording artist Sia (not pictured) at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Maddie Ziegler arrives at the 6th Annual Celebration Of Dance Gala Presented By The Dizzy Feet Foundation at The Novo by Microsoft on September 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 07: Apple CEO Tim Cook (L) and dancer Maddie Ziegler are seen in the product demonstration area during a launch event on September 7, 2016 in San Francisco, California. Apple Inc. unveiled the latest iterations of its smart phone, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, the Apple Watch Series 2, as well as AirPods, the tech giant's first wireless headphones. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 17: Maddie Ziegler attends the 2016 Industry Dance Awards And Cancer Benefit Show at Avalon on August 17, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
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"To work with Sia all the time is the best experience," Ziegler gushed to us. "She always says that my sense of humor helps a lot, as well as my willingness to throw myself out there and just have fun, but she's the one that helped me become that person. She's helped me be less stressed about whether or not I look good and told me to keep a good head on my shoulders while making sure that I love what I'm doing."

"We're like best friends, in a way," she continued. "I think we help each other in a lot of different ways."

The unlikely pair have worked together on four music videos now, the most recent being for Sia's new track, "Rainbow," which she wrote for the "My Little Pony: The Movie" soundtrack. In the engrossing new clip, Ziegler commands attention as she interprets the song's inspirational lyrics while dancing in water and flying high.

"Dancing is like speaking without words, and that’s exactly what I was trying to get across with the music video," she tells us of her latest work. "If you’re dancing, music should always speak to you. It’s about believing in yourself and dreaming big goals, and that’s exactly what the song means to me. It’s about loving what you do."

Watch the music video for Sia's "Rainbow," starring Maddie Ziegler:
 

As for dancing in water? Ziegler wasn't sure about it, but it ended up making the shooting experience that much better for her.

"I was a little nervous because I didn’t know if I was going to slip," she said of dancing in water. "But the water ended up being an awesome experience and one of my favorite shoots I’ve ever done."

The collaboration with Sia provides yet another example of the singer's insistence on putting a bright spotlight on Ziegler's captivating dance in an effort to highlight the power of movement when paired with her soaring pop hooks. It's a habit of Sia's that Ziegler appreciates beyond words.

"You don’t necessarily have to be in the back anymore as a dancer," Ziegler explained to us. "Dance has to be acknowledged, and that’s why Sia is so important. She makes it all about telling a story through dance."

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Singer Sia arrives at the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 29: Sia performs on stage during the opening night of her 'Nostalgic for the Present' tour at KeyArena on September 29, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 29: Sia performs on stage during the opening night of her 'Nostalgic for the Present' tour at KeyArena on September 29, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 29: Sia and Maddie Ziegler perform on stage during the opening night of her 'Nostalgic for the Present' tour at KeyArena on September 29, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 29: Sia and Maddie Ziegler perform at KeyArena on September 29, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/WireImage)
Australian singer Sia performs on the main stage at the 'Sziget' Island Festival in the Hajogyar (Shipyard) Island of Budapest on August 15, 2016. The Sziget music festival is one of the biggest festival of Europe, takes place on an island in the middle of the Danube river, in the heart of Budapest. / AFP / ATTILA KISBENEDEK (Photo credit should read ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - AUGUST 4, 2016: Australian singer-songwriter Sia (Sia Furler) performs at Crocus City Hall. Artyom Geodakyan/TASS (Photo by Artyom Geodakyan\TASS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 24: Sia performs onstage at the 2016 Panorama NYC Festival - Day 3 at Randall's Island on July 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
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