EXCLUSIVE: Maddie Ziegler Says Cheryl Burke Will Bring 'Light and Happiness' to 'Dance Moms,' Talks Boyfriend

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Maddie Ziegler has nothing but praise for Cheryl Burke, who took over Dance Moms from Ziegler's former dance coach, Abby Lee Miller.
ET spoke with the 14-year-old dancer at the Los Angeles debut of Travis Wall and Shaping Sound's new show, After The Curtain, at UCLA on Tuesday, where she said she was excited to see where Burke would take the popular Lifetime show.
"It's really cool -- I'm a huge fan of Cheryl's from Dancing With the Stars," Ziegler told ET's Lauren Zima. "It'll be cool to see what she does. Cheryl is a great person, so I think she'll do really well with the kids. All the girls said they loved her."
When asked about the different vibe Burke brings to the show, Ziegler didn't hesitate.
"More just light and happiness!" she said. "She seems like she really cared for the girls and wanted them to do their best. I think that's so important."
As for her thoughts on Miller -- who was sentenced to a year and a day in prison in May after pleading guilty to bankruptcy fraud last June -- Ziegler was much more tight-lipped.
"I don't really have anything to say about her," she commented.
However, she did dish to ET about her relationship with her boyfriend, Jack. The dancer hasn't been shy about sharing PDA pics of the two on Instagram.

"It's great.... it's really good," Ziegler said with a giggle. "I'm a teenager, you know, boys ... "
"I would never move things too quick, plus, I know I'm still 14!" she added. "I'm still a child. But Jack is really great, and I have a good time with him."
Ziegler also told ET she's working on a new movie next month, and going on the Australian leg of Sia's tour. The busy teen attended Tuesday's event to support dancer and choreographer Travis Wall, whom she's worked with on multiple occasions.
"I love Travis so much," Ziegler gushed. "I've known him for so long, and we've danced together a couple times, so I was so excited to be here for him. He's such a creative person, and a genius, so I couldn't wait to come to his show."
Travis Wall's Shaping Sound: After the Curtain began touring in March, and just announced its fall and winter tour dates. Tickets go on sale on July 10.
Earlier this month, Ziegler admitted she's happy she's moved on from Dance Moms, the reality show that made her a household name long before her starring roles in Sia's music videos.
"The show was a really stressful time," she told Seventeen. "I just didn't want to deal with all of the drama anymore. I'm happy I've moved on. I get to step out and do my own thing and be myself. But I am thankful for the experience, and I miss dancing with the girls."
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