Who Was The Dancer Who Performed With Sia On 'SNL'? And More Importantly, Does Maddie Ziegler Know It's Not Her?
Let's sidestep the many questions we have about Trump on Saturday Night Live tonight, and hit the important question: Um, who was the martial artist performing with Sia on SNL tonight as she sang "Alive"? Because she kind of stole the show (and Sia was wearing a bow bigger than her head, so that's saying something). As we all expected, the best part of Saturday night's broadcast was Sia's performance. She had an awesome blue bow on top of her head, a choir performing behind her, and her tie wasn't at all too long, which is more than we can say for some people who graced the SNL stage tonight. Update: Sia's rep told Romper that Tokyo-born dancer and choreographer Mina Nishimura was the incredible performer who appeared onstage with Sia last night.
Appearing alongside the Australian pop singer who is known not only for her music but for her ability to be simultaneously hyper-visible and effectively private, was a martial artist who did not appear to be 9-year-old Mahiro Takano, the Japanese mixed martial artist, actor, and dancer who appears in the video for "Alive," the first single from Sia's upcoming new album, "This Is Acting." While it would've been awesome to see her join Sia on SNL, the martial arts performer onstage with the singer appeared to be older than 9. (Here's hoping Mahiro Takano was at home in Japan, sleeping, so she can grow into even more of a badass.)Update: Sia's rep told Romper that Tokyo-born dancer and choreographer Mina Nishimura was the incredible performer who appeared onstage with Sia last night.
We also know one other person who tonight's performer definitely was not: Maddie Ziegler, the Dance Moms breakout star-turned-mini-Sia-doppelganger who starred in the 2014 video for Sia's "Chandelier" and went on to star in two more choreography-driven videos for Sia tunes: "Elastic Heart" (co-starring Shia LaBeouf) and "Big Girls Cry".
For now, the mystery remains. We're on the case. We've reached out to both Sia's rep and SNL for info, and will update this post when we get more details about the mystery martial artist when we hear back. Update: Sia's rep told Romper that Tokyo-born dancer and choreographer Mina Nishimura was the incredible performer who appeared onstage with Sia last night.
And also, because we can never have enough, here's more of "Alive" video star Mahiro Takano being extra rad.
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