I think the reason Maddie has improved so much is the fact that she's surrounded herself with dancers who make her better. Maddie has always risen to the level of those above her because she wants to be the best dancer she can. I've always admired her intrinsic motivation to improve herself
I absolutely agree with that. I noticed that on Dance Moms too! When she started dancing next to Kalani she really improved a lot while before she didn’t really have anyone to push her there since the ALDC dancers just weren’t the best trained dancers. But once Kalani showed up she really improved and you could tell that when they were doing duets. Maddie actually held her own next to Kalani and it gave her a push. She is really ambitious and is always trying to improve and she always says herself how good other dancers are and that they inspire her and you can clearly tell that this is true!