Kalani Hilliker is an American dancer, model, and television personality. In 2013, she rose to fame competing in the Lifetime reality series, Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition. She is currently starring in Lifetime series Dance Moms. She is the oldest in the group.


In 2011, Hilliker was part of the dance group, "AKsquared," Disney's first Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off - Shake It Up Edition winners. She and the group appeared on Disney's Shake It Up for winning the contest.

In early 2013, Hilliker had a small role in one episode of the short-lived ABC Family television series Bunheads.

In late 2013, Hilliker competed in the second season of AUDC. She starred on the show alongside her mother, Kira. Hilliker quickly became Abby's favorite for her flexibility, technique, and natural look of a dancer. Kalani was originally eliminated in the Vegas week for a weak Hip-Hop performance, but Abby brought her back using her Call-Back Card. She made it to the final four but was eliminated during the group challenge on the final week.

Hilliker began performing for the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) in the Dance Moms fourth season episode "Big Trouble in the Big Apple," continuing on the show until the season's midseason finale, after which Kalani and her mother left the program. Kira emphasized on Twitter that she had a little boy and man at home, and chose family over fame. Kira also spoke to the International Business Times, which reported that she pulled Kalani from the show in response "to a request to sign a seven-year contract in order to stay on Season 4." Kalani has since returned to the ALDC as a member of their Junior Elite Competition Team for a number of competitions filmed for the fifth season and sixth season (season 6).

Filmography, Discography and Major Awards

As herself

2013Abby's Ultimate Dance CompetitionContestant, full second season (12 of 12 episodes)
2014America's Got TalentCameo, 1 episode as part of Complexity (contortion group)
2014–presentDance MomsLead
2015The ViewPerformed in group dance "Together We Stand"

Acting credits

2011Shake It UpKalani Hilliker (Member of AKsquared)Guest, Episode "Camp It Up"
2013BunheadsBallet DancerUncredited
2016"Breaking Brooklyn"DancerPost-Production2016"Swiped"AshleePost-Production

Music videos

2014"It's A Girl Party"Mack ZSupporting
2015"Turn Up The Track"MattyBSupporting
2015"Wear 'Em Out"Kendall KSupporting
2016"My Name"Mackenzie SolMain role

Major Awards and Nominations

2013Junior Female Best DancerWon
2015 & 2016Teen Female Best Dancer2nd runner up
2015Dancers Choice Awards (IDA)Favorite Dancer 17 & UnderNominated