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 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
|2013||Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition||Contestant, full second season (12 of 12 episodes)|
|2014||America's Got Talent||Cameo, 1 episode as part of Complexity (contortion group)|
|2015||The View||Performed in group dance "Together We Stand"|
|2011||Shake It Up||Kalani Hilliker (Member of AKsquared)||Guest, Episode "Camp It Up"|
|2014||"It's A Girl Party"||Mack Z||Supporting|
|2015||"Turn Up The Track"||MattyB||Supporting|
|2015||"Wear 'Em Out"||Kendall K||Supporting|
|2016||"My Name"||Mackenzie Sol||Main role|
Major Awards and Nominations
|2013||Junior Female Best Dancer||Won|
|2015 & 2016||Teen Female Best Dancer||2nd runner up|
|2015||Dancers Choice Awards (IDA)||Favorite Dancer 17 & Under||Nominated|