Elliana Walmsley

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Elliana Walmsley
Born
Elliana Kathryn Walmsley

(2007-06-23) June 23, 2007 (age 15)
OccupationDancer, model
Years active2016–present

Elliana Kathryn Walmsley (born June 23, 2007[2]) is an American dancer and model. She became known for appearing in Lifetime's reality show Dance Moms.

Early life[edit]

Walmsley was born in Boulder, Colorado to Yolanda (née Parra)[3] and Kevin Walmsley. She has two older brothers, Jakeob and Luke. Walmsley began dancing when she was 18 months old and studied at The Joffrey Ballet, Master Ballet Academy in Scottsdale, Arizona, Michelle Latimer Dance Academy in Greenwood Village, Colorado, and EDGE Performing Arts Center and The Millennium Dance Complex, both in Los Angeles.[2] In 2015, Walmsley participated in the KAR Dance Competition held in Las Vegas and was crowned "Miss Petite Dance America".[4]

Career[edit]

2016–2017: Career beginnings[edit]

In 2016, she joined the US reality TV show Dance Moms, alongside her mother, during Season 6 as part of the ALDC mini team. After the mini team disbanded, Walmsley joined the elite team and became a permanent member of the cast during Season 7 in 2017, before leaving at the end of the year. She returned for some episodes in season 8.[5]

In 2017, she participated in a national tour with castmate Maesi Caes to teach dance masterclasses and give solo performances.[citation needed] At the end of 2017, Elliana Walmsley originated the lead role of Grace in the musical Dance Divas Nutcracker, based on Cheryl Burke's book series: Dance Divas. It was performed off-Broadway from December 13[6] to December 17 at Theatre Row, New York City, where a portion of the money made went towards the charity "Dancers with Cancer".[citation needed]

In July 2017, she competed at the annual national dance competition The Dance Awards, held in Orlando, Florida. She finished in the top ten in the Mini Female Best Dancer category.[citation needed] In July 2018, representing the Michelle Latimer Dance Academy, Walmsley won the title of Mini Female Best Dancer at The Dance Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada.[2] She has toured with 24/7, JUMP, and NUVO dance conventions in their 2019 season as the reigning TDA Mini Female Best Dancer winner at their Las Vegas Nationals. In June 2020, Walmsley competed at The Dance Awards again, but this time, in the Junior Category. She made it to the improv dance-off round and finished in the Top 15.[citation needed]

2018–present: current work[edit]

In 2018, Walmsley participated in Dancing with the Stars: Juniors as a professional[2] with Jason Maybaum and Emma Slater.[7] In July 2019, she booked the starring role of Clara in the 2019/2020 Radio City Christmas Spectacular show alongside The Rockettes after pursuing the role for three years. In 2020, it was announced that Walmsley would star in season 7 of the Brat web-based series Chicken Girls.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Series Role Notes Ref.
2016–2017, 2019 Dance Moms Herself Main role (seasons 6–7), 42 episodes
2018 Dancing with the Stars Herself - Junior Pro Dancer 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars: Juniors Herself - Junior Pro Dancer 5 episodes
To the Pointe with Kristyn Burtt Herself 1 episode
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Dancer 1 episode

Web series[edit]

Year Series Role Notes Ref.
2016–2017 JoJo's Juice Herself 2 episodes
2017 TinaQ's Celebrity Interviews Herself 1 episode
2018 Boss Cheer Sammy 1 episode
2020 CollabBASH: The First and Largest Online Creator Event Herself Panelist
Chicken Girls: The Docuseries Herself 9 episodes
2020–present Chicken Girls Claire 24 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Show Category Recipients and Nominees Outcome Ref.
2017 The Dance Awards Female Best Dancer (Mini) Elliana Walmsley Top 10
2018 The Dance Awards Female Best Dancer (Mini) Elliana Walmsley Won
CelebMix Awards Best Dancer Elliana Walmsley Nominated
2019 CelebMix Awards Best Dancer Elliana Walmsley Nominated
2020 The Dance Awards Female Best Dancer (Junior) Elliana Walmsley Top 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Elliana Walmsley Net Worth". Wealthy Celebrity. July 3, 2021. Retrieved July 13, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d Rolfe, Helen (November 23, 2018). "Why You Should Know Dance Darling Elliana Walmsley". Dance Spirit.
  3. ^ "Dance Moms: Bonus: Yolanda's Middle Name (Season 7, Episode 23)". YouTube. Retrieved August 30, 2020.
  4. ^ "Elliana Walmsley - Existence (Miss Petite Dance America)". Retrieved August 30, 2020.
  5. ^ Sorren, Martha (July 10, 2019). "Elliana & Yolanda's Return to Dance Moms Is Already Causing So Much Drama". Woman's Day.
  6. ^ "Dance Mom's Elliana Walmsley to Star in World Premiere of Dance Divas Nutcracker Off-Broadway". BWW News.
  7. ^ Bounds, Amy (October 5, 2018). "Boulder 11-year-old Elliana Walmsley competing on 'Dancing with the Stars Junior". Daily Camera.
  8. ^ Shafer, Ellise (August 4, 2020). "Brat TV Announces New Cast of 'Chicken Girls' For Season 7". Variety.

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