Kalani Hilliker

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Kalani Brooke Hilliker
Born
Kalani Brooklyn Hilliker

(2000-09-23) September 23, 2000 (age 18)
Phoenix, Arizona
NationalityAmerican
Years active2011–Present

Kalani Brooke Hilliker (born September 23, 2000) is an American dancer, actress, model and fashion designer . She rose to fame in 2013 as a contestant on the Lifetime reality series Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition and subsequently appeared on Dance Moms, becoming a regular cast member in its fourth season until it was cancelled in 2017.

Career[edit]

Kalani Hilliker is an American dancer, actress and model. She gained prominence from starring on Lifetime's Dance Moms, along with her mother Kira Girard.

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. She also competed on the Lifetime reality series Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition in 2013, ultimately finishing fourth. In 2014, she appeared on Dance Moms during its fourth season, becoming a regular cast member in its fifth season in 2015 until it was cancelled in 2017.

In 2011, Hilliker competed for the Mini Female Best Dancer title at the inaugural prestigious annual national dance competition The Dance Awards, held in New York. She finished as second runner-up to the title out of 100 dancers in the category. In 2013, Hilliker won the title of Junior Female Best Dancer at The Dance Awards representing Club Dance Studio, held in New York. She received the opportunity under the title to tour regional locations throughout late 2013 and early 2014 with the prestigious Break The Floor Productions and their affiliate dance conventions Nuvo, JUMP and 24seven, serving as a demonstrator. In 2015 and 2016, Hilliker competed for the Teen Female Best Dancer title, finishing second runner-up on both occasions, both years the category surpassing 100+ competitors.

In 2017 and 2018, Hilliker served as a finals judge for the Miss Teen USA competition. The 2017 edition was held in her hometown of Phoenix, Arizona.

Filmography[edit]

Year Series Role Notes
2011 Shake It Up Herself (member of AKsquared) Guest,
Episode: "Camp It Up"
2013 Bunheads Ballet Dancer Uncredited
Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition Herself (contestant) Season 2, 12 episodes,
Placed 4th
2014 America's Got Talent Herself (contestant, member of contortion group "Complexity") Cameo,
1 episode
2014–2017 Dance Moms Herself Main, Seasons 4 - 7
2018–Present Dirt (Brat Show) Sabrina Main Role
2017 Breaking Brooklyn Contemporary Dancer Post-production
Swiped Ashlee Post-production

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Artist Role
2014 "It's A Girl Party" Mack Z/ Mackenzie Ziegler Supporting
2015 "Turn Up The Track" MattyB Supporting
2015 "Wear 'Em Out" Kendall K Vertes Supporting
2016 "Ease On Down The Boulevard" Todrick Hall Supporting
2016 "Dance Moms: Me Too" Meghan Trainor Main Cast, along with Brynn Rumfallo, JoJo Siwa, Kendall Vertes and Nia Sioux
2016 "Winner" Nia Sioux Cameo
2016 "My Name" Mackenzie Sol Lead
2017 "Where Would I Be Without You" Kendall K Vertes Supporting

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2011 The Dance Awards Mini Female Best Dancer 2nd Runner-up
2013 The Dance Awards Junior Female Best Dancer 1st Place
2015 Industry Dance Awards Favorite Dancer 17 & Under Nominated
2016 The Dance Awards Teen Female Best Dancer 2nd Runner-Up
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice Dancer Nominated
2017 The Dance Awards Teen Female Best Dancer 2nd Runner-Up
2017 Industry Dance Awards Favorite Dancer 17 & Under Nominated

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