Lilliana Belle Ketchman
June 23, 2008
|Other names||Lilly K|
|Known for||Dance Moms|
|Total views||397 million|
Updated: February 10, 2022
Lilliana Belle Ketchman (born June 23, 2008; known professionally as Lilly K) is an American YouTuber, model, dancer and aspiring actress. She is known for her appearances on Lifetime's Dance Moms beginning in season six, and for her YouTube videos.
Lilliana Ketchman was born June 23, 2008, to Stacey and Christopher Ketchman and has an older brother, Caden. Her mother is a psychologist and dancer while her father is a piano player and psychologist. Her family is from Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she attended Campaneria Ballet School. Ketchman began dancing when she was two years old and started competing at age five.
In 2015, Ketchman launched her YouTube channel, which features videos of her competitions, dance routines, cooking, fashion & beauty tips, games, and her many pranks. Her channel has more than three million subscribers and 288 million views. Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller became aware of Ketchman via her social media presence.
When she was participating in a photo shoot in New York in 2015, someone suggested she should be on Dance Moms with Abby Lee Miller; Ketchman's mother, however, put off the idea of auditioning due to Miller's reputation. After Miller began following Ketchman on social media, Ketchman was asked to send videos of her dancing. She joined season six of Dance Moms as part of the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) mini team at the age of seven. Ketchman's first solo was "Step by Step", which placed first. In 2017, she joined the ALDC Elite team. Ketchman placed first in the junior division at the national competition. During season seven, Ketchman placed first in a Spokane, Washington, competition with the ALDC.
The only team member to return for season eight, Ketchman won the overall competition for week 14 with her solo "Black Widow". For her solo "Straight Up" aired during week 16, she performed the entire routine in a straitjacket, earning a perfect score of 300 and finishing first. During the national competition, Ketchman placed second in the junior division and fourth overall with her solo "Inside Out".
Ketchman has appeared in numerous music videos for artists including Bianca Ryan, Sia, and fellow Dance Moms alumnus JoJo Siwa. In Sia's music video of "Move Your Body", Ketchman's portrayal of a young Sia received critical acclaim. Slate said her moves were what made the music video "so much fun to watch". In November 2020, Ketchman and her mother teased her own single and music video, "Underneath".
JoJo Siwa controversy
JoJo Siwa's video for her song "Nonstop" featured children portraying circus animals. Ketchman was made up as a monkey, leading to widespread controversy over the use of "blackface", which Siwa denied.
- "Lilly K for A-list Nation Magazine". A-list Nation (Interview). Wichita, Kansas. October 2019. pp. 65–67.
- Lilliana Ketchman [@lillykofficial] (June 23, 2020). "And this is 12!". Instagram (official). Archived from the original on December 24, 2021. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
- "About Lilliana Ketchman". YouTube.
- "Lilliana Ketchman YouTube Stats & Analytics Dashboard". NoxInfluencer.
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- Hasty, Kim (June 6, 2016). "Fayetteville woman, daughter to be on Dance Moms". The Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
- "Results for Atlanta, GA – Pre-Competitive Com Classical Top 5". Universal Ballet Competition. Miramar, Florida. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
- Geller, Lindsay (June 4, 2019). "Meet The Dance Moms: Resurrection Season 8 Cast". Women's Health. New York City.
- "ALDC for Sale?". Dance Moms. Season 6. Episode 30. October 26, 2017. Lifetime.
- "Same Old Frenemies, Part 2". Dance Moms. Season 7. Episode 22. February 21, 2018. Lifetime.
- Dance Moms:Dance Digest - Blue Moon vs. T.K.O. (Season 7). YouTube (Lifetime official channel). November 11, 2019. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
- Bakkila, Blake (May 14, 2019). "Everything We Know About Dance Moms Season 8". Good Housekeeping. New York City. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
- Hanrahan, Laura (August 28, 2019). "Watch Lilliana Ketchman's Unaired Solo That Dance Moms Fans Demanded to See". Woman's Day. New York City. Lifetime originally aired an abbreviated version of the show and posted the routine following complaints by Ketchman, her fans, and Abby Lee Miller.
- Hanrahan, Laura (July 27, 2019). "Watch Dance Moms Stars Elliana Walmsley and Lilly Ketchman Recreate Jojo Siwa's Solos". Woman's Day. New York City. Ketchman's 300 score was the fourth in the show's history.
- "New York Nationals". Dance Moms. Season 8. Episode 16. August 27, 2019. Lifetime.
- Thomson, Zangba (April 4, 2020). "Bianca Ryan releases a heartfelt pop ballad, entitled, 'Say Something'". Bong Mines Entertainment. North Baldwin, New York. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
- Duke, Simon (February 22, 2017). "Abby Lee Miller talks Dance Moms future, Sia and her own plans after meeting fans in Newcastle". Evening Chronicle. Newcastle upon Tyne. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
- Martinelli, Marissa (January 12, 2017). "Sia's Goofy New Music Video Stars a Tiny, Prancing Sia Photo-Bombing a Bunch of Glamour Shots". Slate. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
- Koenig, Ronnie (June 27, 2020). "JoJo Siwa responds to accusations of blackface in music video". Today. Retrieved December 27, 2020.