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Kalani Hilliker
Kalani DM S6 Headshot
Gender: Female
Born: September 23rd, 2000[1]
Age: 16 (12 on AUDC)
Home: Gilbert, Arizona
Occupation: Student
Affiliations: Club Dance Studio
Abby Lee Dance Company (guest)
Master Ballet Academy
Adage Dance Studios
The S Agency
Friends and Family
Parents: Kira Girard (mother)
Matthew Hilliker (father)
David Newman (step-father)
Siblings: Jax (half-brother)
Jett (half-brother)
Friends: JoJo Siwa
Episode Run
Place: 4th
Debut: Make It Count!
Eliminated: Vegas Show Stoppers (call back)
Meet Abby's Newest Ultimate Dancer
Last: Meet Abby's Newest Ultimate Dancer

Kalani Brooke Hilliker[2] is a 16-year old dancer that featured in Season 2 of Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition. She placed 4th.


Kalani was enrolled into dance classes by her mother because it was fun and cute to dress her up. Kalani's favorite style of dance to watch is Contemporary and her favorite style of dance to perform is Lyrical. If Kalani doesn't become a professional dancer, she will become a dance teacher, choreographer, and go to college. Kalani's specialties are Ballet and Lyrical and she has been dancing for 10 years.

On Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition

Throughout the competition Kalani was shown to be Abby's favorite due to her flexibility, technique and her natural look of a dancer.

In Vegas Show Stoppers, Kalani performed a hip hop trio with Tyler and Travis but due to the style being her weak point, she ended up in the bottom two alongside Ally. Despite Abby disagreeing with Rachelle and Richy's decision, Kalani was sent home.

However in Anything Can Happen, Abby revealed during the group challenge that she was going to use her call back card, despite being against the idea of it the previous week and thus gave the card to Kalani, putting her back in the running for the prize.

Kalani advanced all the way to the final but was eventually eliminated a second time during the final group challenge as she gave the weakest performance out of the final four.

AUDC Performances


Episode Dance Name
Song Name
Dance Style Safe/Eliminated
Wild West Showdown Rhinestone Cowgirl
Wham Bam
Jazz Safe
Divas in the House Movie Star
Lights, Camera, Action!
Jazz Safe
Down the Rabbit Hole White Rabbit
Get to It
Hip-Hop Safe
Meet Abby's Newest Ultimate Dancer Rhinestone Cowgirl Challenge Encore
Wham Bam


Episode Dance Name
Song Name
Dance Style Dancer(s) Safe/Eliminated
Dare to Be You Piano Passion
Unique In Its Madness
Unknown Ally Safe
Gods and Mortals Birth of a Goddess
Jazz Haley Safe
Anything Can Happen Twisted Lyrical Gianna Abby's Call-Back Card
used at the beginning of episode
Broadway Backstabbers Monster of the Night
(inspired by Phantom of the Opera)
Figaro Fist Pump
Jazz Travis Safe
Fairytales Come to Life The Ice Prince & The Snow Queen
Lyrical Travis Safe
Your Worst Nightmare Vampire Attack
All You Leave Behind
Contemporary JoJo Safe


Episode Dance Name
Song Name
Dance Style Dancer(s) Safe/Eliminated
Make It Count! Madonna Tribute
Unknown Gianna
Vegas Show Stoppers The Rat Pack
Let's Roll the Dice
Mr. Vegas
Hip-Hop Travis
(brought back with
Abby's Call-Back card in the next episode


Episode Dance Name
Song Name
Dance Style Dancer(s) Safe/Eliminated
Wild West Showdown Country Hoedown
They're Playing Our Song
Unknown Safe
Your Worst Nightmare Haunted Marionette
The Witching Hour
Ballet Safe
Divas in the House Divalicious
On Lock
Jazz Safe
Down the Rabbit Hole Down the Rabbit Hole
Unknown Safe
Meet Abby's Newest Ultimate Dancer The Contenders
Dare You To Love
Hip-Hop N/A

AUDC Episodes Results Table

Episode  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12 
Safe Safe Bottom Call-Back
Top Safe Safe
Top Bottom Bottom
Bottom 4th


A year after AUDC, Kalani and her mother joined the Dance Moms cast. In the same year, Kalani also auditioned for America's Got Talent alongside fellow studio members as a contortionist group named "Complexity".

Kalani has also made appearances in music videos for various kid artists such as Mackenzie Ziegler ("Mack Z"), MattyB, Kendall Vertes ("Kendall K") and most recently, Mackenzie Sol.

On Dance Moms

Kalani's page on the Dance Moms Wiki can be found here.

Filmography, discography and major awards

As herself

Year Series Notes
2011Shake It UpPart of Club Dance's group AKsquared in the episode "Camp It Up." Group had won Disney's "Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off" dance contest to earn role on show.[3]
2013BunheadsBallet Dancer, 1 or more episodes (uncredited)[4][5][6]
2013Abby's Ultimate Dance CompetitionSeason 2 contestant
2014America's Got TalentCameo, 1 episode as part of Complexity (contortion group)[7][8]
2014–presentDance MomsLead
2015The ViewPerformed alongside fellow Dance Moms team members

Music videos

Year Song Artist Notes
2014"It's a Girl Party"Mack ZSupporting
2015"Turn Up The Track"MattyBSupporting
2015"Wear 'Em Out"Kendall KSupporting
2016"My Name"Mackenzie SolVideo: "My Name ft Kalani Hilliker." (YouTube link)


Year Work Lead Artist Type Notes
2016"Ease on Down the Boulevard"Todrick Hall Co-lead with Todrick, Kendall, Maddie, Nia, Mackenzie, JoJo and Brynn. Produced for ALDC LA commercial

Major awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result
2013 The Dance Awards Junior Female Best Dancer Won[9]
2015 The Dance Awards Teen Female Best Dancer 2nd runner up[10]
2015 Industry Dance Awards Favorite Dancer 17 & Under Nominated[11]


  • She is the second dancer to have competed on another reality dance competition show the first being Amanda Carbajales.
  • After winning the diva battle in Divas in the House, she was named Abby's Ultimate Diva of the season.
  • Kalani was also a dancer on the television show, Bunheads.
  • Kalani is the 3rd dancer to be eliminated outside of a Stage Show.
  • Kalani has stayed the longest amount of weeks out of the three callback cards (9 weeks)
  • Kalani was the second AUDC dancer to join the ALDC, the first being Asia. Ironically, they both held the "Ultimate Diva" title in their respective seasons.
  • During her time on the show, she shared a room with JoJo.

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