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Kalani
Kalani (left) with her mother
Background Information
Gender Female
Age 13 (12 during filming)
Occupation Dancer
Studio Club Dance Studio
Hometown Scottsdale, Arizona
Competition Information
Season   2
Place   4th
Favored Genres
  Lyrical
Ballet
Disfavored Genres
  Hip-hop
First Appearance
  Make It Count!
Last Appearance
  Meet Abby's Newest Ultimate Dancer
Episode Eliminated
  Vegas Show Stoppers (Abby used her call-back card in the next episode to save Kalani)
Meet Abby's Newest Ultimate Dancer

Kalani Song/Dance Guide
Friends and Family
Parents
Kira (mother)
Siblings
Younger Brother
Kalani Brooke Hilliker is a 12 year old dancer on Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition Season 2. Kalani placed 4th in Season 2

Profile

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

Kalani was one of the 11 dancers who made it to Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition. Kalani made it though most of the first group challenge but because she didn't turn her foot out, the win went to Trinity. Kalani was placed in the Madonna trio with Gianna and McKaylee and she made some errors, when she did her full back split, she had hips facing stage right and her supporting foot to the audience and Ricky thought she held back. Her performance was strong enough to move her on to the second week. Kalani was placed in a duet with Ally called Piano Passion and made it onto the third week. In the next week, there was a struggle for Kalani as she landed in the bottom 2 with Chloe and was spared from elimination. Kalani ended up with Tyler and Travis for a Hip-Hop trio called Rat Pack but ultimately it came down to her or Ally going home. Abby revealed she wasn't going to use her call-back card and sent Kalani home. At the beginning of episode 5, Abby revealed she had decided to use her call-back card and bring Kalani back to the competition. Richy and Rachelle agreed with Abby's decision to bring Kalani back after watching her in the duet with Gianna called Twisted. Kalani was paired with Travis once again for a duet based on "Phantom of the Opera" and she was safe. Kalani was paired with Travis again the next week and while the dancers and moms backstage caught her mistakes, Abby didn't acknowledge any mistakes Kalani made except for her feet at her opening pose. Instead, Abby applauded that Kalani was the only dancer who did her turns in her bare feet. Kalani impressed the judges once more with her first solo of the season, "Rhinestone Cowgirl." Kalani moved on once more. Kalani was chosen to do a duet with JoJo by McKaylee which landed her in the bottom 2 with Trinity but was spared while Trinity was saved with Rachelle's Call-back card. Kalani won the group challenge in "Diva Week" and decided to do a Sassy Jazz solo because her last one was well received. Abby wanted her to do the contemporary solo but Kalani stayed with her decision. Kalani's solo landed her in the bottom 2 once more, but sadly her best friend JoJo was sent home. In "Down The Rabbit Hole" she is given a white rabbit hip hop solo, a style which she got sent home doing before, she performs the solo, and oddly Richy and Rachelle seem to like the solo, but Abby was not a huge fan,but no one is sent home so she moves on to next week. Kalani participated in the final group challenge doing her solo, "Rhinestone Cowgirl", but sadly she was eliminated after losing the challenge due to performing the weakest.

On Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off

In 2011, Kalani participated in Disney Channel's Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off competition. The Grand Prize was a chance to perform on the Disney Channel series "Shake It Up." Kalani (10 at the time), competed with Arielle (14), Alyssa (12), and Kailey (14) in a group called AKsquared. The group made it all the way to the finale and won. The group performed in the episode "Camp It Up." 

On Dance Moms

Kalani joined the team when they went to NUVO dance competition because Abby wanted a strong dancer to dance with maddie, not against her because Abby knew that Kalani was a really strong dancer and could probably beat Maddie but she didnt want to  mess with  Maddie's dance reputation.She had a duet with Maddie Zeigler called "Two Sapphires" that won at NUVO. Later at Sheer Talent, Abby wanted a winning duet so she decided to send "Two Sapphires" in. While the duet won, it led to the controversial fight between Kelly and Abby. That next week, Kira and Kalani were invited to pyramid and seemingly replaced Kelly, Brooke, and Paige. Kalani placed on the top of the pyramid as she not only won with the duet, but also told Abby she could improv a solo for her. Kalani then competed with Kendall in thier new duet "Framed" however Abby's attention was mainly on Kalani. Then she competed with the group in "Yum Yum", which won 1st place while their duet didn't place. Kalani ended up on the bottom of the pyramid next week becuase of the duet. However she made up for it with her solo "Swan Soulstice" and the group "The Bite", both winning 1st. She beat Chloe however Kira wanted her to go against Maddie. However Abby doesn't want Kalani to go against Maddie becuase she doesn't want Kalani to prove that she can beat Maddie, but prove she can win 1st without Kalani. The week after, Kalani does not appear on the show, with Abby saying that her disappearance was not due to her dancing, but her mother's insistence for Kalani to have a solo and breaking of the rules.

AUDC Performances

Make It Count!

Dare to Be You

  • Piano Passion duet (with Ally)

Gods and Mortals

  • Rise of a Goddess Jazz Duet (with Haley)

Vegas Show Stoppers

  • The Rat Pack Hip-Hop Trio (with Tyler and Travis) (Eliminated)

Anything Can Happen

  • Twisted lyrical Duet (with Gianna) (Brought back with Abby's Call-Back Card)

Broadway Backstabbers

  • Monster of the Night Phantom of the Opera inspired Jazz Duet (with Travis)

Fairytales Come to Life

  • The Ice Prince & The Snow Queen Duet (with Travis,again)

Wild West Showdown

  • Country Hoedown Group Dance
  • Rinestone Cowgirl jazz Solo

Your Worst Nightmare

  • Haunted Marionettes ballet Group Dance
  • Vampire Attack contemporary duet (with JoJo)

Divas in the House

  • Divalicious Group Dance
  • Movie Star Jazz Funk Solo

Down the Rabbit Hole

  • Down the Rabbit Hole Group Dance
  • White Rabbit Hip Hop Solo

Meet Abby's Newest Ultimate Dancer

  • Rhinestone Cowgirl Encore jazz Solo (Eliminated
  • The Contenders Group Routine

Dance Moms Performances

Solos

Duets

Groups

  • Yum Yum - 1st place (Wingman Down)
  • The Bite - 1st place (Nothing's Fair in Abbyville)
  • Riches to Rags - 1st place (No Solo for You)
  • Frost - 1st place (Decisions Decisions)
  • Bollywood and Vine - 1st place (Family Comes First)
  • Amazing Grace - 2nd place (Lights! Camera! Dance!)
  • Wishing to be a Royal - 2nd place (Presenting My New Team)

Trivia

  • She is the second dancer to have competed on another reality dance competition show the first being Amanda Carbajales.
  • Because she won the Diva battle, she was named Abby's Ultimate Diva Season 2, joining Asia Monet Ray who is Abby's Ultimate Diva Season 1.
  • The two have been in the bottom 5 times during their time on the show as well.
  • 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 will be the second AUDC dancer to join the ALDC.

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Start a Discussion Discussions about Kalani Hilliker

  • Kalani Hilliker

    15 messages
    • I love kalani
    • Kalani is such a wonderful dancer and was one of my favourites in season 2 of AUDC. Jojo, Travis, Tyler and Trinity were also part of...
  • Kalani and spins

    2 messages
    • I was watching Kalani's solo forever young and it barley had any turns in it. She was during more technique then turn combos like every ot...
    • I think that's great too(:
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