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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 13 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.

Post AUDC

Kalani started appearing on Dance Moms and doing several Meet & Greets across the US. Recently Kalani has been working on a new film called Learning To Dance Again which is a feature length film she would star in if the Indigogo campaign is successful

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. Kalani finally returned to the team 2 weeks later. She beat Nick with her solo and later had a duet with Chloe in the following week. Kalani was then paired against Jade from Abby's new Elite Junior Competition Team. She was placed in a duet with Kendall that got 3rd.

AUDC Performances

Solos

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
Jazz ELIMINATED

Duets

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
Glorious
Jazz Haley Safe
Anything Can Happen Twisted Lyrical Gianna Abby's Call-Back Card
used at the beginning of episode
Safe
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
Spellbound
Lyrical Travis Safe
Your Worst Nightmare Vampire Attack
All You Leave Behind
Contemporary JoJo Safe

Trios

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

Groups

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
Hello
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 
Bottom Safe Bottom Call-Back
Card
Top Safe Safe
CW
Top Bottom Bottom
CW
Bottom 4th

Dance Moms Performances

Solos

Season 4

Episode Dance Name
Song Name
Dance Style Place
Awards
Nothing's Fair in Abbyville Swan Soulstice
Soulstice
Lyrical 1st
Decisions Decisions Unless You Say You're Sorry
Unless You Say Sorry
Acrobatic Lyrical 1st

Duets

Season 4

Episode Dance Name
Song Name
Dance Style Partner Place
Awards
Big Trouble in the Big Apple Two Sapphires
2 Sapphires
Lyrical Maddie Ziegler 1st
Wingman Down Framed
Picture Frame
Contemporary Kendall Vertes Platinum
Family Comes First For You Too
For You
Contemporary Chloe Lukasiak 1st
Presenting My New Team Rule the World
Baby You're the One
Jazz Kendall Vertes 3rd

Group Dances

Season 4

Episode Dance Name
Song Name
Dance Style Dancers Place
Awards
Wingman Down Yum Yum Jazz Chloe Lukasiak
Maddie Ziegler
Kendall Vertes
Mackenzie Ziegler
Nia Frazier
1st
Nothing's Fair in Abbyville The Bite
Apple
Contemporary Nia Frazier
Maddie Ziegler
Kendall Vertes
Mackenzie Ziegler
Chloe Lukasiak
1st
No Solo for You Riches to Rags
Never Enough
Jazz Chloe Lukasiak
Maddie Ziegler
Kendall Vertes
Mackenzie Ziegler
Nia Frazier
1st
Decisions Decisions Frost Lyrical Nia Frazier
Maddie Ziegler
Kendall Vertes
Mackenzie Ziegler
Chloe Lukasiak
1st
Family Comes First Bollywood and Vine
Belly Dance
Ethnic Maddie Ziegler
Kendall Vertes
Mackenzie Ziegler
Chloe Lukasiak
1st
Lights! Camera! Dance! Amazing Grace Lyrical Maddie Ziegler
Kendall Vertes
Nia Frazier
Chloe Lukasiak
2nd
Presenting My New Team The Royals
Royal Blue
Jazz Nia Frazier
Kendall Vertes
Chloe Lukasiak
Mackenzie Ziegler
2nd

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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    • 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...
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