Kalani Brooke Hilliker Biography

Kalani Hilliker is a phenomenal dancer who rose to fame on the second season of ‘Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition’. With the support of her parents, especially her mother who also stars in ‘Dance Moms’, she has found success in the cutthroat world of dancing. In addition to her dancing career, Kalani has become a social media influencer for tweens and teens, amassing a large following across the world. With millions of followers on Instagram and a strong presence on Twitter and Facebook, she is one of the most followed young celebrities on social media.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: Kalani Brooke Hilliker
  • Age: 23 Years, 23 Year Old Females
  • Family:
    • Father: Matthew Hilliker
    • Mother: Kira Girard
    • Siblings: Jax Hilliker, Jett Newman
  • Height: 5’4″ (163 cm), 5’4″ Females
  • U.S. State: Arizona
  • City: Phoenix, Arizona

The Meteoric Rise to Stardom

Kalani Hilliker started dancing from the tender age of two. At her very first performance, a recital, it was crystal clear that she was destined to be a performer. She then furthered her dance training at Club Dance in Arizona when she was five years old and then went on to train in ballet at the Master Ballet Academy at the age of ten. Due to her impeccable technique and talent, she competed regularly in the US dance circuit, winning numerous solo regional and national titles at Dance Awards, Nuvo, Jump, Showbiz, and Hall Of Fame to name a few. Her first professional break came in 2011, when she, along with several of her dance friends, entered Disney Channel’s ‘Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off’ contest, vying for the prize of a featured role on the hit television show ‘Shake It Up.’ Her group AKsquared, won the competition and was featured in the episode ‘Camp It Up.’

In 2013, Hilliker competed in the second season of ‘Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition’ and instantly became Abby Lee Miller and the audience’s favorite. However, she was eliminated from the show in Vegas Week for a weak Hip-Hop performance but was brought back by Miller with her call-back card. She made it to the final four but was eliminated during the group challenge in the finals week. But this was not the end of the road for Hilliker. Thoroughly impressed by her dancing skills and talent, Abby Lee Miller invited Kalani Hilliker and her mother, Kira Girard, to join the Abby Lee Dance Company in the ‘Dance Moms’ season 4 episode ‘Big Trouble In The Big Apple.’ The mother-daughter duo continued on in the show until the season’s midseason finale episode ‘Presenting My New Team’, after which she and her mother decided to return to Arizona with Kira explaining that family was more important to them than fame. Despite leaving the show, Kalani still appeared as a member in the ‘Junior Elite Competition Team’ for the fifth season. Apart from these two reality shows she has also made appearances in ‘America’s Got Talent’ and ‘The View.’ Hilliker has also acted in television shows such as ‘Bunheads’, ‘Breaking Brooklyn’ and ‘Swiped.’ She also has a few music videos to her credit such as Mackenzie Ziegler’s ‘It’s A Girl Party’, MattyB’s ‘Turn Up The Track’, Kendall K Vertes’s ‘Wear ‘Em Out’ and Mackenzie Sol’s ‘My Name.’

What Makes Kalani Hilliker So Special

There is no doubt that Kalani Hilliker is enormously talented, but what further contributes to her popularity is her flexibility, technique and having the natural look of a dancer. When she dances, it is almost impossible to take your eyes off her. In both ‘Abby Miller’s Ultimate Dancing Competition’ and ‘Dance Moms’, she was, and still is, considered to be one of the strongest competitors. Her discipline and love for dance is remarkable and certainly deserves to be applauded. In the cutthroat world of dancing with millions of dancers, Kalani Hilliker certainly holds her own and serves as a big source of inspiration to a lot of young girls and aspiring dancers out there. Because of her immense determination and talent, she won the Junior Female Best Dancer award at the 2013 Dance Awards and was adjudged the 2nd runner up for Teen Female Best Dancer award at the 2015 and 2016 Dance Awards. She was also nominated for the award of Favourite Dancer 17 & Under at the 2015 Dancers Choice Awards and also for the Choice Dancer award at the 2016 Teen Choice Awards.

Behind the Curtains

When Hilliker is older she would love to be a backup dancer for Beyonce or Katy Perry. Apart from them, some of her favourite artists are Ariana Grande, Drake and Rihanna. In 2016, she named Jazz Funk, Hip-Hop and Lyrical as her favourite styles of dance. When it comes to her dance numbers, her favorite solo is ‘Free’, favourite group dance is ‘Hotline’ and favourite duet is ‘Disconnected.’ Apart from dancing, she is obsessed with the television show ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and her favourite characters from the show are Meredith Grey, Derek Shepherd and Cristina Yang. If she ever had a pet, she would choose a finger monkey or a tiny fluffy dog. She also has her own dance wear line with Purple Pixies company. She has also been honoured as a Capezio athlete and has her own clothing line collection called Mod Angel.


If Kalani Hilliker wasn’t a dancer, she would probably have been a soccer player because when she was younger she used to play in a club soccer team.

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