Kalani Hilliker’s exceptional dancing skills announced her to Americans in 2013 when Kalani Hilliker contested in the second season of Lifetime’s Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, coming 4th place. Shortly after she became the main cast on another Lifetime reality TV series Dance Moms.
Kalani Hilliker Facts
Kalani Brooke Hilliker was born on September 23, 2000, in Phoenix, Arizona. Hilliker showed a passion for dancing as a kid much to the delight of her mom who enrolled her in dance classes, partly because she would enjoy dressing her up.
Hilliker has two maternal step siblings named Jett Newman, Jax Hilliker. Her mother had the boys from two different men.
At the age of 11, Kalani had begun making waves with her talent. She was part of the dance group, AKsquared which became the first winners of Disney’s Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off – Shake It Up. At 2011 The Dance Awards, Kalani was the 2nd runner-up in the category of Mini Female Best Dancer.
From then on, her career has enjoyed a rapid exponential rise. Together with her dance group, she guest-starred in one episode of the Disney TV series Shake It Up, as part of their winning prize.
In 2013, Hilliker won The Dance Awards for Junior Female Best Dancer. That same year, she appeared in an uncredited role as a dancer on ABC’s short-lived series Bunheads. Kalani then joined the second season of Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition and came fourth place.
In 2014, Kalani made a cameo appearance on one episode of America’s Got Talent. Together with her mom, Kalani joined the Main cast of Dance Moms in 2014 from the 4th season. Kalani and her mom left the show in the 5th season for family reasons but returned in the 5th season.
Fans were shocked in May 2016 when it was revealed that Kalani’s mom Kira has a criminal past. Leaked court documents showed that she was involved in a fraudulent crime back in 2009 when she tricked people on eBay into buying fake Plasma HDTVs. She was slapped with a $5,975 fine and faced 2 years of probation.
Fortunately, the revelation didn’t affect Kalani’s career. In 2016 she earned a Teen Choice Awards nomination for Choice Dancer. She has also been busy building up her filmography with projects like Breaking Brooklyn and Swiped.
Kalani has appeared in a handful of music videos, including Todrick Hall’s “Ease On Down The Boulevard.”
More Kalani Hilliker FUN FACTS
In addition to dancing, Kalani played soccer in school and was on the school team.
Her favorite celebrity is Selena Gomez. However, the first CD she bought was Miley Cyrus’s Hannah Montanna.
She loves puppies, but wouldn’t mind a finger monkey as a pet.
“Know your own happiness.” is her favorite quote.
Kalani is left-handed.
The Bachelor is her TV guilty pleasure, but she is also obsessed with Grey’s Anatomy.
Her favorite food is Frozen yogurt. She practically can’t resist it. Favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip.
Kalani’s fav pizza toppings are Pineapple and ham.
And the word she is most guilty of using? “LIT!”
Kalani gets absolutely crazy when “When people say things assuming [that] they think they know what happened.”
She prefers Instagram to Twitter… Apparently, that’s where she has more followers, a whopping 4.4 Million. Beat That!
In her teens, Kalani has achieved a level of success many grown adults can only wish for.
Kalani, for her 16th birthday gift, received a white Range Rover from her mom and step-dad.
However, at this stage in her career, it is uncertain how much she is really worth, but we bet there will be lots of zeros should she keep at this pace.
Kalani Hilliker Dad
Kalani’s father is Matthew Hilliker. Not much is known about him, but it is a fact that Kalani is incredibly fond of him. She dedicated this sweet post to him on Father’s Day 2014.
Kalani has had fun teasing the public about her love life. She Tweeted this sometime in 2015;
Later in 2015, she was suspected to be dating fellow dancer Brandon Chang, but she denied
However, she later owned up in 2016, and it appears they are still together as of 2017.