Kalani Hilliker’s extraordinary dancing skills were announced to the Americans in 2013 when she finished 4th in the second season of Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, and shortly afterward she became the lead actress in 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 child, much to her mother’s delight, who signed her up for dance lessons, also because she enjoyed dressing her up.
Hilliker has two stepsiblings on her mother’s side named Jett Newman, Jax Hilliker. Their mother had the boys from two different men.
By the age of 11, Kalani had started making waves with her talent. She was part of the dance group AKsquared, which was one of the first winners of Disney’s Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off – Shake It Up. At The Dance Awards 2011, Kalani was the second runner-up in the Mini Female Best Dancer category.
From then on, her career has experienced rapid exponential growth. Together with her dance group, she appeared in an episode of the Disney television series Shake It Up, as part of her winning award.
In 2013, Hilliker won the Dance Awards as the best junior dancer. In the same year, she performed in an unappreciated role as a dancer in ABC’s short-lived series Bunheads. Kalani then participated in the second season of Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition and finished fourth.
In 2014, Kalani made a guest appearance in an episode of America’s Got Talent. Together with her mother, Kalani joined the main cast of Dance Moms from season 4 in 2014. Kalani and her mother left the show in season 5 for family reasons but returned in season 5.
The fans were shocked in May 2016 when it became known that Kalani’s mother Kira has a criminal past. Leaked court documents showed that she was involved in a fraudulent crime in 2009 when she tricked people into buying fake plasma HDTVs on eBay. She was fined $5,975 and was facing 2 years probation.
Fortunately, the revelation did not affect Kalani’s career. In 2016 she received a nomination for the Teen Choice Awards as a Choice Dancer. She was also busy building 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
Besides dancing, Kalani played football in school and was on the school team.
Her favorite celebrity is Selena Gomez. The first CD she bought, however, was Miley Cyrus’ Hannah Montanna.
She loves puppies, but wouldn’t mind a finger monkey as a pet.
“Know your own luck” is her favorite quote.
The Bachelor is her TV guilt, but she’s also obsessed with Grey’s Anatomy.
Her favorite food is frozen yogurt. She practically can’t resist it. Her favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip.
Kalani’s favorite pizza toppings are pineapple and ham.
And the word she uses most often is? “LIT!”
Kalani goes absolutely crazy when “when people say things thinking they know what happened”.
She prefers Instagram to Twitter… Apparently, she has more followers there, a whopping 4.4 million. Beat that.
Kalani Hilliker Net Worth
In her teenage years, Kalani has achieved a level of success that many adult people can only wish for.
In addition to her talent, Kalani draws from her own dancewear collection called Purple Pixes. She also has a sock line and an activewear collection.
For her 16th birthday, Kalani received a white Range Rover from her mother and stepfather.
At this stage of her career, it is uncertain how much she is really worth, but we bet there will be many zeros if she continues 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.