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Kendall's Season 5 Headshot
Gender: Female
Born: December 9, 2002[1]
Age: 12
Height: 5' 0" (est. Nov 2014)[2][3]
Adult Ht:
5' 5"
Home: Township, PA
Occupation: Dancer
6th in the 2014/2015 schoolyear
Friends and Family
Parents: Jill Vertes
Erno Vertes
Siblings: Ryleigh Vertes (older sister)
Charlotte Vertes (older sister)
Grandparents: "Nan" (grandmother)
Friends: Maddie Ziegler
Mackenzie Ziegler
Chloe Lukasiak
Brooke Hyland
Paige Hyland
Nia Frazier
Asia Monet Ray
Payton Ackerman
Gianna Martello
Nick Dobbs
Love Interests: Cameron Dallas (celebrity crush)
Pets: Juicy and Bebe (guinea pigs)
Lulu (dog)
Chricket (dog)
Nicknames Peanut (by her mom)
KK (by her family)
Free Bird
Bro (by Maddie)
Autographs Kendallautograph
Episode Run
Debut: Everyone's Replaceable
Quick Links
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Browse Kendall Solos
Dance Tables
  I'm happy that I'm finally dancing, and I don't care what the costume looks like. 

Kendall K[4] Vertes (born December 9, 2002) is an Abby Lee Dance Company member, and a former Candy Apple's Dance Center member. She is the daughter of Erno Vertes and Jill Vertes, and the younger sister of Charlotte and Ryleigh Vertes.

Before coming to Abby's studio, Kendall started dance at Rogers School of Dance, and then trained at Studio 19 Dance Complex.

In Dance Moms

Kendall gets a spot on the Abby Lee Dance Company competition team after Abby holds an open audition looking to fill Vivi-Anne's spot. She gets a solo in the first episode of Season Two, where she is not shown placing in the episode (although official results showed her winning her group.) She is also not in the group number.

In the second episode she is at the bottom of the pyramid, which upsets her mom. She is in the group number, which wins, but she still hasn't manage to impress Abby because she was four counts ahead of everyone in the dance, landing her at the end of the pyramid in episode three. Since she got onto the competition team through an open audition, she was put on probation until Abby let her off. She was soon let off of probation and given the customary Abby Lee Dance Company jacket.


When she was still on probation, her mother did many things to get her daughter off, such as buying Abby an expensive watch and perfume. After Kendall is let off probation, Jill wants nice parts and solos for her Kendall, so she hires a masseuse to massage Abby and Gianna, an Abby Lee Dance Company choreographer; but when the other moms find out, a fight ensues.

According to the show, Jill also bought a bench with a plaque dedicated "To Abby Lee from Jill and Kendall" for the front of Abby's building.

Kendall was put back on probation after Abby had had enough of Jill doing whatever she pleased, like buying an outfit for Kendall to wear instead of making one as Abby had said. Because she was tired of Kendall not getting the respect or solos she deserved, Jill left the Abby Lee Dance Company and took her daughter to the Candy Apple's Dance Center in Canton, Ohio. There, Kendall was given a solo that won first place in a competition, but Abby claims the choreography and outfit used belonged to her.

In Episode Ten, Cathy gets Kendall a little gig dancing at the halftime show of a Harlem Globetrotters game. In the mid-season finale of the second season, she auditions for a Joffrey Ballet School scholarship, but does not get one.[5] She also performs her red queen solo against Chloe and places seventh.

In Episode Fourteen of Season Two, Kendall is still dancing with the Candy Apple's. However, in How Do You Like Them Apples?, Cathy has lost interest in Kendall and Jill gets mad at her for it. In the next episode, Cathy reveals that Jill had decided to leave with Kendall.

Jill brings Kendall back into the Abby Lee Dance Company in Guess Who's Back?, trying to get her back into the competition team. Abby wouldn't let Kendall back on the team just yet, but she allowed her to stay in rehearsals. Abby later tells them that Kendall needed to start in classes first before she would decide if Kendall would be back on the team.

In Break a Leg, Abby brings Kendall into the group and duet, but stated that she was not on the team yet. Kendall is finally let back on the team in Solo Fever and beats Chloe by one place. Kendall competes against Chloe and Nia for a solo at nationals, but loses to Chloe.

Time with Candy Apple's

As portrayed in Dance Moms, Kendall left the ALDC in the first half of season two, in the episode The Runaway Mom, filmed in mid-January 2012; and later returned to the ALDC in the second half of season two in the episode Guess Who's Back?, filmed in late-May 2012.

However, according to Barbara Schrade, Erika Schrade's mother, Jill and Kendall never left the Abby Lee Dance Company to go to Candy Apple's Dance Center;[6] it was just a ploy by the producers to create more drama for the show. Barbara says that Kendall only came to learn group dances and that her solos were not choreographed by Cathy.[7]

Furthermore, during the mid-season filming hiatus after the early/mid-February production of Abbygeddon, Reign Dance Productions listed Kendall's awards at late-February and March competitions in the same manner as other ALDC members (including the other girls on the show, and her sister Ryleigh.)[8][9][10][11]

Sarah Parish also has expressed amusement at the factual accuracy of Kendall going to Candy Apple's, and truly receiving her solos from Cathy.[12]

Pre-Dance Moms Dances


  • Splish Splash
  • Raggedy Ann (Pictures)
  • My Strongest Suit
  • Latin Diva



  • Gonna Get Ya
  • Insomnia
  • Meeting in the Ladies Room (with Alaina Johnston and Leah Rae Lee) (Pictures, Full dance)
  • You and Me Against the World (with Alaina Johnston and Leah Rae Lees)
  • Who's Bad? (with Alania Johnston and Tommie Kesten)

Group Dances

  • Dancers Start Your Engines (Clip)
  • Let Freedom Ring

Pre-Dance Moms Awards

  • My Strongest Suit: 1st Overall at Starpower (Pittsburgh Regionals, 2011; Studio 19)[13]
  • My Strongest Suit: 3rd Overall at StarQuest and Runner-up for Petite Miss StarQuest (Virginia Beach World Finals, July 18-23, 2011; Studio 19)[14]
  • My Strongest Suit: 2nd Overall and Petite Miss Showbiz (Columbus, Ohio, 2011; genre: Musical Theater; Studio 19)[15]
  • My Strongest Suit: 1st Overall at Starpower (Pittsburgh Regionals, 2010; Studio 19)[16]
  • Latin Diva: 1st Overall and Mini Miss Dance USA at Dance USA Performing Arts Championships (for Studio 19)[17]
  • Raggedy Ann: 2nd Overall and Petite Miss StarQuest (Pittsburgh Regionals, 2010; Studio 19)[18]
  • Raggedy Ann: 4th Overall at Starpower (Pittsburgh Regionals, 2008; Studio 19)[19]
  • Splish Splash: 3rd Overall at Dance Xplosion, Novice Division (Pittsburgh Regionals, 2007; Rogers School of Dance)[20]
  • Splish Splash: 2nd Overall at ShowStoppers, Recreational Division (Pittsburgh, 2007; Rogers School of Dance)[21]

  • Big Noise: 5th Overall at Starpower (Pittsburgh Regionals, 2011; Studio 19; with Alaina Johnston)[13]
  • Big Noise: 4th Overall at Showbiz (Columbus, Ohio, 2011; Studio 19; with Alaina Johnston)[15]
  • Meeting in the Ladies Room: 1st Overall at Starpower (Pittsburgh Regionals, 2010; Studio 19; with Alaina Johnston)[16]

  • Meeting in the Ladies Room: 1st Overall at ShowStoppers (Grand Island, 2008; Studio 19; with Leah Rae Lees, Alaina Johnston)[22]
  • Meeting in the Ladies Room: 4th Overall at Starpower (Pittsburgh Regionals, 2008; Studio 19; with Alaina Johnston, Leah Rae Lees)[19]
  • Gonna Get Ya: 1st Overall at Starpower (Pittsburgh Regionals, 2011; Studio 19; with Carly Seaman, Mia Manuppelli)[13]
  • Gonna Get Ya: 3rd Overall at Showbiz (Columbus, Ohio, 2011; Studio 19; with Carly Seaman, Mia Manuppelli)[15]
  • Insomnia: 5th Overall at Starpower (Pittsburgh Regionals, 2011; Studio 19; with Alaina Johnston, Isabella Febbraro)[13]
  • Insomnia: 2nd Overall at Starpower (Pittsburgh Regionals)
  • Insomnia: 2nd Overall at Showbiz (Columbus, Ohio, 2011; Studio 19; with Alaina Johnson, Isabella Febbraro)[15]
  • Who's Bad: 4th Overall at Starpower (Pittsburgh Regionals, 2010; Studio 19; with Alaina Johnston, Tommie Kesten)[16]

Dance Moms Dances

To see tables for Kendall Vertes's dances and results, visit the Kendall Vertes/Dances subpage.


 I think the best part about being a part of this dance company is to perform every weekend. I really like performing, especially with all my friends. 
 Kendall, in audio interview


  • The middle "K" in her name is just a "K," and honors Jill's nieces (and Kendall's cousins), Kiley and Kara.[23]
  • Kendall started dancing at eighteen months.
  • Kendall's favorite types of dance are contemporary and jazz.[24]
  • When she grows up she wants to be on Broadway, but if she doesn't dance, she wants to be a dentist.
  • In Abby-phobic, Kendall says she is afraid of large crowds.
  • Kelly has tweeted that the infamous bench has since broken.[25]
  • Jill has been dismissive when asked if they actually bought a bench and masseurs for Abby and Gianna, rather than it being an idea by producers.[26]
  • Her favorite subject in school is science.
  • Her favorite color is baby blue.[27]
  • The Everyone's Replaceable did not show Kendall's "Bring on the Boys" solo placing, but on the official website of the competition, she received first place in the primary division.[28]
  • She loves to play tennis (which her father Erno taught her to play well), including with her sister.[29][30]
  • She, Mackenzie, and Jill are left-handed.[31][32]
  • She used to play softball, but became too busy with the show.[33]
  • Like Maddie[34], Kendall has spoken of how they are required to stop acting silly or like kids during filming, and to instead behave seriously.[35]
  • Her Zodiac sign is Sagittarius.
  • Kendall's favorite shows are Shake It Up and Good Luck Charlie.[36]
  • At a special dance class Abby held in Canada, Abby said that Kendall was already dancing with ALDC when the audition.[citation needed]
  • Kendall and Brooke are the only members of the group to have not forgotten a solo onstage at a competition.
  • Kendall performed as a member of the singing/dancing music group The Glitter Girls.[37]
  • Kendall, along with several other members of the Dance Moms cast, appeared and starred in Todrick Hall's video "Freaks Like Me" as the Cruella de Vil and Belle. It was released on July 3rd, 2014. The music video can be seen in full here
  • Kendall is the only girl chosen from all the auditions on Dance Moms to have a permanent spot on the Elite Team
  • She plans on taking acting classes in 2015.[38]
  • During filming, she usually doesn't get home until 10 p.m. or 11 p.m.[39]
  • Part of her auditions for the show happened with producers.[40]
  • So far, Kendall has done approximately 25 solos.


To view the gallery for Kendall Vertes, click here.

External links


  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2
  19. 19.0 19.1
  32. (seen in this picture)
  33. File:Kendall_Interview_for_Dance_Track_Magazine's_Cover_Character_Challenge_on_DANCE_MOMS
  34. File:Maddie_Ziegler_Dance_Track_Magazine.jpg
  35. File:Kendall_Interview_for_Dance_Track_Magazine's_Cover_Character_Challenge_on_DANCE_MOMS
  37. ; actual performance videos unfortunately removed

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