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Gender: Female
Born: December 9, 2002[1]
Age: 12
Home: Township, PA
Occupation: Dancer
7th in 2015/16 school year
Height: 5' 2" (est. Apr 2015)[2]
Est. Adult Ht: 5' 5"
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
Kalani Hilliker
Nia Frazier
JoJo Siwa
Payton Ackerman
Gianna Martello
Nick Dobbs
Addison Moffett
Asia Monet Ray
Ricky Palomino
Love Interests: Cameron Dallas (celeb crush)[3]
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
Search YouTube for Kendall Vertes
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.

Miscellaneous information

  • The middle "K" in her name is just a "K," and honors Jill's nieces (and Kendall's cousins), Kiley and Kara.[5]
  • Kendall started dancing at eighteen months.
  • Her favorite dance ability are her turns.[6]
  • In 2015, she said her favorite solo she had done was "Rise and Fall."[7]
  • 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, Mackenzie and Jill are left-handed.[8][9]
  • She loves to play tennis (which her father Erno taught her to play well), including with her sister Charlotte.[10][11]
  • At the end of Season 5, Kendall said her favorite song was "Love Me Harder" by Ariana Grande.
  • In Season 5, Kendall was unanimously voted the most boy crazy by her teammates.[12]
  • Kendall had been enrolled at Penn Middle School early in the 2014/2015 school year, but later switched to homeschooling and tutoring. Her principal said he was proud of Kendall's talents; noted her celebrity hadn't gone to her head; said that he liked Kendall best for being "down-to-earth"; and describing her as an "A-plus young lady."[13]
  • With Maria May and Liza Retter, Kendall performed as a member of the singing/dancing music group "The Glitter Girls," on the television show Party Rockers, at the same time as her first broadcast appearance on Dance Moms. (A video is available online, with the act starting around 10 minutes and 30 seconds.)
  • She used to play softball, but became too busy with the show.[14]
  • Like Maddie[15], Kendall has spoken of how they are required to stop acting silly or like kids during filming, and to instead behave seriously.[16]
  • Kendall's favorite types of dance are contemporary and jazz.[17]
  • 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.
  • Kendall is the only girl chosen from all the auditions on Dance Moms to have a permanent spot on the Elite Team.
  • Kelly has tweeted that the bench given to Abby has since broken.[18]
  • 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.[19]
  • At a special dance class Abby held in Canada, Abby said that Kendall was already dancing with ALDC when the audition.[citation needed]
  • She plans on taking acting classes in 2015.[20]
  • During filming, she usually doesn't get home until 10 p.m. or 11 p.m.[21]
  • Part of her auditions for the show happened with producers.[22]
  • Kendall's favorite shows are Shake It Up and Good Luck Charlie.[23]
  • 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.[24]
  • Her favorite subject in school is science.[25]
  • In 2015, she said her favorite colors were teal, baby blue, and baby (baby) pink.[26] Around 2012, her favorite color was purple.[27]
  • Her favorite competitions are Jump and Nuvo.[28]
  • Her Zodiac sign is Sagittarius.

Filmography and discography

As herself

Year Series Notes
2012–presentDance MomsLead
2012Party RockersSinger/dancer as part of The Glitter Girls, with Maria May and Liza Retter, performing "Dance This Way." (Video, at around 10 minutes 30 seconds)
2012Anderson LivePerformed in group dance "Private Eyes"
2013The ViewPerformed in group dance "The Last Text"
2014Abby's Studio RescuePerformer and guest, "Delusions of Dance Grandeur" (with Maddie, Mackenzie, Nia) (Search YouTube)
2015TRTÉ (Swipe TV)[29]Performer, guest (with Mackenzie, Maddie). (Interview). (Duet with Maddie).

Music videos

Year Song Artist Notes
2012"Summer Love Song"Brooke HylandSupporting
2014"It's a Girl Party"Mack ZSupporting
2014"Freaks Like Me"Todrick Hall (WP)Co-lead, with Todrick, Kendall, Maddie, Nia and Payton
2015"Wear 'Em Out"Kendall K (self)Lead


Year Work Lead Artist Type Notes
2014"Freaks Like Me"Todrick Hall (WP)SingleAdditional vocals
2015"Wear 'Em Out"Kendall K (self)SingleFirst song released among many planned
2015"Heartsmile"Kendall K (self)SingleUnreleased, still in production

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.[30] 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;[31] 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.[32] 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.)[33][34][35][36] Sarah Parish also has expressed amusement at the factual accuracy of Kendall going to Candy Apple's, and truly receiving her solos from Cathy.[37]


 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


To view the image galleries for Kendall Vertes, click here.


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

External links


  3. Arumbulo Live, end of Season 5 filming Season 5 Slumber Party segment
  6. TRTE / Swipe TV 2015
  7. TRTE / Swipe TV 2015
  9. (seen in this picture)
  14. File:Kendall_Interview_for_Dance_Track_Magazine's_Cover_Character_Challenge_on_DANCE_MOMS
  15. File:Maddie_Ziegler_Dance_Track_Magazine.jpg
  16. File:Kendall_Interview_for_Dance_Track_Magazine's_Cover_Character_Challenge_on_DANCE_MOMS
  25. unchanged since 2012
  27. versions said "purple" same back to earliest 2012

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