Though she only joined Dance Moms in season two, Kendall Vertes is considered one of the OGs of the Lifetime series. For more than five years, the Pennsylvania-native starred and danced alongside fellow Abby Lee Dance Company (ALCDC) members Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler, Chloe Lukasiak, and Nia Sioux. She and her mother Jill remained loyal to the team, until their relationship with Abby Lee Miller took a turn for the worse. But Kendall, who is now a teenager, has moved on from the studio drama and is on her way to becoming a triple threat.
Kendall began her stardom at age 10, when she first appeared on Dance Moms. Having been dancing since age 2, she was competitive enough to join Abby’s elite team as a full-time member, dancing with the girls who would later become some of her closest friends.
A few years after joining the show, Kendall expressed interest in singing. She enlisted Abby to be her manager and introduce her to important professionals in the industry to build her career.
Then, in 2015, Kendall released her first single, “Wear ‘Em Out” which ended up landing the top music video ranking, even beating out Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” video for a short time. But Kendall also claims to have recorded an entire album that never got released due to some legal issues between her and Abby.
"I did record an album, but she wouldn’t let me release," Kendall told the International Business Times. "She does stuff like that. I just had to say, 'you know what, I need to focus on my own career and I can’t have you stop it.'"
Kendall and her mother ended up dissolving their partnership with Abby over the rights to her music and, at the end of season seven, she released another, more grown-up song called “Where Would I Be Without You,” as well as her own Christmas album called K-Mas.
Showing she can still perform without the help of her once-mentor, Kendall traveled the world as a member of The Irreplaceables Tour in June and July of 2018, with her fellow ALDC ladies Chloe Lukasiak and Kalani Hillicker. She also remains close with Nickelodeon mega star Jojo Siwa, another Dance Moms alum.
Much like Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler, Kendall makes money through partnerships. Like She created her own Turnboard pro, a tool used to help dancer execute turns, and currently has a line of phone cases with the brand Velvet Caviar. She's also got several acting gigs on the books, including a movie called Anastasia: Once Upon A Time, set to release later this year.
It’s unclear whether or not Kendall is in school or has any goal to go to college like her Dance Moms counterparts Chloe and Nia.
And as far as her relationship with Abby Lee Miller goes, it looks like the two may have reconciled.
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