KENDALL VERTES: GIRL ON THE RISE
Kendall Vertes, 14-year-old American competitive dancer, singer and television personality, is best known for her hit series Dance Moms, which is why BELLO is so excited to have the young beauty grace our pages to talk about what new opportunities await her in 2017.
Judging on your Instagram, it looks like you had a sunny holiday for Christmas and New Year. How did you spend the holidays?
We arrived home in Pittsburgh on December 19th, we had just finished up the first half of season 7. My sisters were both home from college and my mom and dad and I all spent Christmas and New Year's together. I love just hanging around the house with my family. I don't get to do that very often.
What did you do for New Years Eve? My sister turned 21 over the Holiday so we had sever-al big parties for her birthday. We went to the Steeler game on New Year's Day. Then on the 2nd I flew out to St. Thomas to vacation with Kalani! We spent 7 days touring Caribbean islands on a private yacht. SO FUN!!
Did you make any New Year resolutions for 2017?
My only New Year's resolution is to be diligent with my school work and continue to train in dance singing and acting. I am 14 now so I want to be totally prepared when my big break comes.
What can you tease about the new season of Dance Moms, Lifetime describes it as new beginnings.'
I really thought this would be our last season of Dance Moms. They are bringing in all kinds of new kids, some young and some older. The best part about this sea-son is the dancing. We do some amazing group danc-es with great themes. We are all teenagers now and we always ask for mature themes and choreography. I think the fans are going to love the dances.
What's your favourite part about being on the show?
My favorite thing about being on the show is spending every day with the girls. They are all my best friends.
We do everything together, including laughing and cry-ing.
What is the biggest lesson you have learnt from the show?
I have learned not to take everything so seriously. If I get yelled at or my mom gets yelled at it's not the end of the world. No one is perfect, so we can't try to be perfect, everyone makes mistakes, it's ok!
Who is your biggest inspiration in the dance world?
Right now I am inspired by Travis Wall. When I was a little girl I used to take workshops from him. I have al-ways loved him as a performer and a choreographer. I am also very proud of my friend Maddie, she has done so many great things with her dancing.
You have such a huge Instagram following with 5.1M followers. Do you ever feel you have to carefully think about what you post?
I was only 8 when my mom started my Instagram because of the show. She still monitors it and yes, I have to be careful of what I post. I would never intentionally post something inappropriate, I just like to show people my exciting life in photos.
What is something you can tell your fans about yourself that they might not already know?
I think what people don't know about me is that I like to play practical jokes on my friends. Sometimes I get in trouble for it, but its always harmless fun.
Describe in five words how you want 2017 to be for you?
I want 2017 to be: Full of exciting new opportunities!!