For a dancer who already has packed a number of highlights into her 11 years, Kendall Glover will take a big step in front of a national audience later this month.
The Ahwatukee Foothills resident is a semifinalist in CBS' Live to Dance and has performed two original routines in front of show judges Paula Abdul, Travis Payne, a long-time choreographer for Michael Jackson, and Kimberly Wyatt, former member of the Pussycat Dolls.
She will be performing her next routine on either Jan. 19 or Jan. 26 for a chance to move on to the next level.
"I just like the experience of learning from all the other groups and learning from the experts," Glover said. "I think this will be the best experience I will ever have had."
She first started dancing when she was 3. Over the years, she has acquired a solid dancing resume, which includes an appearance on the pilot episode of the hit show, Glee, as well as nine commercials.
Her current road started at an audition in Los Angeles on Oct. 28. About a week later, on Nov. 3, Abdul surprised Glover at her school, Kyrene Altadeña Middle School.
"At first I didn't know what was going on," Glover said of the day she met Abdul. "But then my parents showed up and there was an assembly and I realized what happened. I was really excited."
She did not have a lot of time to soak up the experience, however, because she was scheduled to perform a new routine the next day in Los Angeles as part of the show.
"We did the dance in two hours," Glover said. "And the next morning I got up and went to (Los Angeles)."
Her teacher, Kari Klimuck at Innerlight Dance Studio in Ahwatukee, created the performance, called "Happy," for Glover in those two hours.
"She's like a little professional," said Klimuck, who has worked with Glover for the past three years. "Everyone is a huge supporter here at the studio. Some people (on the show) are really impressive, but Kendall is by far the strongest solo dancer. It's been surreal to watch."
Glover was chosen by the experts to move on to the semifinal round.
The next episode of Live to Dance will air tonight, Jan. 19, on CBS at 7 p.m.