Kendall Sullivan, Gardner, has been dancing since she was a toddler, and was recently selected to be one of four students to dance onstage with Justin Bieber at the Sprint Center concert. Photo courtesy of Leigh Sullivan


Rick Poppitz
Special to The Gardner News
It was no April Fool’s joke when Kendal Sullivan, 13, told classmates she would perform April 6 on stage with Justin Bieber at the Sprint Center. Sullivan is a student at Pioneer Ridge Middle school .
Sullivan had heard that the Bieber tour was auditioning fans for the chance to dance onstage with him during his concert. In each city Bieber visits on his current tour, four local fans are selected to perform as background dancers during the song “Children.”
Sullivan heard about this and decided to give it a shot.
She had two days to study a video of the dance choreography. She practiced the routine until she had it down, then videotaped herself performing it and submitted that video to the Bieber people via Youtube.
Then she had to wait.
“At first I thought I was going to get it for sure, but then I started to see other people doing it, and I thought maybe not…” Sullivan recalled.
On March 31, she received an email that confirmed she was one of the four chosen.

Kendall Sullivan, Gardner, was one of four area dancers selected to perform onstage with Justin Bieber at his concert April 6 at the Sprint Center. Photo courtesy of Leigh Sullivan

Kendall Sullivan, Gardner, was one of four area dancers selected to perform onstage with Justin Bieber at his concert April 6 at the Sprint Center. Photo courtesy of Leigh Sullivan


“I was shocked,” she said, describing how she felt when she first got the news.
She was excited to tell her friends at school the next day, but since it was April 1st, many of them thought she was playing an April Fool’s Day joke on them.
The Bieber show was on April 6 and Sullivan was at the Sprint Center downtown Kansas City by 5 that day. She and the other three winners met and had some time provided for pre-show rehearsal.
“I was nervous backstage because I could see people (in the audience), but once I got onstage, the music was so loud and the audience was in black, you couldn’t see anything but people’s phones on, so it was easier onstage than it was off, “ said Sullivan.
“She smiled non-stop, it was pretty exciting,” said her mother, Leigh Sullivan.
According to her mother, Sullivan has been dancing since she was two and a half years old.  She has been active in dancing classes and competitions since then. She currently is a member of Epix Dance Studio.