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Nickname(s): Ava Michelle (as singer)
Gender: Female
Born: April 10, 2002[1]
Age: 14
Home: Michigan
Occupation: Dancer
9th in the 2016/17 school year[2]
Affiliations: Jeanette Cota's BDA
Candy Apples (former guest)
ALDC (former guest)
Wilhelmina Models
Height: 5' 11" (est. May 2016)[3]
Friends and Family
Parents: Jeanette Cota (mother)
Rick Cota (father)
Siblings: Devon (older brother)
Friends: Chloe Berbas
Nina Candela
Mari Dudash
Jade Cloud
Tea' Adamson
Sarah Reasons
Kamryn Beck
Kerrynton Jones
Ashtin Roth
Chloe Smith
Haley Huelsman
Tessa Wilkinson
JoJo Siwa
Kendall Vertes[4]
Episode Run
Debut: The Beginning of the End
Last: The Girls Say Goodbye
Quick Links
Feat. video: "With You" (2015)
Search YouTube for Ava Cota
Browse Ava Solos

  Ava Michelle Cota is a dancer who was part of Abby's Select Ensemble team in the fourth season; as well as being a member of her mother Jeanette's studio, JC's Broadway Dance Academy.

In the fifth season, Ava danced for both her mother's studio as well as Candy Apple's Dance Center.

Other information

  • As of July 2014, she accepts fan mail at: 126 North Leroy st. Fenton, MI, 48430. (This is the address of Jeanette's studio.)
  • Ava competed at the same WILD competition seen in Rotten to the Core; and again at the EnergyNDC seen in Watch Your Back, Mack, placing first and winning the title Miss Junior Energy.
  • In 2015, she was training about 30 hours per week, some at BDA, some with a separate ballet teacher.[5]
  • When she goes to competitions outside the show, she can tell that people pay attention to her because of celebrity from the show. She thinks some are excited, and some are hoping to see her fail.[6]
  • Her favorite styles are hip hop and contemporary.[7] (June 2015)
  • Her favorite dance on the show was "The Rapture." Besides being with the select team, Abby was in a good mood that week.[8] (June 2015)
  • Besides an old teammate at BDA, Sarah R., and other famous dancers, Ava would still love to do a duet with one of the girls still at the ALDC.[9] (June 2015)
  • She still says being on the show was an amazing experience, and does not regret going through it.[10] (June 2015)
  • She'd still like to dance with the ALDC girls, but says she is too scared of Abby to really want to return.[11]
  • She is interested in becoming an actress, Rockette, or going on Broadway.
  • She earns straight-A's in school.[12]
  • Her school principal knows the Cota family personally, and she finds Dance Moms uncomfortable, testifying they're not like that.[13]
  • She is a member of the Mob Squad, young hip-hop dancers for the Detroit Pistons.[14]
  • Ava began dancing at another studio when she was two, moving to her mom's studio when it was opened when Ava was three.[15]
  • According to Lifetime, she has won 12 national titles.[16]
  • She is the only member of the Select Team that hasn't danced with the Elite Team as a guest or been on the pyramid.
  • She loves horses.[17]

Filmography and discography

As herself

Year Series Notes
2014-2016Dance MomsRecurring. Seasons 4-6
2016So You Think You Can Dance: The Next GenerationContestant; 13th season of series. Made it to the top 100.


Year Work Lead Artist Type Notes
2013"Just Gotta Dance"Ava Michelle (self)Single
2015"Shine Thru Me"Ava Michelle (self)SingleReleased with music video

Music videos

Year Song Song Artist Notes
2015"Shine Thru Me"Ava Michelle (self)Lead


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


To view the gallery for Ava Cota, click here.

External Links


  2. "Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014"
    "Linden Middle School Principal Julie Brown is not only impressed by Ava’s dancing abilities and straight-A academic record..."
    "A sixth-grader this year [in early 2014]"
  4. dispelling fandom rumors
  21. "So excited! I have taken my account back! I will be posting a verification video later today!" 8:24 AM - 26 Dec 2014
    message links to photo

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