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Nickname(s): Ava Michelle (as singer)
Gender: Female
Born: April 10, 2002[1]
Age: 14
Home: Michigan
Occupation: Dancer
8th in 2015/2016 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]

Dance Moms Dances



Season Episode Dance Name
Song Name
Dance Style Place
3.0 Rotten to the Core This Is The Life[18] (BDA)
(Not Shown)
Jazz uncertain
3.0 Rotten to the Core The Prayer[19] (BDA)
(Not Shown)
Lyrical uncertain
3.0 Watch Your Back, Mack My Prayer (BDA)
(Not Shown)
Contemporary 1st
Junior Miss Energy
3.5 Gone, Abby Gone Yesterday (ALDC)
(Not Shown)
Contemporary 4th (in 9 to 11)
tied at 7th for Junior Miss
4.5 Chloe Gets Revenge Drizzle
Contemporary 3rd
4.5 No More Crybabies Eden Lyrical 2nd in Junior
2nd Overall
4.5 Hollywood Here We Come, Part 2 Sweet Revenge
(Not Shown)
Lyrical 3rd in Junior
10th Overall
5.0 Abby Got Served On My Way
My Own Way
Lyrical 2nd in Junior
3rd Overall
5.0 Nia's Last Chance Shine Through Me
Shine Thru Me
(Not Shown)
Lyrical Elite Gold
Highest score of genre/age category
5.0 Showdown in Pittsburgh, Part 2 Hurtful Words
Contemporary 1st in Teen
1st Overall
5.5 Abby vs. Kira...AGAIN! Praying Mantis Contemporary 4th in Teen
5.5 Chaos at Nationals Myth of a Mermaid
Infernal Anxiety
Contemporary 1st in Junior



Season Episode Dance Name
Song Name
Dance Style Partner Place
4.0 Presenting My New Team Birds of a Feather Flock Together
Get Up, Get Out, Get to It
Contemporary Sarah Reasons 2nd

Group Dances

Group Dances

Season Episode Dance Name
Song Name
Dance Style Dancers Place
4.0 Presenting My New Team The Good Life
Let the Good Life (Lead to So Much More)
Lyrical Tea' Adamson
Jade Cloud
Maddie Ziegler
Sarah Reasons
Kamryn Beck
4.5 Double the Moms, Double the Trouble The Rapture
Out of Sight
Contemporary Jade Cloud
Kamryn Beck
Sarah Hunt
Sarah Reasons
Tea' Adamson
4.5 Chloe Gets Revenge First Ladies
Lyrical Chloe Lukasiak
Kamryn Beck
Sarah Reasons
Tea' Adamson
5.0 Abby Got Served The Challenge
Run Away With Me
Lyrical Chloe Berbas
Nina Candela
2 unidentified female dancers
2nd in Junior
5.0 Showdown in Pittsburgh, Part 2 D-Town

Detroit Rocks

Hip-Hop Mari Dudash
Kerrynton Jones
Chloe Berbas
Nina Candela
did not place
5.5 Abby vs. Kira...AGAIN! Famous Infamous
Contemporary Haley Huelsman
Chloe Smith
Tessa Wilkinson
Ashtin Roth
3rd in Teen
5.5 Solo Battle: Round 1 Run, Run, Run Contemporary Haley Huelsman
Chloe Smith
Tessa Wilkinson
Ashtin Roth
3rd in Junior
Elite Gold
5.5 Chaos at Nationals Moving Target Contemporary Haley Huelsman
Chloe Smith
Tessa Wilkinson
Ashtin Roth
1st Overall
1st in Teen
6.0 New Season, New Rules The Waiting Room Contemporary McKenzie Morales
Gavin Morales
Chloe Smith
Tessa Wilkinson
Ashtin Roth
2nd in Teen Division

Pre-Dance Moms Awards


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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
  23. "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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