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Ava Michelle Cota
Ava Cota
Gender Female
Age 16
Birthdate April 10, 2002
Nationality American
Hometown Fenton, Michigan
Height 5' 11"
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Brown
School Grade 11th (18/19)
Professional Information
Profession Dancer
Model
Actress
Singer
Student
Affiliations Wilhelmina Models
Dance Studios Abby Lee Dance Company (formerly)
Candy Apples Dance Center (formerly)
JC's Broadway Dance Academy
Titles see below
Friends and Family
Parents Jeanette Cota (mother)
Rick Cota (father)
Siblings Devon Cota (brother)
Friends Tea Adamson
Kamryn Beck
Chloe Berbas
Nina Candela
Jade Cloud
Mari Dudash
Nia Frazier
Haley Huelsman
Kerrynton Jones
Chloe Lukasiak
Sarah Reasons
Ashtin Roth
Brynn Rumfallo
Chloe Smith
Kendall Vertes
Elliana Walmsley
Tessa Wilkinson
Mackenzie Ziegler
Maddie Ziegler
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Nicknames {{{nicknames}}}
Ava Michelle Cota (born on April 10, 2002) is a young model/actress/singer/dancer who starred in Lifetime's hit reality show Dance Moms as part of Abby Lee Dance Company's Junior Select Ensemble Team, however she was expelled from the team at the end of season 4. Outside of Dance Moms she attends JC's Broadway Dance Academy, owned by her mother Jeanette in Fenton, Michigan. Ava made further appearances on during season 5 of the show as a member of the competition team at this studio. The BDA studio has since been closed in 2017 when the family moved to California.

In January 2016, Ava auditioned for So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation. Her appearance was televised on the show's season premiere. She did not make it past the academy round.

DancesEdit

SolosEdit

Papa - lyrical - 2010

  • 1st overall nexstar 8 & under solo - Nexstar Talent Competition in Detroit, Michigan

Amazing Grace - lyrical - 2011-2012

  • entered in title competition - National American Miss Pageant 2011
  • 1st overall ? solo - VIP Dance Competition in Lake Orion, Michigan 2012

Rory's Song - lyrical - 2011

  • 1st overall petite solo - StarQuest Dance Competition in Detroit, Michigan

My Story - n/a - 2012

  • 1st overall elite junior solo - In10sity Dance Competition in Detroit, Michigan

Papa - lyrical - 2012

  • unknown scoring - On Point Dance Competition
  • 1st overall nexstar 9-11 solo - Nexstar Talent Competition in Detroit, Michigan

Dedication to Sandy Hook - lyrical - 2013

  • 1st overall junior solo - NextLevel Dance Competition in Lansing, Michigan
  • 1st overall secondary 9-11 solo - KAR in Detroit, Michigan
  • 4th overall elite junior solo - In10sity Dance Competition in Detroit, Michigan

The Prayer - lyrical - 2013

  • unknown scoring - WILD Dance Intensive in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1st overall energy junior solo - Energy Dance Competition in Highland, Michigan
  • 2nd overall mini solo - NUVO Dance Convention in Deerborn, Michigan

This is the Life - jazz - 2013

  • unknown scoring - WILD Dance Intensive in Detroit, Michigan

Yesterday - lyrical - 2013

  • 4th overall power 9-11 solo - Believe Talent Competition in Sandusky, Ohio

Drizzle - contemporary - 2014

  • 3rd overall power 9-11 solo - Believe Talent Competition in Woodbridge, Virginia

Eden - lyrical - 2014

  • 2nd overall junior solo, 2nd overall solo - Energy Dance Competition in Waterford, Michigan

Halo - lyrical - 2014

  • 1st overall power 9-11 solo - Starpower Dance Competition in Detroit, Michigan
  • 3rd overall junior solo - JUMP Dance Convention in Dearborn, Michigan

I Won't Give Up - lyrical - 2014

  • 1st overall 12 & under interpretive solo - NextLevel Dance Competition in Detroit, Michigan

Sweet Revenge - lyrical - 2014

  • 3rd overall junior solo, 10th overall solo - In10sity Dance Competition Invitational Nationals in Calabasas, California

Hurtful Words - lyrical - 2015

  • 1st overall teen solo, 1st overall solo - Starbound Talent Competition in Butler, Pennsylvania

Not About Angels - lyrical - 2015

  • 4th overall junior solo - NYCDA in Lansing, Michigan

On My Way - lyrical - 2015

  • 2nd overall junior solo, 3rd overall solo, platinum award - Energy Dance Competition in Detroit, Michigan

Shine on Me - lyrical - 2015

  • 1st age 11-12 lyrical solo - New York Dance Experience in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Praying Mantis - contemporary - 2015

  • 4th overall teen solo, 5th overall solo - Xpression Dance Competition in Phoenix, Arizona

The Myth of a Mermaid - contemporary - 2015

  • 1st overall junior solo - Centerstage Dance Competition Nationals in Lancaster, California
  • 1st overall power teen solo - Energy Dance Competition Nationals

Unsolved Mystery - contemporary - 2015

  • 1st overall power teen solo - Energy Dance Competition Nationals

Cynthia - contemporary - 2016

Strange Fruit - unknown genre - 2016

  • 2nd overall intermediate 12-14 solo - KAR in Detroit, Michigan

With You - unknown genre - 2016

  • entered in title competition - KAR in Detroit, Michigan

DuetsEdit

Birds of a Feather - acrobatic (with Sarah Reasons) - 2014

  • unknown scoring - Energy Dance Competition in Youngstown, Ohio

Under Your Skin - open (with Haley Huelsman) - 2017

  • 3rd overall teen duet/trio - Fierce Dance Competition in San Diego, California

GroupsEdit

with Abby Lee Dance CompanyEdit

The Good Life - contemporary (with Tea Adamson, Kamryn Beck, Jade Cloud, Sarah Reasons, and Maddie Ziegler) - 2014

  • 1st overall energy junior small group - Energy Dance Competition in Youngstown, Ohio

The Rapture - contemporary (with Tea Adamson, Kamryn Beck, Jade Cloud, Sarah Hunt, and Sarah Reasons) - 2014

  • 1st overall preteen group - Sheer Talent Competition in Wheeling, West Virginia

First Ladies - contemporary (with Tea Adamson, Kamryn Beck, Jade Cloud, Chloe Lukasiak, and Sarah Reasons) - 2014

  • 1st overall power 9-11 small group - Believe Talent Competition in Woodbridge, Virginia

with Candy Apples Dance CenterEdit

Abduction - contemporary (with Haley Huelsman, Tara Johnson, Chloe Smith, Vivi-Anne Stein, and Zack Torres) - 2017

  • 4th overall teen group - Starbound Talent Competition Nationals in Asbury Park, New Jersey

Build a Wall - contemporary (with Haley Huelsman, Tara Johnson, Chloe Smith, and Nicaya Wiley) - 2017

  • 2nd overall teen group - Sheer Talent Competition in Wheeling, West Virginia

I'm Back... I'm Your Worst Nightmare - contemporary (with Haley Huelsman, Tara Johnson, Nicaya Wiley) - 2017

  • 3rd overall group - Fierce Dance Competition in San Diego, California

My One - lyrical (with Haley Huelsman, Tara Johnson, Vivi-Anne Stein, Madeline Underwood, and Nicaya Wiley) - 2017

  • did not place - New York Dance Experience in Dublin, California

with JC's Broadway Dance AcademyEdit

D-Town - hip hop (with Chloe Berbas, Nina Canbela, Mari Dudash, and Kerrynton Jones) - 2015

  • did not place - Starbound Talent Competition in Butler, Pennsylvania

Famous Infamous - contemporary (with Haley Huelsman, Ashtin Roth, Chloe Smith, and Tessa Wilkinson) - 2015

  • 3rd overall teen group - Xpression Dance Competition in Phoenix, Arizona

Moving Target - open (with Haley Huelsman, Ashtin Roth, Chloe Smith, and Tessa Wilkinson) - 2015

  • 1st overall teen group, 1st overall group - Center Stage Dance Competition Nationals in Lancaster, California

Run Run Run - lyrical (with Haley Huelsman, Ashtin Roth, Chloe Smith, and Tessa Wilkinson) - 2016

  • 1st overall senior group, 2nd overall group - New York Dance Experience in Escondido, California

The Challenge - lyrical (with Chloe Berbas, Nina Candela, and others) - 2015

  • 2nd overall energy junior group - Energy Dance Competition in Detroit, Michigan

The Waiting Room - contemporary (with Haley Huelsman, Gavin Morales, McKenzie Morales, Ashtin Roth, Chloe Smith, and Tessa Wilkinson) - 2016

  • 2nd overall teen group - Sheer Talent Competition in Los Angeles, California

Dance TitlesEdit

  • Regional Petite Miss Dance KAR 2011
  • Regional JUMP Mini Female VIP 2013
  • Regional NUVO Mini Female Breakout Artist 2013
  • Regional Junior Miss Energy 2013
  • Regional Junior Miss Dance KAR 2013
  • Regional Junior Miss NextLevel 2013
  • Regional 24/SEVEN Junior Female Nonstop Dancer 2014
  • Regional NYCDA Junior Female Outstanding Dancer 2015
  • National Junior Miss Center Stage 2015

Pageant TitlesEdit

  • National American Miss Talent 2011

Fun FactsEdit

  • Ava competed at 3 different competitions as a member of the Abby Lee Dance Company's junior select ensemble competition team.
  • Ava competed one solo under the Abby Lee Dance Company name and competed three against the ALDC on the show.
  • Ava and her mother have been stalking the ALDC at most of their competitions for years, according to the original team's moms.
  • In reference to the last bullet point, Jeanette recently admitted that she has shown up at a lot of ALDC events and competitions in the past, but only because Abby invited her there.
  • Ava's solos "Hurtful Words" and "Praying Mantis" are aimed towards Abby. During Ava's time at the ALDC, she was deeply hurt by the things Abby said to her. Abby once called her too tall and said her long arms made her look like a praying mantis (which inspired the name of the second solo).
  • Ava's favorite dance styles are hip hop and contemporary (as of June 2015).
  • Ava is a straight-A student.
  • Ava started dancing at another studio when she was 2 years old and moved to her mother's dance studio when she was 3 years old after it opened.
  • In 2015, it was reported that Ava was training about 30 hours per week (with some of the training occurring at BDA and some with a separate ballet teacher).

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