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Nickname(s): Praying Mantis (by Abby)
Websites: Instagram
Gender: Female
Born: April 10, 2002[1]
Age: 20
Home: Fenton, Michigan
Occupation: Dancer
Class of 2018[2]
Affiliations: Jeanette Cota's BDA (former)
Candy Apples (former guest)
Abby Lee Dance Company (former guest)
Wilhelmina Models
Height: 6' 2"
Friends and Family
Parents: Jeanette Cota (mother)
Rick Cota (father)
Siblings: Devon Cota (older brother; deceased)
Friends: Asia Monet Ray
Brooke Hyland
Brynn Rumfallo
Chloe Lukasiak
Elliana Walmsley
Haley Huelsman
JoJo Siwa
Kalani Hilliker
Kamryn Beck
Kendall Vertes
Mackenzie Ziegler
Maddie Ziegler
Nia Frazier
Payton Ackerman
Sarah Reasons
Tea' Adamson
Episode Run
Debut: The Beginning of the End
Last: Same Old Frenemies Part 2
Quick Links
Feat. video: "With You" (2015)
Search YouTube for Ava Cota
Browse Ava Solos
Dance Tables

Ava Michelle Cota (born April 10, 2002) is the daughter of Jeanette Cota.

Ava made her first appearance on Dance Moms in the third season at the ALDC auditions. She was later invited back to the ALDC as a member of the Junior Select Ensemble in Season 4, with Abby's intention for her to challenge Kendall.

After being kicked off the team, Ava competed with her mother's studio, JC's Broadway Dance Academy. She also competed as part of the Candy Apple's Dance Center for part of fifth and seventh seasons.

Other Information

  • Her zodiac sign is an Aries.
  • In 2015, she was training about 30 hours per week, some at BDA, some with a separate ballet teacher.[3]
  • Her favorite styles are hip-hop and contemporary.[4]
  • Ava's favorite dance on the show was "The Rapture".
  • She is interested in becoming an actress, Rockette, or going on Broadway when she is older.[5]
  • She is a member of the Mob Squad, young hip-hop dancers for the Detroit Pistons.[6]
  • Ava began dancing at another studio when she was two, moving to her mom's studio when it was opened when Ava was three.[7]
  • She was the only member of the Select Team that didn't dance with the Elite Team as a guest or been on the pyramid.
  • In 2017 Ava's family moved to California and closed BDA for good.
  • In 2016, she was on the 13th season of "So You Think You Can Dance?" and made it to the top 100.
  • She graduated high school 2 years early making her apart of the class of 2018.
  • In 2019, she starred in the Netflix original film "Tall Girl".
  • In 2022, she starred in the Netflix original film "Tall Girl 2".

Other Credits

To see Ava Cota's other credits,Ava Cota/Credits visit the subpage.


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.

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