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g   Jeanette Cota
Nickname(s): Count Stalkula (by Christi)
Stalker (by other ALDC rivals)
Gender: Female
Born: October 25, 1973
Age: 48
Home: Fenton, Michigan
Occupation: Dance teacher
Studio owner
Model (former]
Affiliations: JC's Broadway Dance Academy (former)
CADC (briefly deputized leader)
Friends and Family
Spouse: Rick Cota (ex-husband)
Children: Ava Cota (daughter)
Devon Cota (son,deceased)
Siblings: unnamed older sister (deceased)
Friends: Jodi Gray
Loree Cloud
Tami Adamson
Tracey Reasons
Gina Dudash
Liza Smith
Jo Anne Morales
Christy Hunt
Gina Torres
Kaya Wiley
Holly Hatcher-Frazier
Feuds: Abby Lee Miller
Cathy Nesbitt-Stein
Kira Girard
Melanie Huelsman[1][2]
Love Interests: Jason Drenner (boyfriend)
Episode Run
Debut: The Beginning of the End
Last: Same Old Frenemies Part 2

 Jeanette Cota is the mother of Ava Cota. Formerly a model,[3] she is the former owner of the Broadway Dance Academy studio, located in Fenton, Michigan.

Jeanette was first accused of being a "stalker" by Christi in Double the Moms, Double the Trouble, due to eagerness in getting Ava a recurring spot at the ALDC from 2012-2014. While eventually succeeding at that task during Season 4, Jeanette's relationship with Abby turned hostile by the end of that year.

In the fifth season, she returned to the show, now challenging the ALDC with her own BDA team. Later in the same season, Jeanette took over leadership of the Candy Apples team in Los Angeles, and soon re-branded that assembled team of girls (with Ava) as her own BDA team.

In Dance Moms

Season Three

Season Four

  • In No Solo for You, she said that Ava did better than Kendall.
  • Her daughter Ava became the ALDC's new Elite Junior team member in the midseason finale Presenting My New Team.
  • She later appears in Double the Moms, Double the Trouble. She gets in a minor fight with the Elite Team Moms at the competition about the Select Ensemble being there to stay.
  • In Chloe Gets Revenge, she and her daughter leave after Ava's prop malfunctions.
  • In No More Crybabies, Jeanette decides to bring her daughter to a competition against the ALDC, with Ava entered as a member of Jeanette's own studio. This creates a seemingly permanent split with Abby.
  • In Hollywood Here We Come, Part 1, Jeanette and Ava surprise everyone when they show up for pyramid before nationals. Abby quickly informs them that they are unwanted.
  • In Seeing Stars, Jeanette says that it bothers her that people have called her a stalker. With prodding, Jeanette says that it was Abby who usually was the one who invited her places, and Abby agrees with Jeanette on that point.

Season Six

  • In New Season, New Rules, she choreographs a piece based on the ALDC's season five nationals group number. She says that the piece is inspired by her sister, who died in a car accident.
  • In The Girls Say Goodbye, Jeanette and Ava both appear in a video montage featuring old cast members. In the video they wish the Ziegler sisters good luck with their futures.


Season 3

Season 4

Season 5

Season 6

Season 7

Other information

  • She has been referred to as "the tall one," due to her height.
  • Ava's school principal knew the Cota family personally, and found watching Dance Moms uncomfortable, testifying they're not like that.[4]
  • In Double the Moms, Double the Trouble, Christi says Jeanette has been following them for three years, trying to get on the team.
  • Jeanette took dance while traveling as a model, from L.A. and New York to London and Continental Europe.[5]
  • She began teaching dance at age 17.[6]
  • She opened BDA when Ava was three years old (c. 2005).[7]
  • Jeanette thinks she was initially unprepared to take on some of the moms, as well as unprepared for dealing with Abby.[8]
  • BDA had around 100 students in 2015.[9]
  • In 2017 because Jeanette's family was moving to California she closed BDA for good.
  • In New Season, New Rules Jeanette revealed that she had an older sister who was killed in a car accident whilst her parents were out of town.


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