Ava Michelle Best Known For Starring in the leading role of Jodi Kreyman in the 2019 Netflix comedy Tall Girl. Appearing on Dance Moms (as a pre-teen) with her mother Jeanette which created a controversy
Born Name: Ava Michelle Cota
Occupation: Dancer, Actress, Singer-Songwriter, Model
Years active: 2014–present
Born: April 10, 2002, 17 years and 11 months, Fenton, Michigan, United States
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6 ft 1 in or 185.5 cm
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Measurements: 36-28-38 inches / 91-71-97 cm
Bra size: 34B
Genre: Pop, Electropop, Dance-pop
Instruments: Vocals, Keyboard
Ava studied at Linden Middle School in Michigan till the 8th grade, after which, she was home-schooled. She graduated in 2018.
Father – Rick Cota (Deceased)
Mother – Jeanette Cota (Choreographer, Model, Manager)
Siblings – Devon Cota (Older Brother)
Others – Jason Drenner (Mother’s Boyfriend)
Ava Michelle Cota (born April 10, 2002) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as the eponymous character Jodi Kreyman in the Netflix comedy, Tall Girl. She is also well known from the third and fourth seasons of Dance Moms.
Michelle was born Ava Michelle Cota and raised in Fenton, Michigan. She attended JC’s Broadway Dance Academy which was owned and operated by her mother Jeanette, but closed permanently in 2017. Michelle was a guest dancer of the ALDC “Select Team” in season 4 of Dance Moms.
Michelle has been trained in contemporary, ballet, pointe, jazz, and tap dance. She released a clothing line called “AVA X JMS” in collaboration with fashion designer Jonathan Marc Stein. Ava is also a model and made her debut on the runway for New York Fashion Week in 2017. In 2018, she launched a social media campaign, #13Reasons4Me that encourages people to list 13 things they love about themselves or in their lives.
Michelle appeared in 2013 on the television series Dance Moms and was a regular on the show for another 4 years. She later toured the United States with other former stars from Dance Moms in 2018. In 2016, she was in the first episode of So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation, though she was eventually cut due to her height.
She appeared in several short movies in 2018 and made appearances in two episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful (TV serial). Her first major role in acting came as playing the lead character in the Netflix film Tall Girl which was first broadcast on September 13, 2019.
As of 2019, Ava’s career is managed by her mother Jeanette Cota.
Ava Michelle has done endorsement work for the following brands –
Revolve (Clothing brand)
Nasty Gal (Clothing brand)
Motel (Clothing brand)
I’m A Dancer Against Cancer
Patrick J Design
As a Singer
Ava has done covers of popular songs by artists like Shawn Mendes, Halsey, and Ella Henderson. Additionally, she has released original songs such as Shine Thru Me, Just Gotta Dance, and ILY on her YouTube channel.
Ava made her theatrical film debut as Jodi Kreyman in Netflix’s comedy Tall Girl in 2019.
First TV Show
Ava made her first TV show appearance in The Beginning of the End episode of the reality TV series Dance Moms as ‘Herself’ in 2013.
In addition to her regular dance practice, Ava enjoys boxing frequently. The Tall Girl star had shared her workout routine (for abs and legs) on her YouTube channel during her early teenage years. In order to achieve those flat abs, she would do 100 sit-ups, 100 side twists, abdominal hold for 50 pulses, planks, V sit-ups, and hollow hold exercises every day. For her leg workout, she preferred doing 20 squat jumps, lunges, splits, oversplits, etc. daily.
Ava Michelle Favorite Things
Set While Shooting Tall Girl – Her bedroom
Food – Sushi
Places To Travel – Catalina Island, San Diego, Boston
TV Shows – Friends, Orphan Black, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The 100, The Vampire Diaries
Dance Styles – Contemporary, Hip Hop
Singers To Cover – Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes
Birthday Gift – A puppy named Harley
Actor – Leonardo DiCaprio
Actresses – Jennifer Lawrence, Gal Gadot
Performance On Dance Moms – The Rapture
Ava Michelle Facts
Ava began dancing when she was 2 years old.
Her mother owned the Broadway Dance Academy studio in Michigan, where Ava herself had trained. However, she sold the studio in 2017 and moved to California to help fulfill her daughter’s acting dreams.
Ava is trained in several dance forms like ballet, hip hop, jazz, freestyle, contemporary, and tap dance.
She launched her own clothing line called the Self Love Club, which features a collection of t-shirts and sweatshirts with positive messages printed on them.
As of 2018, Ava considered her dream role to be playing a superhero character.
She released the single, Shine Thru Me in 2015 in memory of her father who had passed away when she was very young.
Ava began her modeling career at the New York Fashion Week in 2017.
She has done live performances with celebrities such as Flo Rida, Kid Rock, and many others.
In 2016, Ava participated in the 13th season of So You Think You Can Dance. However, she only made it as far as the Dance Academy Round.
She has 2 pet dogs named Harley and Hugo. Hugo, a pomeranian and Harley, a rescue dog have their own Instagram account with more than 3000 followers.
She has collaborated with fashion designer Jonathan Marc Stein to launch the AVA X JMS clothing line in 2018.
Ava is quite athletic and is skilled in gymnastics, aerobics, and swimming.
Ava won the title of Miss Pre-Teen Galaxy International in 2014.
While growing up, Ava became the target of cyberbullying due to her height and has spoken of her struggle with insecurities about her body.
She is a member of the Detroit Pistons Mob Squad, which is a group of young hip hop dancers.