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Ava Michelle
Born
Ava Michelle Cota

April 10, 2002 (2002-04-10) (age 19)
Occupation Actress, dancer, singer, model
Years active 2014–present
Height 6 ft 1.5 in (1.87 m)

Ava Michelle Cota (born April 10, 2002) is an American actress, dancer, singer and model. She is best known for her role as the character Jodi Kreyman in the Netflix comedy Tall Girl. She made regular appearances in the third to seventh seasons of Dance Moms, as well as being a member of the Select Ensemble team in season four for a short time.

Biography

Michelle was born on April 10, 2002, and was 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 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.

Career

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 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. 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. Michelle began filming of the sequel to the Netflix film Tall Girl in April 2021.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2018 This Is Me Olivia Newton-John Short film
2018 Mamma Mia! Anna Short film
2018 A Christmas Dinner Sophia Bailey
2019 Tall Girl Jodi Kreyman
TBA Tall Girl 2 Jodi Kreyman Filming

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2014–2017 Dance Moms Herself 18 episodes
2016 So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation Herself 1 episode
2018 The Bold and the Beautiful Forrester model 2 episodes
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