Jeanette Cota is a dance teacher and reality TV star. She is the mother of Ava Cota, a former “Dance Moms” cast member. Jeanette owns Broadway Dance Academy in Michigan, where she and her late husband, Rick Cota, were models and entrepreneurs.
How Jeanette Cota Met & Lost Her Husband Rick?
Jeanette Cota lost her husband Rick Cota, who was a model and entrepreneur. He ran a small automotive company in Auburn Hills and met Jeanette through a common model friend at the Great Fenton Inn. Their romance blossomed from there.
The former couple were very private about their personal life and did not reveal their wedding date to the public. They had two children together: a son named Devon Cota and a daughter named Ava Michelle. Before she married Rick, Jeanette had a relationship with someone named Jason Drenner. Yet, she never spoke about him publicly either.
Meet Her Daughter Ava Michelle
Ava Michelle Cota is an American actress, dancer, model, and social media influencer (born on April 10, 2002, in Fenton, Michigan). Ava has been trained in various dance forms such as contemporary, ballet, pointe, jazz, and tap dance. She made regular appearances in the third to seventh seasons of the reality TV show Dance Moms as a guest dancer of the ALDC Select Team.
Ava is also known for her role as Jodi Kreyman in the Netflix comedies Tall Girl and Tall Girl 2. She is a model and has walked the runway for top designers across the country since the age of 13.
In addition, she is also a singer/songwriter and has released new music intermittently. In 2018, Ava launched a social media campaign, #13Reasons4Me, that encourages people to list 13 things they love about themselves or in their lives.
Jeanette Cota’s Son Died At The Age of 23
Jeanette Cota’s son, Devon Cota, was a young man who had a passion for fashion and music. He was the older brother of Ava Michelle Cota. He had a close relationship with his sister and inspired her to launch a clothing line called Identified. He also wanted to start his clothing line and named it the night before he died.
The former model's son passed away on February 7, 2021, at the age of 23, due to fentanyl poisoning. He was loved by his family and friends and touched many lives with his smile and personality. It was a tragic loss for everyone who knew him.
What is Jeanette Cota's Net Worth?
Jeanette Cota is a former model and dance teacher who has a net worth of around $1 million similar to an American dancer, and choreographer Shura Baryshnikov. She owns the Broadway Dance Academy in Fenton, Michigan, where she teaches various styles of dance to students of all ages.
Cota is also known for her appearance on the reality TV show “Dance Moms” with her daughter Ava Michelle Cota, who is an actress and dancer. However, she also runs a website called Mamaj, where she writes about her recipes and sells food products.
Involved in Charity Work
Jeanette Cota is the founder of a nonprofit organization called Devon Michael Foundation after her late son Devon Michael, who died from accidental fentanyl poisoning at the age of 23.
The organization aims to raise awareness of the mental health and fentanyl crisis through education and support.
Movies & TV Shows
Jeanette started her career at a young age; she began dancing when she was only three years old and participated in fashion shows when she was five. She continued to pursue both modeling and dancing, traveling to various places such as L.A., New York, London, and Continental Europe for her lessons and shows.
The TV star made her debut on the reality show Dance Moms in season three and remained on the show for several seasons. She also founded the JC Broadway Dance Academy in Fenton, Michigan, where she worked as a teacher and choreographer.
In addition, she shut down the academy in 2017 when she moved to California with her family. Jeanette briefly took over the CADC (Candy Apple’s Dance Center) as a leader. She also acted in movies such as A Christmas Dinner, Mamma Mia! and This is Me.
How Jeanette Cota Fought for Her Daughter’s Dream?
Jeanette Cota became known for her appearances on the reality TV show Dance Moms, where she often clashed with Abby Lee Miller, the owner of the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC). Jeanette wanted her daughter Ava to join the ALDC, but Abby rejected her for being too tall.
Later, Jeanette joined the rival team, Candy Apple’s Dance Center (CADC), and competed against Abby’s team several times.
Jeanette was controversial for her alleged obsession with Abby and the ALDC. Christi Lukasiak, an ALDC mom, called her a “stalker” who followed Abby for two years. Jeanette denied this and said she wanted the best for Ava. She also stood up to Abby’s insults and criticisms of Ava’s height and dance. Jeanette and Abby had many arguments and fights on the show.
Jeanette Cota was born on October 25, 1973, in Michigan, United States of America. Nonetheless, she has chosen not to disclose information about her parents to the general public.
As some reports, she had an elder sister who died in a car accident when she was young. She has also dedicated a dance piece to her sister’s memory on the TV show Dance Moms.
Education & Qualifications
Cota graduated from Linden High School and pursued dance and modeling from a young age.
The former model traveled to various places like L.A., New York, London, and Europe for her career and learned dance from different instructors and studios.
Is Jeanette Cota Active on Social Media?
Jeanette Cota is a social media personality and the mother of actress and dancer Ava Michelle. She often posts pictures and videos of her family, friends, and travels on her Instagram account [cookingwith_mamaj], where she has amassed over 56.9k followers.
Additionally, she has a Twitter and Facebook page, where she has a personal profile and a fan page. Her daughter runs a successful YouTube channel [Ava Michelle], where she showcases her talents in singing, dancing, acting, and modeling.
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