"Dance Moms" Darling Ava Cota Slays on the Runway at New York Fashion Week
Ava Cota makes her NYFW debut (photo by Jordan Matter, courtesy Ava Cota)
You probably know Ava Cota as the lovely, leggy dancer who was rejected from the Abby Lee Dance Company, on "Dance Moms," because she was "too tall." Now, that lanky frame is propelling her career as a model. Ava just made her New York Fashion Week runway debut, and we're guessing it won't be the last time the six-foot beauty graces NYC's catwalks.
Ava thinks walking the runway isn't too different from dancing. "Dancing and modeling—they're both a performance," she says. "You become a character when you're on the runway. You have to embrace whether the look you're wearing is flowy or harsh or edgy. You're not just walking."
Ava walks the runway for New York Fashion Week (courtesy Ava Cota)
And while walking is part of the job description, that task becomes much more intimidating in six-inch heels. But Ava says that compared to pointe shoes, the heels are a breeze.
Though Ava gives her dance training a great deal of credit for her smooth transition into modeling, some of it has to do with good old genetics. After all, her mother used to model, gracing runways from the U.S. to Paris. "I grew up watching my mom on the runway," Ava says. "She was the one who taught me how to walk."
Ava loves that the dance and fashion worlds have begun to collide. "All of the arts are coming together," she says. "You go to fashion shows and there are dancers performing, and dancers are becoming models. Its amazing."
School of American Ballet students (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy SAB)
Do you have a "Strictly Ballet"–sized hole in your heart? Good news: The upcoming docuseries "On Pointe" just might fill it.
The School of American Ballet is teaming up with Imagine Documentaries and DCTV for the project. Though it's not yet clear where "On Pointe" will air, we do know that it'll follow talented SAB students preparing for professional ballet careers—much as Teen Vogue's popular "Strictly Ballet" web series did back in the day. But "On Pointe" marks the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed access to the school, and it sounds like it'll paint an even more complete picture of the dancers' lives inside and outside the studio.
Choreographer Bob Fosse's signature style—with its jazz hands, inverted knees, and slouched shoulders—is still a huge influence in the dance world (and, thanks to the gloriously dancyFX series "Fosse/Verdon," the TV world). But while you know to expect plenty of Fosse-isms during a stage performance of Chicago or Sweet Charity, Fosse's legacy has also seeped into pop music culture, inspiring the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Here are just six of the many music videos that reference Fosse's iconic works.
Gabrielle Hamilton in John Heginbotham's dream ballet from Oklahoma! Photo by Little Fang Photo, courtesy DKC/O&M
Last night, longtime theater legends (including Chita Rivera herself!) as well as rising stars gathered to celebrate one of Broadway's danciest events: the third annual Chita Rivera Awards.
The evening paid tribute to this season's dancer standouts, extraordinary ensembles, and jaw-dropping choreography—on- and off-Broadway and on film.
As usual, several Dance Spirit faves made it into the mix. (With such a fabulous talent pool of nominees to choose from, we're glad that ties were allowed.) Here are the highlights from the winner's list: