Ava is a 12-year-old dancer from Chicago, Illinois. She began dancing at the age of 3 and has danced competitively and attended conventions for the past 6 years. In her time competing, Ava has won many first-place awards and full scholarships, as well as awards for her strength and technique. She was also honored to receive the 2019 Hope Award from Star Dance Alliance. Ava dances at The Dynasty in Naperville and Extensions Dance Company in Chicago, where she trains in modern/contemporary, ballet, lyrical, jazz, and Hip-hop. Her favorite style of dance is contemporary fusion. Ava hopes to pursue dance professionally and also branch out into choreography. Ava is a 2-time cancer fighter and was incredibly able to continue to dance and compete during her harsh treatments, despite her doctors doubting she would have the strength to do so. Ava’s story was featured on The Ellen Show, as well as several news channels and magazines.
Outside of dance, Ava is a passionate advocate for childhood cancer research. She is a National Spokeswoman for Dance Hope Cure and The Truth 365. She is a gifted public speaker, traveling the country to raise awareness and funds in communities, and to speak with government officials, urging them to pass legislation to offer more money to childhood cancer research. In the past 2 years, she has aided in events that have raised over $3Million for pediatric cancer research and has also started her own campaign, along with her sister, Emma, to fund Wilms tumor research and assist families who have a child with cancer.