Ava is a 10 year old dancer from Chicago, Illinois. She began dance at the age of 3 and has danced competitively and attended conventions for the past 4 years. In her time competing, Ava has won many first place awards, full scholarships as well as awards for her strength, ferocity. She dances at The Dynasty where she trains in modern/contemporary, ballet, lyrical, jazz, and Hip-hop. Her favorite styles of dance are contemporary and hip-hop. Ava was diagnosed in June, 2011 with stage 5 Bilateral Wilms (a type of kidney cancer in both kidneys). She had her left kidney and part of her right kidney removed and underwent 29 weeks of chemotherapy and 6 rounds of radiation. In January, 2012 Ava was declared cancer-free. In January, 2018 at Ava’s 6 year out of treatment scans, a spot was found on the back of her partial remaining kidney. She had surgery to remove the spot and tests confirmed it was a relapse of wilms. She is currently undergoing 8 cycles of very harsh chemo treatment, but has continued to dance and compete despite her doctors doubting she would have the strength to do so. Ava hopes to one day be in music videos, teach with a convention or any kind of work in the professional dance world. Ava’s story was recently featured on the CBS evening news and her next opportunity is for her and her sister, Emma to perform and speak at Curefest in Washington D.C this September to raise awareness for pediatric cancer. Ava is very excited to be modeling as a part of Club 5 this year!