If you thought Ava looked familiar, this may be why.

Audiences could be seeing a lot more of Ava Michelle in the near future…

On Friday, September 13th 2019, Netflix audiences were treated to some new content, with the highly anticipated return of Top Boy stealing the spotlight. However, the streaming service is all about variety and choice, and on the same day, they unveiled American rom-com Tall Girl. 

Directed by Nzingha Stewart, the film centres upon a sixteen-year-old student who feels insecure about her 6’1 height. Although it’s not exactly an all-round crowdpleaser, it arguably set out to achieve what it wanted to do; a number of fans have considered it a charming and touching film dealing with themes of alienation well enough to resonate with teenage audiences. 

One of the more celebrated aspects of the production has been Ava’s performance. If you were sat there thinking “hmm, she looks really familiar,” then you’re not alone. She was on Dance Moms!

Ava Michelle on Dance Moms

The American reality TV series was created by Collins Avenue Productions and first arrived on Lifetime back in 2011. More recently set in Los Angeles, California, Dance Moms is largely shot at the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) studios and returned for its eighth season in 2019. 

Le Bal des Folles (The Mad Women’s Ball) | Official Trailer

It follows aspirational teens hoping to make it big in the realm of dance, and if you’re into that sort of thing, it’s entertaining stuff. Fans have seen plenty of exceptional talents over the years, and one of those was Ava. 

The 17-year-old -according to IMDb – appeared on seasons four to six of the hit reality show; it’s also highlighted that she has a background in contemporary, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, and Tap. Looking over the seasons, she was on the show from 2014 to 2016. Some episodes with Ava proved rather difficult to watch because of people cruelly making fun of her height. 

It looked like the dancer endured some really tough times on the show. Check out the clip below:

Spreading the word

“Ava, you’re too tall for us today, you’re cut, thank you, you can go.”

It’s definitely hard to watch, but it’s great to see she’s helping herself and others as she continues her journey since then. As noted by Refinery29, Ava said after starring in Tall Girl: “I have gotten a little bit of hate since the trailer came out. But I feel like I’m in such a different place now. It doesn’t affect me the way it did when I was younger…

“I really hope that these people who were hating on the movie watch the movie and see what it’s about. And see the stereotypes we broke…It’s crazy to think that the thing I hated and was always insecure about and wanted to change was one of the reasons that I booked the biggest role in my career.”

There are a number of instances on Dance Moms in which Ava continues to persevere despite falling victim to negativity and bullying. It’s great to see that Tall Girl has helped with her confidence immensely. 

Follow her on Instagram! 

If you’re a fan, why not head over to her Instagram. 

You can give her a follow over at @ava.michelle. She currently has an impressive 733k followers, but looking at her bio, it’s not too surprising: “Actress | Model | Singer- Songwriter | Dancer,” she’s certainly a multi-talent. 

Other than Tall Girl and Dance Moms, she’s starred in the TV series The Bold and the Beautiful (she played Forrester Model), a 2018 Mamma Mia! short (Anna) and A Christmas Dinner (Sophia Bailey). 

In other news, who plays Lizzie in Top Boy?