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JoJo Siwa
Born Joelle Joanie Siwa
(2003-05-19) May 19, 2003 (age 15)
Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Residence Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation
Years active 2013–present
Parents
  • Tom Siwa (father)
  • Jessalynn Siwa (mother)
Relatives Jayden Siwa (brother)
Website itsjojosiwa.com

Joelle Joanie Siwa (born May 19, 2003) is an American dancer, singer, actress, and YouTube personality. She is known for appearing for two seasons on Dance Moms along with her mother, Jessalynn Siwa, and for her singles "Boomerang" and "Kid in a Candy Store". Siwa posts daily videos of her day-to-day life on her YouTube channel 'JoJo Siwa Vlogs'. Her fans are known as Siwanatorz.[1]

Early life and career

JoJo Siwa performing Hold the Drama

Joelle Joanie Siwa was born in Omaha, Nebraska on May 19, 2003, the child of Dr. Tom Siwa, a chiropractor from Nebraska, and Jessalyn Siwa (née Jessalyn Lombardi), a professional dance instructor from Iowa.[2][3] She has one sibling, a brother named Jayden Siwa.[4]

Siwa was a top-5 finalist on the second season of the series Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition and the youngest contestant on season 2.[5] She appeared on the show with her mother and was eliminated in week 9.[6]

Siwa began auditioning for Abby Lee Miller's ALDC dance competition team in 2014 and was selected for the team in early 2015.[7] At the same time, she began to appear on the Lifetime reality show Dance Moms, which follows the ALDC team.[8] She departed the team and the show in 2016.[9]

In May 2016, Siwa released Boomerang for digital download and followed a previous single, "I Can Make U Dance". "Boomerang" addresses the subject of online bullying.[8][10] The music video for the song has been viewed more than 450 million times and received over 2.5 million likes.

She is currently signed to Nickelodeon.

Other ventures

In 2016, Siwa, known to audiences for wearing large, colorful bows in her hair, released her own line of bows called JoJo's Bows to be sold at Claire's, a fashion accessories company aimed at girls, typically those aged 6 to 12 years old. Her bows found a strong following among primary school pupils in the United Kingdom and were ultimately subject to bans as teachers discovered students unable to afford the bows, which retail for approximately £8 to £12 each, were subject to bullying from their peers and that the bows interfered with students' concentration during class as well as the schools' dress code policies.[11] Due to the high price of the bows and their popularity, some stores began selling similar, homemade bows.[12] Siwa, whose bows are heavily featured in her music videos and general wardrobe, commented on her brand in 2017, saying her bows are a "symbol of power, confidence, believing-ness."[13]

Siwa subsequently partnered with the American department store J. C. Penney to release a line of accessories, bedroom decor, and a doll made in her likeness and has released several books aimed at young children.[14][15][15]

Filmography

Television series

Year Title Notes
2013 Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition Contestant, 10 episodes
2015 The View Performed in group dance "Together We Stand"[16]
Good Day L.A. Guest[17]
Good Day New York Guest[18]
2015–16 Dance Moms Season 5 - 6
2016 Nickelodeon's Ultimate Halloween Costume Party Ghost/Creepy Girl
Make It Pop Guest[19]
Bizaardvark Herself, guest
The Thundermans Guest; episode: "Thundermans: Banished!" (Nora's Fan)
2017 Nickelodeon's Not-So-Valentine Special Girl with Heart / Dancer[20]
Nickelodeon's Ultimate Halloween Haunted House Herself
Lip Sync Battle Shorties Herself
2017 School of Rock Aubrey

Films

Year Title Role
2018 Blurt Victoria

Discography

Singles

Year Title Certifications
2016 "Boomerang"
2017 "Kid in a Candy Store" None
2017 "I Can Make U Dance" None
2017 "Hold the Drama" None
2018 "Every Girl's a Super Girl" None
2018 "High Top Shoes" None

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated
person or work
Result Ref.
2015 Industry Dance Awards Dancers Choice Awards
Favorite Dancer 17 & Under
JoJo Siwa Nominated [22]
2016 Won [23]
Reality Television Awards Most Heartfelt Moment Dance Moms
2017 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Viral Music Artist JoJo Siwa
2018 Favorite Musical YouTube Creator

References

  1. ^ Bentley, David (2017-07-26). "This is what happened when JoJo Bows star came to Birmingham". birminghammail. Retrieved 2018-04-09. 
  2. ^ ""back pain, neck pain", carpal tunnel, sciatica, disc herniation". "back pain, neck pain", carpal tunnel, sciatica, disc herniation. Retrieved 2018-04-16. 
  3. ^ MNPEDERSON@WCINET.COM, MARY NEVANS-PEDERSON TH STAFF WRITER *. "Mother, daughter step into spotlight". TelegraphHerald.com. Retrieved 2018-04-16. 
  4. ^ Its JoJo Siwa (2017-09-13), YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS TO BELIEVE THIS!!!, retrieved 2018-04-16 
  5. ^ Siwa, JoJo. "Meet JoJo", ItsJoJoSiwa.com, accessed July 19, 2016
  6. ^ "Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition Divas in the House: JoJo Eliminated", November 6, 2013, July 19, 2016
  7. ^ Who Is JoJo Siwa? Meet The Newest 'Dance Moms' Season 5 Star. Ibtimes.com (January 14, 2015). Retrieved on 2016-11-27.
  8. ^ a b 'Dance Moms' Star JoJo Siwa Takes on Bullying in 'Boomerang': Exclusive First Listen. Billboard (May 5, 2016). Retrieved on 2016-11-27.
  9. ^ Guide, Game & (2016-10-26). "'Dance Moms' Season 6 Spoilers, News & Update: JoJo Siwa Kicked Out From ALDC? Debbie Allen To Replace Abbie Miller?". Gamenguide. Retrieved 2017-08-27. 
  10. ^ JoJo Siwa Confronts Bullying In New Single "Boomerang". Bsckids.com (May 10, 2016). Retrieved on 2016-11-27.
  11. ^ Horton, Helena (2017-03-06). "Parents angered as 'Jojo Bows' banned in schools across the country". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-04-17. 
  12. ^ Palmer, Kate (2017-03-02). "Why schools are banning 'JoJo bows'". BBC News. Retrieved 2018-04-17. 
  13. ^ Palmer, Kate (2017-03-02). "Why schools are banning 'JoJo bows'". BBC News. Retrieved 2018-04-17. 
  14. ^ "JoJo Siwa inspires a new clothing line by JCPenney". www.christiantoday.com. Retrieved 2018-04-09. 
  15. ^ a b "The Wisdom of JoJo Siwa, the 14-Year-Old Megastar You Didn't Know Was a Megastar". KQED. 2017-10-06. Retrieved 2018-04-09. 
  16. ^ Dance Moms "Together We Stand" On The View For Alexa Bolton Who's Battling Cancer. September 26, 2015 – via YouTube. 
  17. ^ JoJo Siwa: from 'Dance Moms' to her own holiday bash – Story | KTTV. Foxla.com (November 30, 2015). Retrieved on 2016-11-27.
  18. ^ JoJo Siwa – Video | WNYW. Fox5ny.com (March 18, 2016). Retrieved on 2016-11-27.
  19. ^ Catch a First Look at "Gonna Be Lit" from the 'Make It Pop: Summer Splash' Special – Twist. Twistmagazine.com. Retrieved on November 27, 2016.
  20. ^ Nickelodeon's Not So Valentine's Special (2017), retrieved 2017-08-27 
  21. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". Retrieved September 19, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Industry Dance Awards Dancers Choice Awards 2015 – Nominees". Industry Dance Awards. 
  23. ^ "Dancers Choice Awards 2016: Nominees", Industry Dance Awards, accessed July 19, 2016

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