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JoJo Siwa
JoJo Siwa 2.jpg
Siwa in September 2018
Joelle Joanie Siwa

(2003-05-19) May 19, 2003 (age 15)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active2013–present
  • Tom Siwa (father)
  • Jessalynn Siwa (mother)
RelativesJayden Siwa (brother)

Joelle Joanie "JoJo" 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".[1]

Early life and career

Siwa in August 2018
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 Jessalynn Siwa (née Jessalynn Lombardi), a professional dance instructor from Iowa.[2][3] She has one sibling, an older brother named Jayden Siwa, who is also a vlogger.[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][9]

In May 2016, Siwa released "Boomerang" for digital download and a previous single, "I Can Make U Dance". "Boomerang" addresses the subject of online bullying.[8][10] Its video has been viewed more than 450 million times and received over 2.5 million likes. In 2018, Siwa was named the Breakout Artist of the Year by Vivid Seats.[11]

Siwa is signed to Nickelodeon.

In 2018, Siwa announced that she will be going on her first major concert tour in 2019, entitled D.R.E.A.M. The Tour. It is scheduled to visit a mixture of theatres, outdoor amphitheatres and stadiums, as well as indoor arenas in a total of 52 cities across the United States and Canada. The tour is scheduled to begin in Phoenix, AZ on May 17. The first leg of the tour is scheduled to conclude on June 26 in Austin, TX, before resuming for leg 2 on July 10 in Orlando, FL. The final date of the second leg is scheduled to be on August 20 in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Other ventures

In 2016, Siwa, known to audiences for wearing large, colorful bows in her hair, released a line of bows, JoJo's Bows, to be sold at Claire's, a fashion accessories company aimed at girls, typically those age 6 to 12. Her bows found a strong following among primary school pupils in the United Kingdom and were ultimately subject to bans as teachers discovered that students unable to afford the bows, which retail for approximately £8 to £12 each, were bullied by their peers. Other reasons these schools gave for the bans was they were a distraction, harmed students' concentration, and violated the schools' dress code policies.[12] Due to the bows' price and popularity, some stores began selling similar, homemade bows.[13] In 2017 Siwa, whose bows are heavily featured in her music videos and general wardrobe, said they 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]


  • 2017: JoJo's Guide to the Sweet Life: #PeaceOutHaterz[16]
  • 2018: Things I Love: A Fill-In Friendship Book[16]
  • 2018: JoJo Loves BowBow: A Day in the Life of the World?s Cutest Canine[16]
  • 2018: JoJo's Guide to Making Your Own Fun: #DoItYourself[16]
  • 2018: Take the Stage (JoJo and BowBow Book #1) [16]
  • 2019: Candy Kisses (JoJo and BowBow Book #2)[16]
  • 2019: The Posh Puppy Pageant (JoJo and BowBow Book #3)[16]


Television series

Year Title Notes
2013 Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition Contestant, 10 episodes
2015 The View Performed in group dance "Together We Stand"[17]
Good Day L.A. Guest[18]
Good Day New York Guest[19]
2015–16 Dance Moms Season 5 - 6
2016 Nickelodeon's Ultimate Halloween Costume Party Ghost/Creepy Girl
Make It Pop Guest[20]
Bizaardvark Herself, guest
The Thundermans Guest; episode: "Thundermans: Banished!" (Nora's Fan)
2017 Nickelodeon's Not-So-Valentine Special Girl with Heart / Dancer[21]
Nickelodeon's Ultimate Halloween Haunted House Herself
Lip Sync Battle Shorties Herself
2017 School of Rock Aubrey
2018 The JoJo and BowBow Show Show Herself, Web Series[22]


Year Title Role
2018 Blurt! Victoria



Year Title Certifications
2016 "Boomerang"
2017 "Kid in a Candy Store" None
"I Can Make U Dance" None
"Hold the Drama" None
2018 "Every Girl's a Super Girl" None
"High Top Shoes" None
"Only Getting Better" None
"D.R.E.A.M." On Tour
2019 "My Story" 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 [24]
2016 Won [25]
Reality Television Awards Most Heartfelt Moment Dance Moms Won
2017 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Viral Music Artist JoJo Siwa Won
2018 Favorite Musical YouTube Creator Won
2019 Favorite TV Host Nick Cannon & JoJo Siwa (Lip Sync Battle Shorties) Pending [26]
Favorite Social Music Star JoJo Siwa Pending [26]


  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 April 16, 2018.
  3. ^ Nevans-Pederson, Mary (October 15, 2013). "Mother, daughter step into spotlight". Telegraph Herald. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  4. ^ Its JoJo Siwa (September 13, 2017). "YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS TO BELIEVE THIS!!!". Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  5. ^ Siwa, JoJo. "Meet JoJo",, accessed July 19, 2016
  6. ^ "Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition Divas in the House: JoJo Eliminated", November 6, 2013, July 19, 2016
  7. ^ Schumann, Rebecka (January 14, 2015). "Who Is JoJo Siwa? Meet The Newest 'Dance Moms' Season 5 Star". International Business Times. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Angermiller, Michele Amabile (May 5, 2016). "'Dance Moms' Star JoJo Siwa Takes on Bullying in 'Boomerang': Exclusive First Listen". Billboard. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  9. ^ "'Dance Moms' Season 6 Spoilers, News & Update: JoJo Siwa Kicked Out From ALDC? Debbie Allen To Replace Abbie Miller?". Gamenguide. October 26, 2016. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  10. ^ JoJo Siwa Confronts Bullying In New Single "Boomerang". (May 10, 2016). Retrieved on 2016-11-27.
  11. ^ "2018 Year In Review: The Year in Live Events". Vivid Seats. 2018-12-18. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ a b Palmer, Kate (March 2, 2017). "Why schools are banning 'JoJo bows'". BBC News. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  14. ^ "JoJo Siwa inspires a new clothing line by JCPenney". 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. October 16, 2017. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  16. ^ a b c d e f g "You searched for jojo siwa - ABRAMS - The Art of Books Since 1949". ABRAMS - The Art of Books Since 1949. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  17. ^ Dance Moms "Together We Stand" On The View For Alexa Bolton Who's Battling Cancer. September 26, 2015 – via YouTube.
  18. ^ JoJo Siwa: from 'Dance Moms' to her own holiday bash – Story | KTTV. (November 30, 2015). Retrieved on 2016-11-27.
  19. ^ JoJo Siwa – Video | WNYW. (March 18, 2016). Retrieved on 2016-11-27.
  20. ^ Catch a First Look at "Gonna Be Lit" from the 'Make It Pop: Summer Splash' Special – Twist. Retrieved on November 27, 2016.
  21. ^ Nickelodeon's Not So Valentine's Special (2017), retrieved 2017-08-27
  22. ^ Desk, TV News. "Nickelodeon Announces New Series, THE JOJO & BOWBOW SHOW SHOW". Retrieved 2018-10-07.
  23. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  24. ^ "Industry Dance Awards Dancers Choice Awards 2015 – Nominees". Industry Dance Awards.
  25. ^ "Dancers Choice Awards 2016: Nominees", Industry Dance Awards, accessed July 19, 2016
  26. ^ a b 2019 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Nominations: The Complete List | Entertainment Tonight

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