Despite appearing in just two seasons of the OG series (after a stint on Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition) JoJo with a Bow Bow arguably stole the spotlight, going on to nab a massive YouTube following, an exclusive licensing deal with Nickelodeon, endless branded merchandise and a spot on Time‘s 100 most influential people of 2020.
“One of the biggest things that I ever learned from Dance Moms was either to sink or swim,” she once explained to Kelly Ripa. “Not, like, physically, actually in a swimming pool. But to really just be able to survive and to want it.”
These days, as she pals around with the likes of Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian, she’s doing more than treading water. In 2021, the LGBTQ+ icon partnered with Jenna Johnson to compete as the first same-sex couple on the U.S. version of Dancing With the Stars.
Now she’s eyeing an even bigger stage, telling Raven-Symoné and wife Miranda Pearman-Maday, “My dream, dream, dream, dream is the Super Bowl, to do the halftime performance.” And once she’s scored that gig, she told the duo on an August episode of The Best Podcast Ever, “Then I’ll retire and have babies.”