ASHLEY "JOJO" MOORE
Owner & Director
Ashley “JoJo” Moore is a native of Talladega, Alabama where her love of dance began with Jeanna Sumners at Encore Dance in the city’s historical Square. Beginning her fundamental training from the Alabama Dance Academy through Pamela Merkel in Hoover, Alabama. There, she began her professional dance career performing abroad throughout the Bahama Islands, Paris, Germany, and was given the opportunity to showcase her talents in the 1993 Opening Soccer Olympics and 2000 Olympic Ceremonies in Sydney, Australia.
Upon her acceptance into the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA), she intensely studied ballet, jazz, modern, and contemporary under the direction of Therese Leager. Performing principle roles in works by Thaddeus Davis, Waverly Lucas, Dwight Rhoden, and Fabrice Lemire. Ashley also was a member of Ebony Arrington’s Accolades where she was able to further her professional career before leaving high school by being a backup dancing for R&B artist Jaheim, opening acts for renowned comedian Ricky Smiley, amongst many other opportunities. Graduating in 2004 she continued her education at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa where she was crowned Miss Corolla, the 2nd African American in school history. She received a B.A. in Dance and was a member of the Crimson Cabaret dance team, Alabama Reparatory Dance Theatre, Dance Alabama! and many other organizations. Studying under many world renowned teachers and choreographers such as Dame Sonia Arova, Desmond Richardson, David Howard, and Fernando Bujones, she received many scholarships from prestigious companies such as Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Alabama Ballet, and Atlanta Ballet.
After graduation, she became Assistant Director of Dancemakers, Inc. and was Director of Ballet at Studio III Performing Arts in Phoenix, Arizona where her works for “Bionic” and “CanCan” won High Gold and Platinum in various dance competitions such as Celebrity Dance and Starbound. Aside from teaching and choreographing, Ashley performed alongside pop artist Tyler Fiore and So You Think You Can Dance finalist Cedric Gardner. She also was a member of SugarBabies and formed her very own dance community company BitterSweet Dance which provided dancers and choreography for various events and community artists. She has television and movie credit appearances on The Wendy Williams Show, “Canvas of Life” by rap lyrist Young Thee, and Middle Men starring Luke Wilson and Terry Crews.
In New York City where she worked alongside dance greats such as Luam and Jermaine Brown at Broadway Dance Theatre and the late David Howard at STEPS on Broadway, she debuted professionally as an NFL dancer for NY Giants Gotham City dance team and was featured as a soloist for Benjamin Hey’s “Body Rock Remix”. Upon her recent success, Ashley showcased her talents with Disney Fantasy Cruise Line in production works Aladdin, The Lion King, Believe, Wishes, and other shows alike.
With the completion of her Master of Business Administration, Ashley enjoys influencing others to love and respect themselves, as well as others, through the Art of dance. Never forgetting where she came from or how far she has gone, Ashley now gives back to the Talladega community by founding, J.O.V.A.N.I. The Dance Factory.
Studio & office manager
LaShayla was born and raised in the small town of Goodwater, Alabama. She is a 1995 graduate of Coosa Central High School in Hanover, Alabama. With initial plans to attend Devry University and then to join the military after high scores on the ASVAB, a divine interruption of a new bundle of joy changed things.
With support of family, LaShayla was still afforded the opportunity to attend Central Alabama Community College in Alexander City, Alabama, receiving her Associate in Science degree in June 1997 and graduating Cum Laude, as well as receiving an academic transfer scholarship to Jacksonville State University. Again with support of family and particularly her mom, in December 1999, she graduated from JSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with a concentration in Finance and one class short of a minor in Computer Science.
LaShayla currently resides in Sylacauga, Alabama and is a wife and mother of five (three birthed and two by marriage). Over the course of years, some positions she has held are Administrative Assistant, Computer Support Technician, General Ledger Accountant, and Financial Analyst. LaShayla has always had a strong foundation of faith, especially with her late grandmother being a minister and her being reared up in not just the church, but being taught the importance of a personal relationship with the Lord.
Wanting to actively serve, she has previously been church administrator and now does announcements each Sunday. She has also always had a special place for the youth, thus she has served previously as church youth director and presently assists periodically with the dance team ministry. She is currently a community mentor at Nichols Lawson Middle School and has been since September 2017.
Always being supportive of each of her children, LaShayla has always made sure over the course of the years and even today, to always show face at all of her children's activities and events and be their biggest fans, pushing them in whatever endeavor. Ideally, with her love for kids and to keep a more flexible and somewhat of a less strenuous schedule, she applied and was elated when accepted as an employee with Sylacauga City Schools as a substitute teacher in August 2018. Ultimately, her youngest child is why she is now a part of our dance family. She came in as just a dance mom, and now she is an essential part of keeping the studio producing business-wise and"mom" to all who come through our doors!
kay kay owens
Miss Kay Kay is a 2018 graduate from The University of Alabama. She has been an advocate in many youth and social organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of West Alabama, Young Woman's Leadership Program, Crimson Tide Hospitality, Afro American Gospel Choir, and much more.
One of Miss Kay Kay's proudest accomplishments is that of becoming a member of the Lambda Zeta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority of the University of Alabama, where she held the position of Step and Strut Master!
She is now pursuing her MSN degree and is currently enrolled at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Duntrey is from Clay County and currently attends Southern Union State Community College where he is pursuing a degree in Dance under the direction of Ms. Sonja Fincher. He has instructed and cheered in the Art of Tumbling for over 7 years, with his senior year being invited to tryout for UCA staff where he received All-American and numerous awards and recognition's.
While captain of his All-Star level 5 team for 2 years, Duntrey received a full scholarship to both Shelton State and Southern Union. At Shelton for cheering with a rank of Top 10 and for Dance at Southern Union.
Duntrey has a passion and big love for gymnastics/tumbling. His skill qualifications are well above average and the love, knowledge and courage he pours into his students is undeniable. He is a huge believer of Jesus Christ his Lord and Savior. He can’t wait to begin his new journey at J.O.V.A.N.I: The Dance Factory and become apart of the family!
Meet Whitney Wheeler!
Whitney is a certified Group Fitness Instructor & Personal Trainer through Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). Whitney is originally from Sylacauga, Alabama where she currently resides. She has a B.S. degree in Recreational Therapy that givers her tremendous experience with working with people of all different backgrounds. Whitney has been in the fitness world for over 8 years now.
What drives her is helping people and helping them realize their potential!
Commitment is KEY!
Create your own willpower!
Be your own motivation!
Just show up and do it. Watch the small everyday habits begin to stick. The changes you crave, will begin to show themselves!
Gloria Buie is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with the National Yoga Alliance and the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance and brings years of fitness experience to the studio.
Gloria’s yoga journey began several years ago, but she never fully committed because she THOUGHT yoga was too hard; however she started attending classes regularly and found that yoga helped her both mentally and physically, and that made her want to learn more about the practice of yoga.
Gloria completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2019. Gloria says that this time was probably four of the best months of her life! What she learned about yoga were the benefits and the experience of practicing yoga, and what she learned about herself was phenomenal and life changing.
Yoga is not about perfecting a posture, it's about the journey into and out of the postures, and linking breath to movement. The practice of yoga is a beautiful thing and Gloria is excited to help others feel the same sense of fulfillment that she feels when she is on her mat.