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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

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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.

DUNTREY HEFLIN

tumble INSTRUCTOR

Duntrey is from Clay County and is a recent graduate of Southern Union State Community College where he pursued a degree in Dance under the direction of Ms. Sonja Fincher. He has instructed and cheered in the Art of Tumbling for over 8 years, with his senior year in high school 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 is excited to begin another journey with J.O.V.A.N.I: The Dance Factory family!

GLORIA BUIE

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

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.