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!
Jennifer Gunn currently resides in Sylacauga,AL. She is a graduate of Sylacauga High School class 2006. She has earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Psychology from Troy University. Her second bachelors was obtain from Auburn University in Montgomery with a degree in Liberal Arts. She has received her Master’s degree in Secondary English Education from Faulkner University.
Jennifer is a ninth grade English teacher at Talladega High School as well as the Varsity and JV cheerleading coach. Her love for the Arts started at a young age as she began dancing at Encore Dance Company under the instruction of Jeanna Sumners. Jennifer danced for 16 years while embarking in competitive gymnastics at KidGym gymnastics and cheerleading.
Jennifer also has over 13 years experience in the Miss America preliminary pageant system; where she holds 2 titles.
For the past 13 years Jennifer has been a competitive gymnastics and cheerleading instructor at Kidgym Gymnastics located in Sylacauga and Talladega,Al. Jennifer was trained in dance, classical piano, competitive gymnastics and cheerleading for 20 years. But her greatest accomplishments and hearts fulfillment has been through her years of coaching.
acro & tiny instructor
tAP & HIP HOP INSTRUCTOR
Ashli Hill is a 23 year old Nashville, Tennessee native. She has trained in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Tumbling, African and Hip-Hop since the age of 3 while a student at Malone Studios Dance Academy. While attending Malone Studios Dance Academy, she participated in their yearly Cultural Exchange Program in Nassau, Bahamas where she also trained in Aerial Silks.
During her senior year in high school at Nashville School of the Arts, she was fortunate to be a back up dancer for Disney Channel star, Coco Jones. After dancing on tour she pursued her college education and also became a Sophisticated Lady with the Tennessee State University Aristocrat of Bands. She was privileged to perform with the Aristocrat of Bands for former President of the United States, Barack Obama.
Ashli has participated in multiple stage productions and dance competitions. She has judged for majorette and dance competitions and has hosted her own Hip-Hop and Heels classes. She is now a resident of Alabama, where she is the new coach and choreographer for the Talladega College Marching Tornadoes Dega Diamonds dance team.
KAY KAY OWENS
Miss KayKay 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 KayKay'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.