John Henry Moore
John Henry was introduced to partner dancing at 7 years old and has been dancing consistently since the age of 16. After a stint as a professional skater starting at age 13, he returned to dancing, first performing at Hillcrest Dance Company, and later competing throughout San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. When he turned 18, he followed an art career and moved to Taos, NM and became an artist’s assistant for several artists, such as Jim Wagner and Frank Seckler, while continuing to dance in his free time. He moved to San Francisco, where he started teaching full-time at AMA Dance Studio, Broadway Studios, as well as other studios. He has taught in Albuquerque and Taos for the past 14 years, and he currently owns and teaches at Double Time Dance Studio in Albuquerque.
Double Time became instrumental in growing numerous dancers who branched out opening studios and/or teaching independently.
John Henry's dance career experience includes the following:
- Studied swing with Jean Veloz, Frankie Manning, and Norma Miller, and tango with Carlos Gavito, Nestor Ray, Nora Dinzelbacher, and many others
- Has been on American and European television
- Won first place at the Greasers Ball in Bimbo’s San Francisco in 1998
- Won first place swing at Lucky’s Belvedere Lounge in 1999
- 2006 Cowboys Country Champion
- Performed at Kids Unleashed for three years
- Performed for the New York Dance Company
- Taught for the University of San Francisco and various universities in New Mexico, including UNM, where he still teaches tango, swing, country, and salsa
- Judged many dance competitions
- Choreographed the dance sequences for the movie 'Husband for Hire' with Mario Lopez, Mark Consuelos, and Nadine Vasquez
- A mentor in Juilliard’s dance program
- Co-created the Taos Two-Step
- First Lindy instructor in New Mexico
- Taught at Michael Martin Murphy’s Country Christmas, Casa de Corazon, Taos Public Schools, a New Mexico mayors’ convention, the Albuquerque Hispanic Cultural Center, the Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival, and the Palm Springs Salsa Mambo Festival for the last five years
- Traveled to Argentina for tango
- Choreographed and performed at dance events including Albuquerque’s Shop & Stroll and Keshet Dance Company
- Created Double Time’s tango team and the Duke City Salseros
- Started some of the biggest tango, swing, and salsa nights in New Mexico
- Won 1st place in the Summer 2009 Salsa Mambo Festival Professional Jack & Jill competition
“The most important people in my life always told me I had my feet planted firmly in the air. I guess that's why I became a dancer."
Born and raised in the Chicago area, Adrienne began springboard diving at age 7. Her step father owned a ski and scuba shop in Illinois and they frequently took trips to Colorado to ski as well as Mexico to snorkel and scuba. Living the adventurous life and experiencing everything became her ultimate goal. Adrienne left the city life and moved to the mountains in Colorado spending 13 years skiing diligently and traveling around the world. She attended Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies in Boulder, CO, and received a certificate of completion in Herbal Medicine. She later moved to Taos, NM, where she met John Henry who owned Double Time Dance Studio and that is where Adrienne began dancing. She viewed dancing as a way of going places without having to travel as well as vehicle for health and wellness.
Having a family member with Alzheimer's she discovered a strong connection between the body, mind and mental health. The following article is a great demonstration of the benefits mentioned. Click here.
Adrienne's dance training continues with John Henry as well as other renowed instructors such as Damian Lobato, Naomi Hotta, Meredith Klein, and Diana Cruz.