Rex Jones, CEO and Founder
Originally From: Hueytown, Alabama
Opened the studio in 2012
Favorite Dance: All of them!
Titles: 7 time UCWDC World Champion, Rising Star Rhythm Champion, Open Rhythm Champion, Showdance Champion
Growing up in his mother’s dance studio in Alabama, Rex began his love and passion for dance at the young age of 2. His mother had him in dance classes for many years, but he couldn’t stay away from other sports like baseball and football. Rex learned a lifetime of knowledge from his mother about the dance business but never saw it as a probable profession. In his 20’s Rex slowly became interested in country dancing after frequenting Bama’s finest honky-tonks. In 1994 Rex decided to go back to his roots and take on dancing professionally. Country dance took a hold on Rex and he traveled all over the world - including Japan, England, the Netherlands, South Korea, and Germany - teaching and competing. During this time, he was invited to be the co-choreographer of Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” music video and performed with her at the Country Music Awards.
Rex had great success competing in pro-am and professionally. After 7 professional world titles in the UCWDC, he decided to make a change from country dance and focused on ballroom dancing. Rex has had many accomplishments in ballroom including numerous pro-am world titles, Top Teacher awards, Top Studio awards, and he has coached many national and world title holding amateur couples. Rex’s love and passion for the business shines through in the quality of his (spirited) instruction and dance as well as his staff that he’s trained at Jones Dancesport.
Sam Arvidson, Instructor
Began teaching at JDB in: 2019
Favorite Dance: All of them!
Titles: 3 World Titles in Open Showcase
Sam is a well-experienced dancer and teacher in both ballroom and country dance. Before dipping his toes into the world of partner dancing, he began studying ballet and jazz at Duke Ellington Performing Arts and the American National Ballet Institute. After many years, Sam wanted something new. He then fell in love with ballroom and studied under some of the industry’s best coaches including Steve Platt and Scott Washburn. Sam is certified through the Gold level in all American Rhythm and Smooth dances, and he’s certified through Silver in International Standard. Sam’s positive attitude and sense of humor make him a very fun instructor and addition to our team!
Kaline Valleray Bauer, Executive Assistant & Instructor in Training
Originally From: The Bahamas
Began working at JDB: 2019
Favorite Dance: Rumba
Kaline started at Jones Dancesport as a student. She made a big switch when she left her job as a licensed nursing home administrator to work as a dance instructor. It all comes naturally to her, though, because of her Caribbean roots. She grew up surrounded by folk dancing, soca, and reggae and was able to learn American Rhythm dancing quicker than most. She has a great passion for ballroom dancing and wants to share it with others while helping them reach their dance goals. Outside the ballroom Kaline also enjoys singing, music, and painting.
“Growing up in The Bahamas surrounded by folk dance, soca, and reggae, it became natural when I became first exposed to latin dances in 2008.”
Joseph Buettner, Executive Assistant & Instructor in Training
Originally From: Bay Shore, New York
Began training at JDB in: 2019
Favorite Dance: Waltz and Cha Cha
Joseph began dancing as a very young boy. With his mother as a dance studio owner, he learned jazz, hip-hop, and many other traditional dances. His experience gives him a great “leg up” as he trains to be a JDB instructor. Joseph also welcomes guests at the front desk on the weekends and his outgoing and energetic personality makes everyone feel at home. He aspires to be a serious ballroom professional and train many talented students in the future.
Bianca Dingle, Instructor
Originally From: South Africa
Began teaching at JDB in: 2017
Favorite Dance: Rumba and Viennese Waltz
Titles: Newcomer country dance World Title (2017), Silver Best of the Best at Atlanta Open (2017), Silver Rhythm World Pro-Am Champion (2017), and Silver Smooth World Pro-Am Champion
Dancing has always been a big part of Bianca’s life. From a very young age she took ballet, modern, and tap classes. She started her ballroom dancing career in South Africa, at 12 years old, along with sakkie sakkie dancing (a South African form of dance). This sparked her passion. Since then, dancing has created a home and a place to grow as a person. Having the opportunity to become a certified dance instructor at Jones Dancesport has been inspiring for her and she loves sharing her dance knowledge with her students.
“Ballroom dancing can give you a sense of achievement, and it also gives you the opportunity to socialize and make new friends.”
Martha Hinz, Administrator
Originally From: Jacksonville, Florida
Began Dancing at JDB in: 2016
Favorite Dance: Hustle
Martha began dancing as a pro/am after a friend recommended that she try something new. Not only has Martha come to love ballroom dancing, but she now works at the studio and enjoys her role as the “front desk lady.” Previously a Delta flight attendant, Martha now spends her time outside the studio playing tennis, enjoying frequent dinners at Bone’s, and self-served wine tastings.
Aghali Moraes, Instructor
Originally From: Brazil, raised in Southern California
Began teaching at JDB in: 2018
Favorite Dance: Argentine Tango
Titles: Top Teacher at Savannah Ballroom Festival 2019, Finalist in Rising Star & Open in American Smooth & Rhythm, Finalist at the Atlanta Open Rising Star Smooth 2018
Aghali started his career in the Arthur Murray franchise in 2006 and quickly became one of the Top 10 Teachers within the organization. He was highly regarded and had the honor of collaborating in the creation of the Brazilian Samba & Zouk syllabus. Aghali went back to his Brazilian roots from 2009-2011 to judge Brazilian competitions. He is talented in many forms of ballroom dance as well as many of his native dances including Samba de Gafieira. He has set his roots in Atlanta and is passionate about sharing his dance knowledge to develop social and ProAm students.
Tiffany Moraes, Instructor
Originally From: Southern California
Began teaching at JDB in: 2018
Favorite Dance: Cha Cha
Titles: Top Female Teacher in Arthur Murray in 2007 & 2008, Finalist in Rising Star & Open in American Smooth & Rhythm, Finalist at the Atlanta Open Rising Star Smooth 2018
Tiffany is a native Californian who started dancing at a very young age. Trained in the arts of Ballet and Tap, Tiffany received lead roles in her recitals which lead her to eventually sharing her knowledge by becoming a teacher of ballet and tap. With a desire to continue her dance career, Tiffany sought out a challenge to try something new and signed up for lessons at Arthur Murray Dance studios. Upon seeing her talent on her first lesson they didn’t hesitate to offer her a teacher’s position and offered her a job as a ballroom instructor. Much like her husband, Tiffany had a desire to make a name for herself and within six months she gained the respect of various professionals in the industry and quickly rose to becoming the number three “top teacher in the whole organization” & received the prestige award for the Top Female Teacher in the World within the entire Arthur Murray organization.