Jo has been dancing all her life, and has studied many different styles of dance, both Eastern and Western. In 1997, she was introduced to Persian dance by Laurel Gray. Jo immediately fell in love with this exquisite art form, and was determined to pursue it on a serious level. She has also been greatly influenced by other renowned experts in the dance such as Robyn Friend, Anthony Shay, Helene Eriksen, and Hannah Romanowsky.
In 1990, Jo founded the Crescent Moon Dance Company, whose motto is “Education through Entertainment,” to promote and celebrate the many rich, diverse, and ancient cultures of the Middle East and Central Asia through their dances. The Company’s repertoire includes folk and classical dances from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and East Turkistan. Jo Hadley and the Crescent Moon Dancers are based in Louisville, Kentucky.
Monica began dancing in 2001 when she started taking Belly Dance classes with the Farhana Dancers in Gainesville, Florida. She began learning Bollywood under the guidance of Khayma Theodorakis in Madrid in 2006, devoting three years to the study of this dance. Later on, in 2011 she moved to Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, where she continued taking classes with Faith at BellyUp studios. She has performed in many venues as part of a Bollywood troupe in Spain and Canada. She joined the Crescent Moon Dancers in 2014.