Ari Grooves was born to perform. Born with the name Ariana Groover, it was destined for her to be a natural performer. As a child growing up in Savannah, Georgia she was always surrounded by music and dance. Her father could sing and her mother was a Professor of Dance at Savannah State University. Music was always in the house and on the radio. Before she was able to walk or talk her mother was always taking Ari with her to the dance studio where she became a fixture amongst the students in her mother’s dance company. By the time Ari could utter any words she was singing. She informed her mother at the age of three that she would be a singer and a star. So far she has lived up to her words. Her first taste of performing though was not as a singer but as an actor getting her first acting gig at the age of three in the television show “Gullah, Gullah Island.” The need for performing was so strong in Ari that she began looking up her own auditions by the age of ten. One of those searches almost paid off when she begged her mother to submit her for the role of “Nala” in the Broadway production of “The Lion King.” She was invited to fly to New York to audition for that role but because of her height (too tall), she was not able to audition. Her mother realized her talent after that and put her into Gadsen Elementary Performing Arts School in Savannah where she exploded! Even though she was great at dancing, music, and acting, her voice is what stood out. She sung with the school choir as a soloist, was invited to sing for the state PTA organization meeting in Atlanta, and sung with the John Lennon Educational Bus tour. She also performed in school plays, local community theater productions, and featured in a educational video seen throughout the state of Georgia. Her dance skills became proficient enough that students in her mother’s dance company (SSUDE) would choreograph numbers to include her or feature her. Her mother decided that Ari needed a bigger market to test her skills so after her seventh grade year her mother left her job at SSU and moved them to Atlanta. There she would take acting, dancing, voice, and music. She auditioned and was accepted into the Pebble Brook Performing Arts Academy her 9th grade year in school.
Within a year AJ performance career takes off. At 15 she became a dancer for a Latin teen artist (Tyna Q) traveling throughout the US, four years performing with Kenny Leon’s Theatre Company “True Colors,” and Broadway Dreams Foundation Summer Intensive. It was there at Broadway Dreams that Ari life changed and brought her to New York City. After seeing her performances in the summer intensive of 2012 several producers and directors from New York invited her up to audition and after auditioning she was invited to perform in the Off-Broadway production of “Bare the Musical.” This led to performing in Broadway’s production of “Holler if You Hear Me," the Broadway bound show " Half Time," and the new musical coming to Broadway summer 2018 "Head Over Heels." Ari has also been very blessed to be able to move into a new world that is more behind the scenes, and that is choreography. She was recently the associated choreographer for American Repertory Theater’s “Burn All Night” along with the choreographer Sam Pinkleton. Not only has she worked on Broadway but she has performed with dance companies “Fiyah Dance Theater,” "DecaDancetheater," and “iLuminate.” After doing all this singing and performing in different places, like 54 Below and Pianos in NYC, Ari has decided to take her artistry into her own hands, which brings her to this moment. She has already had the privilege to DJ at places like The Delancey, Meridian 23, The Living Room, The Iron Bar, Solomon and Kuff, Harlem Nights Bar, and Soho House NYC. She is excited and anxious to add more accomplishments to her already lengthy resume.
She has been working on her craft in music, performing, and spinning, ready to take the world by storm. It's a Groove Thang.....Welcome to ARI GROOVES!