High energy is what you feel, big smiles are what you get and JOY is what you receive when Iris Joi Hudson graces the stage. The Tampa, FL native by way of Columbus, Georgia, joined Giwayen Mata in 2008, bringing over 13 years of experience in hip hop, jazz and Congolese dance forms. Joi also brings singing and musical experience. She inherited her singing voice from her mother, father and grandmother Mary and honed the skills in youth gospel choirs in her father’s Baptist church. She began playing piano as a child and now is a student of African drumming with a particular affinity for the djembe. In addition to her creative talents Ms. Hudson is a public health professional at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a nutritionist, and a personal trainer. She believes the dance and musical arts bring healing and provide a healthy path for chronic disease prevention.