Dance building solutions sought
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
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Freddy Mora has 3,000 square feet of space inside a building on King Edward Avenue that he uses for a variety of events.

There have been reports of trouble at the building, including a shooting which occurred one week ago today.

Mora is fighting to save one part of his income and Luv 2 Dance Studio.

Assistant District Attorney General Stephen Hatchett is working with Mora to come up with solutions after Hatchett and DAG Steve Bebb filed a petition to Abate Nuisance at the business.

Early last Sunday morning, a party ended and people were leaving the building which houses the ballroom dance studio and event facility. That is when the shooting occurred.

Mora said Zumba exercise classes, martial arts, dance study and lessons and even church are held in the building.

“We want to be ministers of the community,” Mora said in an exclusive interview Friday prior to meeting with Hatchett.

On Mondays ballroom instruction and dance occur, both group and one-on-one instruction.

On Tuesdays, Zumba and Line Dance instruction is ongoing. Wednesdays are typically an open date. On Thursdays, Zumba once again. Friday nights are open for rental for parties, family reunions, wedding rehearsals, receptions … virtually any type of event use. On Saturdays, ballroom instruction and dances are held and sometimes, clients will rent the facility late in the evening for a party.

Then on Sunday, church is held.

The Saturday night, private parties have reportedly become the problem, with police being called to the event hall up to 10 times during the past year.

Mora is a diversified businessman, just as the building he leases is diversified.

Mora and his wife, Nadya, own Mora’s Antiques, the dance studio, rental properties and an excavating business.

Cleveland Police as well as Hamilton County authorities are looking for Cordarrius Dewon Cochran, who is now wanted on 10 counts of felony reckless endangerment and two counts of aggravated assault after he allegedly fired a gun outside of Luv 2 Dance. Two people were slightly injured.

Officials reported that up to 300 people were at a private party, inside and outside the building, according to Mora.

“Our building capacity is 157,” Mora said.

Mora said the person who rented the building had done so two times prior. The renter was from Chattanooga.

“We have had four or five Chattanooga groups and one from Dalton (Ga.),” he said.

Although the studio doesn’t provide alcohol, it is allowed on the premises and could be in the equation as far as resolving issues, according to Mora.

“We are changing policy and want to save the business for people who need a place to hold functions,” Mora said.

The business has a dance floor, plenty of space, a sound system, a full-service kitchen for family events and catering companies, appropriate lighting, form mirrors for dance instruction and other amenities.

“We have no idea why this happened,” Mora said regarding the shooting incident.

“All was good. The party was over and people were leaving,” he added.

When Mora arrived to clean up the event hall, he drove up to ambulances and police cars.

According to Mora, he had requested police presence in the area due to a large party which was to be held. He had contacted police prior to leaving his home to go clean up, and asked if there had been any issues.

At that point, nothing had transpired, according to Mora.

Police detectives have yet to determine the motive behind the shooting.

“Time is an issue in this,” Mora said regarding the length of private party events.

That is going to be one of the factors in the continuing operation of the business, according to Hatchett.

“We have to agree on an earlier closing, such as 11:30 p.m,” Hatchett said.

Shutting down at 11:30 p.m. would include weekends.

Hatchett also said that a request to provide access to law enforcement will be needed to be written into the rental agreement with the lessee for the event.

“If more than 150 people are to be present, law enforcement needs to be notified. If alcohol is to be served, either private security or off-duty (police) security needs to be hired,” Hatchett explained.

“At the end of the day, he (Mora) has to fix this,” Hatchett added.

“We are also requesting a sign posted outside the building that [states] anyone on the property is giving consent to search their vehicle,” Hatchett said.

According to Mora, there have never been any arrests at the business, even though police have been there on occasion during reported incidents such as fights.

As for his possible solutions, Mora is eying the possibility of tighter screening regarding age of users and being more specific about their intended use of the facilities as well as where they are from.

According to Mora, groups hold events such as children’s sleepovers, birthday parties, etc.

There are ‘No Smoking’ signs posted inside the building, although Mora thinks some of the past renters have broken that rule.

“As I have said before, we want this to be a place for people … more benign renters, to be able to use,” Mora said.

During some of the ballroom events, Mora said dancers travel to Cleveland from as far away as Knoxville.

“We work hard to make it all work,” Mora said.

“I have an investment and will work to keep the studio open,” he added.

Mora is scheduled to appear in Circuit Court Monday at 9 a.m.