At Artistic Dance Unlimited, we believe every child was made to dance.
No matter their goals, dance is a powerful way for a child to express themselves. We want all skills, abilities, and experience levels to feel at home in our studio.
Whether your child wants to pursue dance at a high level or you want to give your child an active, creative outlet, we have classes and instructors to fit your needs.
You can find our 7,800 square foot, state-of-the-art facility at 314 Gill Street in Alcoa, where we offer our students four dance studio rooms, a lobby, a reception area, vending, a homework area, and viewing monitors for parents.
Each of our four dance studios features a floating dance floor (essential to preventing injuries), professional ballet barres, wall to wall mirrors, and stereo equipment with tempo control. We also provide private dressing rooms for our male and female dancers.
A native of North Carolina, Garner has trained extensively in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and modern dance styles. She began her formal training at the world renowned North Carolina School of the Arts, as well as spending a summer on scholarship attending the Rodnunsky Arts Center in Los Angeles.
After attending the University of North Carolina-Greensboro as a dance major, Garner served as a principal member of the High Country Ballet and was an actor and dancer in the High Point Community Theater. She has since instructed several national award winning dancers, received numerous awards for jazz, lyrical, and contemporary choreography, and has been nominated nationally for multiple Industry Dance Awards.
Garner lives in Maryville with her husband and four children.
Hilary began competitive gymnastics training at Tennessee Academy of Gymnastics. She began dance training at Carolyn Clark School of Dance and Paula Duff School of Dance at a young age and continued with Cleveland City Ballet through high school. She performed in several dance productions with the Chattanooga Ballet and received more extensive training during Summer intensives at Tennessee Academy of Dance in Nashville. As a young child, Hilary was chosen for the News Channel 9 televised morning kids program, Kids News, for 3 consecutive years and has been in many musical and theatrical productions, as a young adult, including a brief run with the Ocoee Players. Barrett was awarded a dance scholarship to the University of Tennessee Knoxville where she studied jazz, ballet, modern, and lyrical dance. She also danced as a member of the VOLS dance team. Barrett was the Choreographer and Assistant Coach of the Tennessee Thundercats arena football professional cheerleaders. She also assisted in coaching and choreography for Cleveland High School and Ooltewah High School competitive dance teams. Barrett has spent the past 5 years instructing ballet, jazz and artistic acrobatic dance at several dance studios. Barrett loves to share the passion she has for dance with her students. “There’s no greater feeling in the world than to move to a piece of music and let the rest of the world disappear!”
Charli began dancing at ADU at the age of 3 years old. She continued her dance training, along with attending conventions, and was a member of the ADU dance company throughout her teenage years.
Now, a sophomore in college, Charli is an instructor. She loves all types of dance but especially enjoys jazz and contemporary. Her hopes are to share the passion for dance to her students and contribute to their growth and abilities.
Cayla is currently a member of the ADU Senior Company. She has trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, acrobatics, hip hop and lyrical from a very young age. She has won numerous solo awards both regionally and nationally while representing ADU. Cayla’s favorite genre of dance is contemporary and along with her training at ADU she enjoys keeping up with the evolution of dance by attending conventions and workshops. She has been a teachers assistant for many years and is enjoying having her own classes this year. Along with her work at ADU Cayla is a Senior at Heritage High School where she is a member of the dance team. Cayla plans to further her dance studies next year as she heads to College.
Brittany started dancing at the age of 3 and hasn’t stopped since. Now 20 years old Brittany has begun her journey into teaching as a staff member at ADU. Brittany has trained in Ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop. While at a ADU as a student Brittany was a member of the ADU dance company and a teachers assistant. Brittany’s love of dance is evident in the way she teaches her classes and interacts with her students. Brittany continues to keep up with the latest dance trends by attending workshops and conventions and hopes to one day make Dance her full time commitment.
Now in her 34th year teaching dance in the private studio setting, Ursula Margolis brings a wealth of experience to her students.
Originally from Toronto, Margolis trained in ballet, jazz, tap, and lyrical dance styles at the Joanne Chapman School of Dance. She earned her bachelor’s degree in dance with a concentration in ballet and modern from the University of Waterloo in Canada, and is certified by the Royal Academy of Dance, the British Association of Teachers of Dance, and the Dance Masters of America.
Margolis co-founded Artistic Dance Unlimited with Garner in 2000, and currently lives in Louisville with her husband and two children.
Lisa Clearman graduated from Illinois State University in 1990 with a degree in Dance. She danced on the University Dance Theater all 4 years during college. She was and continues to be a member of the Illinois Dance Association. During Lisa’s last two years in college she was chosen as a Lab Dance Instructor. During her college years she also taught at “The Dance Shop”. She has trained under Keith Vonhedke Ballet master of The Chicago Opera Ballet and Lou Conte with the Hubbard Street Dance Co. She performed with Kenneth Greene while in college. Other performances include: Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, and many more including “no name” performances. Lisa also has numerous experiences choreographing for many beauty pageants and fashion shows. (She was also a talent show competitor for many years) She is originally from Chicago and resided in Atlanta for the last 17 years. Lisa currently lives in Maryville. She has 5 children ages 19, 17, 15, 11, 7 and a dog named George. In addition to pilates and dance she enjoys wakeboarding and The University of Tennessee football.
Lindsey Stratton dances because it is a part of her – like second nature. She’s been inspiring her students with her passion for dance for 15 years in schools throughout Georgia and Tennessee. Lindsey grew up in Georgia and began her dance training at the age of 3. She studied under Nancy Robinson Stone, owner and director of Dance Olympus and Dance America and Art Stone Costumes. There she studied various styles of dance including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, and Pointe. Early in her career, she was chosen to participate as a Dance Olympus VIP and travel throughout the country as an assistant to various choreographers. She has also performed at festivals and events in Georgia. Throughout the years, she has attended numerous dance conventions and taken classes with master instructors. Lindsey has also attended many competitions, receiving regional and national titles in Solo and Group routines. She has received awards for her choreography in Tap, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre. Lindsey choreographs for various high school dance teams in her area.
Lindsey enjoys the reward of seeing the smile on her students’ faces when they achieve a goal they have been working on. For her, dance has been a constant in her life and an art that she is passionate about. She loves to inspire her students to have the same love and passion for dance that she does, and she loves giving them the confidence to express themselves through the art of dance.
Shelby began her dance career at Artistic Dance Unlimited at age six. Throughout her twelve years as a student at ADU, she trained in ballet, lyrical, jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary. Shelby was a member of the ADU dance company for eleven years where she attended numerous conventions with the company and received many accolades at various competitions. After graduating high school, Shelby dove into her studies as a full-time college student. Currently, she is a student at King University where she will graduate early with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Reynolds says, “I spent twelve years training at ADU before returning as an instructor. Knowing firsthand how I was treated and loved in my upbringing at ADU contributes to how I encourage and love my students both in and out of the classroom. Having the opportunity to pour into students’ lives is my most favorite part of my week and an opportunity that I am extremely grateful for.”
Emily started dancing at age four, training in ballet and tap for six years at Charolette Ann School of Dance. In 2009, Emily moved to Artistic Dance Unlimited to expand her dance knowledge and abilities. During her eight years at ADU, Emily extensively studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary. Emily also was apart of the Artistic Dance Unlimited Company and competed for five years in the jazz, lyrical, and contemporary styles. During her time at ADU, Emily took the things she was learning outside of the studio, choreographing for her school play and church Christmas production. After graduation, Emily has continued her dance career by becoming a permanent staff member at ADU. Emily looks forward to working with her little girls every week because they bring so much light and joy to the studio. “I love seeing my students break out of their shells and grow as we work throughout the year. It’s always so rewarding seeing their big smiles on stage at the end of the year.” Emily is currently studying Supply Chain Management and Marketing at the University of Tennessee.
Dana Davis began her dance training at the age of four with Artistic Dance Unlimited. While in her extensive studies, She was a member of the ADU Dance Company. Since then, Dana has continued her dance career by becoming a permanent staff member of ADU. Throughout her dancing career, She has achieved many top honors, as well as lending her talents to charitable organizations such as East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Hope Resource Center, Family Promise of Blount County, and the Autism Society of America. Dana continues to hone and build her skills by attending dance conventions and workshops throughout the Southeast, often with the ADU Dance Company. Currently, she is a medical assistant and is employed by Woman’s Care Group. Dana is thrilled to be teaching at ADU for another year and for sharing her love of dance with children.
We would like to welcome hip hop teacher, Madelyn Collins, to our staff! Maddie is a member of Boss Dance Company Southern Sole and UT break dance crew. She has been dancing since a very young age where she began with modern and ballet and then jazz and hip hop as a teenager. Maddie is currently a literary major at UT.
Sierra graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography. While studying at USM, she was apart of the Freshman Repertory Dance Company and the Repertory Dance Company. Throughout college she studied under Stacy Reischman Fletcher, Kelly Ferris Lester, Elizabeth Lentz-Hill, Shellie Nielsen, Rebecca McArthur, Meredith Sutton, Angela Simmons and Julie White. Prior to graduation she trained at American Dance Festival’s winter intensive in New York City where she studied Composition, Improvisation, and Repertory work of John Jasperse. While attending ADF she was able to sit in on Bill T Jones’ Company rehearsal. She had the opportunity to work with Guest Artists such as Clancy Works Dance Company, BONEDanse/Breakbone Dance Company, and Arena Dances. She attended Arena Dances Company intensive in Minneapolis, MA where she learned repertory work from Mathew Janczewski. While in college she also attended technique classes held by Aysha Upchurch, Colleen Halloran, John Allen, and Margi Cole. Sierra trained at American College Dance association in Modern Technique with many choreographers including Doug Nielsen and Horton Technique with Derrick Minter. She traveled to Chicago to take classes from Joel Hall & Dancers, The Seldoms, Hubbard Street Dance, and Visceral Dance Center. Upon her graduation, she was asked to perform with Hub Dance Collective, a Mississippi based dance company. She joined Hub for their summer performances at USM in her first professional experience in a piece choreographed by Stacy Reischman-Fletcher. She was also cast in a piece choreographed by Lauren Soutullo Smith. Following the summer, she moved to New York where she was accepted as an intern for LoudHound Movement, a Brooklyn based dance company. She began working for Pure Barre Financial District and Tribeca Locations and attending technique classes at Gibney Dance Center and Mark Morris Dance Center while living in Brooklyn, NY. Sierra attended Tiffany Mills Dance Company summer partnering workshop and Vim Vigor Future Perfect Workshop. She also traveled to Kalamazoo, MI to perform at RAD Fest for a piece choreographed by Angela Simmons the Founder, Co-Artistic Director, and choreographer of Evolving Doors Dance. Sierra has since moved to Tennessee where her passion for dance first began at Artistic Dance Unlimited, showing that her dance career has come full circle. She hopes to continue her technique and teacher training while opening the minds of the students she encounters at ADU.
Katie began dancing with ADU at the age of five and continued throughout her high school years. She is now a speech-language pathology student at the University of Tennessee and a staff member at ADU. She has received extensive training in ballet and pointe styles, but she has also trained in the styles of lyrical, contemporary, jazz, modern, and hip hop. As a freshman in high school, Katie had the opportunity to train with the Joffrey Ballet Company at a summer intensive in Georgia. She cherishes her experiences there and appreciates any opportunity to experience new dance training. Katie is overjoyed to be able to share her love of dance with ADU’s students and is excited for another year with her ADU family!
Artistic Dance Unlimited, ADU is located at 314 Gill Street, Alcoa, TN. We are proud of our 7,800 sqft state-of-the-art facility which includes four dance studio rooms, lobby, reception area, vending and homework area, as well as ample restrooms for your convenience.
The dance studios are all equipped with floating dance floors essential to preventing injuries, professional ballet barres, wall to wall mirrors, and stereo equipment featuring tempo control. We are pleased to offer a private dressing room with enclosed restrooms for our female dancers. Male students appreciate the Men’s private dressing room. Parents will enjoy our closed circuit viewing monitors, which enables them to see their dancers in the comfort of the lobby. Parking is abundant which alleviates the stress of dropping off and picking up your dancer.
ADU is convenient to residents of Alcoa, Maryville, South and West Knoxville, all Blount County communities, and surrounding counties. In creating this state-of–the-art facility, no detail was overlooked. We take pride in the friendly, clean, and positive environment we have to offer our students.