Our goal at Artistic Dance Unlimited is to provide the best quality dance instruction in a structured and fun environment. Dance is a wonderful recreational activity for children as well as an outlet for self-expression. Through dance, children gain self-discipline, enhance motor skills, rhythm, and coordination. At Artistic Dance Unlimited, we take pride in our philosophy and are excited to share our love of dance with all our students.
Children are like flowers. They grow and develop at their own rate according to the abilities nature has bestowed. They are all different in beauty, grace, and talent. And, like flowers, each child adds his or her own special beauty to the lives of those privileged enough to watch them bloom.
Alette Chase, ADU Director
Alette Chase is a native of North Carolina. She began dancing at the age of three. She has trained extensively in the areas of Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, and Modern. While in North Carolina, Alette was a principal Dancer in the High Country Ballet performing leading roles in various Ballet Productions including “Cinderella” in Cinderella, the “Mermaid” in The Prince and the Mermaid, the “Fairy of Grace” in The Sleeping Beauty, and “Swanhilda’s Friend” in Copella. Alette spent a summer in Los Angeles, California training on scholarship with the renowned jazz dancer, Joe Tremaine, as well as extensive training at the Rodnunsky Arts Center. Other artists and choreographers Alette has worked with include Margaritte Derricks, Doug Caldwell, Gus Giordano, Frank Hatchett, Luigi, and many more of the countries most sought after instructors. Alette’s formal training began at the North Carolina School of the Arts where she trained with the world famous ballerina Melissa Hayden and Ballet Master Duncan Noble as well as Modern Dance extraordinaire, Diane Markham. She continued her education at the University of North Carolina- Greensboro where she was a dance major. Alette is not only a well trained dancer, she has vast performance experience having performed in many stage shows. She was a featured performer at the Charlotte Hornets Half-time show in Charlotte, NC as well as a featured performer at the Don Czar Resort in St. Petersburg, Florida. Alette has also performed in the High Point Theatre Production of A Chorus Line playing the role of “Connie”. She has been on staff and a guest instructor at various dance studios across North Carolina and Tennessee before becoming Co-Owner and Co-Director of Artistic Dance Unlimited. Most recently, Alette became a member of the prestigious dance organization, Dance Educators of America having passed membership examinations in Ballet, Music Theory, and Anatomy with honors. Alette has taught National award winning dancers and her choreography has been honored with awards for her Lyrical and Jazz routines. She continues her dance education and keeps up with the ever-evolving dance styles and choreography by attending workshops and conventions. Alette is passionate about dancing and sharing her talents and knowledge with her student. She loves teaching and seeing her students develop into strong, lovely dancers. Alette has had many awards and accolades with her dancing but she feels her greatest achievement and joy is being a mother to her two sons, Dalton and Baylor.
Ursula Margolis, ADU Director
Growing up in Toronto, Canada, Ursula began her dance training at the Joanne Chapman School of dance. Through her studies in ballet, jazz, tap, and lyrical dance, she obtained membership with the Royal Academy of Dance in ballet and the British Association of Teachers of Dance in jazz and tap. In 1988, Ursula gained membership with Dance Masters of America chapter #8 and currently holds membership with Tennessee chapter #41. Ursula continued her dance training at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance with honors. The focus of her dance education was modern and ballet with a teaching concentration. Ursula continues her dance training each year by attending workshops and conventions taught by leading choreographers and teachers in the dance industry. Staying current on the ever evolving world of dance is a very important aspect of Ursula’s success as a dance teacher. Ursula has danced with the University Waterloo Dance Company as well as Mountain Movers Dance Company under the direction of Judith Woodruff. Ursula has taught dance in the public school systems as well as private dance studios in Canada and the U.S. since 1988. Her work at Liggon Middle Magnet School in Raleigh, NC, proved to be a truly rewarding experience and one she will never forget. Going into her 20th year of teaching and her 8th year as co-director of Artistic Dance Unlimited, Ursula’s students have competed and performed in the U.S and Canada winning numerous overall and outstanding awards. Ursula continues to share her love of dance with all her current and past students. Ursula’s philosophy about dance is that it provides a solid foundation for life. Children learn not only steps and choreography but confidence, grace, agility, determination and hard work. Her passion, commitment, and dedication continue to be the driving force for taking her students to the next level. Ursula resides in Louisville, TN, with her husband David and their two sons, Adam and Spencer.
Dana Gizzi began her dance training at the age of four with Artistic Dance Unlimited. While in her extensive studies, Gizzi 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, Gizzi 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 phlebotomist and is employed by CSL plasma. Gizzi is thrilled to be teaching at ADU for another year and for sharing her love of dance with children.
Amanda Bolli began dancing at the age of three in California, where she was born. Bolli makes annual trips to New York to continue her training in her favorite styles; contemporary, modern dance, and ballet. She has studied with Mark Morris, Mia Michaels, at Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham studios, Steps on Broadway, Dance New Amsterdam, and Joffrey. She has choreographed and performed locally for Ballet Gloria and Momentum Dance Lab. Bolli has worked with the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet, Mark Lamb Dance, The Appalachian Ballet, and the Moscow Ballet while they toured The Great Russian Nutcracker. Bolli is co-founder and director of Ananda Dance Company, a dance company specializing in modern and folkloric fusion dance, and regularly travels the country teaching workshops on Ananda’s style. An avid student of transnational dance, Bolli also studies traditional dance forms of West Africa, India, North Africa, and Turkey.
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, KidsNews, 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!”
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.
Megan has been dancing for more than 20 years. She has trained extensively in the areas of ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, jazz funk, contemporary, modern, and hip hop. Megan began dancing in her hometown of Knoxville, TN at several area studios including Irma Witt O Fallen, Angela Floyd School, and Artistic Dance Unlimited.
During her competition years Megan won numerous scholarships, including outstanding performer, and assisted various dance classes. As a ballet student Megan had the rare opportunity of auditioning, rehearsing, and performing with a professional, international touring ballet company. She was chosen to be in the prestigious Moscow Ballet Company directed by Cathy Napolitano Mucci. It was there she had the opportunity to be taught by Mary Gianonne and Olga Aru. Megan then became a member of the Knoxville Jazz Company and Angels Kick Line for six years. While still young she performed on the Walt Disney’s Open Show for two years. “Performing at Disney was such a magical experience for me that I will never forget!” When Megan entered into her high school career she started getting noticed not only for her dancing but for her choreography. She competed in UDA Nationals as a soloist and was invited to dance with the Dallas Cowboys. “Dancing on that field with the cowgirls was unbelievable.” When Megan was 16 she was choreographing for Maryville High School Dance Team. Megan was the youngest dancer to be asked to join the Universal Dance Association in 2008. The UDA honored Megan by offering her a staff position in their organization as well as naming her a UDA All Star.
In addition to being an accomplished dancer, Megan, at the age or 19, became MHS Dance Team Coach. Following that she officially became an Instructor at Artistic Dance Unlimited. Megan has been credited with numerous awards for her innovative and cutting edge choreography during her six years teaching. Moving on, she started choreographing competitive dances for dances teams in the surrounding area and the ADU Dance Company. She was then asked to be on the ThunderBolt Hip Hop Dance Team in 2009-2010.
Megan had judged in numerous dance team competitions for the past three years. She continues her dance training by attending workshops, master classes, and conventions. Megan’s goal as an artist is to inspire and give dancers a new outlet to perform. She wants to show her students a new way of moving with no boundaries. Her high energy classes are a favorite among the students and her creativity is a valuable asset to ADU.
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.