Faculty and Staff

 

Owner and Artistic Director – Olivia Bartley-Hill

Olivia has been a student of dance since she was in kindergarten.  Olivia was invited to dance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.  While in New York, Olivia took classes from famous dancers and choreographers such as Frank Hatchett and Steven Boyd with Broadway Dance Center.  Throughout her dance career, Olivia has studied with many teachers, dancers, and choreographers; her most influential teacher is Janice Beringer.  Olivia completed two summers of dance training at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, as an Associate degree from Roane State and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee.  Olivia has been teaching dance for fifteen years.  In 2002, she tested and became a member of Dance Educators of America.  Through conventions, training, and tests, she is now certified to teach all levels of ballet, jazz, tap, modern, pointe, and creative movements, and the first two levels of flamenco, and acro/tumbling.  Dance Educators of America is a great organization that keeps Mrs. Bartley-Hill abreast of new information and trends in the dance world.  She has also been certified in CPR and first aid. Olivia is the founder and president of Dream Dance Studio, Inc. and will be teaching ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, modern, and creative movement classes this year.  While at UT, Olivia performed numerous times as a member of the University of Tennessee Dance Company, and in 2005 was featured on the Company t-shirt.  Olivia has been guest choreographer with the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet for “Peter and the Wolf.”  She was also the dance teacher for the Florence Crittenton Agency’s New Pathways Academy in Knoxville, TN.  In November 2009, Olivia took a group of her high school students to dance on National Television in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  While in NYC, Olivia took class at Broadway Dance Center, and also attended class taught by a teacher from STEPS dance studio.  They are currently planning another trip for the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Office Manager – Kay Barley

Kay has a degree in Business Administration, Accounting, and English from Cumberland College.  She worked in accounting for several years.  She taught in public schools for over twenty years.  Kay will be coordinating and working the front desk each night.

Dance Teachers:

Serenity Adams

School – Anderson County High School

Number of years in dance: 11                        

Number of years teaching dance: 6

Hometown: Andersonville, TN

Favorite Style of Dance: Modern

Favorite Dance Quote: “Life is a song awaiting the dance to come along.”

Which classes are you teaching this year?  Creative Ballet

Embarrassing or Funny Dance Moment:  During recital, the year our hair was half up half down, I did a roll backwards and my hair got hooked on my nose. I had to improv to move my hair.

 

Jocelyn Borgers

School – East TN State University

Number of years in dance: 16                      

Number of years teaching dance: 6

Hometown: Norris, TN

Favorite Style of Dance: Ballet

Favorite Dance Quote: “If Ballet were easier, it would be called football.”

Which classes are you teaching this year?  Ballet/PrePointe and Drop In Barre/Conditioning class

Embarrassing or Funny Dance Moment: While coming up with ballet combinations one time, we were getting really excited about all the cool things we were coming up with. That’s when we decided we were ballet nerds!

 

Lauren Bryant

School – Pellissippi Community College

Number of years in dance: 15          

Number of years teaching dance: 7

Hometown: Knoxville, TN

Favorite Style of Dance: Jazz/Hip Hop

Favorite Dance Quote: “Let’s dance!” – Mrs. Olivia

Which classes are you teaching this year?  Hip Hop, Tap, and Jazz

 

Danielle Johnson

School – Roane State Community College

 

Number of years in dance: 14          

Number of years teaching dance: 10

Hometown: Clinton, TN

Favorite Style of Dance: Jazz

Favorite Dance Quote: “Dance first, think later, it’s the natural order.” -Samuel Beckett

Which classes are you teaching this year?  Musical Theater, Hip Hop, Dream Crew, and PreK Jazz Tap Combo

Embarrassing or Funny Dance Moment:  There are way too many to choose from. I have often gone completely in the wrong direction in my dances. In a ballet dance from the 2010 recital, everyone was changing lines, and I went to a bowl formation instead. This also happened in the 10th Anniversary recital during a modern dance. 

 

Holly Johnson

School – Roane State Community CollegeNumber of years in dance: 22                      

Number of years teaching dance: 10

Hometown: Clinton, TN

Favorite Style of Dance: Tap

Favorite Dance Quote: “To tap or not to tap… silly question!!!”

Which classes are you teaching this year?  Creative Ballet, K-1st and Up Tap, 2-3rd Ballet, 4th-6th Jazz, Int Modern, and Dream Team

Embarrassing or Funny Dance Moment:  My tutu pulled Minnie Mouse down from the backdrop in the Disney recital.

 

Madison Mefford

Number of years in dance: 16

Number of years teaching dance: 3

Hometown: Clinton, TN                    

Favorite Style of Dance: Modern

Favorite Dance Quote: “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”

Which classes are you teaching this year?               Dream Team

Embarrassing or Funny Dance Moment:  Doing turns with a cold; you get the picture 😉

 

Ashley Weir

School – Roane State Community College

Number of years in dance: 26                      

Number of years teaching dance: 9

Hometown: Friendsville, TN

 

Favorite Style of Dance: Ballet

Favorite Dance Quote: “I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.” 

Which classes are you teaching this year?  2nd-3rd Jazz and Ballet, 4th-6th Ballet, Ballet PrePointe, Int/Adv Modern

Embarrassing or Funny Dance Moment:  Falling out of a turn onstage and landing in a “pose”. It was an accident, but everyone thought it was part of the dance.

 

Assistant Teachers

In many classes (mostly 1st grade and younger), Olivia has trained dancers to assist in demonstrating and guiding younger students.  These young teachers are required to have had four years of dance training by Olivia, be at least 12 years old, and complete a 2-day training at the studio during the summer.  This years assistant teachers are listed below.  For more information about each of our assistant teachers, please check out their bios on the bulletin board outside studio 1.

Emma Beard, Olivia Rucker, Bailey Hollifield, Emily Crowe, Catherine Meredith, Payton Underwood, Lydia Conatser, Chloe Charmichael, Gracee DeJarnettee, Katlyn Nance, Brooke Cooper, Tara Zody, Morgan Campbell, Ansley Barker, Khayla Robinson, Reese Rittenberry, Taryn Breeden, and Kaylee Davis