Meet Our Staff
Yolanda Smith is the Owner and Artistic Director of ADA. She began dancing at the age of six and has studied various genres of dance including: Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Hip-Hop, Majorette, and Pointe.
Ms. Smith graduated with a BA Degree from South Carolina State University. During her tenure, she continued taking dance courses and was a band dancer for the SCSU 'Marching 101'. After graduating, she studied dance at Broadway Dance Center in New York City, where she completed her Dance Teacher Certificate. She continued to pursue dance as a professional, appearing in the Movie “Bolden” in 2011 and performed in several productions.
She returned back to college to complete her Master’s in Business Administration at University of Phoenix. Upon graduation, she opened Artistic Dance Academy.
Ms. Smith is a member of the National Dance Education Organization and Dance Studio Owner Association. She loves to travel across the nation to complete dance educator workshops and training. With over fifteen years of experience teaching various styles of dance, she enjoys sharing her passion with new dance students.
Emily Jordan had a passion for dance since the age of 2 when she started preschool dance lessons. At eight years old, she began lessons at Columbia City Jazz. A year later, she became a member of the Company, which included competing. After completing the dance program at Columbia City Jazz, she moved to New York City to attend the American Musical & Dramatic Academy. There she studied dance, singing, and acting, graduating with a Degree in Dance. After graduation, she took additional dance classes at The Broadway Dance Center and taught dance at the Ramaz School in Manhattan.
Madison is a sophomore at the University of South Carolina. She is majoring in biology with a minor in Spanish. Madison has eleven years of professional dance training. She was a competitive dancer at Just Dancin’ in Rock Hill where she studied many different styles of dance including: Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, and Lyrical. Madi started her dance teacher career as an assistant at Just Dancin' and then was hired as a dance teacher. She stated "I’m super excited to be part of the Artistic Dance Academy family!"