We place a heavy emphasis on faculty at the Academy of Dance Arts. The quality of instruction should be of utmost importance, even at a private studio. With our current compliment of instructors we tap into the knowledge and experience of years of professional training and expertise. The results speak for themselves, with alumni dancing professionally all over the country including with the New York City Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, recent dance television shows, and even acting in current broadcast television.
Wanda plemmons, director
Wanda Plemmons serves as Director and Owner of the Academy of Dance Arts, Inc. where she studied Ballet at an early age. Wanda's training continued at the University of N.C. School of the Arts where she serves currently on the Board of Associates. She helped found the Alumni Association and served as President of the Alumni at U.N.C.S.A for several years. Wanda also sat on the Chancellor's Search Committee and the Governor's Choice for Teaching Excellence Committee. Wanda was designated "Outstanding Teacher in the Arts" by UNC School of Arts in 2009 and participated in the graduation ceremonies. She performed with the Winston-Salem Civic Ballet Co., Governor's School and University of N.C. School of the Arts productions. Wanda has been a guest teacher for Wake Forest University and the N.C. Governor's School , served as dance consultant for C.M.S. and choreographed numerous pieces for local concerns including R.J.R's The Vantage, the City of Winston-Salem, Hanes Mall and Disney's 'Kid Jam". Wanda serves on the President's Advisory Council for Small Business Leaders of the U.S.
Follow this link to see a short film about North Carolina School of the Arts alumnus and ADA owner, Wanda Plemmons, This film was produced by the school as a part of their This School, This City project.
Debbie Sayles has been teaching for over 32 years, all including the Academy of Dance Arts. She received her B.F.A. in dance from the University of N.C. at Greensboro. She received training at East Carolina and performed with the dance companies at both universities. Debbie joined the faculty at the Academy of Dance Arts, Inc. in 1983 and has trained and inspired thousands of dancers in her years of teaching as well as being instrumental in developing the Tap program. She also has taught Tap at Wake Forest University as an adjunct professor since the fall of 2010. She has completed tap pieces both in 2012 and 2015 to present in the Wake Forest University Fall Faculty and Guest Artist Dance Concert. Debbie's versatility in teaching has included the pre-ballet program as well as Jazz. Debbie is Mother to two daughters who are both graduates from the Academy, Megan and Katie.
Luci Gardner Jennings received her dance training at N.C. Governor's School and North Carolina School of the Arts. She owned and operated a successful dance school in Mt. Airy for twelve years. She choreographed musical productions for the Surry Arts Council and at the Andy Griffith Playhouse. Luci is a certified teacher of American Tribal Style belly dance. She is director of Black Fox Belly Dance and produces an annual fund raiser "Shimmy for the Shelter" to benefit Family Services, Inc.
Madisyn Thomas is originally from Winston-Salem and danced at the Academy of Dance Arts throughout middle and high school. Madisyn continued her dance education at the University of South Carolina where she graduated with a BA in Dance Performance and Choreography. During her time at USC, she had the opportunity to perform in ballets such as Walpurgisnacht and The Firebird. Madisyn has had the opportunity to teach ballet, pointe, jazz, tap and lyrical classes at the Academy of Dance Arts. Madisyn loves being a part of the ADA family and she looks forward to sharing her love of dance with students for many years to come.
Luane began dancing at age six and hasn’t stopped yet! She has received training in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz and modern. She was a four year member and scholarship recipient of the Concert Dance Company at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a BSED in Early Childhood Education. Besides teaching dance, Luane has taught preschool, kindergarten, first grade and fourth grade. Luane genuinely enjoys working with young children and is delighted to be sharing her love of dance with them. Luane is a wife and mother of four. She currently resides in Clemmons, NC.
David Hawk, a hip hop dancer, has been dancing since the fourth grade. This included being the leader of various dance groups and dance ministries throughout middle and high school. He then traveled with the recording artist Eddie James where he was the leader of the hip hop dance group Excalibur. David is the founder of the Hip Hop Out the Box dance workshop. He has been teaching hip hop dance to students around the triad from ages 6 to adult since 2006. From old school, new school, popping, locking, animation, krump or the latest viral dance craze David is a constant learner of the Hip Hop dance scene. You can also find David teaching ballroom dancing within the local school systems as a Dancing Classrooms teaching artist. You can follow him on Instagram @thedavidhawk
Laura Barber grew up dancing in Kentucky where she attended Governor's School of the Arts at age 17. She graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance from Radford University. Laura was a dancer with d a n a h b e l l a DanceWorks from 2008-2017, traveling up and down the east coast performing and teaching in residency. She has performed for various choreographers since moving to W-S in 2012. Laura began teaching at ADA in 2013 and has since had 2 children, who you might see running around the studio from time to time.