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Artistic Dance Unlimited celebrates 10 years with their first show at Clayton

Members of Artistic Dance Unlimited perform “A Tiskit, a Tasket” during the 10th anniversary production.

Photo by Jolanda Jansma

Members of Artistic Dance Unlimited perform “A Tiskit, a Tasket” during the 10th anniversary production.

ADU 10 year anniversary performance

For fans of Artistic Dance Unlimited and dance in general, it was a night of celebration and accomplishment. The Clayton Center for the Arts was the new venue as ADU celebrated a milestone.

On June 4, 5 and 6, the Artistic Dance Unlimited dancers celebrated their 10th anniversary with their first production in Clayton Center for the Arts. Company co-founder Ursula Margolis said the students, both young and old alike, did well.

“They were awesome. It was great. That weekend was awesome. The Clayton Center was a great place to have our show, and we’re looking forward to being there every year,” she said. “It is amazing how much more just having that beautiful facility and the lights just enhanced everything. It made the whole show that much better.”

Margolis said the company dancers performed well, and the audience enjoyed the shows. “They did really well, and we had quite a bit of response about the dance that Alette choreographed, ‘Angel on the Moon,’” Margolis said of co-director Alette Chase.

“Angel on the Moon” was a special dance about survivors, which grew out of the miraculous flight of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 known as “Miracle on the Hudson.” Vallie Collins of Maryville was on that flight and is the mother of one of ADU’s dancers.

“Alette went out before Act I to explain to the audience where the idea came from so people would understand it a little better.”

Margolis said it was an emotional piece because it honors all survivors. “People related to it. That was a huge crowd-pleaser. Also, our boys hip hop classes were awesome,” she said. “They performed at end of show, second to last, and were a hug hit with the crowd.”

Margolis said that during the Friday night show about 730 attended. “Between all three shows we had a total of about 1,700 in the audience,” she said. “We want to thank the Clayton Center staff. They were great to us all weekend, and thanks to all the people who came to see the show.”

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