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"Miss Joy,

Thank you for being such a powerful teacher and example for our daughter!"

"Miss Angela, thank you for making tumbling fun and for stealing the show!"

"This studio is just different: fun, friendly, professional, and always doing something!  Thank you for making the parades so fun!"

"We love Michelle!  Thank you for always being there in the office and for being so friendly."

"Ms. Joy and Mr. B are so friendly to everyone. Ms. Joy is really good with the little ones." ~ T.H.

"We love the instructors.  They are all so nice and good with the kids."  ~C.S.

"Your studio is just different.  Thank you for making dance fun again and for having such incredible teachers!"


Founded upon the premise of making dance fun for all ages, our studio doors opened seventeen years ago, under the name of Terrific Time Dance Studio.  Now, we are excited to serve you as Amherst Dance Academy!  A new name, but our foundation is the same.  We believe that dance is not just about competition, stage performance, and technique.  Dance is more powerful than that.  Don't get us wrong, though, we support and participate in competitions, performances, and dance recitals; and much of our class time is spent learning correct technique.  However, our main focus is making sure that the dancers learn to love dancing!  That means creating an environment that is positive and energetic.  We believe that each dancer should be given the opportunity to achieve something incredible, and this becomes possible when the environment reflects that the sky is the limit!


At Amherst Dance Academy, our goal is to provide dance education, miscellaneous dancewear, and personal growth opportunities at a competitive and affordable price.  We take pride in being able to offer our dancers more than what they would find at other studios.  We also take very seriously the environment and education your dancer receives.  Our goal is to provide a challenging, positive, and fun environment that is influential in the lives of our dancers as we teach and build in your dancer proper dance technique, respect, discipline, and self-esteem.  We believe even difficult things can be achieved when the bar is set high and and the door of opportunity is left wide open for the dancer to walk through it.


We have several types of classes and sessions that are offered at our studio.  Enrollment times and length of each session vary depending on the type of class offered.  Most classes run on a 9 month schedule that matches the school year starting at the end of August and ending in May.  When dancers enroll for class, they typically enroll for this 9 month program.  However, if you are finding our website now and wish to start dancing after the enrollment period has ended, we still accept dancers/families during the school year and place dancers accordingly.  Classes are not pro-rated as they are based on a 9-month schedule.  We do accept new dancers in January for the second semester depending on class sizes and availability.  Our typical class enrollment schedule is as follows:


Regular Season: August - May (all dance genres)

Zumba classes - 6 week sessions meeting 2-3 times per week.  

Summer camps - age appropriate camps 1 week in June and 1 week in July

Summer classes - 4-6 week dance intensives to give dancers the extra push and edge to prepare for the next year

Workshops and guest teachers - posted when available and usually scheduled on weekends.