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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.



MISSION STATEMENT The dance team is solely for those dancers that want to push themselves to a higher level in dance that is made available through extra performances and competitions in a challenging and fun environment. Dancers will represent Amherst Dance Academy as they perform at many public events locally and compete at events out of state. The goal is to provide the opportunity, the education, and the training, to enable dancers to take their talents to this performance level and beyond. We strive to instill in our students a love for dance that is birthed from a professional, challenging, and fun environment right in our studio.


CHARACTER AND CONDUCT It is vital that every dancer on this team thinks not of him/herself first, but of the team first. For this opportunity to flourish and produce professional dancers after they graduate, selfish ambitions, pride, and jealousy must not be in a dancer’s character.. A team dancer must strive for excellence in all areas in his/her life, because once on team, your dancer is a role model to the community. Those areas include and are not limited to personal family relationships, school, attendance and performances at ADA functions, performance at a job, and personal attitude and work ethic when dance is not in session. ______________________________________________________________________________________


TEAM FAMILY Performing on team is an incredible opportunity for a dancer, but it is also a very large sacrifice and commitment for the dancer’s family. Your encouragement, support, service, and assistance throughout the year will play a crucial role in your dancer’s life, which will ultimately influence the team as a whole to experience the best year of dance they have ever had. The team itself is like one big family. We want to encourage you to be present as much as possible at the team meetings, performances, and competitions. _______________________________________________________________


ANNUAL PERFORMANCES • Amherst—Rescue Squad open house • Sorghum Festival • Apple Harvest Festival • Drumheller Orchard Festival • Amherst Christmas Parade • Nelson/Lovingston Christmas parade • Christmas Show (recital) • Dance Revolution Convention - workshop classes and showcase • Kings Dominion Competition • Cherry Blossom Parade - Washington D.C. • Amherst Car Show • Strawberry Festival - Amherst Elementary • Spring recital Other events possible and TBA (call to schedule our dancers for your special event 946-7340).