About Edgewater Academy of Dance

General Information

Edgewater Academy of Dance
158 Weirs Road
Gilford, NH 03249
(603) 293-0366

Owner/Director:  Cathy Defregger

Mission Statement:

To enrich the lives of children of all ages through dance, music, and creative exploration.

Our Vision:

Students of all experience levels and ages will come together in a nurturing environment to gain a solid technical foundation while continuing to develop their abilities for creative expression. Students will awaken a positive self-awareness that will last a lifetime. “Feel the joy, join the dance.”

See more information about our class schedule, instructors, registration information, special class offerings, pricing, special events and news, and other information by using the menus above.

School Policies

Careful attention is given to placing each dancer in the appropriate class, based on age, maturity, technical level, and ability.  It is common for a student to remain in a level for at least two years.  This time is needed to master increasingly difficult steps.  Good attendance, hard work, and a positive attitude are the keys to steady progress.

Please inform the school via phone of anticipated absences prior to class time.  Students should arrive ON TIME.  Tardiness limits warm-up time, which causes injuries.  Late arrivals also disrupt class concentration.  Students over ten minutes late will be asked to sit and observe class.  Please pick up your student promptly after class.

All required attire may be purchased at Dance On in Laconia.  NO JEWELRY OR EXTRA CLOTHING is to be worn during class.  Hair must be pulled back away from the face and neck.  A ballet bun is required for all kindersteps, pre-ballet, and ballet classes.  Dancewear is not suitable for streetwear.  Please wear cover-ups and street shoes to and from class.

Light blue leotard, theatrical pink tights, and pink ballet shoes.
Black leotard, theatrical pink tights, pink ballet shoes, and black tap shoes.
Black leotard, theatrical pink tights, and pink ballet shoes.  A ballet skirt may be worn the last class of each month and during Pointe class.
Jazz/Tap/Hip Hop (Levels IV and up)
Solid color leotard; black tights or black jazz pants; and black jazz shoes, tap shoes, or hip hop shoes, if desired.
Solid color leotard and black footless tights or black jazz pants.

We reserve the right to limit any student’s participation for inappropriate behavior. Eating or chewing gum during class is dangerous and strictly prohibited.

Inclement Weather
Dance classes will be cancelled if Gilford Schools are closed due to bad weather.  However, afternoon classes WILL be held if the roads are clear by 2PM.

Parent/Teacher Communication
Please call the school with questions or concerns.  Teachers are available for private conferences outside of class time.  New and announcements will be posted intermittently on our news feed and on our Facebook page..  Look for other important notices on the bulletin boards in the lobby.  Parents are invited to observe class during “Demonstration Days“.

All students will perform in the annual year-end performances in May.  A costume deposit (per costume) is due November 1st, and the balance is due when the costume arrives in February.  Costume deposits are non-refundable.  Tickets to the performances will be available in April.

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