Ampersand Academy of Dance and Performing Arts | 293 Water St. | Gardiner, ME 04345 | 207-415-5151


This combo class teaches ballet technique (the base forms of all dance) which consists of stylized controlled movements and positions, which develops ultimate strength and flexibility.  The students will begin to learn basic ballet positions and steps while being introduced to spatial and musical movements.  Tap:  teaches rhythm, coordination, balance, poise and is lots of fun!

This class helps improve coordination and encourages spontaneity and self-confidence.  It is a fun way for children to explore movement through different rhythms in music, develop motor skills, channel energy, stimulate imagination and promote creativity!

There is a maximum of 8 students allowed for this class so that every dancer receives individual attention in a controlled environment.

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Rachel Waterbury

Artistic Director, Choreographer & Teacher

Rachel has been the owner of Ampersand Academy since she help found the company in 2004, as R&B Dance. She has been dancing for over 25 years and has loved every minute of it.  She has trained with instuctors from NYC, Boston, Philly, New Jersey, California and lots of great ones from all over Maine!  Her most recent teachers were Geo Hubela (Hip Hop) and Gregg Russell (Tap)!  Both masters of their own dance styles.

Her dance experience at the University Of Maine included being a founding member and captain of the UMaine Dance Team, dancing with the UMaine dance club, choreographing and performing on a Carnival Cruise ship, performing and choreographing for the annual dance concerts and graduating with a degree in dance! Rachel finished up her college career by earning the 2003 “Outstanding Senior Award” for her contribution to the University of Maine Performing Arts program.

Other dance experience includes, teaching at the boys & girls club, directing and teaching at the Augusta/Manchester YMCA, choreographing for high school and community musicals and teaching at a variety of summer camps and outreach programs.

42, Bollywood III, Bollywood II, Technique I, Technique II, Technique IIa, Technique III, Technique IV, 36, Pre-Ballet, Ballet/Tap, Hip Hop I, Hip Hop II, Hip Hop III, Tap III, Int. Adult Tap, Company, Bollywood I, Competition Teams, Private Lessons, 1

Favorite Quote:

"I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself."
-Mikhail Baryshnikov


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Summer 2017 Session

Tue, Jun 20th - Tue, Aug 22nd

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Fall 2017

Sat, Sep 2nd - Fri, Dec 22nd

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