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Keep it Light at the Fusion Dance Academy

By Jake Levin

Jaime Gagner believes there are countless ways in which dance prove beneficial. She is the director at Fusion Dance Academy in Dover, N.H., where she and her staff are committed to providing quality dance instruction to students of all ages. Perhaps more than any other age group though, Gagner sees what it can provide as an activity for young girls.

"I believe young girls benefit from taking dance classes as it promotes physical activity, stimulates the imagination, can help with social skills and communication and helps to build self confidence," Gagner said.

Her best advice is to keep it light, as too many times she has seen the love of dance be pushed aside by competitive nature. Whether it trickles down from parents or instructors from other studios, who will oftentimes encourage competition between dancers as a way to push them, Gagner hopes to ensure a burnout like that will never happen at Fusion Dance Academy.

"Too many times I see children come in with an honest love for dance," Gagner said. "They move from their hearts and imitate those around them. Unfortunately as time passes sometimes that love for dance can be taken over by our competitive yet human nature. A nature that will cause dancers to judge and compare themselves to others."

The goal of Fusion Dance Academy is to instruct students not only in the fine arts of dance, but also to foster in them strong self-confidence, good character traits and a love of dance and healthfulness that will last a lifetime.

Creativity is among the favorite parts of Gagner's job, as she's able to be part of a family, learn from her students and give back to the community by volunteering her time or donating to an applicable cause; just last season, Fusion Dance Academy was able to donate funds and traveling tutus to the Hope on Haven Hill recovery.

"It's all very rewarding," Gagner said.

Fusion Dance Academy is located on 15 Fourth St. in Dover. The Academy celebrated its 15th season in 2017.

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