Edie's Dance Factory began in 1973 with 11 students with classes in my basement. A small recital was held at the Methodist Church in Hasbrouck Heights in June 1974 and that was the beginning of what was to become Edie's Dance Factory. The number of students grew by word of mouth and after several years (and the basement becoming too small) classes were moved to the Episcopal Church Hall on Terrace Avenue. After being there for a few years, a small space on Marlboro Road in Wood-Ridge was rented and given the name Edie's Dance Factory. The studio was at the Marlboro location for 5 years and then moved to our present location on Hackensack Street. We have been there since 1995, and will be celebrating our 40th recital in June, 2014
When Edie's Dance Factory began to grow, we started the Competition Team in 1992. Since then we have grown substantially and our competition team has grown also. We started competing with 3 seven year olds and now have a team of 30 students ranging in age from 6 to 18. We are very proud of the accomplishments and improvements the team has made over the years. Our students come to us mainly from Wood-Ridge. Hasbrouck Heights, and Secaucus, but we do have students from Rutherford, Lyndhurst, Little Ferry, North Bergen and other towns. We have a staff of wonderful teachers that come to us with many years of professional and teaching experience, and we try to pass along to the students our love of dance. Our competition team has performed on a Carnival Cruise Ship, at the N.J. State Fair, National Competitions in Atlantic City and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and have just returned from our 3rd performance at Walt Disney World in Florida. They have performed in the Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington D.C. and in September of 2013 we be participating in the "Show Us Your Shoes" parade during the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City. We have also performed for many local organizations.
I am very proud of all of my teachers and students and am very thankful for the path my life has taken. I have met wonderful children and their parents through the years and it has been a pleasure watching them grow both personally and in their dancing. My hope is to continue giving my students a love of dance and skills that they can use, not only in their dancing, but in many other parts of their lives.
Our goal, at Edie's Dance Factory is to pass along to future generations the joy of doing something you truly love.