We are a Positive Dance Education and Performance based program with beautiful dance studios in both Ashburnham & Winchendon, MA (featuring ample, safe off-street parking at our privately owned, adjacent parking lots and large dance studios with comfortable parent waiting rooms). The East Dance Studios have proudly served North Central MA and South Central NH with the finest quality dance education for 26 years. Dream~Dance~Achieve TM  and experience the fun and enjoyment of our recreational and professional dance programs for ages 2.5 to adult. We are honored and proud to have earned the reputation of the most "family and student friendly" dance studios in the area and are to be considered "the dance studios of opportunity."  We LOVE what we do and are excited to share our love of dance education with you...please enjoy dancing through our website!


JoAnn East - Founder of The JoAnn East Dance Education Centers "JEDEC, founded in Winchendon, MA in 1991.  The studios have now evolved to two locations now known as "East Dance Studios."

East Dance Studios FUN FACTS: Did you know?

Miss JoAnn (founder, dance educator) and Miss Kelly (dance educator, East Dance Studios' production stage director and past President of the Dance Teacher's Club of Boston) appear on a book cover together? The book is Jazz Dance Class by Gus Giordano. The photo (taken when the two studied together under Gus Giordano in Chicago) also appeared in a Dance Magazine and the Gus Giordano web-site.

Dance Teacher Now magazine took notice of East Dance Studios' training and standards of teachers and interviewed JoAnn East for an article on the subject in 2007.

In September 2009, an article written by JoAnn East about "Dancing in Disney" featuring many great pictures of the East Dance Studios' Disney 2008 Cast was published by the national magazine:  Dance Studio Life.  For more information please visit our fan page on Facebook (link available on home page).

"Come and Meet those Dancing Feet..." and all the rest of the team members that make East Dance Studios the success it is!

Click Here to read JoAnn East's Biography.  And please visit East Dance Studios' Team of Professionals' - "Bio's at a Glance."  

The East Dance Studios difference...what our customers tell us they love the most about our program:

  • "East Dance Studios/JEDEC is the dance school of opportunity"

  • Highest quality dance education standards, happy, successful students.

  • Affordable tuition prices (please compare our services and prices...you'll be impressed!).

  • Gas & Time Savings: With two great locations, East Dance Studios is your community's dance studio.

  • Honored to be the choice of students and parents from over 25 towns for over 20 years.

  • All students are made to feel welcome whether they take a class once a week, or ten times a week.

  • Friendly, encouraging atmosphere.

  • Ample off-street parking in our privately owned, adjacent paved parking lots.

  • Age appropriate curriculum. Educational, creative fun for all dance genres and ages.

  • All East Dance Studios dance instructors are both experienced dancers and performers who are professionally trained in the skill of teaching in addition to being proficient with the East Dance Studios/JEDEC curriculum. All teachers have successfully completed the extensive Dance Educator’s Training Courses by the DTCB/AS (Dance Teachers Club of Boston with the American Society). East Dance Studios dance teachers continually study dance, honing their skills to share their love of dance with East Dance Studios' students.

  • Head and Senior Faculty are also active, certified members of the DTCB/AS.

  • Artistic Director JoAnn East served on the Board of Directors of the DTCB/AS for four years (two past terms) and is currently serving again for a third term.

  • Dance Educator and East Dance Studios' Stage Director, Kelly Hayward has served as the DTCB/AS President.

  • East Dance Studios' student demonstrators, jr. assistants and sr. assistants are involved in the 8+ year eligibility process, training and working towards the very involved certification process.

  • Dance Teacher Now magazine took notice of East Dance Studios' training and standards of teachers and interviewed JoAnn East for an article on the subject in 2007.

  • Parent, student and economically friendly dance attire policy.

  • Popular September through May Dance Season (saves June tuition and the busy month of June's scheduling conflicts).

  • One annual and professional recital in May. In 2007 & 2009 East Dance Studios also produced the winter show:  "The Polar Express," a frugal and fun community event.

  • Exclusive to East Dance Studios: Popular, mail in reserved seating, recital ticket program. No lines...one of our most popular services!

  • East Dance Studios' costumers are encouraged to acquire their dancewear anywhere they choose, or take advantage of East Dance Studios' discounted dance distributor service "DANCEWEAR CENTRAL" which is exclusive to East Dance Studios' students and their families.

  • Specialty, elective programs such as: Dance Co., Competition Team, Disney Performance Tour, etc. are opportunities offered for ALL students.

  • Convenient monthly payments. East Dance Studios' families can take advantage of the great discounted tuition rates by using the automatic draft program and any debit or credit card of their choice.

  • "...as a parent I enjoy the benefits from excellent, well planned customer services."

  • To view more, please visit "testimonials" on opening page.


For the once a week student, an ideal dance class offers a range of ages and abilities.

It coordinates with the East Dance Studios/JEDEC Circle of Development philosophy of dance education.

 For students pursuing more extensive studies; an ideal dance schedule should

encompass challenge, comfort and confidence classes.

Dancers learn, grow and respect dance and their peers while enjoying the JEDEC Circle of Development.

Dream ~ Dance~ Achieve! (c)


East Dance Studios/ JEDEC History

The dream of opening JEDEC (JoAnn East Dance Education Center) was realized in 1991 with its opening at School Square, Winchendon (where Colonial Bank now stands, behind Winchendon's Toy Town Rocking Horse). Since then, hundreds of students and parents from over 20 surrounding communities have chosen and enjoyed the JEDEC Dance Program. In 1995, the dance school expanded to its current 286 Central Street, Winchendon location, which the East family has owned since 2000. In 2004 JEDEC expanded once again with the opening of a second additional location at 7 Chapel Street, Ashburnham. The East Dance Studios/JEDEC facilities offer fully equipped dance studios with thousands of square feet of dance space as well as parent waiting room areas. Addtionally, both locations offer off-street, privately owned paved parking lots.