About Us

Your “Home away from Home”.

      The Academy of Expressive Dance was founded in 1991 in Kemptville by Andrea Gaw to serve aspiring dance students in the community. Over the years,  Andrea has touched the lives of well over 2500 students.   Andrea’s unique approach and openness help to totally immerse each student in the arts and inspire individual creativity and expression.  At the core of the Academy’s success is its commitment to providing quality instruction with personalised attention.  Classes are educational and organised, balanced with just the right amount of fun and humour.  The Academy is committed to sound principles in all forms of dance training.  Andrea believes in teamwork, a solid dance training, and has a special rapport with her students.  She personally instructs all of the children/teen classes herself.

     The Academy of Expressive Dance’s dance students present a professional performance every year.  It is an event that the students as well as the parents look forward to.  It helps keep the students excited, and gives the students a recognizable goal that they work toward.  The Academy prides itself in organizing a performance that mimics a traditional ballet; complete with sets, props, pantomime, and follows a story from the beginning to end.  The entire Academy works towards the finished product, creating a sense of belonging and camaraderie among the students.  It is a wonderful experience for both students, parents, and the audience.   

     The Academy is currently located beside Andrea’s home just outside of Heckston, and attracts students from Kemptville, Merrickville, Chesterville, Winchester, Spencerville, , Prescott, Iroquois, Williamsburg, and everywhere in-between!

My daughter has been dancing at the studio for 6 years. It is her home away from home. Andrea is a great dance teacher.  She has created an environment that promotes creativity, independence, friendship, acceptance, good self esteem and good body image. She is a strong woman inspiring other young girls to be just that.

Nicole Craig-Campbell



Andrea Gaw-Prekob, C.D.T.A.

Director, Owner, Founder

Andrea began dancing when she was 5, and her love of children led her to begin teaching when she was 15.  She later completed her teacher examinations with the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association, and numerous other intensive teacher training courses (including the National Ballet School in Toronto and with the Royal Academy of Dance in Banff).  With her strong spirit and determination, she opened the Academy in Kemptville in August 1991….at the young age of 21.

     Andrea’s quiet patience and special rapport with her students is a huge selling point for the Academy’s classes.  Her unique, humorous approach warms the classroom and she encourages her students to express themselves through dance in a safe, non-competitive atmosphere.  Andrea loves to teach...and it shows!

The Academy is truly a “family affair”, as Andrea’s husband, Steve Prekob, supports her and helps with everything at the studio.  She has two boys; Tristan and Coleman, who are also involved around show time.

The Academy of Expressive Dance

316 Latimer Road,

South Mountain, ON   K0E 1W0



The Academy of Expressive Dance

DIRECTOR:   Andrea Gaw-Prekob, C.D.T.A.

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