Our Vision

​To provide an environment where everyone can feel comfortable expressing themselves in the Arts and to provide training so everyone can be the best they can be.

The Strand is a community-focused business in downtown Dover, N.H. bringing new experiences and culture to our younger generation through fashion shows, dinner theaters, murder mysteries, plays, dance lessons and performances. We offer group and private dance lessons, dance shoes and clothing, as well as rental space for business conferences and events, such as birthday parties. Choreography and accompanying lessons are available upon request. ​With a strong focus in the performing arts, social dance takes center-stage. Social dancing is informal, relaxed and danced for the enjoyment of the partners, socialization, recreation and health. The most popular Latin dances taught at the Strand are: Salsa, Bachata, Cha-cha, Merengue and Rumba. Group and private lessons are available for Latin and Ballroom dancing and private lessons for wedding couples and bridal parties. Let your instructor help choreograph the most important dance of your new life together.​

A brief history of “The Strand”

Back In the Day

The Strand Theater opened on Sept. 22, 1919. According to a 2009 news paper article written by Adam D. Krauss of the Fosters Daily, the first film ever seen in the theater was Mary Pickford’s “Daddy Long Legs” silent film. The theater was similar to others being built at the time across the eastern United States, based on a theater situated on a London thoroughfare known as Strand. The Strand was the place for Vaudeville Theater until 1925 when it converted over to movies only.


Over the past year, the sounds of the swing bands, acapella groups and the Strafford Wind Symphony have been brought to life by the warm acoustics of this historical theater. The Strand has played host to music video producers and independent film makers, hypnotists, comedians, psychic mediums, bridal shows, fashion shows, and holiday parties.

Open Stage

Open Stage nights are the missing link between a basement rehearsal and throwing your own concert. It’s a place to pour your heart out to complete strangers or 20 of your closest friends. It’s a place where first timers and old timers share the stage. Are you a poet? Do you do hip hop? Spit rhymes? Can you make a guitar cry? Do you have the voice of an angel? Jugglers, storytellers, dancers and magicians of all ages are welcome. This is a family-friendly venue perfect for local school performances.

Need a Historic Building for a Film?

Originally built in 1919 for the golden age of vaudeville theater and movies, the Strand Theater was renamed The Strand Ballroom in 2015. There were 28 Strand Theaters built across the U.S. and Dover’s Strand is one of only 11 still in service as a performing arts venue. Although it was remodeled in 1987, this building still holds the old charms of metal work around the stage proscenium, ceiling and beams. The main theater/ballroom seats over 300 with a small dance floor below the stage. A 20’x30′ movie screen can be ready in about 4 hours for use. Another smaller room that seats about 80 is the perfect size for a small seminar with a computer connection for easy display of your PowerPoint presentations. A third small room is the home of Dania Dance shoes and accessories. Stop by and experience the energy of being part of the Strand Family.

Motivational speakers, fund raisers, conventions, wedding couples or film makers will find this venue to be unique and the staff of the Strand Ballroom will work to accommodate their needs.


Who is
“Mr. Strand”, Anyway?

Dan has been dancing since 2003 and teaching since 2009. His most recent teacher was Hella Hoit from Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has performed in several competitions since she was six.

He has also had training from Jeannie Tucker in Tucson, Arizona. She has an extensive list of accomplishments, one of which was being inducted in the “Swing Hall of Fame” in 2008.

In addition to the above instructors, he also trained with Roberto Pagan, a 3x World Champion in Latin and Ballroom dancing.

Dan travels often and is always on the lookout to learn new dance styles. Recently, he has also started coaching for competitive dancers.

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