Raymond Recreation Programs & News


Modern Self Defense Workshop
Concerned about protecting yourself in threatening situations?
Learn how to be prepared and avoid potentially dangerous situations. If the worst happens you'll learn and practice techniques to handle aggressive attackers as well as someone who is just too friendly. The techniques presented do not require strength, or agility and can be done by anyone of any size or age. A self-defense checklist will be given to all participants.

Instructor is Bill Sparks of Manchester, with Black Belts in Kempo Karate and Tai-Chi Chuan, and additional studies in Aikido, Uechi Ryu, Chun-Te Kung Fu, Shorin-Ryu, and Goju-Ryu.

This 6-week class will be held 6:00 - 7:00 pm every Tuesday from October 16th through November 27th (no class on Nov 6th ). The fee for the 6-weeks of Self Defense is $50. Non residents pay an additional $5.00.


Please wear comfortable clothing and sneakers. Bring water!


Ballet & Tap
3 - 5 year olds
Nov 3rd - Dec 15th


This is such a great combination with 30 minutes of Ballet and 30 minutes of Tap, each style will consist of warm-ups, across the floor combinations and will end with learning a dance. The class is geared for learning, building self-confidence and coordination while having fun.
The instructor for this course is Susan White from Diamond Dance Academy. Susan is an Artistic
Director/Instructor/Choreographer. She has been a part of the dance world for over 30 years. Her studies have included Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary; Modern, Musical Theater, Hip Hop, Drama and Voice

This 6-week course is from Nov 3 to Dec 15 (no class Nov 24) for children 3 - 5 years old. Ballet & Tap will be held on Saturdays from 10:30 - 11:30 am. The fee for the 6-week course is $50. Non-residents pay an additional $5. Please bring a water bottle, wear hair in ponytail or bun and wear a leotard and tights.


Jazz & Lyrical Nov 3rd - Dec 15th


6 - 9 year olds


This is such a great combination with 30 minutes of Jazz and 30 minutes of Lyrical, each style will consist of warm-ups, across the floor combinations and will end with learning a dance in the center. The class is geared for learning, building self-confidence and coordination while having fun. Although lyrical is similar to Ballet it is less structured and often thought of as one of the most expressive styles of dance. During the jazz portion we will explore different styles from the more stylish Broadway Jazz to the funkier video style Jazz.

The instructor for this course is Susan White from Diamond Dance Academy.

This 6-week course will run from Nov 3rd to Dec 15th (no class on Nov 24) for children 6 - 9 year olds. Lyrical & Jazz will be held on Saturdays from 11:30 - 12:30 pm. The fee for the 6-week course is $50. Non-residents pay an additional $5. Please bring a water bottle, wear hair in a ponytail or bun and wear a leotard and tights.


Jazz & Lyrical Nov 3rd - Dec 15th


9 - 12 year olds


This is such a great combination with 30 minutes of Jazz and 30 minutes of Lyrical, each style will consist of warm-ups, across the floor combinations and will end with learning a dance in the center. The class is geared for learning, building self-confidence and coordination while having fun. Although lyrical is similar to Ballet it is less structured and often thought of as one of the most expressive styles of dance. During the jazz portion we will explore different styles from the more stylish Broadway Jazz to the funkier video style Jazz.

The instructor for this course is Susan White from Diamond Dance Academy.

This 6-week course will run from Nov 3rd to Dec 15th (no class on Nov 24) for 9 - 12 year olds. Lyrical & Jazz will be held on Saturdays from 9:00 - 10:00 am. The fee for the 6-week course is $50. Non-residents pay an additional $5. Please bring a water bottle, wear hair in a ponytail or bun and wear a leotard and tights.


Pre-Dance Ballet-Movement


2 - 3 year olds


Through the exploration of music and rhythm, your child will be using their motor and listening skills to learn child friendly dance. The class is designed to not only teach your Dancer basic technique but to teach them how to follow directions, take turns and work as a team. We incorporate fun activities and singing along with the grace of Ballet to keep your Dancer smiling.

The instructor for this course is Susan White from Diamond Dance Academy.

This 6-week course will run from November 3 -December 15 (no class on Nov 24) for children ages 2 to 3 years old. Pre-dance will be 10:00 - 10:30 am. The fee for the 6-week course is $35. Non-residents pay an additional $5. Please bring a water bottle, have hair in a ponytail or bun and wear leotard and tights.


Raymond Youth Basketball Program Breakdown
1st & 2nd Grade Program

This instructional program will begin on November 10th and run until January 12 (no sessions on 11/24 or 12/29). This program will be held in 1.5-hour sessions on Saturdays between 9 am - noon. Coaches are needed, players from the high school teams assist with this program.

3rd & 4th Grade Program
Evaluations will be on Sunday, November 11th at RHS. This group will begin practicing in November, have a jamboree in December and begin games in January. Most games will be held on Saturdays. Games will be played at the Gove Middle School or away at gyms in local towns.
5th & 6th And 7th & 8th

This, competitive program, will hold evaluations at RHS on Sunday, November 11th. They will begin practicing following evaluations and games will be held on Saturdays and Sundays beginning in December. The season wraps up with a fantastic February Frenzee Tournament.

Registration fees per child are:

1st & 2nd grade program $40.00
3rd & 4th grade program $55.00
5th, 6th, 7th & 8th grade $80.00

* Take $10 off each additional child per family

Registrations have begun. You may register at Raymond Recreation during office hours or at the Raymond High School in the café on Wednesdays, Oct 24 or Nov 7 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.

Anyone registering after November 7th will be placed on a waiting list and an additional fee of $10 per child will be charged if there is space available on a team.

Basketball Evaluations

All players in grades 3 through 8 are required to attend evaluations. Evaluations will be held at Raymond High School. Below is a complete schedule of the evaluations.

Sunday, November 11th
3&4 Grade Boys 11:30 am 3&4 Grade Girls 12:30 pm
5&6 Grade Girls 1:15 pm 5&6 Grade Boys 2:00 pm
7&8 Grade Boys 3:00 pm 7&8 Grade Girls 3:45 pm
Deadline to register for basketball is November 7, 2018



Recreation Department Hours:
Monday - 8 am to 6 pm
Tuesday - Wednesday and Thursday 8 am to 3 pm
Friday - 8 am to 5 pm


Michelle Weaver, Recreation Director - 895-7029
Tammy Reardon, Assistant Director - 895-7030
Rec. Office 895-7031,
4 Epping St. Raymond, NH.
email: mweaver@raymondnh.gov
website: www.raymondnh.gov/recreation