If you do not see a dance class of a style you'd like to study, please email us and let us know. If interest exists with 5 dancers to form a class, we will offer it!
AcroDance is best defined as the fusion of the artistic motion of dance combined with the athleticism of acrobatics. This class focuses on the five areas of Acro that build strong safe dancers: strength, flexibility, balancing, limbering and tumbling. (Think of the beauty of "So You Think You Can Dance" or "Cirque du Soleil" performers. They do AcroDance!)
(ages 2.5 - 4 + Parent/Caregiver!)
Ballet can be fun and whimsical in this engaging, circle-based ballet class, which offers a delightful first experience for the independent little ballerina! Utilizing magic wands, scarves and ballet basics, even the youngest rising star can feel the excitement of ballet learning steps such as a plié, tendu, soutenu and sauté! Dancers will improve agility, coordination and grace, along with building self-esteem, and the ability to interact with other children in a structured setting.
Ballet has centuries of tradition as one of the world's most elegant dance arts where placement of the body, poise and proper alignment are emphasized. All levels, beginning with our youngest Pre-Ballet dancers (age 5) through levels I, II, III, IV and V utilize the appropriate classical terminology and include barre work, adagio, petite allegro, grand allegro and turns. Classes range in level depending on student's ability, and primarily follow the classical Cecchetti method of ballet training, though EDDA instructors are familiar with and will draw from R.A.D. (Royal Academy of Dance) and Vaganova techniques. Pointe (by instructor's permission only) for intermediate and advanced ballet dancers (levels III, IV & V) with proper training and developed muscular capability. Pointe is taken in conjunction with at least two regular ballet technique classes per week, emphasizing strength and grace. Classical repertoire will be offered along with creative works by the resident ballet instructors.
Baton Twirling (ages 5+) The culmination of historic entertainment from island staff spinning and marching band leader theatrics, twirling has evolved into a world-class showcase that some consider art and others sport. This class focuses on hand-eye coordination and basic techniques that easily transfer to support prop manipulation in other dance disciplines. It is also a starting point for competitive and college twirling.
Choreography (private instruction)
Choreography can be for anyone from competition pieces to Quincinera's or wedding dances and everything in between! Contact us directly for choreography inquiries. (This is separate from class and company choreography.)
Combo is a popular class that uses both classical and funky kid’s music with energetic movement introducing the fun of ballet and American theatrical dance forms of Tap and Jazz! Get all three for a great price, this class emphasizes enjoyment, showmanship and foundational techniques so that your child can plié, shuffle flap, or kick ball change their way to stardom!
Contemporary is an exquisitely unique (and fun!) exploration of body movement and personal expressivity made popular by the hit show So You Think You Can Dance? This style of dance borrows from a collection of dance movements developed in modern and postmodern dance, as well as an array of still developing philosophies about body/mind interconnectedness.
Our most popular class for beginning dancers! Creative Movement is rooted in the conventions of a ballet class structure while allowing for individual creativity, set to children's music. This 45-minute lesson provides the basis for young beginning dancers for further development in the study of dance by introducing bodily coordination, stretch exercises, rhythm and basic terminology. Creative Movement also increases enthusiasm for learning through music, dance and creative dramatic exercises where children will improve self-awareness and build motivation by fostering group participation in the dance classroom.
(age 18 months - 2.5 + Parent/Caregiver)
The use of balls, toys, bubbles and magic wands turns this 45-minute movement lesson into a wonderland for our youngest students of dance learning alongside their parents! Dance Discovery is an innovative way to approach the cultivation of motor skills necessary in technical dance movement, and is a fun way to capture the hearts and minds of beginners to the dance classroom
Hip-Hop will have you jumpin', turnin', spinnin', movin' forwards and backwards! The best of urban dance, Hip-Hop is the latest cultural trend on the dance scene, and EDDA's Hip-Hop offers exposure to street, funk and break as part of this class. Prior dance training is helpful, but not required, therefore a supplemental jazz class is strongly recommended to prevent injury and introduce the traditional connective steps necessary to put routines together.
Urban Jam Hip Hop (for guys) See above, but for Guys only!
A combination of our Hip-Hop and Jazz disciplines.
This class offering is a fun introduction to Hip-Hop for youngsters! This unique program is a 45-minute class that teaches children different movement skills and coordination techniques while having a great time! Whether they fly like airplanes, learn rhythms from around the world, or become jungle animals, you can be sure they will use their imagination! Some of the skills studied include gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination along with building self-esteem, and the ability to interact with other children in a structured setting.
Drawing from LA, New York and London-based jazz styles, EDDA's Teen and Adult Jazz classes emphasize body line, precision, flexible torso work, isolation, turns and the hottest dance techniques! This Jazz technique is interspersed with high kicks, leaps and jumps in a well-balanced classical jazz lesson that dips into other genres. Jazz is segmented into Jazz I, II, III, IV and V, where each level involves steady progression of complexity as the students improve.
Lyrical is one of the most popular styles of dance. It is more emotive than jazz, less codified than ballet and pulls movement vocabulary from modern dance.
Modern dance invigorates the body and liberates the mind by challenging the more conventional forms of dance training.
Musical Theatre Dance
One of EDDA's favorites, Musical Theatre Dance is a dance-based class that consists of vocal and dramatic exercises within the dance classroom. Introduction of Broadway and West End Musicals will augment the minor singing and acting techniques along with the dance steps, drawing from established repertoire in the musical theatre genre, as well as original choreographic works. A supplemental class in ballet, jazz or tap is STRONGLY recommended.
This popular class uses the funky music and energetic movement vocabularies inherent to jazz on a scale appropriate for this age group. With a concentration on body alignment, guided stretch and fun combinations, Pre-Teen Jazz introduces the concept of parallel positioning for the feet and exaggerated isolated movements for strength, showmanship and foundational techniques for the further study of jazz.
From Pre-Tap to our advanced level tap classes, combinations are put to a variety of music styles, showcasing traditional Broadway Tap and the latest Tap Jam and Stomp techniques.
Turns and Technique
(ages 8-12 and 13+)
This class focuses wholly on the technical aspects of dance by cultivating the necessary skill-base to execute stunning leaps, mystifying multiple turns and every dance trick the serious student of dance wants to master! Starting with a Jazz/Lyrical warm up, T&T then progresses to center exercises for alignment and stability in turns and layouts, ultimately leading to across the floor turns and leaps with fun, varied repetitions. Required for competition and company members. T&T does not perform in the annual summer concert.