Ballet training is essential to all other dance styles, and develops strength, grace, poise, posture and musicality. Classical yet vibrant, traditional yet evolving, the technical training of ballet is the basis and foundation of all dance.

Dress Code: Leotard, tights, ballet shoes.  Skirts and tutus may be worn as long as they don't become a distraction.  For performances all students will need theatrical pink tights and pink ballet shoes.

BALLET

Jazz dance began under the influence of American music, especially ragtime and blues. It is faster and freer than most styles but still uses a lot of the same basic techniques of ballet, contemporary, and hip hop. Students learn to articulate the body to form shapes and create images of music, as well as working on choreography. Jazz is perfect for students with high energy that enjoy a faster paced class.

Dress Code: Leotard, jazz pants or shorts, and jazz shoes

JAZZ/ JAZZ FUNK

Acro includes skills in balance, flexibility, strength training, and tumbling.  In addition to basic tumbling, variations are introduced and explored. In dance pieces, the emphasis is place on transitioning between acrobatics in fluid and aesthetic ways as well as collaborative partnering.  We use the Acrobatic Arts curriculum and are a certified Acrobatic Arts studio.

Dress Code: Leotard or tight fitting top, leggings or shorts.  Student must be barefoot.  

ACRO/

TUMBLING

Our cheer program is geared to get those who want to try out for school cheer ready to shine.  We focus on cheer technique, jumps and tumbling, and stunts.

Dress Code: assigned cheer practice package ($70) comes with shoes, practice shorts, tank or t shirt and hair pulled back. $140 uniform fee (can be fundraised)

CHEER

This class is designed to teach you how to use your balance, core & arm strength while staying close to the ground and in the air.  Learn basic skills on aerial silks and Lyra (aerial hoop) how to transition in and out of poses, and even go upside-down.  

Dress Code: Bare feet is best, as well al leggings as to not get caught in the silks.  No loose fitting clothing as it hinders movement.  No jewelry.

AERIAL ARTS

Hip Hop is a modern style of dance influenced by Hip Hop music and is a favorite among tweens and teens. Classes are comprised of learning to isolate different parts of the body, popping & locking, and choreography.  Students are encouraged to be creative in their dancing.

Dress Code: Students may wear what they want to class that is easy to move in.  Shirts should not show off bellies and no short shorts ('booty shorts') without leggings underneath.  Sneakers and tennis shoes can be worn in class, just please make sure the bottoms are clean before entering the classroom.

HIP HOP

We teach hoop dance/ fundamentals of Poi and other multi flow props in this class.  We also incorporate Acro partnering and contortion skills as well as aerial arts with silks, yoga slings and the aerial hoop (Lyra).

Dress Code: Dress Code: Leotard or tight fitting top, leggings or shorts.  Student must be barefoot.  

CIRCUS ARTS

There are many diverse approaches to modern technique. At EDS, the techniques of Martha Graham, Lester Horton, and Jose Limon are used. Modern dance was derived from the basics of ballet, but shed what was considered a 'rigid' and 'controlling' technique. Modern is danced barefoot and uses floorwork, gravity, and angles, contracting and expanding, and catching and releasing in a way that ballet does not.

Dress Code: Leotard or tight fitting top, leggings or shorts.  Student must be barefoot. 

CONTEMPORARY

Tap dancing is a fantastic way to improve rhythm and coordination. Using metal taps that are fastened to the balls and heels of shoes, tap adds the element of sound so we teach our students how to count sounds. Students learn to make clear, correct sounds.

Dress Code: Tap Shoes required

TAP

Musical theater is a performance based art that combines acting, singing, and dancing to tell a story.  In this class, students will learn elements of stage presence, expression, characterization, vocal technique, and dance.  Performances will include choreography to a musical number using these techniques.

Dress Code: Jazz & Tap Shoes required

MUSICAL THEATRE

For our infant/toddler dancers-  Children explore movement, learn about their bodies and the way they move, and are introduced to the concepts of space, time, and shape through the use of games. They also learn to take direction from someone other then Mom or Dad, be a part of a group, and see how their bodies move in a large open space.

Dress Code: comfy clothing and bare feet for the kids.  

LITTLE MOVERS

Also called 'Lyrical Jazz', this style of dance combines the technical elements of Ballet and freedom and fluidity of Jazz.  Using the lyrics of a song as it's driving force, Lyrical focuses on the musicality and the emotion of the dance.  Lyrical is great for dancers who love the technique of Ballet and the musicality of Jazz and Modern.

Dress Code: 

Please check with your instructor

LYRICAL