Children are encouraged to participate independently from their parents/caregivers. Using ballet principles and vocabulary, students learn classroom etiquette, body awareness, movement exploration and musicality in a positive and encouraging environment. This is preparation for basic ballet study.
Studied at its traditional form and structure, EDC’s Ballet classes are graded by age and ability, levels 1 through 6, and are taught in the Vaganova and French School styles. Proper body alignment, classical line, musicality, and ballet vocabulary are emphasized at all levels. Students are taught the basic elements of classical ballet that are common of all major ballet syllabi.
Graded by age and ability, the Modern dance syllabus is based primarily on the Graham and Horton techniques. Movement theories and common steps are also introduced and further explored at upper levels. Students are challenged by increased complexity and length of sequence, constant level change and use of non-traditional phrasing.
Graded by age and ability, the Tap program incorporates a blend of both buck and rhythm tap styles by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. These classes will emphasize technique, terminology, precision, and strong rhythmic skills.
Graded by age and ability, the Jazz program focuses on developing strong lines, technique, a command of proper jazz dance terminology and an understanding of the body’s center of movement. Styles of concentration include modern jazz as well as a combination of vernacular and contemporary movement.
Graded by age and skill, the Acro program emphasizes the art, skill, and performance of an acrobat. This display of spectacular skill and agility is very similar to the “floor routine” of a gymnast that integrates tumbling, musicality, and strength training.