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Class Descriptions

Acro - Acrobatic Dance focuses on three major elements: flexibility, strength and balance. Classes are taught with the individual student in mind. Class recommendations are made based on ability not by age. Both recreational dancers and competitive dancers can benefit from increased flexibility, which acrobatic classes focus upon. Students will learn many skills, some being: rolls, backbends, cartwheels and handstands as well as walkovers and handsprings. Some students will be encouraged to work on contortion stretches based on their natural ability. Variations on movements will also be taught to develop timing.

The Edge Acrobatic Program is based on progressions- Edge uses a Progressive Teaching Method. Advanced skills are not taught until students show physical maturity. This approach is safer for the individual and allows for personal growth and constant achievement. By having more goals to achieve along the way, students have a sense of accomplishment that encourages them to keep reaching for the next level. All athletes can benefit from an acrobatics class.

Ballet - Ballet provides a solid, technical foundation for all dancers, as well as a strong understanding of the mechanics of dance. There are many benefits gained from the study of ballet, some being: Discipline of mind and body, Coordination, Grace and Poise, Muscle Toning, Good Posture and Correct Placement.

Contemporary - Contemporary Dance emerged in the mid 1900’s but has gained popularity over the past few years due to TV shows such as So You Think You Can Dance. Contemporary Dance is a mixture of many dance styles- Modern, Ballet, Lyrical and Jazz-just to name a few. Where other dance styles deal with a more structured vocabulary, Contemporary Dance deals with abstract movement, while using technique from a classically trained foundation at the same time. At Edge, our beginner dancers are introduced to Lyrical movement. As they progress, they are introduced to Modern disciplines and lastly are able to experiment with Contemporary styles of dance.

Pointe - Advanced level of Ballet where the dancer performs the work with a Pointe Shoe rather than a Ballet Shoe. There are requirements at Edge Dance Center for placing students on Pointe, some being: At least five years of consistent study and practice in the basic classes of ballet, Good Turn Out, Proper Balance, Proper Body Placement, Sufficient Strength in Feet, Legs and Spine, Strong Sense of “Center” (Core) and Good Physical Condition. Placement in this class will be determined by the instructor.

Jazz - Jazz is a very stylized form of theatrical dancing which consists of bits and pieces of dance techniques and styles from across the world. The goals of a jazz class are many, some being: Development of Performance Qualities, Development of Technique, Development of Coordination, Enhancement of Musicality, Improvement of Movement Memory, Improvement of Flexibility and Development of Concentration and Stamina.

Tap - Form of dance wherein rhythmic sounds are created by the feet with a Tap Shoe. Tap Dance can help a dancer with Self-Expression, Rhythm and Musicality, the Ability to Work with others in a Dance Group and help a dancer learn the Art of Performance. Hand in hand with Tap Dance goes Music Theory, which will be incorporated into all Tap Classes at EDC. The fundamental understanding of music and structure of music theory not only aids the instructor choreographically, but also allows the communication of correct information to the student.

“Hip Hop” - A word used to describe the era wherein new dance forms were emerging from the streets. During the “Hip Hop” era, Break Dancing, Popping, Locking, Street Funk, Free-Style and Commercialized Styles of Dance (to name a few) emerged on the scene. At EDC, the students will study Counting Music, Movement Intensity, Sharp Focus, Hand/Arm Gestures, Accents, Presentation and Personality in all of the “Hip Hop” classes, as well as the styles mentioned above.

Modern - Modern dancers want to relate to the real actualities of life and their emotions. Their focus is to create a more down to earth feeling of expression. There are many different Modern Techniques and Disciplines, although, most stress the greater flexibility of the upper body and torso, as opposed to Ballet, which basically teaches a more controlled and specifically placed torso. The Modern Dance Program at EDC is a blending of styles and techniques that will offer the students a variety of choreographic experiences.

Lyrical - Tells a story or conveys a message through expression or movement that is fluid, smooth and controlled. A strong Ballet background is a must! The choreography of a Lyrical Dance must interpret the lyrics of the song through the dancer’s movements, expressions and performance skills.

Early Edge and Kindergarten Readiness Dance Program - Edge Dance Center offers a unique Early Edge Dance Class that touches on important child development topics. This program is an introduction to dance wherein children learn basic dance movements that help them develop their locomotor skills. This program touches on Ballet Basics, Jazz Basics, Tumbling, Improvisational Skills, Music and Musicality, Kindergarten Readiness Themes and Creative Expression through Acting and Performance Exercises.

Multi Edge Combo Classes - The Combo Classes at EDC are broken down by age and concentrate on a Progressive Teaching Method of Ballet, Tap and Jazz styles. This class provides an overview for a young dancer and lays the correct dance foundation and technique that can be carried with the dancer from year to year as he/she progresses from level to level.

Mini Hop- An introduction to Hip Hop dance styles for the young dancer: 5-7 years of age. This class is geared for younger dancers who have an interest in Hip Hop dance. In this class, Hip Hop dance fundamentals will be stressed, for example: the shifting of weight, transitions, levels, specialized skills, improvisation, music theory and performance qualities. The class will use some Jazz technique and dance props to get the students familiar with some Hip Hop dance characteristics.