What are these different programs?
Edgez Dance is now classifying dancers into programs that best suits their skill level or age group. This is to help determine the proper fit of each kid to each program to ensure their success by having them in an age-appropriate and a skill-appropriate environment. Students may be placed into one program for one style of dance but may be in a different program for another style of dance.

Is my child placed on their age or skill?
Both! Edgez Dance determines the closest fit by first age and through classes we will find your student the best class for them based their skill level. Student will be placed in a class that is closest to their age but can be moved up or down a level to fit their ability, per the instructor.


My student has previous dance experience and I feel like they should be in a higher level, why isn’t my student in a higher level?
Edgez Dance promotes confidence of students in their ability to dance. However, sometimes rushing a student into a more advanced class can be more dangerous then helpful. a student might feel stressed to match up to the other students or might get injured trying skills they might not be ready for. Likewise, a student's other qualities such as focus or  listening might hinder their ability for success in a higher-level class. Regardless of level or program that a student participated in all students receive all same resources, opportunity, and quality of classes to ensure each individual student's success in class.

styles of dance

Dance

PROGRAMS

Hip - Hop

Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved from hip-hop culture. Hip-Hop is a wide range of styles which include but is not limited to breaking, tutting, popping, & locking. Hip-Hop gained mainstream exposure by dance crews, television shows and movies.

Ballet 

Ballet which originated in the Italian Renaissance and established its present form during the 19th century. Ballet is characterized by it’s light, graceful, fluid movements. Ballet is considered the foundation of dance being a highly technically style of dance with it’s own vocabulary words in the French language. Students will study components of a ballet class such as barre, center, adagio, allegro and reverence.

Acrobatic dance (acro dance)

Acro Dance is the beautiful fusion of the artistic motion of dance and the athleticism of acrobatics. Acro Dancers complete skills or tricks integrating musicality, emotional expression, extension, control and lines. Our Acro Dance program targets dancers to be stronger and more flexible, which will transfer over into other dance forms.

Acrobatic Dance is often comparable to gymnastics. With exception Gymnastics is a sport and AcroDance is an art form. Gymnasts are trained to be highly competitive, disciplined, and meticulous athletes, where every fall, wobble, or off-step is a deduction to their overall score and can be the difference between winning and losing. 

AcroDance is an art form specifically for dancers. Acro has softer, more lyrical looking lines, with the emphasis being on lengthening “through” the tricks and holding pretty balances with interesting variations. In Acro, we teach our students to dance into and out of Acro tricks, with minimal obvious “prep” before and after a trick. Despite being technically difficult to execute, acrobatic tricks are meant to blend in seamlessly with dance steps, providing an extra level of excitement and flair to dance choreography.

theatre jazz

Jazz dance made its way onto Broadway in the 1950s bringing a new, smooth style that is taught today and known as Theatre Jazz. Broadway, refers to the theatrical performances presented in the 41 professional theatres along Broadway, in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. This performance style of Jazz was popularised by Bob Fosse’s work, which is was in Broadway shows such as Chicago, Cabaret and Sweet Charity. Theatre Jazz is also used in large scale TV musicals, movie musicals and staged musicals. Students will study barre, across the floor, floorwork, and facial expressions to develop their Theatre Jazz-styled technique. 

Recreational
ages 7+

Our Recreational program is open to any student ages 7 & up. Dancers within this program can explore their want and desire to dance. This program is geared towards all levels of dancers; those looking at dance as a hobby or having pre-professional interests. These students will be building their knowledge as a dancer that can will have positive reflections as they grow into young adults. Students in our recreational program will be expanding their dance vocabulary,  flexibility, body control and other aspects that encompass dance education.

Jazz

Jazz dance allows students to explore “attitude or sass” within dance to upbeat styled music. Jazz is an extension of Ballet often having similar steps that are “turned-in” or “parallel” and is a great fuse and technique and personal style. A low center of gravity, high energy level, isolations, and style are all characteristics used to identify jazz dance. Students will study barre, across the floor, and floorwork to develop their Jazz-styled technique.


Tap

Tap dance uses the sounds of tap shoes, that have a metal "taps", striking the floor as a form of percussive dance. Tap dance benefits cardiovascular conditioning, strength, flexibility, and coordination. Students will study movements on the barre, center and across the floor to develop muscle memory and foot articulation that creates tap dance.  

Preschool
ages 2 – 4

Our preschool program focuses on developmentally suitable instruction and help these young dancers find their love for dance. Within these classes students will be developing important motor skills and rhythm while creating reflections of Ballet technique. 

Class available: Ballet/Acro 

Performance
ages 7+ w/ admisson

Our Performance program are students that have been with Edgez Dance previously and/or have been selected to be in the performance program. Students within this program have skill levels from intermediate to advance. All performance classes will have the opportunity to perform with the “Edgez Dance Performance Team” 1 or 2 times for the yearly dance season. These students will be continuing building their knowledge as a dancer and an individual as well as take up the values of responsibility, accountability and dependability of oneself.

*Performance program: Student cannot miss no more than 4 classes for semester A and no more than 3 for semester B. (Semester A: August – December // Semester B: January – Recital) Students that arrive more than 15 minutes late will have 1 late note and 2 late notes = 1 absences. The importance of being in class is not only to continuing growing one’s technique and education but the weekly commitment to the teacher and the other students that rely on everyone’s attendance.

Contemporary

Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance and combines elements of all dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. A focus within Contemporary dance is to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements that can portray a variety of emotions. Students will study across the floor and floor work combinations allowing them to express themselves and move their body in different shapes and forms that are not traditional to other styles of dance.

FAQ'S

Mini
ages 5 - 8

Our Mini program caters to ages 5 - 8 and is often the stepping stone before student head into our recreational program. While continuing the growth of motor skills we also focus on increasing the students dance vocabulary, precision, rhythm, flexibility and overall growth as a dancer.

 Classes available: Ballet/Tap, Ballet/Jazz, Jazz/Tap, Acro Dance, Hip-Hop

programs

Tiny
ages 3 – 6

Our Tiny program is focused on continuing developmentally suitable instruction while student find their own rhythm in different styles of dance. Within these classes students will be continuing to develop important motor skills and rhythm while building muscle memory of dance skills and dance vocabulary. 

 Classes available: Ballet/Tap, Acro Dance, Hip-Hop