We offer introductory programs in Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz and Ballroom, designed for novice dancers. These sessions are offered in winter and spring with classes available for ages 3 to 55+.
EDC offers a wide variety of styles within our jazz curriculum including street and theatre dance, and includes such key movements as isolations, grounded movement and contractions. Much like Hip Hop & Modern, jazz continues to evolve and change with each new trend in popular dance movements around the world.
Like jazz, tap dance was born from a fusion of European and West African cultures. In the mid-1600s, modern tap took shape in the Southern United States as people began to imitate the jigs and social dances of the Irish and Scottish, combining them with the West African Juba dance.
EDC Tap syllabus & examinations are through the Canadian Dance Teachers Association. For more information about CDTA, visit here.
EDC offers Hip Hop classes throughout the year as well as in the form of introductory classes for beginners.
The history of hip hop is distinctly American, though, like other “distinctly American” forms of dance, its roots extend back through jazz to African dance.
In the 1960s in New York City, the uprock and breaking dance styles started to develop alongside hip hop music. At the same time, dancers in California, inspired by Hollywood robots, were working on dance moves to imitate them through locking and popping. In the 1970s, professional street-based dance crews emerged and popularized these various subcategories of hip-hop. As hip hop gained ground in the American cultural imagination, dancers blended the two different coast styles into one big genre of hip hop.
EDC offers Acro classes for children ranging from 3 – 19. Our staff utilizes the Acrobatic Arts syllabus. Acrobatic Arts runs training and certification courses for dance teachers in the art of AcroDance. The program is based on safe and effective progressions with proven results in five divisions of AcroDance: Flexibility, Strength, Balancing, Limbering and Tumbling. More information on Acrobatic Arts is available here .
Our Introductory programs feature such disciplines as ballet, tap and hip hop, and are geared towards the introductory level of dancer. EDC offers these in both winter and spring sessions, with classes available for ages ranging from 3 to 55+.
Modern dance classes at EDC have been a popular staple among a wide age group over the last several years. The Modern program was mainly introduced by associate faculty member Andrea Downie, and is now taught by our most recent senior faculty addition, Shelby Carlson. The genre has become an integral part of our year end recitals and dance competitions throughout the season. Defined as a free, expressive style of dancing, Modern started in the early 20th century as a reaction to classical ballet. In recent years it has included elements such as multi media that is not usually associated with classical dance.
Contemporary dance is an expressive style of dance that abandons the rigid, centered aspect of classical forms of dance, and utilizes unconventional movements from styles around the world. It incorporates certain elements of ballet, modern dance, and jazz. EDC offers classes and workshops featuring the latest trends in the Contemporary dance world.
Lyrical dance is a dance style that blends elements of jazz and ballet. EDC offers classes in this genre (such as Teen Lyrical) for a variety of ages.
EDC offers Musical Theatre classes for young children, teens, and yes, the young at heart! A combination of singing, dancing, and acting, Musical Theatre provides a varied curriculum and valuable performance tips for our students. Check out one of these classes and see if it’s the right fit for you!
The Company program offers EDC students a wide range of disciplines in a competitive environment. For a historical reference, visit the Performers North page in the ABOUT section.
Here at EDC, we take pride in maintaining a large, vibrant group of enthusiastic adult pupils. Adult classes include ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop and tap. Come join these fun filled classes and see what all the fuss is about!