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Class Descriptions

Elevate Dance Academy offers classes at every level from beginner to advanced, from your toddler's first dance class to your graduating senior's competitive company classes.  Each class is capped at 16 students so everyone can get the individual attention they need. 

 

Jazz I / Jazz II

Jazz is one of the most fun and classic styles of dance! Jazz dancing began with the Jazz music era and is constantly evolving. Jazz is performed on stage with attack, technique and usually with a lot of attitude! Using its upbeat movement, jazz dance emphasizes rhythm, style, lines, and a strong low center of gravity. At EDA we strive to instill these key aspects into our students. Kids will get the opportunity to learn multiple styles of jazz while incorporating its basic technique. We believe that a strong understanding of the basics will help our dancers thrive!

Jazz II requires instructor approval. 

Require Attire

Clothing: Leggings, dance shorts, dance top or leotards (form fitted clothing)

Shoes: Jazz shoes or half-soles (no bare feet or socks) 

Hair: Pulled back in a ponytail or bun (for longer hair) or out of the face (for shorter hair) 

Musical Theater

Musical theater dances use jazz and ballet based technique and movement to interpret music from Broadway and TV Musicals. Musical theater dance is a larger than life style! In this class, we focus on a sense of story, emotional connection, expansive visual movement and performance. In order to understand the storyline, music and how dance brings it all together, dancers will be working on an established musical for 2 weeks or more of class.

Required Attire

Clothing: Leggings, dance shorts, dance top or leotards (form fitted clothing)

Shoes: Jazz shoes, character shoes, character heels (required for heels class only) (no bare feet or socks)

Hair: Pulled back in a ponytail or bun (for longer hair) or out of face (for shorter hair)

Contemporary

This class is a fusion of modern, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and hip hop. This class has no boundaries. Be ready to explore movement creatively, stylistically and emotionally. This class is designed to educate, provoke, and challenge the dancer focusing on technique, floor work and unpredictable rhythm changes. 

Required Attire

Clothing: Leggings, dance shorts, dance top or leotards (form fitted clothing)

Shoes: Jazz shoes, half soles, foot paws, barefoot or socks

Hair: Pulled back in a ponytail or bun (for longer hair) or out of face (for shorter hair)

Lyrical

Lyrical is a fusion of ballet and jazz styles of dance. Driven by the “lyrics” in the music, lyrical is about storytelling through movement and expression. Lyrical dancing is the dance form that inspires movement to express strong emotions, it seeks to connect and entertain through a clear storyline. If you love music with an emotional emphasis this class is for you!

Required Attire

Clothing: Leggings, dance shorts, dance top or leotards (form fitted clothing)

Shoes: Jazz shoes, half soles, foot paws, barefoot or socks

Hair: Pulled back in a ponytail or bun (for longer hair) or out of face (for shorter hair)

 

Hip Hop

Hip Hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip hop music or that have evolved as part of hip hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles primarily breaking, locking and popping which were created in the 1970’s and made popular by dance crews in the United States. These classes are high energy, beat oriented, and are based upon a common pulse known as rhythm!

Required Attire

Clothing: Baggy t-shirts, tank tops, jerseys, sweatpants, leggings

*NO jeans

Shoes: Shoes with good support, no mark tennis-shoes or sneakers (no bare feet or socks)

Hair: Open

Tap

Tap is the exciting dance form where the musician and the dancer become one! Dancers will learn the articulation of tap sounds while mastering skills of staying grounded and on the balls of their feet along with style and presentation. 

Fundamentals: rhythms, body alignment, level, accenting, shading and weight changes.

Dancers will develop their tap vocabulary all while learning to perform and execute tap steps seamlessly. 

Required Attire

Clothing: Jazz pants, dance shorts, dance top or leotards

Shoes: Tap shoes (no tennis shoes or bare feet) 

Hair: Pulled back in a ponytail or bun (for longer hair) or out of face (for shorter hair) 

Ballet

Ballet is an artistic dance form characterized by graceful, fluid movements and is the most formalized dance form. It has a specific technique along with an extensive vocabulary. EDA strives to provide a strong ballet foundation and an enriching environment for its students. We aim to support both the recreational and pre-professional student. Ballet is considered to be the basis of all dance training and is HIGHLY recommended for those who aspire to be proficient in jazz, contemporary and lyrical. 

Adv Ballet requires instructor approval. 

Required Attire

Clothing: Black leotard, pink footed tights

Shoes: Split sole canvas or leather ballet slippers (pink)

Hair: Pulled back tightly in a bun (for longer hair) or out of face (for shorter hair)

Tiny Dancer

We are building the next generation of young dancers at EDA. Come watch your Tiny Dancer (age 2-4) develop skills and witness their love of dance blossom in ways that you could not have imagined! At EDA we provide our students with a strong foundation in dance while nurturing their imagination and creativity. Our Tiny Dancers will work on basic technique, developing balance, rhythm, coordination, timing, counting music, and learn to perform in front of an audience. Students will begin their journey developing vocabulary in all styles as well. 

Required Attire

See other class descriptions.

 

Strength + Flexibility

This class focuses on strength, conditioning, and flexibility while introducing dance movement and vocabulary. This is a perfect class to supplement with your child’s dance training, as it gives them a stronger foundation and is guaranteed to increase your child’s athleticism. 

Required Attire

Clothing: Leggings, dance shorts, dance top or leotards (form fitted clothing)

Shoes: Barefoot

Hair: Pulled back in a ponytail or bun (for longer hair) or out of face (for shorter hair)

Turns + Tricks

(Upon-approval class) Jazz based technique is taught by concentrating on a series of jumps, leaps, turns and tricks, weight and direction changes, and strength exercises. The students will develop balance, strength, elevation and body alignment. This is a great class to help dancers improve and practice technical elements, which will in turn help students in many other styles here at EDA! 

Require Attire

Clothing: Leggings, dance shorts, dance top or leotards (form fitted clothing)

Shoes: Jazz shoes or half-soles (no bare feet or socks) 

Hair: Pulled back in a ponytail or bun (for longer hair) or out of the face (for shorter hair) 

Acro for Dance

Acro for dance is designed to help integrate acrobatic skills required in so much choreography today. Acrobatics is defined by its athletic character and skill elements, combined with classical dance technique.

Fundamentals: flexibility, strength, balance, muscle control, acrobatic technique. From handstands to cartwheels to more advanced tumbling tricks as aerials and back handsprings. 

Required Attire

Clothing: Leggings, dance shorts, dance top or leotards (form fitted clothing)

Shoes: Barefoot

Hair: Pulled back in a ponytail or bun (for longer hair) or out of face (for shorter hair)