Dear EDT Families,

At Encore Dance Theatre the health and safety of our faculty, students and their families are our most important priority.

As COVID-19 continues to spread and affect many parts of the U.S. we have been closely monitoring local conditions. After consulting colleagues and leaders in the industry, we have determined that it is in the best interest of our faculty and families to temporarily suspend all classes.

Effective Monday, March 16th the studio will be closed at least until Sunday, March 29th to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The dance season will still go on! We will continue to try to provide a sense of normalcy for this challenging time even if it is through virtual channels. Please continue to check your emails for exciting digital messages from your child’s dance teachers.

We will be staying in touch, sending recital music and videos for practice, and also sending mini lessons to our families so that you can enjoy and practice dance at home. We are working hard to keep our teachers working and students engaged during this time. Our faculty is working hard to serve you the best that we can!

In the meantime recital dates remain unchanged. We will continue to monitor the situation, and will update you accordingly.

Thank you for taking the appropriate steps with us the lessen the risk to our community as much as possible. We greatly appreciate your support.

Teamwork makes the dream work!

In partnership,
Ms. Anne and the EDT faculty

Classes

Ballet is a type of performance dance that originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century. It’s a classical dance form demanding grace and precision and employing formalized steps and gestures set in intricate, flowing patterns to create expression through movement. Ballet is the foundation for all forms of dance. It is where students learn technique, usage of the feet, and how to develop strength, balance, and quality of movement.
Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sound of one’s tap shoes hitting the floor as a percussive instrument. As such, it is also commonly considered to be a form of music.
Twinkle Star Dance is an age specific class containing ballet, tap,Hop-Hop and/or jazz/creative movement. The purpose of the class is to introduce young dancers to the different styles of dance and inspire movement and creativity within a positive environment. Dancers also learn basic steps and terminology in all styles. For example, all dancers will learn what a “plie” is and how to demonstrate one. The use of fun, age appropriate music engages the young dancers’ minds and bodies. The use of props such as maracas for the “freeze dance” makes the end of class the most fun!

***Placement Notes: For the Twinkle Star DanceTM 3-4 class, students must be at least 3 years old on the first day of the dance season. For Twinkle Star DanceTM 4-5 students must be at least 4 years old on the first day of the dance season.
Contemporary dance is based on modern technique but the movements are smaller, faster, and angular in appearance and are executed with many movements to fewer counts of music. The use of space is sparse. The movement is more internal, showing the dancers’ strength, control, and quickness of movements. There is intent to interpret the music or words that accompany the dancer.
Jazz dancing is a form of dance that showcases a dancer’s individual style and originality. Every jazz dancer interprets and executes moves and steps in their own way. This type of dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, intricate footwork, big leaps and quick turns. To excel in jazz, dancers need a strong background in ballet as it helps with grace and balance.
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 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States.
Classes consist of floor and Tumble skill development.
A form of theatre that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance.
Lyrical dance is a dance style that combines elements of ballet, modern, and Jazz dance techniques. It is commonly set to popular music.
Pointe technique is the part of classical ballet technique that concerns pointe work, in which a ballet dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet. For Advanced Students: Must be around eleven years of age and have had at least 3-4 years of ballet.
Modern dance is a dance style that centers on a dancer’s own interpretations instead of structured steps, as in traditional ballet dancing. Modern dancers reject the limitations of classical ballet and favor movements derived from the expression of their inner feelings.
Flamenco dance is a highly-expressive, Spanish dance form. The flamenco is a dance characterized by hand clapping, percussive footwork, and intricate hand, arm and body movements.