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Class Descriptions:

ECSOD has 3 different levels of dance: EXPLORE, PERFORM, and COMPANY. Whether you are a beginner and want to dance recreationally or are advanced and want to compete, we have something for everyone! 

EXPLORE!

EXPLORE is our recreational level, offering classes for dancers age 18 months to adult in every style of dance! Dancers in EXPLORE learn correct technique and classroom etiquette while having a ton of fun in a safe and friendly atmosphere. Classes run September through the first week in June. Dancers perform in our annual Winter Dance Showcase as well as our annual end-of-the-season ECSOD Show in May!

18 Month - 3 Year Classes

Mommy & Me! This class is for dancers age 18 months to 2 years old and a parent! Children will learn dance basics, fun dance related activities, stretches and classroom etiquette in a safe environment. Classes are 30 minutes in length.

Creative Movement is a class built for toddlers 2-3 years old, focusing on motor-development, classroom etiquette, rhythm and music in a fun, upbeat, and safe environment. Classes are 30 minutes in length.

3-6 Year Combo Classes

Combo Classes are designed to be developmental in nature. Combo classes give 3-6 year olds creative development, rhythmic skills, and a foundation for motor development. We strive to make each class new, exciting, and most importantly, FUN!!!! This class allows children to move freely and develop a love for dance. All 3-5 year old classes include both Ballet and Tap. 6 year olds have the choice of a Ballet and Tap Combo, a Jazz and Tap Combo, or a Ballet and Jazz Combo. 5 and 6 year old classes will learn and perform two separate dances at the recital.

Tumblin' Sprouts! Children work on coordination, balance, and flexibility while learning basic tumbling skills in a fun and safe environment! Classroom is equipped with proper mats and proper instructor to student ratio. Ages 3-5.

Hippity Hop! High-energy, funky-fresh, super-fun! Children learn basic, age-appropriate Hip Hop dance moves while enhancing motor skill development and increasing rhythm and timing awareness! Ages 5-6.

Ages 7 & Up

Ballet is the foundation of dance. It teaches proper placement, alignment, balance, technique and control. All of these elements are extremely important in any form of dance. Students focus on improving strength, control, and body positioning in barre and center work, as well as learning all of the vocabulary and terminology of Ballet. A great class for any and every student. Classes offered at all levels including adults.

Jazz is a stylized, fast-paced form of dance that employs many of the same concepts of ballet. This form of dance includes a variety of different skills and other technical aspects, and is paired with music that is popular and upbeat. Students focus on strength, technique, memorization, and terminology. Classes available for all levels including college! Dancers will be placed in the correct class level by age and ability.

Lyrical is a dance form based on creative expression. It is story set in motion. Lyrical is a fusion of ballet and jazz which combines one’s own expression along with technical skills. Students must have a solid dance base for this class. Ages 7 and up.

Tap is all about rhythm! This exciting and challenging form of dance is executed by creating combinations of sounds with the shoes on your feet. Students focus on rhythm, timing, and coordination. Adult classes also available!

Musical Theater is an exciting class combining dance with acting and lip-syncing! Dancers recreate numbers from Broadway Musicals and learn the importance and the art of entertainment. Ages 10 and up. 

Hip Hop is the style most frequently seen on television and music videos. Movements are fast, funky, and intricate at times. A Jazz background is recommended. Adult classes also available! Bring your spunky attitudes!

Pointe is offered to those students who have mastered the knowledge and technique of ballet and are ready for the next level. Strength and control are extremely important in this dance form. Instructor approval is necessary.

Technique classes are available to any student wishing to improve upon the technical aspects of dance including their jumps, leaps and turns. Classes available in Jazz and Ballet. Technique classes do not perform a dance in the recital and therefore do not need to purchase a costume or pay the costume deposit at registration. Classes are offered at all levels.

Boys Classes

Boys Only Tap/Hip Hop Combos are designed specifically for the uniqueness of the male dancer focusing on tap and hip hop techniques.  

Beat Boyz Hip Hop Dance Crew is just for our talented male dancers! This class focuses on the unique strength of movement and athletic power of the male dancer.  Dancers will learn hip hop technique basics including popping, locking, breaking, and more!  This class also includes performance opportunities and a competitive dance opportunity. Ages 6 & up.

**Boys are also welcome in any of the classes listed above, age 18 months and up!**

College-aged Classes

Contemporary Jazz/Hip Hop Combo college classes are for dancers age 18 and up.  This class is for advanced dancers who enjoy the art of dance and are looking for a challenge! Dancers will work on technique as well as learn and perform 2 separate routines; Contemporary Jazz/Lyrical and Hip Hop. Competitive performance opportunities are available.

Adult Classes

Hip Hop is a fun, funky, fast paced style of dance, guaranteed to give you a fabulous work-out without you even realizing it!  This is a beginner/intermediate class.  Age 18 +.  Recital performance is optional.

Tap is all about rhythm!  This is a beginner/intermediate level class which focuses on tap basics along with some intricate, slightly more advanced combinations.  A GREAT workout for your legs, your mind, and your heart!  Dancers wear tap shoes in order to create sound patterns with their feet.  This a beginner/intermediate class.  Age 18 +.  Recital performance is optional.

Jazz is a stylized, fast-paced form of dance that employs many of the same concepts of ballet. This form of dance includes a variety of different skills and other technical aspects, and is paired with music that is popular and upbeat. Students focus on strength, technique, memorization, and terminology.  This is a beginner/intermediate class.  Age 18 +.  Recital performance is optional.

Ballet is a joint friendly, classical and artistic dance form which combines grace and precision of movement with a formalized set of steps and gestures.  This is a beginner/intermediate level class.  Age 18 +. Recital performance is optional.

PERFORM!

PERFORM is our newest level, offering dancers an opportunity to perform at various local events as well as compete at one dance competition in the spring. Higher expectations are placed on dancers in PERFORM and extra practices may be required. Emphasis is placed on correct technique, discipline, performance, and teamwork! Classes run September through the first week in June. Dancers are also required to perform in our Winter Dance Showcase as well as our end-of-the-season ECSOD Show in May! If you love to perform, these classes are for you!

Performance Teams

Beat Boyz Hip Hop Dance Crew is just for talented male dancers who love to dance and want to take it to the next level! This class focuses on the unique strength of movement and athletic power of the male dancer.  Dancers will learn hip hop technique basics including waving, popping, tutting, breaking, and more! Our Beat Boyz Hip Hop Crews are given multiple performance opportunities throughout the year and also compete at one competition in the spring. Ages 7 & up.

Glam Girlz Hip Hop Dance Crew is just for hip hop divas who love to dance and want to take it to the next level! Dancers will learn hip hop technique basics including waving, popping, tutting, breaking, and more! Our Glam Girlz groups are given multiple performance opportunities throughout the year and also compete at one competition in the spring. Ages 7 & up.

STRUT! Jazz Performance Team is the perfect group for any sassy jazz dancer who wants to take it to the next level! Dancers will work hard to improve their jazz technique and skills, learning basic and intermediate jumps, leaps, and turns. Our STRUT! Jazz Performance groups are given multiple performance opportunities throughout the year and also compete at one competition in the spring. Ages 7 & up.

STOMP! Tap Performance Team is for any terrific tap dance lover who wants to take it to the next level! Dancers will learn basic, intermediate, and advanced tap steps thorughout the season focusing on rhythm, precision, and timing. Our STOMP! Tap Performance Groups are given multiple performance opportunities throughout the year and also compete at one competition in the spring. Ages 7 & up.

 

COMPANY!

COMPANY is our competitive performance team. Dancers in Company work together and individually to develop a strong technical base in Ballet, Jazz, and Tap. Classes are professional and disciplined. High expectations are placed on our Company Dancers. Company performs at a number of local events and also competes at 3 different dance competitions in the spring. Dancers must audition for Company from which they will be placed in the appropriate line according to age and ability. Classes meet September through May. Summer Intensives are required. Dancers are also required to perform in our Winter Dance Showcase in December and involvement is increased for our ECSOD Show in May. Click here for more info!

 

Competitive Dance Program - ECSOD Company

Company is our competitive performance team. Company classes are for those dancers who have a passion for dance and want to take it to the next level!! Dancers perform in a variety of shows throughout the year as well as compete with their dances in the Spring. The ECSOD staff places higher expectations on the dancers in Company, in and out of the studio. Please check out the Company Information page on the website, or email the studio at info@eauclaireschoolofdance.com to learn more!! 

Solos, Duets, and Trios Please call or email the studio for more information regarding the requirements and policies for these types of classes.

 
At the Eau Claire School of Dance, our talented teaching staff strives to challenge each student and help them to grow as an individual and as a dancer in a positive, fun atmosphere in all levels and in all forms of dance. The ECSOD will place each dancer into the appropriate class according to level of ability and age.

We focus on providing your dancer with a smaller class size for a better learning environment.

ECSOD reserves the right to limit class sizes. If classes become too full, additional classes may be added to accommodate for our students.


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