EDA EARLY BEGINNINGS & GENERAL PROGRAM

From ages 3-7yrs dancers are taught the basics of dance, with classical ballet training given priority. This age group can register for any classes that spark their interest, however, we will always recommend taking a ballet class along with any other training as ballet provides the fundamentals for styles such as jazz, modern, musical theatre, etc. In Grade 1 Ballet dancers will have to take 2 ballet classes per week in order to participate in an RAD examination. All dancers aged 8-9 years that are not in the Competitive Program are considered General Program and should take a minimum of one ballet class per week when registering in jazz, modern, or contemporary classes. After the age of 9, dancers in the General Program must decide if they will continue into the Recreational Program or the Competitive Program.

EDA RECREATIONAL PROGRAM

Our recreational program is for dancers aged 10+ who only want to take dance 1-2 hours per week. As always, we recommend taking a ballet class to help support the basics of technique(hip hop excluded). Recreational Program dancers participate in the EDA year-end showcase that takes place in June. Dancers in this program are not eligible for competitions, examinations, or year awards.

EDA COMPETITIVE PROGRAM

EDA begins Competitive training at 8yrs of age. Dancers must take a set amount of hours and genres per week(you can find these listed below). This program provides the dancers with RAD and ISTD examination opportunities, eligibility to register for our EDA Performance Team, workshops, and community events. Dancers will put together a themed year-end show and be eligible for year-end awards. Graduates also participate in a special dance celebrating their years of training at EDA.

PRE-PRIMARY 5yrs+ – no experience needed

PRIMARY 6yrs+ – pre-primary ballet recommended, however, no experience is needed to join this level

GRADE 1 7-9yrs. Must take two Grade 1 classes per week in order to be eligible for an RAD examination.

JUNIOR B 8yrs+ – must take a minimum of 5 classes per week, two of which must be ballet, and one of which must be modern. If your dancer is wanting to take contemporary then they must also register for modern.

JUNIOR A – must take a minimum of 5 classes per week, two of which must be ballet. If your dancer is wanting to take contemporary then they must also register for modern class.

INTERMEDIATE – must take a minimum of 6 classes per week, two of which must be ballet and one PBT/Pre-Pointe. If your dancer is wanting to take contemporary then they must also register for a modern class.

SENIOR – must take a minimum of 6 dance classes per week, two of which must be ballet, and one PBT/Pre-Pointe. If your dancer is wanting to take contemporary then they must also register for a modern class.

ADVANCED– must take a minimum of 6 classes per week, two of which must be ballet, as well as two pointe classes, one open ballet. If your dancer is wanting to take contemporary then they must also register for a modern class(there will be an exception made for 2023/24 only, for those graduates that have not taken modern in the past)

Why do we have to take a certain amount of classes?

As dancers get further along in their training certain criteria need to be met in order to keep pace with examinations and competitive groupings at competitions. We always have the dancers’ best interests in mind and we have created these requirements to help dancers become the best dancers they can be. Please note that for ISTD and RAD examinations after Inter- Foundation, you must have taken the previous exam in order to proceed to the next examination. For example, if a dancer has not taken their Intermediate exam, they will not be able to take their Advanced 1.