My Daughter, Ava, has danced with JCEDA since she was 4 yrs old.She began with the little Jewel competitive teamat just 5 yrs old and is still a competitive dancer today, at age 12.  Through the years her love and passion for dance has been nurtured and supported by Julie and her staff. Ava started out as a young, and somewhat shy, child who struggled a bit with memorizing choreography but always lit up the stage and loved to dance.Through the years, Julie continued to encourage her and always believed in her ability to go further. Julie gave us tips on how to improve her memorization, and was always welcome to open communicationand providing feedback to help her grow as a dancer. By age 10 Ava was blessed to win her first dance down in Seattle against over 100 kids her age. That was just the beginning of many successful and amazing dance moments to come for Ava. Ultimately, she has had to work very hard to be where she is. But she couldn't have done it without the guidance and support of Julie. Proud to be with JCEDA!

Laura Garr, April 2018

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  1. Tap
    Tap is an exciting form of dance where dancers use their feet like drums to create rhythmic patterns and timely beats. Tap dancers do this by placing metal plates on the bottom of special shoes that provide the variety of rhythms and sounds. Our tap classes emphasize the basic progressions of tap technique and strengthen the development of proper terminology and importance of sound. Classes include choreographed works as well as freestyle that will teach students about the importance and intricacy of rhythm. Tap concentrates on intricate footwork which creates incredible percussion through the feet. Just as singers add rhythm to their music by scatting, tap dancers add their voice by “scatting” with their feet.
  2. Jazz
    Jazz is energetic, fun, and full of life. It consists of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. To successfully progress in jazz, dancers need a strong background in ballet as it encourages grace and balance. Jazz classes focus on body isolations, proper terminology, basic jazz technique, as well as the development of personal style. Also, included in every jazz class are across the floor and center combinations that are taught and performed to popular contemporary music.
  3. Acro
    Acrobatics is the skill of tumbling. Cartwheels, Arials, walkovers and more are learned in this class. These movements are great skills to have to enhance your dance skills or gymnastics skills. The added bonus is core strength, balance and better understanding of how your body moves.
  4. Ballet
    Beauty, strength, grace, and poise are essential in the elements of ballet. Ballet can be mastered by itself or used as a strong foundation or supplement to other styles of dance. It improves posture, balance, and agility. Classes focus on overall body alignment, specifically concentrating on the awareness of the feet and legs and execution of turnout. A strong carriage and proper usage of the upper body is also focused on. Traditional barre work, center work and combinations are included in all classes. Ballet is popular among beginners and experts and is recommended for all.
  5. Hip Hop
    Hip hop is a high energy, fast paced class that kids love. Get down and funky with a hip hop class. You'll learn several styles and work on coordination and your groove! Super fun!
  6. Cheer
    Are you looking to prep for high school or learn some skills to cheer on your team? In this class you'll learn multiple cheers, how to stunt, and your basic dance moves you would need to be a cheerleader! Go JCEDA!

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