ESOTA - The Edge School of the Arts

ESOTA - The Edge School of the Arts We offer dance training to students aged 3 to adult. The school was founded in 1996 and modeled after the prominent Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center.
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ESOTA is in its 26th season. We offer affordable, quality dance instruction to students aged 3 to Adult. Ballet, Tap, African, Modern, Hip Hop, Jazz, Drum, Pointe, Workshops, Master Classes and more

Online Registration is available. https://bit.ly/ESOTAOnline

Proof of vaccination required for all 12+

Love to watch the babies soar! 🤎 Year two with Visceral Dance Chicago and Nia Davis continues to electrify the stage wit...
03/12/2024

Love to watch the babies soar! 🤎 Year two with Visceral Dance Chicago and Nia Davis continues to electrify the stage with her artistry and presence. We are so grateful that our teacher and mentor Kevin Iega Jeff was able to attend this
weekend’s performance with our Artistic Director Kerri Edge.

We love witnessing your growth, Nia. Keep shining bright! ✨✨✨The Village is so proud of
you.

The legacy continues…






02/25/2024

Check out an event being held by my colleague Council Member Selvena N. Brooks-Powers in partnership with 100suitsfor100men, LIFE Camp, Inc, ESOTA - The Edge School of the Arts, and Innervisions in observance of Black History Month.

"I wouldn’t trade my life in the theater for anything, because theater is life." (Chita Rivera)Saddened to hear another ...
01/31/2024

"I wouldn’t trade my life in the theater for anything, because theater is life." (Chita Rivera)

Saddened to hear another Broadway legend has transitioned. Chita Rivera was a trailblazer, musical theater legend and a true icon. She was the first Latina to receive the Kennedy Center Honor, a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, two Tony Awards and 10 Tony nominations.

Thank you for being an inspiration for so many. Rest well Chita Rivera, you have left a lasting impact on the industry.

Hinton Battle, a true Broadway legend has joined the ancestors. His artistry touched the lives of generations. A dancer,...
01/31/2024

Hinton Battle, a true Broadway legend has joined the ancestors. His artistry touched the lives of generations. A dancer, singer, actor, Broadway, film, television. You name it, he’s done it and done it well. His presence will be missed, but his renowned work has left a lasting impact in the arts and entertainment industry. Sleep well Mr. Battle!

Love it when the Babies come home for a visit! Have a wonderful second semester at Buffalo State, Heaven! Your little si...
01/27/2024

Love it when the Babies come home for a visit! Have a wonderful second semester at Buffalo State, Heaven! Your little sisters were excited to see you! 🥰

Shouting out big CONGRATULATIONS to Obediah Wright and Jamel Gaines for their well deserved recognition. Hope to see my ...
01/18/2024

Shouting out big CONGRATULATIONS to Obediah Wright and Jamel Gaines for their well deserved recognition. Hope to see my dance fam in the building!

A Day of Service through Performances honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther, Jr. Performance  #1: City of Glen Cove a...
01/16/2024

A Day of Service through Performances honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther, Jr.

Performance #1: City of Glen Cove and Glen Cove Public Schools 40th Annual Commemoration Program

Performance #2
NYS Senator Leroy Comrie’s program

Honored to be included in these programs each year.

Legacy Workshop with Carla “Twirl” EarleAt Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center our Dance Mentor BJ always taught us to ...
01/14/2024

Legacy Workshop with Carla “Twirl” Earle

At Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center our Dance Mentor BJ always taught us to come home, give back, and pull those who walk in your footsteps along with you on your journey. Lessons learned and message received.

In town to pay homage to the lives and legacies of industry legends Sandra Reaves Phillips and Maurice Hines, Carla Earle made sure to swing by ESOTA to give back.

Thank you Carla for giving and receiving! Love you and David Robertson to life! ❤️ BJ Junior Company for life!

And thank you BJ for the gift that keeps on giving!🕊️

Legend. Elder. Artist. Triple Threat. Icon. Dance Ambassador. Godfather of Tap. Legacy keeper. Sophisticated Gentleman. ...
12/30/2023

Legend. Elder. Artist. Triple Threat. Icon. Dance Ambassador. Godfather of Tap. Legacy keeper. Sophisticated Gentleman. Brother of Gregory. Now an Ancestor. ESOTA pays tribute to Maurice Hines. Thank you for sharing your talent and wisdom with so many young dancers who tapped in your footsteps. Job well done. Now rest. 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽🕊️

Hines and his younger brother Gregory had careers that mirrored each other in the 1980s and 1990s.

Congratulations to ESOTA Alumna Raven Joseph, on her inaugural home season with Philadanco. The Village continues to be ...
12/10/2023

Congratulations to ESOTA Alumna Raven Joseph, on her inaugural home season with Philadanco. The Village continues to be proud of you and we anxiously await your February performance at The Joyce Theater so we can see your powerful performance. Continue to shine bright. Love you bunches! 🤍🤎

📸Charles Fox / Staff Photographer Philadelphia Inquirer

🗞️Excerpt by Nancy G. Heller, For The Inquirer
Published Dec. 9, 2023

A little rain can’t dampen our spirits. We’re out here spreading holiday cheer!❤️🎄🎅🏾 Join us next Sunday 12/10 at 4:30pm...
12/04/2023

A little rain can’t dampen our spirits. We’re out here spreading holiday cheer!❤️🎄🎅🏾 Join us next Sunday 12/10 at 4:30pm if you can.

The “Gift of Fifth” had thousands of New Yorkers and tourists flocking to the iconic Manhattan street for some holiday shopping. News 4’s Ida Siegal reports.

At  we are only able to do what we do because of your unwavering support. Please think of us as your kindness this givin...
11/29/2023

At we are only able to do what we do because of your unwavering support. Please think of us as your kindness this giving Tuesday. No gift is too small. ❤️

https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8ZIMdSUyrZ

At ESOTA - The Edge School of the Arts, we are only able to do what we do because of your unwavering support. Please thi...
11/28/2023

At ESOTA - The Edge School of the Arts, we are only able to do what we do because of your unwavering support. Please think of us as your kindness this giving Tuesday. No gift is too small. Link below. ❤️

The arts are essential to all humanity. They feed the soul and fuel our hearts. Community-based arts institutions serve as a cornerstone for arts education. Our young people the importance of giving back to their community through the arts. They’re trained to become artivists, using dance as their...

ESOTA salutes Business Manager Donna Edge-Rachell on receiving the Community Partner Award from Queens Alumnae Chapter o...
11/22/2023

ESOTA salutes Business Manager Donna Edge-Rachell on receiving the Community Partner Award from Queens Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, along with Carolyn Devore. We are so proud of you!! Congratulations!! We love you!

Congratulations to Brianna Baker, a member of our Professional Enrollment Program, for participating in her first high s...
11/19/2023

Congratulations to Brianna Baker, a member of our Professional Enrollment Program, for participating in her first high school musical. Baldwin High School’s production of Newsies was phenomenal. We love seeing Brianna’s growth on stage, as she develops her skills in becoming a triple threat! Bravo to the the entire cast, orchestra, production and teachers that continue to pour artistry into our youth!

Thank you Get Empowered for providing some of our Tiny Tots and Super Tots with the opportunity to see the Rockettes in ...
11/18/2023

Thank you Get Empowered for providing some of our Tiny Tots and Super Tots with the opportunity to see the Rockettes in this season’s Christmas Spectacular. They had a blast!

Truly honored to have been invited to see MJ the Musical by our partners from Culture For One and Director and Choreogra...
11/18/2023

Truly honored to have been invited to see MJ the Musical by our partners from Culture For One and Director and Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. For many of the students, it was their first time attending a Broadway show. The talkback after the performance was informative and powerful. Thank you Robin and Susan for being phenomenal, giving and caring partners. You continue to provide the young people with amazing opportunities and memories that will remain with them for a lifetime. The students are still talking about it!!

ESOTA Alumna Sadiyah Stephens stays booked and busy. She was recently featured in Step Kids, a musical that follows a gr...
11/05/2023

ESOTA Alumna Sadiyah Stephens stays booked and busy. She was recently featured in Step Kids, a musical that follows a group of students as they pour out their sweat and tears to join their school’s step team. Next Up, Texas, she’s yours. Take care of her!

Alumni Spotlight: ESOTA Alumna Anastasia Corker is officially a Nike Trainer. ✍🏽Continue to shine bright and take the wo...
10/27/2023

Alumni Spotlight:
ESOTA Alumna Anastasia Corker is officially a Nike Trainer. ✍🏽

Continue to shine bright and take the world by storm. You work hard and deserve all of the blessings you receive. The village sees you and is super proud of you!!! 🤎👏🏽



It’s time to dance! The  Village is ready for Season 28! 🩰Registration is open today from 10 am - 5 pm.
10/07/2023

It’s time to dance! The Village is ready for Season 28! 🩰

Registration is open today from 10 am - 5 pm.

 Alum  Warrior. Empress. Dancer. Taking the Chicago stage with  in the new work TAKE. We see you Nia! ❤️❤️❤️🔥🔥🔥📸:
10/06/2023

Alum Warrior. Empress. Dancer. Taking the Chicago stage with in the new work TAKE. We see you Nia! ❤️❤️❤️🔥🔥🔥

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 Alum  Warrior. Empress. Dancer. Taking the Chicago stage with  in the new work TAKE. We see you Nia! ❤️❤️❤️🔥🔥🔥
10/06/2023

Alum Warrior. Empress. Dancer. Taking the Chicago stage with in the new work TAKE. We see you Nia! ❤️❤️❤️🔥🔥🔥

Our in-person registration for Saturday 9/30 has been rescheduled to Saturday 10/7 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. Can’t wait t...
09/30/2023

Our in-person registration for Saturday 9/30 has been rescheduled to Saturday 10/7 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Can’t wait to see you next week!

Online registration is available. For more information, please send us an email: [email protected].





It’s Time to Dance!!!!! EDIT: As a safety precaution for staff, students, patrons and guests, JCAL will be closed this w...
09/28/2023

It’s Time to Dance!!!!!

EDIT: As a safety precaution for staff, students, patrons and guests, JCAL will be closed this weekend.

Preregistration takes place Saturday 10/ 7 from 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Online registration is available. For more information, please send us an email: [email protected]

Classes begin Saturday, October 7.

Join us in celebrating this Queen’s birthday!  🤎👑 Happy birthday Mama Edge! Thank you for your countless decades of teac...
09/20/2023

Join us in celebrating this Queen’s birthday! 🤎👑 Happy birthday Mama Edge! Thank you for your countless decades of teaching, mentoring and inspiring so many youth (and adults). Today and every day, we celebrate you, a true legacy!!! The village loves and appreciates you! 🥰🎂

We are grateful. And excited!❤️
08/25/2023

We are grateful. And excited!❤️

Please join us as we support DJ TAM JAMS, Tanasia Lane, Tamese and the family as we celebrate the life and legacy of mat...
08/24/2023

Please join us as we support DJ TAM JAMS, Tanasia Lane, Tamese and the family as we celebrate the life and legacy of matriarch Miss Rita.

ESOTA Alumna Jada Vaughan stays booked and busy!! A senior at University of Southern California’s Glorya Kaufman School ...
08/12/2023

ESOTA Alumna Jada Vaughan stays booked and busy!! A senior at University of Southern California’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, Jada had many accomplishments during her Junior year at USC. She became a founding member of the Cardinal Divas of SC, the first Majorette Team at USC and made various media appearances with this groundbreaking team.

She was a featured dancer as Damita Jo Freeman, in a Soul Train piece dedicated to Don “Campbellock” Campbell and also performed at a Pre-Grammy event hosted by The Vanity Group.

Jada began her summer at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s CREATE summer intensive. In July, she trained with the Contemporary Performance Ensemble at the School at Jacob’s Pillow.

The ESOTA Family wishes Jada well as she prepares for her senior year at USC. We know there’s a whole lot more in store for her!! 🤎

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161-04 Jamaica Avenue
New York, NY
11432

Opening Hours

Friday 6:30pm - 10pm
Saturday 10am - 10pm

Telephone

+17185272011

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