A seamless blend of dance and acrobatics: flexibility, strength, balance, limbering, tumbling & lifts are beautifully fused to create a magical aspect to each discipline of dance. The athleticism of acrobatics and partnering skills will be performed in duo, trio or troupe dances.
About Acrobatic Dance
The full program is based upon safe and effective progressions with proven results through syllabuses provided and supported by two organisations – AAD (American Association of Dance) & AAC (Acrobatic Arts).
AAD The American Association of Dance was established in 1936, and acrobats trained in the syllabus are recognised all over the world. Besides being superbly prepared in the physical sense, they are reknowned for artistry, confidence and showmanship. The AAD Acrobatic program is a mixture of classical dance, tricks and skills, seamlessly fused to create beautiful acrobatic dances. The exams are a mixture of strength, flexibility, limbering, balancing, tumbling, dance and techniques.
A.A.C. Acrobatic Arts is a relatively new program developed with input from professionals and experts in contortion, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, sport acrobatics, yoga, pilates, acroyoga, physiotherapy & hand balancing. Dancers who train through Acrobatic Arts have balanced development, strength, flexibility and fearlessness. The exams are a mixture of those elements with tricks and skills.
About the Session
The five divisions of acrobatics are beautifully fused with ballet, modern, jazz and contemporary dance. Learning to seamlessly blend Acro with the style with of the music and flow. Classes focus on fun poses, lifts and flips that help strengthen co-ordination, build body awareness, while strengthening growing muscles and building confidence. Step by step, progress is made gradually and according to individual comfort level.
Whilst dance techniques are covered in the sessions, we strongly recommend taking an extra dance class from our Junior (age 7+) level upwards.
The demand for Acro
The current demand for Acro is due to the increased popularity of mainstream performances including Cirque Du Soleil and Dance TV programs. Everywhere you look at a dance competitions, someone is doing an aerial or a chest roll. This huge demand has led to some studio owners to instruct with little or no qualifications, with no experience, or even use gymnastics coaches, who don’t necessarily understand the art of Acro or how to perform some of the skills on a hard stage.
Acro Vs Gymnastics
Neither the ‘AcroDance’ way or the “Gymnastics’ way are wrong but they are different. AcroDance is NOT the same as Gymnastics. An Acro dancer must complete all of the skills or tricks on a hard stage while seamlessly integrating musicality and emotional expression. The sprung floor in gymnastics allows the gymnast to complete much more difficult tumbling compared to what is recommended in AcroDance. The skills and tricks taught in Acro are, whilst looking similar to gymnastics, taught differently to compensate for the conditions.
Exam Boards: AAD (American Association of Dance) & AAC (Acrobatic Arts)