A little bit more about Acro…
Acro dance is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context. It is a popular dance style in theatre and circus productions such as those by Cirque du Soleil. Acro is an especially challenging dance style for dancers as it requires them to be trained in both dance and acrobatic skills. Acro dancers must be in excellent physical condition because of its physically demanding nature.
Acro class structure commences with a warm up consisting of cardio work out and dynamic stretching, followed by floor-work (skills practiced dependent on level) that aims to improve flexibility and strength. Then moving onto skill progressions down the mat, with focus on correct technique. And to finish a warm down of either static stretching or strengthening depending on each students needs.
Leading up to productions there is a large portion of class time dedicated to choreography and performance preparation. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to gain confidence, musicality and learn how to seamlessly blend their acrobatic skills into dance choreography. We also offer training in flexibility contortion and strength and students will have the opportunity to learn partner and group tricks/lifts.
Exams are not required for this class.
We offer our students regular stage and performance opportunities with two productions. They have a mid year showcase and an end year annual concert. It is always a joyous occasion for a dancer to perform for their family and friends.
Beginner classes start with learning essential basics such as:
- Forward and backward rolls
- Balance poses (head, elbow and chin stands)
From here our students then have the opportunity to advance their skills, for example:
- Handstand walking
- Back and forward handsprings
- Tucks, lays etc.
*New students with previous experience may be assessed for an appropriate class that is at a suitable level for their skills
Acrobatic dance emerged in the United States and Canada in the early 1900s, since this time acrobatic dance has undergone a multi-faceted evolution to arrive at its present-day form. The most significant aspect of this evolution is the integration of ballet technique as the foundation for dance movements, thus bringing into acro dance a precision of form and movement.