AcroDance is a style of Acrobatics used specifically for dancers. It is a genre of dance which seamlessly fuses elements of lyrical gymnastics tricks, balancing, tumbling, and jazz. Students learn Acrobatic tricks such as handstands, cartwheels, chest stands, elbow stands, walkovers, side and front aerials, and tumbling lines. Trick movements are usually executed slowly to emphasize gracefulness, body lines and picturesque extension. AcroDance offers more depth and variety to choreography and creates a much more versatile dancer. To master an AcroDance trick, students must develop a good foundation of strength and flexibility, thus emphasis is placed on extensive conditioning through stretch and strength training. When students are learning new tricks, the instructor utilizes professional spotting techniques; which is necessary to ensure safety and build confidence.
A beginner Acrobat generally takes about two years to develop a strong foundation before they start to really see the results of their hard work. However, once a solid foundation is achieved, it is surprising to see how quickly students master their AcroDance tricks. With a steady and patient approach, students will reach their AcroDance goals safely and effectively.
The Acrobatique program is broken down into three divisions: Junior, Intermediate and Advanced. Within each division holds three levels that has a set technique warm-up, and required skills & drills that each Acro student must obtain before moving on to each subsequent level. The technique warm-ups are a breakdown of each skill that students must master.
In the Junior division, students will develop introductory acrobatic skills, strength, flexibility, stamina and confidence. This will not only build a strong foundation as a beginner Acrobat, but the levels will introduce new tricks to complement their jazz training. Students start to learn the basics of AcroDance to executing a variety of back & front walkovers. For best results, we recommend that Junior 1 & Junior 2-level AcroDance classes should be a minimum of 1 hour per week, Junior 3-level AcroDance classes should be a minimum of 1.5 hours per week.
Now that the Intermediate student has has a strong foundation developed in the Junior division, tricks will start to come more quickly and students will start to notice the incredible improvements in their jazz dancing. A continuation on building strong and limber bodies in order to execute intermediate level tricks and is a requirement through the technique warm-ups per level. Students start the division learning a variety of aerial and back handspring preparations and finish out mastering the division executing the tricks in variety. For best results, we recommend that all Intermediate level AcroDance classes should have a minimum of 2, 1.5 hour classes per week.
The Advanced division is for strong AcroDance students who have shown success and achievement in the Junior and Intermediate divisions. The intent of this division is to continue the development of dancers by teaching high level tricks, while also promoting strong, limber bodies using more difficult strength and flexibility elements. There is also a focus on the importance of longevity through strengthing and preserving the body of the AcroDance student. For best results, we recommend that all Advanced-level AcroDance classes should have a minimum of 2, 1.5 hour classes per week.
Stretch & Flex (Intermediate and Advanced) This class is designed for students that would like 30 minutes to specifically work on flexibility and strengthening their acrobatics skills. The exercises will focus on certain muscle groups that will target areas needed to execute acrobatic tricks in the appropriate level. This is a perfect class for students on a dance team, thinking of auditioning for a dance team or just trying to improve their overall skill level & flexibility.
Acrobatique 101 Acrobatique 101 is a 12 week program that introduces young students to the AcroDance program. Classes are 1 hour long, at a beginner level to help establish a strong foundation of technique for students. This is a great way to show students where they are at and where they are headed with their training. This gives them a clear and exciting path to their success!