MUST BE TAKEN ALONGSIDE CONTEMPORARY/LYRICAL OR BALLET
Age 8+ or Age 7+ if has sufficient dance experience
Acrobatic Dance, or acro as it is commonly referred to by dancers and dance professionals, is the beautiful fusion of classic dance technique and the precision and athleticism of acrobatic elements. Often defined by unique choreography, acro dancers seamlessly blend musicality, emotional expression, line and extension with acrobatic movements in a dance context.
Acro’s roots are in traditional Chinese dance, later appearing as a favoured style on the Vaudeville stage. More recently, acro gained popularity with the wide spread success of the contemporary circus productions of Cirque du Soleil. Main stream media including dance television programs like ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’ and ‘Dance Moms’ have further fuelled it’s demand in amateur competitive dance and studio settings.
Acro is an especially challenging style for dancers to master as training in both dance and acrobatic elements is required. Acro technique includes balancing, limbering, tumbling and partnering, based in flexibility and strength.
This syllabus is designed to compliment the student's dance programme. Turns, kicks and jumps are important elements in Acro routines, as are musicality, timing, emotional expression, connection to the audience and artistry. It is necessary to ensure that these skills are adequately covered in the student's other dance classes as they are not covered in this syllabus. Thorough training in ballet is essential to the success of this programme.