Acro 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. Our objective is to build self confidence through movement while having fun and developing muscular strength, flexibility, and balance. The benefits and skill sets of acro are great for aspiring dancers, cheerleaders, and students seeking fun, physical activity, and wellness.
Helpful Tip: Enroll early as we do have to enforce class size limits due to the nature and safety issues of acro dance. Waiting lists will be implemented if classes reach their limit.
Acro Dress Code: Attire should be tight fitting. Snug unitards, leotards, and optional fitted bike shorts (boys may wear snug shorts and a shirt-without a pocket-neatly tucked in). No loose clothing, t-shirts, “sweats,” or skirts. Tights are not necessary during the warmer months. We ask that ballet shoes (leather not foamy) be worn. Hair should be tightly secured and pulled back from the face (ponytails/French braids are perfect). Dancers should wear no buns, sharp metal clips, or bobby pins that could “hurt” when rolled on. All jewelry, with the exception of stud earrings, must be removed.
More about Acro and what the age groups will be studying:
Preschool (Ages 3-4): Preparatory stretches, body positions, jumps, leaps, rolls, and the beginning principals of acro dance and its terminology. Curriculum is designed to improve fine and gross motor skills with the use of shapes, numbers, letters, and colors to teach dance and acro preparatory skills.
Minis (Ages 5-7): Once establishment of the preparatory skills listed in the Preschool program are mastered, an introduction of cartwheels, cartwheel variations, handstands, limbers, and more challenging balance and strength holds will be incorporated with the goal of progressing towards acro dance combinations.
Youth (Ages 8-10) Progressive training and building upon acro skillsets will eventually include an introduction to cartwheel variations, walkovers, and handsprings. Class will focus on improving strength, flexibility, and coordination. An introduction of conditioning exercises (for example, sit ups, push ups, and conditioning) will be included in class in addition to acro dance combinations.
Junior (Ages 11-12) & Teen (Ages 13 & up): Dancers are advancing acro skill sets with a concentration on both technical and artistic proficiency. They are introduced to ariel awareness that will include advancement in cartwheel variations, walkovers, and handsprings. Class will focus on incorporating strength, flexibility, and coordination into contemporary acro dance pieces as well as more challenging conditioning exercises.