Have you ever wanted to learn to dance like they do on popular TV shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Dance Moms?
Then we have the perfect class for you!
AcroDance is an exciting and challenging style which incorporates dance with gymnastics to create beautiful, strong, flexible and fearless dancers. It combines classical dance technique with complex acrobatic elements. AcroDancers seamlessly blend musicality, emotional expression, line and extension with acrobatic movements in a dance context.
Through the progressions of the Acrobatic Arts syllabus, students can quickly and safely advance from skills such as cartwheels and bridges, to walkovers, back handsprings, aerials and many more!
Our teachers are fully qualified and students will have the opportunity to take part in Acrobatic Arts accredited exams.
Our AcroDance classes are not divided by age, but by ability. This is so that each student can get the most out of every class, working with other students at a similar level.
The levels are explained below:
Primary: Primary is an introduction to AcroDance. At this level students are working on their strength and flexibility with exercises such as plank and cobra while learning tumbling skills like somersaults and pre-cartwheels.
Level 1: At this level, we start to see students’ progress from Acro basics on to skills such as pushing up to bridge and L handstands.
Level 2: At level 2, flexibility plays a major roll in class. Students need to work hard on their flexibility to be able to successfully progress to the next level.
Level 3: By the time students reach level 3, they are expected to have a good level of flexibility and understand the importance of strong technique to perform skills like cartwheel from one knee and inside out bridges.
Level 4: Students at level 4 are getting very strong and the strength portion of the syllabus becomes an important aspect to the class.
Level 5: In level 5 the skills are becoming quite advanced and we start to work on a lot of limbering, such as Arabian handstands and front limbers.
Level 6: This is when students are to learn walkovers and one handed cartwheels.
Level 7: Students working in level 7 are very confident in their skills and start working on thinks like a tick tock and flying cartwheel.
Level 8: Level 8 is the last level before pre-professional. Their skills are really put to the test with side aerials and back handsprings and other big tumbling exercises’.
Pre-Professional 1: The pre-professional levels are very intense. They include skills like back tuck and reverse illusion but also require incredible flexibility and strength.
Pre-Professional 2: Students at this level can start to play around with their skills, combining different skills to create difficult variations while still learning new ones such as rolling tinsica and flying front walkovers.
Pre-Professional 3: At pre-professional 3 students have reached the end of the Acrobatic Arts syllabus. Having completed this level front aerials and one handed valdez are performed with ease.
Students must pass ALL sections in each level to progress to the next one. The skills in each category (flexibility, strength, balancing, limbering and tumbling) must be assessed by the class teacher before a student can move up a level. We often see students with skills in a high level (e.g. 10-year-old with a strong back walkover, normally level 6) but lacking the other elements (e.g. strength to hold a V-sit or flexibility for pre-splits) to successfully pass in level 2. This is why it is so important to follow the proper progressions. By building on a student’s strength, flexibility and balance we avoid injuries and can work towards better technique and more advanced skills.