A highly energetic and highly skilled dance form, acro, as it`s referred to in the dance world, combines classic dance techniques and gymnastics with precision acrobatic elements and is a popular dance style in both the amateur and professional competitions.
If you`ve ever seen a Cirque du Soleil show, then you`ve seen acro at its finest. Besides the performance element, this choreographed dance can be characterized by the smooth transitions between acrobatics and gymnastic moves that flawlessly combines these two styles.
It’s ideal for kids because it`s one of those dances that requires flexibility and excellent physical fitness, so the younger you start, the more you can improve over time. However, technique and flexibility can be learned in the teen years as well so it is also ideal for teens, or those who have some previous gymnastics experience.
It`s also a great dance to transition into if you are currently in gymnastics. Many who love floor exercise may not necessarily enjoy the other traditional gymnastic disciplines like the vault, parallel bars or beam. Acro lets you use your tumbling skills along with a creative dance element.
If you’ve ever seen a gymnast, you know how strong and toned their body is. Acro takes a similar amount of strength and agility, so taking this class is a great option for those who also have optimal fitness in mind.
While it`s fun, acro is also a challenging discipline because it requires you to be skilled in both dance and acrobatics. It is a highly specialized dance and many dance studios do not offer acro dance because they don`t have the instructors with adequate expertise to teach it, so make sure you pick a dance school with qualified instructors.
If you are interested in taking an acro dance class, York Dance Academy in Aurora offers this popular and exciting dance for ages 6 – 18, with qualified instructors to teach this class. If you think you have what it takes, call them at 905-726-1241 or visit www.yorkdance.com.