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The Artful Athleticism of Acro-Dance: A Perfect Blend of Dance and Acrobatics

From Acrobatic Arts

Acro-Dance is the beautiful fusion of the artistic motion of dance and the athleticism of acrobatics. Often defined by its unique choreography, Acro-Dance blends seamlessly classic dance styles with acrobatic movement. The dance styles can be really anything, from a fast paced jazz routine to a slow and beautiful lyrical, or a completely out there contemporary piece.

It is important to note that Acro-Dance is not the same as Gymnastics and there is a need to teach Acro skills differently than Gymnastics skills. Dance training is essential to the success of the Acro-Dancer.

Consider the Gymnastics floor routine, Gymnasts uses some “”DANCE”” technique to showcase their gymnastic skills, however dance is definitely secondary. Gymnasts are expected to prepare…. tumble….. and finish while Acro-Dancers are expected to seamlessly incorporate the skills. In fact, in a well choreographed Acro-Dance routine, the audience shouldn't expect the skill at all.

And the other very important difference is, Acro-Dance is performed on a hard stage without mats while Gymnastics have the advantage of a sprung floors allowing for much more difficult tumbling and stuck landings.

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