What is ACROBATIC ARTS?


Miss Heather is a qualified Module One Acrobatic Arts Teacher

Adding Acro into dance can make dance routines more exciting and with the ability to add tricks into routines is a great attribute to have as a dancer. It's a great skill that all dancers should have. If your child loves gymnastics and dancing, this is the perfect class for them!

We practise with special Acro mats, however we are aiming to be perform all Acro tricks and moves without mats, as dancers would do on the stage. This one of the things that makes Acro different to Gymnastics as we don't use a sprung floor.


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, contortion and strength.
— https://acrobaticarts.com

"Cirque du Soleil sees acrobatic training for dancers valuable in the same light as it sees ALL multidisciplinary training for dancers valuable for today's (and tomorrows) artistic workforce. To work in the dance milieu today, mastering several disciplines is almost a necessity; for Cirque du Soleil multidisciplinary is an absolute must for the majority of the dance roles.It is not necessarily acrobatic training that would be needed for mostCirque du Soleil dance roles, but for some it is a definite requirement.For other roles it is a mix of opposing dance styles needed, dance + physical acting, dance + acting + acrobatics or some other physical non-dance discipline. In the global dance market today, however, an acrobatics background is a huge asset, and some cases actually a minimum prerequisite.Having universal certification standards would help immensely in measuring where a dancer stands on the global market before actually watching them dance. Teaching standards at the moment are random - which is why I usually do not even consult a CV before watching a video job application. The proof is in the pudding -exactly what can the dancer do, and how well? A universal standard would help control the quality of teaching as well as help students advance to the next level of their dance education only when they are ready for it. Advancing to a level above one's capacity can be not only dangerous, but can actually have negative effects on technical training. It can cause a student to regress instead of advance."


Check out what former Cirque du Soleil Acrobat,
Tyler Ayres is saying about Acrobatic Arts:

Never have I been so excited about something that helps students achieve their dreams of being that triple threat dancer.
The Acrobatic Arts Syllabus makes learning acrobatics for dancers fun, safe and conducive to a strong career
in the entertainment industry.

The Acrobatic Arts App is easy to use and forward thinking, bringing the syllabus to life. Great job Acrobatic Arts!
— Tyler Ayres TADA Entertainment