Tumbling

Acrobatics

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Acrobatics

Acrobatics

Acrobatics:

These classes focus specifically on Tumbling, Floor Work, and Acro skills. Because of this, all work begins on mats and then progresses to off mats in preparation for concert performances. Classes are based on safe and effective progressions with proven results in five divisions of AcroDance: Flexibility, Strength, Balancing, Limbering, and Tumbling. Simple thoughtful progressions take the beginner-level dancer from log rolls and somersault to the advanced dancer tumbling effortlessly across the stage. Gotta Dance and our Acro Dance Educators are certified by Acrobatic Arts.

Acrobatics classes help young dancers to increase flexibility and also add a new type of movement repertoire. Acro is also great for cheerleaders or dancers and helps to improve balance, posture, strength, and, most of all, aerobic ability.

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Our Acro Classes Are Opened To All Levels

Our classes are based on the grade level, and anyone can certainly join regardless of previous experience. Due to the nature of acrobatic education, our educators will work with students to address their individual abilities. As a result, each student will work at their own pace in, most noteworthy, a safe and supportive environment.

Acro vs. Gymnastics: What’s the Difference?
(The article below is published on another acro association webpage:acrodanceteachersassociation.com)

 

This is a question we encounter often and the answer is:YES there is a difference, a very BIG difference!

 

Have you ever watched a gymnastics floor routine in person or on television? Those hard-hitting, advanced tumbling lines, executed with power and precision, and “sticking the landing” to perfection? Or how about the execution of a forward-flipping, blind tumbling pass, executed fearlessly down a 4” wide balance beam? Gymnasts are trained to be highly competitive, disciplined, and meticulous athletes, where every fall, wobble, or off-step is a deduction to their overall score and can be the difference between winning and losing.

 

Acro Dance is an art form specifically for dancers. Acro has softer, more lyrical-looking lines, with the emphasis being on lengthening “through” the tricks and holding pretty balances with interesting variations. In Acro, we teach our students to dance into and out of Acro tricks, with minimal obvious “prep” before and after a trick. Despite being technically difficult to execute, acrobatic tricks are meant to blend in seamlessly with dance steps, providing an extra level of excitement and flair to dance choreography.

 

In short, Gymnastics is a sport, Acro Dance is an art form.

Why Acrobatic dancers transition from mats to dance floors: 

Gymnasts train on a spring floor, with actual springs built into the mats(think 2”/4” springs under 1” of plywood, with 2” of carpet bonded foam layer overtop). This allows the gymnast to get a lot of height in their tricks and is a forgiving surface on which to repeatedly practice advanced tumbling passes over and over, day after day.

 

Dancers perform acrobatic tricks on a hard stage and must train the body to be able to withstand the impact of the hard floor. Dancers don’t get the “rebound” action out of a hard floor as gymnasts do out of a spring floor. Therefore, dancers must train to get the necessary lift from their bodies to safely make their tricks look light and effortless. Emphasis on a strong ‘hub” (hips, glutes, core), and full extension through the body up into the air, is a must for an acrobat to be able to perform tricks that flow effortlessly through their dance.

 

Yes, Acro Dancers do tumble, but where a gymnast may perform a run into a round-off, back handspring, full-twisting back lay-out, an Acro Dancer may perform a softer, more graceful line, such as: fouette turn, swinging directly into a cartwheel, back handspring (full) split-out, finishing into a needle position, and rolling up to stand. Two very impressive passes, with two very distinguished and distinct “looks.”

 

A specific example of the difference between “gymnastic technique” and “acro technique” is that in gymnastics, several tricks are performed in a “hollow-body” position (think: laying down on the back in a “banana” position with the arms lengthened overhead and slightly upward, and the legs off of the ground also lengthening outward and upward off of the ground, with the chin tucked, and pulling in through the core), and Acro is performed in an “open-body” position(think of a handstand, where the dancer is lengthening out of the shoulders, the back in an arced, but not arched, position, looking in front of the fingertips with an open neck, and lengthening “over the top” with the toes).

 

The specific training that is required to look and perform like an Acro Dancer will serve your students well in their overall dance training. A well-developed Acro Dance conditioning program will create stronger and more flexible dancers, which will transfer over into other dance forms.
To learn more about Acrobatic Arts view their website at https://www.acrobaticarts.com and follow them on https://www.instagram.com/acrobaticarts/

For more information please view the Levels page.


Acrobatic Sequences

for Company Auditions on Saturday, January 22nd, and Sunday, January 23rd at our Bridgewater studio.

All Acrobatic students need to demonstrate at least one of the movements:

1. Cartwheel/ One-Handed Cartwheel
2. Front or back limber/walkover/Bridge
3. Aerial or Dive Cartwheel
4. Back Handspring
5. Standing Back Tuck

Please print, sign & bring to audition: TumblingWaiverForm (Required for all Acrobatic Auditions)

Heartbeat Try-Outs:
1. Cartwheel
2. Forward Roll
3. One-handed Cartwheel
4. Bridge

Please print, sign & bring to audition: HBAcroWaiver