ACADEMY OF DANCE & MUSIC
ACRODANCE AT FORTE
What is AcroDance?
AcroDance is the beautiful fusion of the artistic motion of dance and the athleticism of acrobatics. AcroDance is not the same as gymnastics. An AcroDancer must complete all of the skills on the hard stage without the advantage of a sprung floor, while seamlessly integrating musicality, emotional expression, extension, control, and line. The sprung floor allows the gymnast to complete much more difficult tumbling when compared to what is recommended in AcroDance. Skills taught in AcroDance might look the same as gymnastics, but they are taught differently to compensate for the conditions. Neither the ‘AcroDance’ way or the ‘Gymnastics’ way are wrong, but they are different.
Acrobatic Arts Method
Acrobatic Arts is a progression based syllabus program for teaching AcroDance. Thoughtful progressions and structured levels assist in properly training dancers’ bodies to advance to the next level only when they are ready for it. This greatly reduces the potential for injury, creates more technically correct work, and helps dancers to progress more quickly (in the long run). Each class will contain elements of flexibility, strength, balancing, limbering, and tumbling.
Equipment & Spotting
AcroDance classes at Forte Academy of Dance & Music will use various tools to help keep dancers safely progressing including mats and yoga blocks. Forte Academy of Dance & Music is an Acrobatic Arts Certified studio and teachers have been trained in proper spotting techniques, if necessary.
Progress Cards & Testing Day
Each enrolled student is required to obtain a progress card for their level containing all the skills required to master a given level. Acrobatic Arts levels range from Primary to Pre-professional 3 and all students begin at the primary level. Teachers will periodically hold in-class testing days and will reward students with stickers on their progress cards for mastered skills. Progress cards can be purchased at the front desk for $1.