What is Acro?

AcroDance, 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 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.

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.

Example of AcroDance

Gymnastics vs Acro

Gymnastics uses a Spring floor, allowing the athlete to jump higher and have a softer, more forgiving landing.

Acro uses a hard, or sprung, floor. There is little to no rebound when they land so they need to train to get the necessary lift out of their jumps.

Gymnastics uses additional tools such as a beam or bars

Acro uses only the floor to display their skills

Gymnastics tends to be a solo activity with only one gymnast performing at a time

Acro can be performed solo, with a partner, or a group. The number of people determine the type of skills that can be demonstrated.

Why Acro?

Train both sides

Safer transitions for non-sprung floor arenas

Focus on developmentally appropriate safety

Foundations for the long term with progression designed to create proper alignment, strength, flexibility, and control that protect your artists body into adulthood

Creates a strong foundation for skills used in cheerleading

Artistry and strength are developed

Used to enhance choreography in other styles of dance such as lyrical, jazz, and hip hop

Safely build up to higher level skills by working through skill progressions


Acrobatic Arts Curriculumn

Flare is Certified!

Flare is an Acrobatic Arts certified studio which means our instructors have undergone an international curriculumn training so that they can provide their students with the safest, most effective training progressions to help each student attain their own personal goals.

Acrobatic Arts is considered the industry leader in AcroDance Teacher Training and Certification.  With certified teachers in over 40 countries and over 400,000 dancers participating in Acrobatic Arts classes every week. Acrobatic Arts is the most recognized, most comprehensive and most used syllabus in AcroDance.