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The Premiere Comprehensive Program For Acro Dance

There has never been a better time than NOW to get certified and uplevel your teaching career. The Premiere Comprehensive Program For Acro Dance is your doctorate degree for teaching Acro Dance.

Are you ready to start dialing in your Acro classes and make real progress with your acrobats?

Imagine what it will feel like when you start becoming well-known for producing amazing acrobats.

Imagine what it will feel like to reach all of your trick goals, have a bank of tricks and variations your students can do with ease, and roll up to the studio energized and excited about what you can choreograph next to showcase your amazing work.

  • Maybe you start mapping out an Acro Dance routine that you know that everyone is going to LOVE.
  • You get an email from your Studio Owner thanking you for your amazing work, and offering you a raise because you are bringing in so much business for the studio.
  • You go out and grab a coffee on your way to the gym, and know that you have the freedom and time to have a life before class starts because your Acro classes are organized and easy.

Melissa Klassen
Founder and President
Acro Dance Teachers Association

You’re Excited find out how to Finally master Acro Dance, but you have SO many questions.

And with so many variables to figure out, including financial and time commitments, you may be feeling too confused and overwhelmed to even start.

This is just plain wrong, because no one should feel like they can’t offer Acro classes that run like a well-oiled-machine just because they’re not sure what to do or how to get started.

Like you, we care about acro classes that are well-organized, safe, and get results.

Don’t fall behind the industry or allow your students to go elsewhere to get their acro training. Do it right, and offer an acro program at your studio that works, by implementing our proven formula.


Our Stats Don’t Lie!

  • Over 1000 teachers have successfully gone through the ADTA Program and are now world-class teachers.
  • More than 15,000 students worldwide are getting results from our program, and it is used at dance studios in 15 countries around the world.
  • Our systems have been perfected and refined over the past 10 years, and are a proven method to getting results with every student.
  • We have systems, syllabus and Teacher Training for all ages and abilities of Acro Dance: from Toddlers to Professional Acrobats.


The Premiere CompreHENsive Program For Acro Dance is a unique system

that will walk you through every step of the process of learning how to teach and run an Acro Dance program, so that you never feel overwhelmed, lost or stuck.

The Premiere Comprehensive Program For Acro Dance is how you’ll expand your knowledge, skill, and experience as a teacher into a career that matters.

You have a unique gift to share with knowledge to impart, to guide young dancers and make an impact in their lives. 

What’s included in the Premiere Comprehensive Program For Acro Dance?

Everything you need to have an Acro Dance program that gets great results, is fun for you and your students, prevents injuries, and makes sense in a studio that already has a great dance program and is ready to level-up.

This program covers all ages and abilities of Acro Dance syllabus and teacher training and is a COMPLETE system of everything you will ever need for Acro Dance in the studio.


Let’s take a look:

  • The KinderAcro Syllabus & Teacher’s Program: READ MORE
  • The Pre-Junior Syllabus & Teacher’s Program: READ MORE
  • The Junior Syllabus & Teacher’s Program: READ MORE
  • The Intermediate Syllabus &Teacher’s Program: READ MORE
  • The Advanced Syllabus & Teacher’s Program: READ MORE
  • The Senior Male Acrobat Syllabus & Teacher’s Program: READ MORE
  • Certification for Junior, Intermediate and Advanced levels (Fast Track option for experienced teachers)
  • One-on-one personalized feedback for every trick you learn and teach
  • Weekly certification coaching calls
  • Access to the online certifying teachers Facebook group
  • LIFETIME ACCESS to all program materials
  • BONUS: The Junior, Intermediate and Advanced Testing Day Bundles
  • BONUS: The “Aerials Done Right” teacher’s E-course

Success stories from just a few of our teachers

Allison San Martin-Feeney:
Dance Teacher

She Didn’t Want Her Students To Be Left Behind: How Miss Allison Got Educated, Got Certified, and Seriously Upleveled Her Dancers By Adding In Acro. READ MORE...

She Didn’t Want Her Students To Be Left Behind:
How Miss Allison Got Educated, Got Certified, and Seriously Upleveled Her Dancers By Adding In Acro.

Miss Allison is primarily a Jazz teacher and did not have a background in Acro.

She was seeing other studios at competition with students performing Acro tricks everywhere – even the jazz category.

And she didn’t want her students to be left behind – she knew she needed to learn how to teach Acro.

But she was nervous. Nervous because not only did she not know how to do Acro tricks herself to be able to demonstrate, she had also never learned them growing up as a student … she wasn’t sure if it would be possible for her to learn how to teach Acro Dance properly.

But once she decided to take the plunge and commit to the ADTA process – she got the training she needed, a system in place for her students, and the ongoing support system of the online ADTA community.

Now that she’s certified, she’s still able to regularly check in, ask questions, and get help and feedback anytime she needs to.

And what she loves the most about the ADTA system, is clarity of the overall program.

It’s very clear why students work on the drills and exercises they do in each level …

A Backward Roll will be a Back Tuck one day …

The plank exercises in the Junior warm-ups will become a Shoulder Stand in a year or two …

It’s all very comprehensive; if you follow the system, you WILL get the results.

Allison knew that if she wouldn’t have pursued her certification with the ADTA, her students would have been left behind.

Now, Allison’s students are not only excelling in Acro, they are stronger in ALL of their other genres, and they are “just more confident people.”

Allison is proud of her students and their accomplishments; they are going to competition and really standing out, and she knows that adding in Acro Dance was her SECRET WEAPON to upleveling their success!

Laura Fleming:
Ballet Teacher & Studio Owner

With Time and Financial Commitments Involved – Miss Laura Needed To Make Sure That It Was Worth The Investment. READ MORE...

Laura started her Acro Dance program on her own two years ago.

 But with no background in Acro, and with minimal teacher training, she was struggling to figure it all out.

 So, she reached out to a friend who referred her to the ADTA.

 She was a little apprehensive at first – because she knew there were other options out there for teacher certification, she wasn’t sure if she’d get the help and support she needed, and there was a financial commitment – she wanted to make sure that she was making the right choice.

But after looking into it and seeing that the program would fill in all of the missing gaps, had a really supportive community, and was worth the financial commitment – she decided it was the right fit and she signed up.

Since becoming a member, Miss Laura has really benefited from the Trick Family™ progressions and structure. Being able to implement one technique at a time, and building up slowly and safely through the levels, Laura’s students are all developing at their own pace ,and classroom management has significantly improved.

Now that Laura has her Acro program dialed in, she loves that her students have more strength, and flexibility – and the opportunity to add this vocabulary of movement to all of their genres. They are progressing well and are loving Acro class!

With a strong foundation firmly in place, Laura is continuing to thrive, and is now growing and scaling her Acro program

Alex Patrick:
Acro and Dance Teacher & Freelancer

With years of experience under her belt – Miss Alex is never done learning, and is always improving herself as an Acro Dance Teacher. READ MORE…

Miss Alex had felt like she has reached a plateau…

And although she was getting amazing results with her acrobats, she felt like she was getting stuck with her teaching – and teaching the same things over and over again.

Both her studio students and online following were wanting more and more Acro, the demand just kept growing.

She felt like she needed to get as much information and ideas as she could, to not only refresh what she was doing, but to keep up with the increasing demand from her studio and online students.

And when Alex found the ADTA online certification program, she immediately thought it would be a great fit to supplement what she was doing, because it didn’t require taking an entire weekend out of her busy freelance schedule to complete a course live, and she can go at her own pace.

Now Miss Alex is taking off with her online freelance business, drawing from both her years of experience as an Acro Dance teacher, and the tools, training, and community she’s utilizing inside the ADTA.

Lindsay Boychuk:
Dance Teacher & Studio Owner

How Miss Lindsay Quadrupled Her Students With The Help Of Her ADTA Acro Dance Program. READ MORE…

Miss Lindsay grew her new studio from 26 to 96 in just three years!

But success leaves clues, and her growth was no accident.

Being the smart businesswoman that she is, Lindsay understands that the key to studio success and growth, is putting strong systems, programing, and syllabus in place.

And when she discovered the ADTA, she knew that Acro Dance was going to pay off in a big way for her studio.

Neither Lindsay nor her teachers had any experience with Acro Dance. But now that they are all implementing the ADTA system and syllabus – they are all getting amazing results, keeping up with trends despite living in a rural area, and all giving the same quality product for each student.

The thing that Lindsay loves the most about the ADTA program are the Trick Families™ and Lesson Plans, because all of her students can be working to their own level and ability, all within the same class.

Now Lindsay feels so much more confident and knowledgeable as an Acro Teacher and has a studio that is growing more and more each year with her new ADTA Acro Dance program.

Jessica Maxwell:
New Studio Owner & Teacher

How Studio Owner Miss Jessica Became an Acro Teacher Even With Zero Experience. READ MORE...

Meet Jessica Maxwell.

This year was her first FULL year as both a Studio Owner and a new Acro teacher.

When Jessica started her new acro program from SCRATCH last September, she had NO IDEA how it was going to go, and if her students would even like acro …?

Things are a LOT different now.

Her students are super keen and are LOVING acro!

In one dance season she’s got them starting from the beginning and they’re all learning together.

She is feeling really confident as a new Acro teacher, and her students are working at a great pace.

Now she knows WHAT to teach and WHEN to teach it.
Check out how she did it and how it can work for you too!

Luisa Corsaro:
Studio Manager & Acro Teacher

Starting Off Live and Switching To Online Certification – Miss Luisa’s Story. READ MORE…

Miss Luisa’s story begins with her certifying live in her hometown of Sydney, Australia, and continues on as she is completing her certification online.

She has now done it both ways, and has some really interesting insights between the two.

She loved the live experience because she got to work with us in person, and being a social person, she loved the opportunity to meet new teachers live and build new friendships.

But implementation after the live course was challenging.

It’s hard to remember what you’ve learned at a course back in the studio once your students get to the point where they are ready to learn more difficult tricks months later.

With online registration, and the rhythm of the monthly lesson plans, she didn’t have to spend all of the time she was spending writing her own lesson plans, and she had been lesson planning weekly, and now she has realized that she was doing a lot more work than she needed to be doing – because students really do need at least a month at each lesson plans to master each trick.

She found it a lot easier to work from an online program at her own studio, and her students’ own pace, rather than find the time and money to commit to travelling to a live course.

Veronica Glasner:
Kindergarten Teacher and Acro Instructor

The Perfect Studio Business Strategy—How Miss Veronica Was Recruited To Spearhead Her Owner’s New Acro Program! READ MORE...

Well, as if being recruited out of nowhere wasn’t enough of an honour for this former acro dancer and gymnast, Miss Veronica is now the DIRECTOR OF ACRO at her studio, owned and operated by a VERY clever business woman, and now friend.

Miss Veronica didn’t jump into teaching fresh off the heels of a dance career like most teachers begin.

She was flat out RECRUITED by a local dance studio owner, who recognized that training her OWN teacher was the way to go if she wanted a good system and a well-trained teacher to run her program.

Having a background in gymnastics and being a Kindergarten teacher, Veronica was a great choice because of her background with gymnastics and kids.

Quickly it became pretty clear to Veronica and her Studio Owner that Veronica would need a good system and certification to be able to grow the program in the best possible way.

Check out how this GENIUS studio strategy unfolded …

And where is Miss Veronica’s program now?

It’s DOUBLED in the first year, and is set to quadruple in the second year! Not bad for two years!

How Does Teacher’s Certification Work?

There are three divisions of teacher’s certification: Junior, Intermediate and Advanced.

Each division of teacher’s certification is a one-year, practical-based, online certification course.

Certifying teachers must have an “implementation class” to learn how to teach and spot syllabus content.

Certification starts at the Junior division, then progresses into Intermediate, and finally into the Advanced level. Teachers certify one level at a time, unless approved to certify via the Fast Track method (the ability to skip the Junior and/or Intermediate levels of certification).

Teachers utilize the monthly classroom lesson plans and syllabus materials. They receive monthly teachers’ lessons, weekly coaching calls, and a personal mentor as they work through the certification course material.

Throughout the year, teachers are required to submit video of themselves teaching and spotting each trick to the ADTA official evaluator. Timely feedback is given, and teachers can apply corrections, where needed, throughout the year.

Junior certification is granted once all Junior trick videos have been submitted and marked. Teachers are then granted permission to certify in the Intermediate Division and then on to Advanced – all at their own pace, and in their own time.

So, how do you get started?

That’s easy:

Step #1:

Put a beginner acro class on your schedule. (This will be your “Implementation Class” for Junior).

Step #2:

Sign up for the Premiere Comprehensive Program For Acro Dance, and start implementing our proven formula in your Implementation Class.

Step #3:

Get massive results with your students, WHILE achieving your ADTA Junior certification!

Step #4:

Move on to Intermediate, then Advanced certification when you’re ready.

Ready to transform from the teacher with no acro system or qualifications, to a world-class acro teacher who gets amazing results?

Join the Premiere Comprehensive Program For Acro Dance today!

When You Join The Certification Program

You’ll get incredible support and community

Live Group Coaching Calls

The ADTA holds weekly coaching calls 12 months of the year, with breaks over holidays.

We’ll answer your questions and give you help fast, and clarify anything that is holding you back.

The Facebook group online class

You’ll have access to everyone else in the program (including Melissa Klassen and the faculty) via a private group.

Get feedback on your classes, network with new teacher friends, and get your questions answered quickly.

You Can Do This Even If You Are Busy

“I don’t have time”

Learning from experienced Acro Dance Professionals is the best way to leverage your time. Yes, it takes time and effort to learn how to be a good Acro Dance teacher. But then you can leverage your education for years to come. It’s the highest return on investment thing you can do!

“I never took Acro as a student”

We take teaching you how to become an amazing Acro teacher VERY seriously. This program is absolutely appropriate for beginners. Not only that, we will continue to work with you as you progress through the levels. When you join the ADTA, we teach you EVERYTHING – from beginner through advanced. No experience is necessary when you join.

“I don’t have the money”

Investing in your education is investing in your career. When you become a certified Acro Dance Teacher, you are able to charge more, pick up more jobs, and expand your freelance work. Our members report being able to increase their annual income by 25% in the first year of becoming a certified Acro Dance teacher!

What makes our program different than anything else out there?

I know you, and I see you – and I’m right there with you:

  • You don’t have a lot of time, so we only give you the best strategies, and won’t waste your time with anything not essential. If it doesn’t maximize your results, it’s not in the program.
  • You don’t want to waste money, which is why we don’t nickel and dime you with a bunch of different courses, certifications and apps. With the Premiere Comprehensive Program For Acro Dance, you get EVERYTHING you need for one price with no additional fees/dues.
  • You don’t want to make costly technique mistakes that you’ll have to fix later. Every trick, drill and excercise in the program has been tested and proven over the past 10 years. This program works – period!

The Premiere Comprehensive Program For Acro Dance

Two Options Available


$799 VALUE

The secret to getting maximum results from your acrobats and keep them motivated every class, is the goal of an annual exam or testing day each year.

In the ADTA Testing Day Bundle BONUS, we supply you with all of the information you need, to be able to successfully conduct your OWN annual Acro Testing Day.

No more expensive examiners fees, travel costs, or saying no to students that haven’t perfected every trick come exam day …

The ADTA Testing Day Bundle allows teachers to tailor the exam to their students’ individual skill levels – every student deserves to have the opportunity to participate in an annual Testing Day.

This is the perfect way to motivate your acrobats each year AND bring in additional revenue for the teacher and studio – grab your free TESTING DAY BONUS when you join the Premiere Comprehensive Program For Acro Dance!


Learn how to teach Aerials to your students with the “Aerials Done Right” E-course, so that you have the FORMULA for how to teach Aerials the right way.

$499 Value

Paid-In-Full Bonus:

AcroLIVE Teacher’s 3-day Conference Video Bundle (digital download): $299 value

This bundle includes all of the workshops from our most recent three-day conference and includes the following workshops:

Day 1: ADTA Members’ Only Day— Spotting Clinic:

  • All About Walkovers and Tinsica’s: building out Walkovers and Tinsica’s, spotting and variations
  • Side Aerials and Front Aerials: Using the ADTA 4-step system, spotting, and variations
  • Building out Advanced Tumbling Lines: Round off’s, Back Handsprings, Back Tuck, Pike, Layouts.

Day 2: Workshops:

  • Body-Prep Dance FoundationsPsycho-analysing Aerials and Back Handsprings
  • The Perfect Acro Program At Your Studio
  • What’s Safe and What Isn’t in Acro
  • Acro For Your Recreational Teens


  • Teachers’ Acro Warm-Up
  • Teachers’ Acro Dance Choreography Class
  • Working With Props
  • Trick Variations, Entries and Exits

Get this ACRO-LIVE VIDEO Training bundle for FREE as a BONUS when you pay in full.

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between the "Self-Study" and the "Coaching/Certification"?

The “Coaching/Certification Syllabus” is a guided program that includes: official certification in the Junior, Intermediate and Advanced Divisions, weekly coaching with ADTA faculty, the online certifying teachers community, and a personal mentor. It is available with life-time access with no additional fees.

The “Self-Study Syllabus” is a self-led version of the full program, and includes the syllabus, all teachers classroom materials, and teachers training modules. Note: it does not include certification. It is available as a 24 month subscription.

How long will it take me to complete each course?

The course starts as soon as you sign up for it, and you can work at your own pace to implement it. Teachers take between 6 months – 2 years to complete each level with their students.

Tell me more about online certification

ADTA Online Certification is the way to go if you want to master the art of Acro Dance while working with a group of students in your studio OVER TIME, and with a COACH, allowing you to gain confidence and mastery as you go.

Online Certification is also great if travel expenses and a busy schedule are preventing you from certifying in-person, or if the thought of learning 3+ years of student work in 2-3 days overwhelms you.

Is the Premiere Comprehensive Program For Acro Dance right for me?

This program is right for you if you are ready to dig in, stay focused and learn Acro Dance properly.

This is not a “learn acro in a weekend” course; this is a hands-on, long-term coaching program, and is only for dance professionals who are serious about learning Acro properly and safely.

If you are looking for a quick certification fix, this program isn’t for you. However, if you’re ready to put in the work and learn acro the right way, you will gain massive results with this program, and you’ll set yourself up for a very successful career as an Acro Professional.

This program is life-changing and is for committed applicants only.

Can I certify in the KinderAcro and Pre-Junior Divisions?

The KinderAcro and Pre-Junior divisions are the foundationary shapes and developmental work of Acro Dance.

There is no official certification in these levels. The focus is on laying the groundwork of Acro for the youngest dancers at your studio, and to get them excited about signing up for your full Junior program down the line.

Official certification starts at the Junior level.

Do I have to pay annual fees? And what about revisions to the program and syllabus?

Once a member, always a member! All members receive updates and revisions FREE of charge! 

No annual fees/dues are required.

How long are each of the certification courses, and how does it work?

The Junior, Intermediate and Advanced Certification programs are each approximately one-year long. Teachers can take anywhere from 6 months – 2 years to complete each level depending on their students and their teaching experience.

Lesson #1 is preparation month; lessons 2-11, you will implement course work with your “implementation class” at your studio, with the coaching of ADTA Founder Melissa Klassen and her team of expert faculty.

Each month, you’ll receive a Teacher Lesson, “how-to” trick tutorials, and a Classroom Lesson Plan as you learn exactly how to teach and spot all skills in the Division.

As you learn, you can jump into our WEEKLY coaching calls to get all your questions answered. For that extra bit of support, request your own PERSONAL MENTOR for additional help as you are certifying.

In order to complete official certification, you will submit videos of you teaching and spotting each trick in the Division, and will receive feedback for each submission.

There is no time limit to completing your certification, and you can take as long as you need to complete your video submissions to receive certification in each Division

Do I have to complete certification?

No, you do not have to complete certification. You have access to all of the content inside of the program and it is your choice if you would like to persue/complete official certification or not.

What Is The Fast Track Program?

The Fast Track Program is a way for experienced acro teachers to certify in more than one Division at a time.

In order to qualify, you must have at least five years experience as a teacher of Acro Dance/acrobatics (or seven years experience if you want to Fast-Track all the way through to the Advanced level).

You must also have students training at the level(s) you wish to certify in.

To apply, email office@acrodanceteachersassociation.com with your resume (detailing your dance, Acro Dance, and acrobatics experience), and a reference letter(s) from your studio owner and/or studio clients.

Your resume and reference letter(s) are due within one week of your registration.

If I qualify to Fast Track, do I have to start at the Junior level?

Fast Tracking Teachers do not have to start at the Junior or Intermediate level, although then may if they want to.

Fast Tracking Teachers may start at the Intermediate and/or Advanced levels, but must include the following video submissions with their Intermediate and/or Advanced certification video submissions:

Intermediate additional submissions required:

  • Junior Arc handstand
  • Junior Bridge Recover
  • Junior Open Cartwheel
  • Junior Front Walkover
  • Junior Back Walkover

Advanced additional submissions required:

  • Junior Arc handstand
  • Junior Bridge Recover
  • Junior Open Cartwheel
  • Junior Front Walkover
  • Junior Back Walkover
  • Intermediate Aide Aerial
  • Intermediate Back Handspring

*Note: Skills must be done using the ADTA technique method for approval.

A detailed list of technique requirements will be presented to you inside each course.

Do you offer discounts for multiple teachers certifying from the same studio?

Additional teachers may certify from the same studio at a 50% off discount. Please reach out to us in the office for your coupon code: office@acrodanceteachersassociation.com

What's your refund policy?

We have a 7 Day refund policy if you aren’t happy with your Premier Comprehensive Program For Acro Dance.

Refund policy is null and void if any course materials have been downloaded.

Please email us at office@acrodanceteachersassociation.com if you require a refund on your tuition fee.

*Please note that fluctuations in exchange rates, and your bank’s currency exchange fees, are out of our control. We are not responsible for any discrepancy in purchase vs. refund amount.

Is there a minimum age to certify?

Yes, all teachers must be a minimum of age 17 at the time of registration. Teachers who register before they are 17 will not be granted ADTA certification.

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