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What Is Acro Dance?

So, what is Acro Dance exactly? Why does It matter? Is it just about the tricks? I can tell you - if Acro Dance were about the tricks, we would be gymnasts. Acro Dance is definitely NOT about...

How To Get a Strong Boys Acro Program at Your Studio

If you are like most acro teachers, the opportunity to have a boy in your class is not a common one. When one does come along, you might be wondering how to nurture your boys as they develop into...

Acro vs. Gymnastics: What’s the Difference?

This 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...

The Pressure You Should NEVER Give Into as a Dance Teacher

As a dance teacher, you’ve likely felt pressure to push your students ahead too young and too quickly. Whether the pressure came from students themselves, their parents, or your studio owner,...

This Five Minute Exercise Will Make You a Better Teacher in 2019

We do a lot to improve ourselves as teachers: like continuing our education, searching for artistic inspiration, and keeping our own instrument as healthy as...

The Do’s and Don’ts of Additional Acro Training

Are you a student who’s eager to get more acro training, above and beyond your regular weekly class? That’s great: it means you’re excited about your acro education, and want to put in more work...
What Is Acro Dance?

What Is Acro Dance?

So, what is Acro Dance exactly? Why does It matter? Is it just about the tricks? I can tell you - if Acro Dance were about the tricks, we would be gymnasts. Acro Dance is definitely NOT about turning dancers into gymnasts! If acro dancers were gymnasts, they would be...

How To Get a Strong Boys Acro Program at Your Studio

How To Get a Strong Boys Acro Program at Your Studio

If you are like most acro teachers, the opportunity to have a boy in your class is not a common one. When one does come along, you might be wondering how to nurture your boys as they develop into an older, more masculine, male acrobat. Maybe you are not even sure how...

Acro vs. Gymnastics: What’s the Difference?

Acro vs. Gymnastics: What’s the Difference?

This 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...

The Pressure You Should NEVER Give Into as a Dance Teacher

The Pressure You Should NEVER Give Into as a Dance Teacher

As a dance teacher, you’ve likely felt pressure to push your students ahead too young and too quickly. Whether the pressure came from students themselves, their parents, or your studio owner, here are the reasons you need to stand your ground, and move at the pace you...

The Do’s and Don’ts of Additional Acro Training

The Do’s and Don’ts of Additional Acro Training

Are you a student who’s eager to get more acro training, above and beyond your regular weekly class? That’s great: it means you’re excited about your acro education, and want to put in more work to get more results! However, it’s not just about how much you train –...

Avoid the “Studio Flu” with Proper Acro-Class Hygiene

Avoid the “Studio Flu” with Proper Acro-Class Hygiene

The cold and flu season can feel like the plague in your dance studio – one student gets sick, then their whole class gets sick, and then the whole studio gets sick. While some element of “studio sickness” is inevitable, there are absolutely things you can do to...

Selecting Acro Costumes: Tips for Teachers

Selecting Acro Costumes: Tips for Teachers

The world of acro costuming has come a long way... even five years ago, you would be lucky to find a handful of acro-suitable options in a costume book, and would often be forced to pick between a clown or snake-print unitard... On the flip side, we're currently in a...

Why Acro Dress Code is so Helpful in Acro Class

Why Acro Dress Code is so Helpful in Acro Class

We get it: it can be a lot to keep track of dress codes for each of your dancer's classes, and make sure you have the right gear for each class. If you're wondering how to set your dancer up for success in acro, it really does start with dress code - read on and we'll...

The Damaging Effects of Pushing Too Fast Too Soon In Acro Class

The Damaging Effects of Pushing Too Fast Too Soon In Acro Class

It’s fun to have a little group of hotshot acrobats – they’re young and ready for a challenge, and YOU’RE ready to show them off at competition! However, even with these superstar students, it’s still so important not to push them too fast too soon. Why not? Well,...

Make Your Life Easier with an Assistant Teacher!

Make Your Life Easier with an Assistant Teacher!

You already know that teaching AcroDance, or any genre of dance, requires much more than just talking students through exercises: Spotting, demonstrating, correcting, answering questions, and selecting music; plus dealing with things like bathroom breaks, missing hair...

How To Teach The Perfect Aerial!

How To Teach The Perfect Aerial!

Ask any student: what is the number one trick you want to learn in Acro class? The answer is always the same – an Aerial! The Aerial is one of the most challenging Acro tricks to learn, despite the fact that it is actually NOT one of the most difficult tricks to...

Smaller Than Your Student? Learn How to Spot Them Safely!

Smaller Than Your Student? Learn How to Spot Them Safely!

Isn’t it fun to spot your smallest students? It’s so easy, and you don’t have to strain your own body to help them achieve a trick! Well, I’ve got good news… spotting all of your students can, and should be, just as easy; You should never put unhealthy strain on your...

Your Back Handspring Problems Solved!

Your Back Handspring Problems Solved!

Back Handsprings are a huge, exciting milestone for your students to achieve! But, like anything in acro (and dance in general), there is a big difference between a student achieving a trick and mastering it. There are still a bunch of funky things that may happen...

Simple At-Home Shoulder Stretches

Simple At-Home Shoulder Stretches

If you have tight shoulders, you might also be struggling with tricks like Bridge Recovers and Back Walkovers. In these tricks, shoulders need to be stacked over wrists: if you’re tight in the shoulders, this can be hard to accomplish! Luckily, there are some simple...

Soreness vs. Pain: A Great Article to Share with Students!

Soreness vs. Pain: A Great Article to Share with Students!

As a studio owner or dance teacher, it’s important that your dancers understand the difference between being sore and being in pain; if what they are feeling is something that is okay to “push through” or needs to be rested. Many dancers who have never faced an...

Warm Up and Cool Down Outlines to Avoid Student Injuries

Warm Up and Cool Down Outlines to Avoid Student Injuries

No one likes seeing a student get injured, especially if you feel it could have been avoided. By including proper warm ups and cool downs into your weekly classes, you can prevent injuries in your students, and make the entire class more successful. Each class should...

AcroDance for Your Recreational Teens

AcroDance for Your Recreational Teens

Teaching a recreational teen how to dance may seem challenging; teaching them acrobatics even more so. However, as long as you maximize on the strengths, and understand the challenges, of your recreational teen acrobats, your classes with them can be a very fun and...

How To “Fix” Your Students’ Sore Wrists

How To “Fix” Your Students’ Sore Wrists

How To "Fix" Your Students' Sore Wrists An acrobat’s body is an instrument that can fluidly combine dance with inverted tricks, meaning that acrobats spend much of their training time inverted with their wrists bearing their body weight. ADTA students are taught to...

The Importance of Being Insured

The Importance of Being Insured

As Acro teachers, we take every possible step to eliminate accidents or injuries in our classes. Practicing new tricks on mats, making sure students are mentally focused, spending time on conditioning/fitness each class, following safe and logical progressions, and...

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