The Intermediate Membership

The ADTA INTERMEDIATE Syllabus + Intermediate Teacher’s Online Certification Course

You are ready to take your amazing acro program to the next level!

You know you need higher-level acro material for your students, you want to keep the momentum going, and don’t want to risk losing students who may feel like their progression will slow down.

Like you, we understand that going from Junior to Intermediate-level acro can feel nerve-wracking, especially when tumbling skills enter into the mix!

But we believe that NO ONE should let intimidation stop them: teaching and spotting Intermediate acro is more than achievable, and you are ready for this.


  • Our proven system has created professional acrobats around the globe.
  • Over 1,000 teachers have successfully made the jump from Junior to Intermediate-level acro with our program.
  • Students worldwide are perfecting their aerials and back handsprings with ADTA’s Intermediate acro formulas.

What’s Included In The Intermediate Studio Bundle?

Everything you need to have an Intermediate program that gets great results, is fun for students and teachers, prevents injuries, and progresses on from the Junior program that you’ve already built at your studio.

This program is an Intermediate – level studio system for students that have completed the ADTA Junior Syllabus.

It includes the Intermediate syllabus (3+ years of student work), textbook, syllabus video tutorials, monthly lesson plans, student progress charts, achievement pins (pins ordered separately), and certification for one teacher.

Additional teachers may certify from the same studio for an additional ‘tuition only’ fee. 

How Does Intermediate Teacher’s Certification Work?

One Intermediate teachers certification spot is included with your Intermediate Studio Bundle.

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 the Intermediate Syllabus content. Teachers utilize the monthly classroom lesson plans and Intermediate Syllabus bundle materials.

They receive monthly teachers’ lessons, 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.

Final Intermediate certification is granted once all Intermediate trick videos are submitted and marked. Teachers are then granted permission to certify in the Advanced Division.

A studio may submit more than one teacher to become certified at an extra “certification only” tuition fee.

Members receive free updates whenever syllabus revisions take place, and do not pay yearly dues/fees.

So, how do you get started? That’s easy:

Step #1: Sign up for the Intermediate Membership to secure your Intermediate certification spot.

Step #2: Add an Intermediate-level class to your teaching schedule for next year.

Step #3: Implement the course content with your students and master Intermediate acro!

Ready to go from having a Junior-level program, to becoming everyone’s Intermediate studio of choice?

*Pre-Requisite: Although anyone may purchase the Intermediate membership, You may only submit for Intermediate certification if you have completed your Junior Certification, or if you qualify for the Fast Track Method. Contact the office if you are unsure if you are pre-qualified to register: office@acrodanceteachersassociation.com.

The Acro Teacher and Studio Manager

Starting Off Live and Switching To Online Certification – Miss Luisa’s Story

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.

Your Instructor

Melissa Klassen

Melissa Klassen is an Acrobatic Dance specialist and Mentor. As Founder of the Acro Dance Teachers Association, and creator of the original Acrobatique AcroDance Syllabus, Melissa uses this platform to spread her message to Instructors of the importance of positive role modelling and mentorship for our youth. Melissa is a mentor, and Acro is her method.

For over 22 years, Melissa has built her career as an expert in AcroDance, safe spotting practices, injury prevention, gymnastics, adjudication, and positive mentorship. Melissa takes her role in molding and developing children very seriously, and it is the backbone to all of her work.

Melissa has extensive experience helping Studio Owners and Instructors put in place Acro Systems at their studios that are safe, appropriate and fun! Several of her own students have gone on to fulfil exciting professional careers, but what she is most proud of, is the impact she has been able to make on her students’ lives; as well-balanced and contributing members of society. Melissa is proud of her students’ accomplishments and of the positive impacts they are making in the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

Tell me more about online certification

This Online Certification is for you if you’ve already taken the JUNIOR Course, either Online or In-Person. Note: you must have students who have completed the Junior Syllabus and are ready to tackle the Intermediate work.

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

Once a member, always a member! All Intermediate bundle holders receive updates and revisions FREE of charge!

No annual fees/dues are required.

How long is the Intermediate course, and how does it work?

The Intermediate Certification Course is an 12-month “learn how to teach Intermediate Acro” coaching program.

Month 1 is preparation month; months 2-11, you will implement course work with your “implementation class” at your studio, with the coaching of ADTA Founder Melissa Klassen and her 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 will get all your questions answered during monthly Live Coaching Calls. In order to complete official certification, you will submit videos of you teaching and spotting each trick in the Intermediate Division, and will receive feedback for each submission.

You will learn the Division in one year, and then can take as long as you need to complete your video submissions to receive certification.

I'd like to start both the Junior and Intermediate Online Certification Courses at the same time.

In this case, we encourage you apply to our Fast-Track Program!

In order to qualify, you must have five or more years experience as a teacher of Acro Dance, and you must have students training at the Intermediate level.

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.

What's your refund policy?

We have a 30 Day Money-Back Guarantee if you aren’t happy with your Online Certification experience. Please email us at office@acrodanceteachersassociation.com if you are not completely satisfied and would like a refund on your tuition fee.

*Please note that the ADTA is not responsible for keeping track of discounts that you qualify for. It is your responsibility to ask and refunds will not be given outside of 30 days for discounts/scholarships not claimed.

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

Is there a minimum age to take the course?

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.

Can I take the Intermediate course before I complete my Junior Certification?

While anyone may purchase any membership certification program, teachers cannot submit for certification in Intermediate or Advanced levels before completing certification in the level previous, unless they qualify for the Fast Track Method.

Is there a minimum age to take the course?

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.

I'm a studio owner and I'd like two or more of my teachers to get certified. Can I certify more than my one included teacher?

Yes! If you have more than one teacher to certify, only the tuition fee of $499 USD is required. One membership per studio is required, but studio’s can submit as many teachers as they wish for certification at the tuition only fee. Please contact the office to register additional teachers.

What If I already own the Intermediate Syllabus Bundle but I haven't certified yet?

Yes! If you have more than one teacher to certify, only the tuition fee is required. Please contact the office to register additional teachers.

What if I did my Junior certification at a past live event?

All live certifying teachers will now be grandfathered in to the new online certification-coaching program, and, as a founding member, we will honour the live Junior certification tuition rate. Please contact us in the office for a coupon code to register for the online Intermediate course.

What if my students are ready for the Intermediate work but my teacher has not completed her Junior Certification?

Anyone may purchase the Intermediate Studio Bundle, but can not submit for Intermediate teacher certification until Junior certification is complete.

We will hold your included teacher certification spot until you are ready to submit for the Intermediate certification class.

What if I already certified at a past live course, and I want to refresh?

All past, live certifying teachers are invited to refresh their certification with the Intermediate online class. The refresher rate is a one-time fee of $99 USD, which gets you life time access to the Intermediate bundle, teachers course content, and free updates and revisions. Please contact us in the office to get a refresher rate coupon code.

How do I submit for Intermediate Certification?

Once you own the Intermediate Membership, you must email us in the office to inform us of the name of the Intermediate certifying teacher.


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