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The Junior Membership

Your Junior Studio Bundle + Teacher’s Junior Certification

You KNOW you need a great Acro Program at your studio. 

But with so many variables to figure out, including financial and time commitments, you may be feeling too overwhelmed and under-qualified to even start. This is just plain wrong, because no one should feel like they can’t offer acro classes just because they’re not sure of 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 actually works, by implementing our proven formula.

More than 10,000 students worldwide are getting results from our system.
It is used at dance studios in 15 countries around the world.
We are preferred partners and colleagues with several of the industry’s most-trusted organizations: DSOA, IDEA, ADAPT, DSO, YPAD, TwinkleStar, DTW, and En Piste: the Circus Arts National Network.

What’s Included In The Junior Studio Bundle?

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

This program is a Junior-level studio system for students ages 6 and up. It includes the Junior 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. Only one Junior membership per studio is required.

How Does Teacher’s Certification Work?

One Junior teachers certification spot is included with your Junior membership.

Teacher’s certification is a one-year, interactive online certification course.

Certifying teachers must have a beginner “implementation class” to learn how to teach and spot the Junior Syllabus content.

Teachers utilize the monthly classroom lesson plans and Junior 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 Junior certification is granted once all Junior trick videos are submitted and marked. Teachers are then granted permission to certify in the Intermediate Division.

A studio may submit more than one teacher to become certified at an extra “certification only” charge per teacher, but only one Junior Studio Bundle is required.

The studio receives free updates whenever syllabus revisions take place. Studio’s are only required to pay the tuition fee for any additional teachers required.

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.”)

Step #2: Register for the Junior Membership and start implementing our proven formula in your Implementation Class.

Step #3: Get massive results with your students, while achieving certification for you or your teacher!

Ready to transform from the studio with no acro system or qualified teachers, to the studio with the best acro program your area?

Success stories from some of our teachers

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 GENIOUS 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!

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!

Marena De La Parra:
New Studio Owner & Teacher

Strict About Structure, and Meticulous About Technique - How New Acro Teacher Miss Marena Is Doing It RIGHT!—READ MORE...

Miss Marena is an amazing Studio Owner and new Acro Teacher!

She also happens to be the only studio offering a proper acro dance program in Tijuana, Mexico.

Miss Marena happens to be very particular about proper technique and building her acro program properly from the ground up.

As you can image, she’s growing VERY FAST, and her students are super keen…

So she needed a good acro program because of the demand at her studio.

Concerned about the safety of her students, and not sure if she was doing it right or not – she needed a guide.

Her students love the step-by-step approach that she has implemented, and are loving learning tricks!

Marena loves the structure of working from set lesson plans, and it is keeping her students and classes well structured where they didn’t have direction before this year.

She feels feeling super confident in her acro teaching abilities now.

This is the beginning of an AMAZING acro program for her … and the bonus – she’s FIRST in her area to get it right…

 

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

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.

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

The Junior Certification Course is a one year “learn how to teach Junior-level 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. Each month, you’ll receive a Teacher Lesson, “how-to” trick tutorials, and a Classroom 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 Junior 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.

Can I skip the Junior Certification and start with Intermediate or Advanced instead?

The Junior Certification process is KEY, because this is where you learn the technical foundation that will allow your acrobats to be successful in ALL levels. We require that you work with a group of beginner acrobats, and implementing everything you are learning here with that one group.

Anyone may purchase any of the membership packages (Junior, Intermediate or Advanced) however you cannot submit for certification until the level previous is complete.

Okay, but can I certify in more than one level at the same time?

Yes, if you apply and are accepted to our Fast-Track Program! 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.

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.

What happens when there are syllabus updates/revisions?

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

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

No, teachers must have their Junior certification completed before they are eligible to register for the Intermediate course, 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 is required. Please contact the office to register additional teachers.

What If I already Own the Junior Syllabus Bundle but I haven't certified yet?

No problem. As a current Junior Syllabus Bundle owner, you will only need to register for the Junior course and pay the Junior tuition fee. Please contact us in the office to register for “tuition only”: office@acrodanceteachersassociation.com

*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.

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 Junior online class. The refresher rate is a one-time fee of $99 USD, which gets you life time access to the Junior bundle, teachers course content, and free updates and revisions. Please contact us in the office to get a refresher rate coupon code.

*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.

How do I submit for Junior Certification?

When you register for the Junior certification membership, you will be asked what the name of the certifying teacher is. This may be you, or your designated teacher at the studio. Either way, please indicate the name of the certifying teacher when registering. 

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