Acrobatic dance or Acro dance is a fusion of classical dance forms and acrobatics. It is often seen that this form of dance has a unique choreography that is set on music, allowing the dancer to portray emotions and expressions while performing athletic acrobatic moves.
Acro dance draws its inspiration from other dance forms such as jazz, modern dance, lyrical, and classical dance. Acro is a type of dance that has been formed with the amalgamation of dancing acrobatic gymnastics. It has the body control and flexibility, balance, athleticism, and precision of acrobatics along with fun and free-flowing choreography and music of various styles of dances.
Acro dance was popularized in a competitive dance show. However, it was well-known long before that. It got its well-deserved fame and spotlight via contemporary circus productions such as Cirque du Soleil and through professional dance theater in the 1800s.
This dance style is especially challenging as the performers require to be well trained in acrobatics as well as dance.
Acro Dance Costumes
Just like every dance has its set costumes to aid the dancer while dancing, so does Acro dance. Due to the incredible moves involved, they need to wear certain kinds of outfits to help them in their dance rather than get entangled and trip.
This dance form requires the dancers to be inverted at any given time in the routine. Thus, they are required to wear costumes that are most flexible and form-fitting. This helps in keeping the viewers’ attention on to the performance, while ensuring the dancer’s safety. Loose clothes can get entangled with the dancer’s body parts and cause an injury.
The dancer’s hair is mostly tied up into a bun or a ponytail so that it is away and out of the face at all times, in order to avoid any accidents and distractions during the routine.
Typically, the dancers use a tight fitting slip-on, lace (less of it) footwear. This keeps the dancer’s feet snug, held in place, without the worry of laces becoming loose. These shoes also give the dancer excellent flexibility. Many dancers prefer to use foot thongs or jazz shoes for their routine. Some also prefer to dance barefoot as it gives a good grip against the dance floor.
Many dances can be learned at any stage of life. However, the younger you are, the better. This is because as a child, the body is more flexible, and it is easier to put the child into the habit and discipline of this dance style.