What is acro and how is it diﬀerent from gymnastics? Acrobatics is an art form. It is not a sport and is not taught with Olympic competition in mind. Acro is fun; it builds strength, coordination, and self conﬁdence. Acro, unlike gymnastics, is free and creative. We not only learn tricks on the ﬂoor but with each other on chairs, poles, tables, drums, up stairs, down stairs, and even with a sock.
Acro is taught by Scott Wise, a celebrated performer and dancer, well known for his acrobatic stunts on the Broadway stage and in music videos of the 80’s and 90’s.
Every level begins with conditioning exercises. This decreases injury and increases stamina. Because it is not a sport, the pressure to perform stunts beyond the student’s strength is removed. Students are taught as individuals: each student builds strength, ﬂexibility, and coordination at their own pace, drastically decreasing the risk injury. All leveling is subject to evaluation by the instructor.
The basics. Skills include: Forward rolls, backward roll, hand stands, cartwheels, and beginnings to front and back ﬂips. The foundation is laid for more diﬃcult skills.
Students increase technique, strength, and form. Double stunts partnering with other students are introduced. Skills include: Front diving rolls, front handsprings, hand walking, walk-overs, cartwheels with one hand, on chairs, on and over each other, introduction to back handspring and aerial tricks.
A more advanced class for younger students that starts earlier in the evening to get them home earlier. Students continue to work on technique, strength, and form. New skills include: Stunts on objects and each other, side aerials, back handsprings, front handsprings, creative exploration of movements, and tricks designed by the students in class explorations.
New Skills include: Front, back, and side Aerials, hand walking, back and front hand-springs, and contortion stunts. Students begin practicing with out mats and preparing for executing tricks on regular surfaces.
Must wear a black leotard or their ballet level colored leotard and black capris or leggings. No shorts.
Must wear black sweat pants and a black tight-fitting shirt. All are bare-foot. No street clothes.