10 Facts About Acro dance


Acro dance is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements.

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Acro dance is known by various other names including acrobatic dance and gymnastic dance, though it is most commonly referred to simply as acro by dancers and dance professionals.

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Acrobatic dance emerged in the United States and Canada in the early 1900s, as one of the types of acts performed in vaudeville.

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Acrobatic dance did not suddenly appear in vaudeville; rather, it appeared gradually over time in a variety of forms, and consequently no individual performer has been cited as its originator.

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Since the decline of the vaudeville era, acrobatic dance has undergone a multi-faceted evolution to arrive at its present-day form.

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Also, vaudeville acrobatic dances were often little more than acrobatics set to music, whereas modern acro dance is fundamentally dance, with its acrobatic movements performed in a dance context.

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Also, a dance must have a significant percentage of dance movement, with respect to its acrobatic content, in order for it to be categorized as acro.

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For example, a gymnastics floor exercise is not considered to be acro because it has little or no dance movement compared to its acrobatic content, and because it lacks smooth transitions between dance and gymnastic movements.

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Acro dance shoes are called jazz boots, jazz ankle boots, jazz booties and other names, by their various manufacturers.

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Acro dance is not uniformly defined within the competitive dance industry.

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