THE JUNIOR Membership (January 2019)

Your Junior Studio Bundle + Teacher's Junior Certification

You KNOW you need a great Acro Program at your studio. Join the Junior Membership

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 bundle per studio is required.

How Does Junior Teacher’s Certification Work?

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

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?


Your Instructor

Melissa Klassen
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 20 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.
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 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!
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?
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.
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
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.
How do I submit for Junior Certification
Once you own the Junior Syllabus Bundle, you must email us in the office to inform us of the name of the Junior certifying teacher.

Registration opens on June 17th and closes on July 30th. To be placed on the waitlist for our next registration intake, please email: office@acrodanceteachersassociation.com