The ADTA Blog

Your resource for all things fresh and current in the AcroDance Industry

The Pressure You Should NEVER Give Into as a Dance Teacher

As a dance teacher, you’ve likely felt pressure to push your students ahead too young and too quickly. Whether the pressure came from students themselves, their parents, or your studio owner, here are the reasons you should stand your ground, and move at the pace you know is right: #1: If...

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Why We Don't Let Students Skip Ahead to the "Big Tricks" in Acro Class

By Lisa Claydon of the ADTA We want our students to be successful and reach their goals. We want them performing impressive tricks and wowing the crowd onstage. In order to make the “big tricks” happen, however, our students must master the arts of patience and persistence. Acro is progressive....

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This Five Minute Exercise Will Make You a Better Teacher in 2019

By Lisa Claydon of the ADTA We do a lot to improve ourselves as teachers: like continuing our education, searching for artistic inspiration, and keeping our own instrument as healthy as possible. That’s great, but are you forgetting one simple exercise that will drastically improve your...

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The Do's and Dont's of Additional Acro Training

Are you a student who’s eager to get more acro training, above and beyond your regular weekly class? That’s great: it means you’re excited about your acro education, and want to put in more work to get more results! However, it’s not just about how much you train – you want to make sure all your...

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SELECTING ACRO COSTUMES: TIPS FOR TEACHERS

The world of acro costuming has come a long way… even five years ago, you would be lucky to find a handful of acro-suitable options in a costume book, and would often be forced to pick between a clown or snake-print unitard… On the flip side, we’re currently in a great position as AcroDance...

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Why Acro Dress Code Is So Important (A Great Article to Share at Your Studio!)

Hey dance parents! We get it: it can be a lot to keep track of dress codes for each of your dancer’s classes, and make sure you have the right gear for each class. If you’re wondering how to set your dancer up for success in acro, it really does start with dress code – read on and we’ll explain...

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THE DAMAGING EFFECTS OF PUSHING STUDENTS TOO FAST TOO SOON

The Damaging Effects of Pushing Students Too Fast Too Soon By Lisa Claydon of Acrobatique AcroDance It’s fun to have a little group of hotshot acrobats – they’re young and ready for a challenge, and YOU’RE ready to show them off at competition! However, even with these superstar students, it’s...

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MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER WITH AN ASSISTANT TEACHER!

By Lisa Claydon of Acrobatique AcroDance You already know that teaching AcroDance, or any genre of dance, requires much more than just talking students through exercises: Spotting, demonstrating, correcting, answering questions, and selecting music; plus dealing with things like bathroom...

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5 TIPS FOR MAKING YOUR ACRO PROGRAM A SUCCESS!

Thank you to Claire O’Shea for having Acrobatique Director Miss. Melissa on your podcast, Business of Dance! If you didn’t catch the interview, you can check out our cliff notes below: Acro can be intimidating, especially if you didn’t grow up training as an AcroDancer. Regardless, offering...

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HOW TO “FIX” YOUR STUDENTS’ SORE WRISTS

An acrobat’s body is an instrument that can fluidly combine dance with inverted tricks, meaning that acrobats spend much of their training time inverted with their wrists bearing their body weight. Acrobatique students are taught to lift up and out of their shoulders/back to reduce pressure on...

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