Benefits of Acrobatic Classes you Should Know


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Acrobatics is easily one of the most diverse components of dance that is not only visually appealing when performed correctly but much like ballet – an incredibly strong foundation for all styles of dance. There is a lot of grey area about the factors and benefits, and also the correlation and difference between acrobatics and gymnastics.

Whilst acrobatics is often considered a subdivision of gymnastics – the focus is centred around contortion and tricks that defy gravity with smooth transitions, whereas gymnastics takes the direction of tumbling and tricks performed in straight lines with a clear beginning and finish. Whilst both styles require immense strength and control, it is important to understand the different pathways they take and how acrobatics is more beneficial in a dance studio environment.

Benefits

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Acrobatics has endless benefits for all ages including building strength, flexibility, technique, body and spatial awareness and most importantly – friendships. It also enhances the body’s balance and agility and promotes proper posture and coordination that benefit an everyday lifestyle as well as within dance. As a young person and/or dancer, studying acrobatics promotes not only healthy training habits but also skills surrounding focus, concentration and goal setting.

Acrobatics and the Human Body

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It’s extremely important to understand how the human body works and operates and how to reach your limits as an individual, as all bodies are different and have different natural abilities. This is where Acrobatics steps in. Becoming more aware of your body and its capabilities will lead to creating a positive relationship with your own strengths and weaknesses. For example, some kids may be naturally super flexible but lack the core and shoulder strength to safely and technically execute tricks; then some kids may be naturally strong but struggle when it comes to limber activities. Both aspects play a key role in acrobatics and dance, so body and spatial awareness is crucial in identifying where certain strengths and weaknesses apply to progress in ALL aspects of dance.

Balancing Skills

With this understanding of capabilities as an individual comes goal setting and creating healthy training habits to ensure these goals are met. It is understanding the balance between consistency and overdoing-it, and that all elements go hand in hand with stepping stones. For example, understanding that if I can’t do a handstand, I can’t learn a walkover yet. In saying this, if I want to learn a walkover, I go back to the beginning. I do my strength warm up, I practice my handstands and bridge and I kick that goal when I have the strength behind me. I can then take this goal setting and the healthy habits I’ve created and implement these strategies into everyday life such as school and work. 

Stretching and Concentration

Following on from goal setting, we delve into the correlation between stretching and focus/concentration. Getting into a routine of the stretching aspects of acrobatics calms the mind and releases physical and mental tension. This helps to not only focus on the class being taken as a whole but increases the ability to focus on the task e.g. trick or conditioning exercise being taught to maximise progress and understanding. A handy tip – stretching for 5-10 mins as soon as you wake up releases physical and mental tension to maximise brain activity and concentration for the day ahead. All in all, practicing and training in acrobatics has massive benefits to positively impact all physical and mental aspects of dance and life.

These are the amazing benefits of acrobatic classes.

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