Italia Performing Arts is pleased to be one of the first studios in the Winchester and Shenandoah county areas of Virginia to offer classes in Acrobatic Dance. Our teacher Eva Zitterkob is certified with Acrobatic Arts to teach Acro Dance.
We offer the following classes in Winchester and Edinburg:
- Pre-School: suitable for beginners age 3-4
- Primary: suitable for beginners age 5-6
- Level 1: suitable for beginners age 7+
- Levels 2 and above: only for students with experience in dance and/or gymnastics, after assessment by Miss Eva.
We provide opportunities for our Acro students to take exams and to attend Acro dance conferences.
The following text is from the Acrobatic Arts website:
Acrobatic Dance, or acro as it is commonly referred to by dancers and dance professionals, is the beautiful fusion of classic dance technique and the precision and athleticism of acrobatic elements. Often defined by unique choreography, acro dancers seamlessly blend musicality, emotional expression, line and extension with acrobatic movements in a dance context.
Acro’s roots are in traditional Chinese dance, later appearing as a favoured style on the Vaudeville stage. More recently, acro gained popularity with the wide spread success of the contemporary circus productions of Cirque du Soleil. Main stream media including dance television programs like ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’ and ‘Dance Moms’ have further fuelled it’s demand in amateur competitive dance and studio settings.
Acro is an especially challenging style for dancers to master as training in both dance and acrobatic elements is required. Acro technique includes balancing, limbering, tumbling and partnering, based in flexibility, contortion and strength.
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