As we get stuck into the school holidays, you may find that your dancer (missing the classes they look forward to during term time!) wants to practice at home, great!
Home practice is a great way for your child to improve on the skills they learn in class and to keep up their fitness & technique during the break.
However, for dancers studying Acro, attempting to do things that they are not allowed to do in class un-assisted by a teacher or spotter is a NO GO. Even if you have gym equipment or lounge room cushions to break their fall!
At PMPA, we are very specific in our form of training. We teach progressions in each of our genres in order for dancers to build the necessary strength to move up through each level of difficulty. Attempting to move up at your own pace, unsupervised is the fastest way to injury. Damage done to young bodies as they are growing can be permanent and life changing.
Equally as damaging can be participating in training by instructors who are not aware of your dancers current ability level, strength or previous injuries. Be sure that any training your engage for your dancer is safe for their growing bodies. Ensure that the teachers are qualified, the facilities are safe and that the skills taught in the class are not beyond the ability level of your dancer. If in doubt, check with your child’s teacher through the communication buttons on their profile at our website.
The Acrobatic Arts syllabus that we teach at PMPA is based on safe and effective progressions with proven results in five levels of AcroDance: Flexibility, Strength, Balancing, Limbering and Tumbling.
Acro dance classes at PMPA are designed with technical dancers in mind, you will not find a more safe and comprehensive training in acrobatics for dancers.
At PMPA we teach Acro dance in slow progressive steps to build strength and correct technique to ensure our dancers have longevity without injury.
Learning advanced skills too early (whilst Fun! and Challenging!) can hinder training and cause long term injury.
Attempting skills without first mastering the strength progressions can be detrimental to your dancer’s training and may lead to long term injuries. Please protect your dancer these school holidays.
Things to remember:
- No stretching without a proper warm up.
- No attempting tricks you have not been trained to do.
- No attempting things that you are not allowed to do in class un-assisted by a teacher or spotter.
- No “showing off” on the trampoline!
Great things to try instead:
- Practice your routines to music in the lounge room or backyard
- Practice improvisations by turning on the radio and dancing to whatever song comes on
- Practice the specific exercises you have been given for holiday practice from your teachers
- Visualise your eisteddfod routines going off without a hitch
- Get your costumes out and try them on to check they fit, ready for Taree Eisteddfod!