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Dance- Acro

By: Maggie & Mikaela

Maggie Cook

on 24 October 2012

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Transcript of Dance- Acro

Acrobatic Dance Maggie C00k & Mikaela Picou The History of Acro Costumes, Atire, Etc. Examples of Costumes Video Sources Acro dance is defined by its athletic character, unique since of choreography, which balances acrobatics, and classical dance. Its origins emerged in the US and Canada in the early 1900's as one of the acts performed in Vaudeville. Even though acro had been preformed in Vaudeville PRIOR to 1900, it was not until the EARLY 1900's that it became popular to combine classical dance with acrobatic movements. Sherman Coates was referred to by several dancers as the first acrobatic dancer they had ever seen. Tommy Woods, another acrobatic dancer was well known for his slow precise acrobatic dance in Shuffle Along. Lulu Coates formed The Crackerjacks, a popular Vaudeville group, who included acrobatic movements in their pieces, until the group disbanded in 1952. Since the decline of the Vaudeville era, acro has seen an evolution of change , arriving at its modern day form. The most significant aspect recognized in the evolution is the synthesis of ballet technique, transporting acro into a precision of form and movement that was absent in the Vaudeville era.
Acro is a combination of acrobatic movements, ballet, jazz, lyrical, and modern. Acro must contain a significant percentage of dance technique, since it is a style of dance. Acrobatic tricks can be done solo, and some tricks performed with a partner. Solo tricks include a front aerial, side aerial, scorpion, a needle, hand walking, back handspring, front handspring, back and front walkovers, etc. Partner tricks include the lawnmower, double cartwheel, swizzle, and pitch tuck. Costumes in acro are most of the time tight fitted to the dancers body so they can move easily, for safety reasons and to see the precise movement of the dancers body. Tight fitted attire is preferred over loose material because it moves with the dancer, instead of causing a distraction and enabling the dancer to preform. Colors of the costumes usually reflect the them or mood of the dance, If dark colors most likely reflecting sad, calm themes. if bright outgoing colors usually reflect happiness, and liven up the audience.
Footwear is lace less, but slip on shoes, such as a jazz shoe or foot thongs. Sometime barefoot is chosen to keep a grip to the floor.
Hair is most of the time in a bun or a pony tail, away and out of the face. Avoiding distractions and mess ups that could happen. http://www.ehow.com/about_5104516_history-acrobatics.html



Picture- http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/2100445:BlogPost:16883

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