Introducing Acrobatic Arts

CDM is a certified Studio of the Acrobatic Arts Curriculum known across Canada, USA, Australia and UK!

This program is designed to promote excellence in tumbling, flexibility, strength, balance, contortion and partner/group stunting for dancers. Through this program, teachers will receive valuable teaching tools to assist in developing the muscle groups, flexibility, and technique required to perform tumbling and partner/group tricks on stage as part of a complete dance routine. Dancers will be inspired to excel, progressing through twelve levels.

The Benefits

Dancers who train through Acrobatic Arts have balanced development, are stronger, more flexible and fearless. Studios that implement this program will see dancers with more skills, who have fewer accidents, and are less likely to develop chronic injuries.This means a consistent and proven approach to teaching methodology of technique. Each class will give your child a challenging cardio-work out, core and muscle strength training, effective flexibility, proprioception and agility training.

Students are able to work at their individual skill level. Within one class, students may be at different skill levels within reason. The one year per level rule does not apply to acro. Students progress at different paces. They work steadily at certain skills until they are achieved (see below). Our Acrobatic Arts certified teachers are trained to challenge every student adequately. Furthermore, students are given ‘free time’ at the end of each class to allow them to work on any advanced skills they would like to achieve.

All levels cover the following sections:
Flexibility
Strength
Balancing Skills
Limbering Skills
Tumbling

CDM LEVELS (age guideline only) RECOMMENDED # HOURS
Twinkle Star Dance (3 to 4 yrs) 45 minutes per week
Primary Acro (5 to 6 yrs) 45 minutes per week
Acro 1 – AA Levels 1 & 2 (6 to 7 yrs) 1 hour per week
Acro 2 – AA Levels 3 & 4 (8-10 yrs) 1 hour per week
Acro 3 – AA Levels 5 & 6 (11+ yrs) 2 hours per week
Acro 4 – AA Levels 7 & 8 (12+ yrs) 2 hours per week
Pre-Pro. AA Levels 9 to 12 (12+ yrs) 3 hours per week
Teen Acro – AA Levels 1 through 4 (11 +) 1 hour per week
Junior Advanced Acro (8+ yrs) 2 hours per week by permission
Competitive Acro* 2 hours per week. AA Level 5 skills required
*Competitive Acro Students must take a minium of one choreography class and either.

  • 12 sessions at DanceTrix (preferred) OR
  • 1 training/recreational class at CDM
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My daughters (3 and 5) really enjoy their creative movement and ballet classes. The March Break camp was especially fun! The teachers are very warm, personable, and amazing at what they do. The technique taught here to the older grades looks first rate.
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Diversity, acceptance and healthy body image are core values in my family. So when I walked into CDM for the first time and saw students – girls and boys – and instructors of all shapes, sizes and races, I knew this was the place for my girls. The friendships they have forged with like-minded girls are comforting to me as a parent, and the standards set by Cheryl, Roxy and the other instructors make our girls better equipped to shine in the adult world and achieve their goals.
Julie R.
This is the second year My daughter takes Ballet class in CDM. She’s having wonderful time while dancing with all those same age girls. CDM has many professional dance teachers. They pass their skills along with their different styles and same passions to our little dancers. Every Tuesday while I’m waiting in the CDM hall way, having different age dancers walking by, I can feel the happiness of dancing. I also like the CDM summer camp. It gives a great opportunity to have fun and try different dances.
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