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About Acrobatic Gymnastics
Acrobatic gymnastics (previously called Sport Acrobatics and nicknamed "Acro") is a competitive partner sport combining the strength, flexibility and technical precision of gymnastics with the grace and musicality of dance as well as the trust and camaraderie of a dedicated partnership. Participants at a highly competitive level compete age categories of 11 and under, 12-14, 15-16, and 17+. There are also levels that participants can compete in which are often equally as competitive, but do not have the option of competing internationally. The levels that compete are 4-elite.
The acrobats perform three routines to music:
Balance - which demonstrates the acrobats strength, stamina and often flexibility as they are required to build and hold difficult skills. This routine is characterized by slower music and much less 'flight' of the acrobats as most skills are held, not thrown.
Dynamic (formerly Tempo) - which demonstrates the acrobats' power, strength and grace as they are required to perform amazing skills which involve spring, flight and landing. This routine is characterized by music that is faster and has more beat. The acrobats generally perform partner skills which involve flight and rotation (as in twists or somersaults) or tumble skills which are performed individually across the floor.
Combined - which is a routine that involves a combination of the static skills of the balance routine and the flight skills of the dynamic routine. This routine showcases the acrobats ability to perform a diversity of skills and add their own personal flair.
Rules at a glance
All acrobats perform in pairs or groups and must specify a level or be within the above age categories. The events that acrobats perform in are:
- women's pairs (two females)
- men's pairs (two males)
- mixed pairs (a male base and a female top)
- women's groups (three females)
- men's groups/quad (four males)
Each pair or group competes routines individually choreographed for that particular group. These routines are competed to music and the acrobats are required to dance and otherwise perform to this music. Acrobats perform with, on or around each other to demonstrate their flair, grace and style to the judges and audience.
The rules for the sport, known as the Code of Points, are governed by the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique. These rules are subject to change every four years according to the Olympic Cycle as per the other disciplines of Gymnastics.
British Gymnastics: http://www.british-gymnastics.org/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=1