Acrobatics

    • What is acrobatics?

      Acrobatics is one of the cornerstones of circus and contains many different disciplines. However, when we refer to acrobatics, we usually mean doing somersaults, handstands and performing various tricks on the floor.

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  • Acrobatics for the circus nerd

    Acrobatics is the term for » gymnastic tricks of a high degree of technical difficulty ». Performing acrobatics not only demands strength, vigour and flexibility but also highly developed spatial orientation and physical control since the body is in motion and not necessarily always in contact with firm support.

    Acrobatics has much in common with gymnastics, but they differ in style, expression and use. Acrobatics can be considered one of the basic disciplines in the arts of circus, one from which several derivative disciplines have developed. Historically, acrobatics has been a great source of innovation, leading to the use of different apparatuses such as the teeterboard: a type of seesaw with which acrobats catapult each other into the air, the Chinese pole, the German wheel and cyr wheel using great metal wheels, and the Russian swing with which the acrobat uses a swing to gain height. New forms of acrobatics are constantly being developed using new equipment, recently with jumping stilts/power skips or parkour, but also by developing new ways of approaching agility, movement qualities and composition, and otherwise furthering the basic acrobatic techniques.

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