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Dance Style Resource

Check here for brief overviews and definitions of everything from acro to zumba!



Acro is an abbreviated name for acrobatic dance. This style can trace its roots back to the vaudeville era of the early 1900s. Today’s acro, made popular by such groups as Cirque de Soleile, blends both acrobatic and dance movements.

African Dance Tradition

 African dance cannot be seen as a unified tradition and much caution should be exercised in any attempts to draw out general threads. Nevertheless, one relatively common denominator is that the dance is completely assimilated into the African lifestyle. The dances are often integrated into work, education, storytelling, play, as well as into the spiritual, celebratory, healing and mourning events.


Afro-Jazz dance is a fusion of African, Afro-Brazilian, Caribbean and jazz dance styles.