In 2012 AeroDance was introduced into the Australian Championships as a new stream for teams within Aerobic Gymnastics. The AeroDance routines consist of traditional Aerobic Movement Patterns (AMP) and one 32 count block of a significantly different dance style (eg Latin, lyrical, hip hop). Additionally the routines include four (4) difficulty elements or skills.
Now, Gymnastics Australia has introduced new AeroDance divisions to cater for beginner and lower level athletes. These divisions will be introduced at the state level in 2015 and nationally from 2016 onwards. The new divisions are underpinned by an AeroDance Resource with compulsory routines, similar to those of the AeroSchools resource. There are two divisions:
• Division 1 - fully choreographed routines• Division 2 - optional choreography in the dance component
From 2016 the AeroDance routines will be embedded in the AeroSchools (formally AeroSchools) resource, with both aimed at grassroots participation, in schools and clubs. As an introduction to the new Aerodance divisions, GA are offering the AeroDance routines, music and manual for free in 2015, available from the Resource tab.
This development of the AeroDance strand meets Australian Curriculum expectations of both Health and Physical Education and Dance, with the facilitation of lifelong physical activity fostered through creative movement, body awareness, and technical and expressive skills.
The exploration of different dance styles and elements enables students to develop choreographic and performance skills. Additionally the dance component enriches the appreciation of cultural diversity, while enhancing personal and social skills through team sizes of 5 – 10 athletes.