Acrobatic tricks can enhance a performance, but it is imperative that the tricks are executed in a way that flows seamlessly and purposefully with the choreography. Tricks should never feel abrupt and an audience should never anticipate a trick’s occurrence.
The following tips may assist in integrating tricks into your routines:
- Utilize Transitional Steps: Think outside of the box. Consider prefacing tricks with choreographic steps (turns, extensions) versus running sequences. For example, a chaine turn into an aerial is much more visually appealing than a running aerial.
- Start & Finish Tricks: Encourage dancers to embrace starting and finishing their tricks with placed arms, extended lines, and pointed feet. The details are critical to a polished, fluid performance.
- Make It Graceful: Tricks should land softly and arms should move with the trick (i.e. using the arms in a circular manner in an aerial looks much prettier than bent arms). Emphasize the importance of grace in acrobatic training.
- Incorporate a Variety of Tricks: Utilize forward passes, backward passes, power tricks, and balance/flexibility tricks. Use different variations of tricks (e.g. a one-handed front walkover or a valdez may be more visually appealing than a front/back walkover). Be diverse in what you choose to incorporate into routines.