Acrobatic Dance is a beautiful fusion of classic dance technique* with the precision and athleticism of acrobatic/tumbling skills. Using the highly acclaimed “ACROBATIC ARTS” program, students will progress at their own pace through LEVELS where they learn the necessary exercises and procedures to safely master tumbling skills that can be incorporated seamlessly into dance choreography. They will gain the grace, flexibility, balance, and strength that makes a beautiful dancer. These classes will foster confidence, body awareness, and the value of hard work and dedication. A foundation in acrobatic dance will greatly benefit students in all areas of dance! Please read our ACRO PARENT PACKET for more information about our program.

Grace Christian Dance Company is one of only four studios in the Pittsburgh area to be certified through Acrobatic Arts. Students will learn under the direct supervision and spotting of Mrs. Black or Miss Porcari, both certified Acrobatic Arts Instructors.

*The dance technique portion will be taught in Ballet and GCD Company Classes and the acrobatic elements are taught in our ACRO-DANCE classes. To be in ACRO levels 3 and above, you must be enrolled in an additional Ballet or a GCD Company Class. 


Acro-dancers lose flexibility and strength when there are long breaks. For this reason, ACRO-DANCE runs all year long. Dancers taking extended breaks (summer) will need to retest their level. Dancers taking a year off will need to review by starting back at the Primary Level. All new ACRO students start in the Primary class and move to Level 1 as soon as they have mastered all Primary skills.

Classes are held on Thursdays at Crossroads Church at 1120 Boyce Road in Upper St. Clair, PA.

Thursdays (September 2019-May 2020):

4:15-5:15 – LEVELS 4+ 

5:15-6:15 – PRIMARY

6:15-7:15 – LEVEL 1

7:15-8:15 – LEVEL 2

7:45-8:15 – BALLET FOR ACRO (LEVELS 3+)

8:15-9:15 – LEVEL 3

Check our CALENDAR for testing days, days off and ACRO “Olympics” dates.

Summer Schedule




Non-GCDC students:

ACRO-DANCE PRIMARY, LEVELS 1 & 2 – $45/ month

ACRO LEVELS 3+  require taking an additional ballet or company class. Contact Mrs. Black for placement or if you are being technically trained at another dance studio. We offer a 30-minute ($35/month) ballet class directly before Level 3 ACRO.


Current GCDC students:

Currently enrolled GCDC dancers are able to add-on an ACRO-DANCE class (and other offerings) at a reduced rate, September-April.

$35/month – first add-on class per child

$25/month – second add-on class (same child)

$15/month – for each additional add-on class (same child)

NOTE: May-August, when GCDC technique classes are not offered, ACRO is no longer an add-on and regular rates apply. 



$5 late fee is assessed to tuition not paid at the first class of each month. To avoid this late fee, mail us your payment or pay online.

$25 family registration fee is due for all GCDC programs. If you take more than one category of class (GCDC classes, BALLET, TAP, ACRO), you pay this fee only once each year.

$15 Showcase family fee is due if your child is participating in our May Showcase. There is no ticket cost for the event.

Girls are required to purchase the uniform pieces and 2 acro-blocks. Acro blocks are for Level 1 and above and are available for purchase from our front desk and are $10/block. You are welcome to substitute your own block measuring 4x6x8.





Properly fitting attire is necessary for the safety of the participants. 

1. Black cap sleeved leotard

2. Black capris – must fit tightly around entire leg.

3. Hair is completely secure for entire class. A tight bun is acceptable or other hairstyle that you have approved with your child’s instructor.

4. Bare feet

5. *Two acro-blocks used for stretching (Levels 1 and above)

*These items can be purchased through GCDC for $10/block.



ACRO-DANCERS have the opportunity to showcase their skills at our REC, TAP, BALLET & ACRO-DANCE SHOWCASE. This is an informal showing of what the girls have been learning.  Showcase will be approximately 45 minutes long with a cookie reception to follow.  There is a $15 family fee to participate in this showcase. There is no ticket cost for this event, but we will need a head count ahead of time. Parents will need to sign up to bring items for the reception. 

As this program grows, we look forward to incorporating the skills the GCDC enrolled dancers are learning into their dances in our annual Spring Production!



There is a $25 family registration fee to participate in GCDC classes including ACRO. It is due every August or at the time of registration. If you take more than one category of class (GCDC classes, TAP, BALLET, ACRO), you pay this fee only once each year.

Except for March, April and May, enrollment is continually open for ACRO-DANCE. 









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