Bend Acrobatic Academy provides high quality acrobatic dance programs for all ages & ability levels. Students are inspired to do their best and are provided with top notch, trusted, & accredited training following the Acrobatic Arts syllabus.

Bend Acrobatic Academy is the place for anyone looking for exceptional acro training. Acro programs are a favourite of dancers looking to improve, add, or strengthen their acro dance abilities as well as athletes looking to cross train or anyone looking to learn acrobatics.

Founded in 2021 by Melanie Botelho-Urbanski, Bend Acrobatic Academy began as Bend With Mel (2017-2021). Melanie is known for having extensive experience in acro and her ability to teach strong technique while also keeping training fun & enjoyable for students. All Bend Acrobatic Academy classes are taught by Melanie & she loves sharing her passion for acro with her students.


Youth Aerial & Acro Summer Camp (August 3-6, 2021 at Prairie Circus Arts) registration now open! Click here to learn more.

2021 Summer Acro Intensive (Tuesday eveings at GymKyds) registration now open! Click here to learn more.

What is Acrobatic Dance? 

“Acrobatic Dance, or acro as it is commonly referred to by dancers and dance professionals, is the beautiful fusion of classic dance technique and the precision and athleticism of acrobatic elements. Often defined by unique choreography, acro dancers seamlessly blend musicality, emotional expression, line and extension with acrobatic movements in a dance context. 

Acro’s roots are in traditional Chinese dance, later appearing as a favoured style on the Vaudeville stage. More recently, acro gained popularity with the wide-spread success of the contemporary productions of Cirque du Soleil. Main stream media including dance television programs like “So You Think You Can Dance”, “America’s Best Dance Crew”, and “Dance Moms” have further fuelled its demand in amateur competitive dance and studio settings.

Acro is an especially challenging style for dancers to master as training in both dance and acrobatic elements is required. Acro technique includes balancing, limbering, tumbling, and partnering, based in flexibility, contortion, and strength.” – Acrobatic Arts (