Bend Acrobatic Academy is dedicated to offering the highest quality Acrobatic Dance programs in Winnipeg. All programs are delivered with care and a focus on empowering each individual student to reach their personal best.
Founded in 2021 by Melanie Botelho-Urbanski, Bend Acrobatic Academy evolved from a side project Melanie started in 2017 called Bend With Mel. While also teaching acro dance at a studio, in her off time Melanie would run summer intensives, camps, workshops, & private training. In 2021 Melanie decided it was time to grow Bend With Mel into something greater and ventured out on her own to create Bend Acrobatic Academy. BAA now rents spaces around Winnipeg to run year-round classes, host summer camps, workshops, & private training, as well as offer in-studio experiences and competition choreography.
What sets Bend Acrobatic Academy apart is the caliber of training offered & the welcoming, positive, & inclusive atmosphere. With the popularization & growth in demand for acro dance in recent years, many dance studios now offer acro dance training. However, in Manitoba there is a shortage of certified and experienced teachers able to offer great acro programs. Bend Acrobatic Academy hopes to fill this gap and be a place open to anyone wanting to learn strong & technically sound acro from an instructor who knows acrobatics inside and out.
Bend Acrobatic Academy welcomes dancers from all studios, athletes of any kind, or anyone of any ability level looking to learn acro. At BAA it is all about helping students achieve their own personal best, and equipping them with the best training to do so.
Melanie Botelho-Urbanski, Director & Founder of Bend Acrobatic Academy
Melanie’s journey in acrobatics, flexibility, & fitness began when she took her first acrobatics lessons at four years old. Since then Melanie has studied various styles of dance, artistic gymnastics, cheerleading, contortion, aerial acrobatics, hand balancing, and Pilates. She has competed and trained in dance and gymnastics across Canada and the United States. Melanie’s focus is now on teaching acrobatics & flexibility; though she continues to train whenever possible and occasionally performs professionally. Melanie continues to develop as an artist and teacher and participates in professional development opportunities whenever possible.
Melanie enjoys teaching all ages and levels from beginners to highly advanced students. Her work as a teacher brings her great pride. Teaching students to train safely & effectively is of great importance to her. She is a fully certified Acrobatic Arts teacher having completed her Module 1 & 2 courses. Melanie is also Alixa Flexibility Certified (Modules 1-4) and N.C.C.P Level 1 certified in Artistic Gymnastics. In addition, Melanie is a graduate of the University of Manitoba having attained a Bachelors’ Degree in Recreation and Community Development (B.R.M.C.D.)
One of Melanie’s greatest passions is teaching Acro dance. She enjoys creating choreography that blends dance and Acro seamlessly. Her competitive pieces are often crowd favourites and have won multiple judges choice, all around high score, and audience choice awards. Melanie is passionate about teaching and loves sharing her knowledge and skill with her students. She hopes to have a long career helping students grow & realize their potential.