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Combining acrobatics and dance

When I was 2, I started taking dance lessons at LoPresti Dance Theatre. Like most girls, I first took ballet, tap and creative-movement classes. Then, when I was about 7, I found a new dance style, Acro. I had jazz that day and watched another class perform their recital dance for us. I was amazed at what that class had learned. It was a combination of acrobatics, gymnastics and dance.

When I got home, I told my mom about this class. My mom signed me up for this, and I loved it. I've been dancing with this class for about five years. What you learn in this class are . . . back handsprings, front handsprings, cartwheels, back walkovers, front walkovers, handstands and much more.

My Acro teacher's name is Miss Beckie. She is really nice and is a great teacher. In the first few years that I signed up for this class, I hardly knew the basics, but I learned so much along the way.

There are three levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. When I turned 9, Miss Beckie finally said I could join the intermediate class. I felt really proud of myself. I really enjoy coming to this class every Saturday. It's fun and hard work, but you learn a lot. Dance is my life, but Acro is what makes me a better dancer.

I am sure you may have this at your dance school, but if you don't, try LoPresti, 145 Smithtown Blvd., Nesconset. Call 631-979-6047, or go to


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