6 yrs. old - 16 yrs. old
Acrobatic gymnastics combines the beauty of dance with the strength and agility of acrobatics. Routines are choreographed to music and consist of dance, tumbling, and partner skill. At the elite level, each pair or group performs a balance, dynamic and combined routine. Pyramids and partner holds characterized the balance routine, while synchronized tumbling and intricate flight elements define the dynamic exercise. An acrobatic gymnastics pair consists of a base and a top. A women's group is comprised of three athletes - a base, middle and top partner - while a men's group has four athletes, a base, two middle partners and one top partner.