The world of acrobatics has an exciting and powerful allure like no other.

Unfortunately, very often, we have seen only a single body type represented from the aerial arts to dance to gymnastics: small, lean, and trim.

But this concept is changing rapidly as acrobatics grows up.

There are now many acrobatic artists who are representing a variety of different body types. Contrary to popular belief, bodies of any size and shape can participate in acrobatics, and they can also be very successful at it.

Meet lexa Moreno, a body-shamed Mexican Olympic gymnast performing at Rio 2016. Learn more.

In days past, living in an abundant body might have been considered by some to be a bar from participation in acrobatics.

But now, a world of possibility is open to anyone who wants to explore its many avenues. From training and performance to visibility in the media, acrobatics can be accessible to all.

Body-positive Curricula

Some schools even offer a focus on body-positive curricula such as the Well Rounded Circus Class at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts in Seattle, Washington.

This course fosters personal progress in a creative, supportive group atmosphere, emphasizing physical, social, and emotional evolution.

Will body size be an issue for you when you are thinking of starting out in acrobatics? Only if you make it one. Beginning a new venture is always a challenge, so give yourself a pat on the back for your bravery!

Sized Acrobats: Two Artists Paving the Way

Many curvy and voluptuous acrobats are venturing into the world of acrobatics, taking to the stage, and making positive headlines. Here are just a few examples for inspiration:

  • Lyra Artist Dilya Abdulaeva defies standards and stereotypes on her flying aerial hoop. The Russian circus artist has done what the circus does best: making the seemingly impossible become real.

Having mastered numerous advanced tricks such as the high-risk double ankle hang and the scorpion, which is a contortion move, Dilya creates aerial acts that are sure to entertain any audience with her mix of skill, strength, stage presence, and humor.

  • Pole Dance Artist and Instructor Ro’Yale takes acrobatic arts to new heights as she celebrates the beauty of curves in herself and in her students. The athletic artist proves that with determination and the right environment, pole dancing is not just for those of a certain body size. 

Risk Factors for Person of Size

Practicing acrobatics comes with many risks for anyone, whether they are beginning level or professional.

The simple fact is that acrobatics can be dangerous, so always work with a good teacher and a crash mat.

As a person of size, you may be aware of some added dangers. However, when you are working with the right instructor who will guide you and cheer you on every step of the way, you will learn ways to minimize your risk.

Many newcomers to acrobatics find that the limitations they perceive are only in their minds. Strength and flexibility can be developed over time.

Practice makes perfect, and anything is possible with the right mindset. 

Acrobatics and Your Healthy Lifestyle

Practicing acrobatics is not just a part-time job.

To progress, it takes commitment to a healthy, all-around lifestyle. If your goal is to get fit, acrobatics can be one way to support that. But you will likely notice that you are too busy having fun and getting strong to fixate on actual numbers. 

Acrobatics is for everyone, and its goal is to create a happier world for all. If you have ever wanted to try it out, now is the time.

Find a good school and instructor and see where it will take you!

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