It is with great pride that I present to you my acrobatic syllabus “ACROLINK by Greta Brinsley”. Since beginning gymnastics at 5 years old shifting disciplines to dance and acrobatics at 7, my passion has never wavered. After some preliminary years of assistant teaching, I was assigned my own acrobatic class on the Gold Coast. Acrobatics, teaching and the de- constructing of acrobatic skills came easily
to me and through the guidance of the many industry mentors I have had, I have been able to spend focussed and dedicated time refining my teaching methods and craft; my teaching recipe, as I like to call it.
As an ambitious dancer, merging acrobatics with dance has always been a goal of mine; conventionally gymnastics has a stop/start nature, however seamlessly incorporating acrobatic skills within dance in a way that allows the dancer to continue to move through the music and their body has such value in the added possibilities of storytelling.
When done correctly, acrobatics can be one of the most artistically creative sports to watch especially when combining with dance.
I hope that through ACROLINK, whether you: go through all the levels with your students and sit the exams, use it as a class recipe/lesson plan, or keep it as inspiration for different skills when you feel the kids need that little extra challenge that week; I hope it provides you with skills ready and able to be linked with your dance choreography, whether it be a musical theatre, lyrical or jazz-styled acro – the list could go on and on. I have been using this recipe with updates and progressions over my time and it has worked absolute wonders for the kids I coach.
I wholeheartedly believe in what I’ve created within the ACROLINK program and I hope it can inspire and excel the acrobatics in your studios and students, leaving audiences in awe of the beauty, strength, and courage it takes to be an acrobat.
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Through a diverse career spanning almost her entire life, Greta has refined her skills as a vocalist, dancer, actress, acrobat, director, choreographer, adjudicator, examiner and as an educator, allowing the experiences through her own career to compliment her coaching.
Having worked throughout Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the USA both performing, coaching and adjudicating, Greta brings a sound understanding, knowledge and passion for her craft. Highlights include adjudicating for Intensity Dance USA in Detroit and Arizona, performing in the Hannah Montana Tribute show throughout New Zealand and North Queensland, performing at Warner Brothers Movie World on the Gold Coast and featuring as a dancer in the Eurovision TVC starring Julia Zimero. Choreography credits include the opening number of the ‘International Women’s Day’ Gold Coast Breakfast, multiple ‘Make- A-Wish Foundation’ wish granting ceremonies and several Gold Coast Musical Theatre productions including “13”, “Hairspray” and “Annie”. Greta is also a regular guest coach for the international ETEP program which tours Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.
Greta is excited to also be releasing in 2020 her new acrobatic exam syllabus ACROLINK by Greta Brinsley presented by IDT (The International Dance Technique). This international syllabus will see Greta touring New Zealand, Australia, UK and Russia in 2020 for teacher/ student training and examining.
With a Certificate 4 in Dance and Performance, Advanced Dip in Music Theatre, The Acrobatic Dance Association Teachers Certification and a Certificate 4 in Dance Teaching and Management, Greta’s dedication to excellence has encouraged top achievements from her students and choreography both nationally and internationally for soloists, and various group categories. This has ensured Greta an impressive and sought after coach for acrobatics and dance, repeatedly and competitively setting the industry standard for her profession.