Connecting with a partner initially is challenging. You may have tried reaching out to others but, got no response. Or maybe you’ve tried going to Acro gatherings and feel out place because you don’t have as much experience.
I get it. Sometimes things feel hopeless and don’t work. Like the time I tried to regularly go to classes in Chicago which, took two hours one way with bumper to bumper traffic. Often times never making it to class due to getting so stressed that hysterical crying began followed by turning the car around.
The thing is some things do work. As you know, my first partner was a friend and Yoga teacher. With Francis we initially connected at an Acro festival followed by multiple interactions at classes, jams and workshops. In both these circumstances there were people better than me. The secret was to find someone to work with that you feel comfortable around. Sometimes it happens instantly. Other times the relationship builds over time as you really got to know one another.
TOP 10 PLACES TO FIND AN ACRO PARTNER
- Attend classes and go to jams. The best resource to find out where and when classes and jams are happening worldwide is AcroMaps.
- Your friends, family and partner. The YogabyCandance forum has a great post about ideas to get your man into yoga for all the ladies out there.
- Yoga class – your teacher or fellow students
- Movement classes such as dance, martial arts or adults gymnastics
- The gym
- Attend Acro festivals, retreats and other fun events. AcroCalendar has a comprehensive list of worldwide listings.
- Attend a Yoga festival
- Slacklining – for slackline instruction Yogaslackers is highly recommended. For slackline communities and groups worldwide check out the International Slackline Organization list of resources.
- Circus arts
- Find a regional Acro group. Check out AcroYoga Meetups near you. Also,use AcroMaps group search by region for a super easy way to find local Facebook acro groups
Knowing where to go to find potential partners is one thing. Actually going and interacting in these communities is another. It’s essential get to know the other people and communities you choose to be part of. You actually have to take action by showing up and talking to people.
Remember that it took me anywhere from five months to almost a year to connect with my partners. Sometimes people will respond, sometimes they won’t. Be patient and persistent. Know that eventually the right partner will come along.