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An Eichenriederin in the flick-flack to the World Cup in Croatia


Dancing and gymnastics? Annalena Hennig has the power combo down: AcroDance. And it's already very successful.

Dancing and gymnastics?

Annalena Hennig has the power combo down: AcroDance.

And it's already very successful.


– First a flick flack, then the stretch somersault – Annalena Hennig sweeps across the stage.

For more than two minutes she goes full throttle, throwing her well-trained body through the air – without forgetting the choreography she has rehearsed and always in time with the booming music.

The discipline is called "Acrobatic Dance", "and that's exactly my mood," says the 21-year-old beaming.

Let's flash back: The woman from Eichenried has been dancing since she was a child - at home, in a club, but also as a dancer on Shrove Sunday in front of thousands of visitors in the center of Erding.

Annalena Hennig is also a top gymnast, was a member of the German sports aerobics squad and with the national team at the Cheerleading World Championships in the USA.

Health problems stopped the bundle of temperaments, but she has long been back - and has found the perfect combination for her with AcroDance.

When it comes to gymnastics, she once admitted to the local newspaper that she really only likes floor exercises anyway.

And that is exactly what is extremely important with its many elements in AcroDance, which represents a fusion of acrobatics and dance because of its movements and music synchronization.

This requires not only talent, but a tremendous amount of training.

But that's not a problem for her anyway, says Hennig.

"I've loved exercising all my life.

That's perfect for me," says the woman from Eichenried, who is currently training to become a state-certified gymnastics teacher at the Kleine Nestler School in Munich.

She works on her performance for four hours a day.

At the weekend she practices with choreographers and her friends in the Dance Gallery in Eching.

And then there is the Ukrainian dance teacher, who now lives in Berlin and regularly comes to the region to train with the athletes and, for example, to design the freestyle for Annalena Hennig.


Annalena Hennig's flights of fancy look like the picture on the left. 

© Tony Maher

But not only the Ukrainian works with the Eichenriederin.

“I have several solos and a different coach for each solo.

In addition, we also have experts who practice technique and dancing with us.” The special music that the choreography goes with – Hennig loves to be creative together with the experts.

"It's just great to create something together."

There are also no compulsory elements in the competitions.

"It's completely up to the athletes," she explains.

"The jury then evaluates technique, acrobatics and expression."

And apparently the judges like what the Eichenriederin can do.

In the Kronenbuschhalle in Wesseling (near Cologne) she not only won her category last week.

She was also allowed to take part in the dance gala in the evening.

"Actually, that would not have been planned for my division, but the organizers made an exception," she says.

Apparently for a good reason, because "in the evening I was awarded for the best performance of the entire tournament," reports Hennig.

Around 1500 dancers presented themselves at this four-day competition.

For Hennig, however, this was only an intermediate station.

The next one followed at the weekend in Zell am See, where she won the AcroDance category at "DanceStar Austria" and also took second place among 333 participants in the Contemporary.

In both categories she qualified for the World Championships in Croatia.

And she's already qualified for the Dance World Cup, which is taking place this year in Braga, Portugal - at breakneck speed with flip-flops and stretched somersaults.

Source: merkur

All sports articles on 2023-03-23

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