Acrobatic gymnastics is a competitive gymnastic discipline where partnerships of gymnasts work together and perform figures consisting of acrobatic moves, dance and tumbling, set to music. There are three types of routines; a 'balance; routine where the focus is on strength, poise and flexibility; a 'dynamic' routine which includes throws, somersaults and catches, and a 'combined' routine which includes elements from both balance and dynamic.
Acrobatic gymnasts perform in pairs or groups. In each partnership, the gymnasts' different sizes and abilities will be balanced to complement each other in order to carry out the complex moves. Some will carry out supporting roles and pitching roles known as bases. They are then balanced with smaller gymnasts who become the 'tops'. The different partnerships seen in competition are:
- 2 females (women's pair)
- 2 males (men's pair)
- mixed pair (a male base and female top)
- women's group (3 females)
- men's group (4 males)
In competition, partnerships perform a routine to music, that has usually been choreographed specifically for them.