Art and performance
Rhythmic Gymnastics is the perfect combination of sport and art, linking expressive dance steps with skillful manipulations of the ball, rope, ribbon, hoop or clubs: throw, spin, spiral, roll and catch.
Rhythmic Gymnastics (RG):
Develops posture and confident body movement, for sport and life
Enhances co-ordination and agility, for body awareness and balance
Enhances creativity and builds self-confidence
Increases flexibility and strength and prepares the body for the life's challenges
Develops healthy minds and bodies for now and later life
Rhythmic gymnastics is for women and girls of all ages. Experience Rhythmic Gymnastics and watch your confidence and creative skills grow in leaps and bounds. Once you've found a club and learnt the basics, you can develop your skills for fun and fitness or challenge yourself further through competitions from local to national, right through to international level.
Rhythmic Gymnastics can be performed individually or in groups of up to 5 gymnasts. The skill and variety of apparatus exchanges between gymnasts in group performances adds to beautiful spectacle of this Gym sport.
The following apparatus are used in competitive Rhythmic Gymnastics:
Rope: Light and supple, in hemp or synthetic material; use the rope to leap over or skip then add in swings, throws, circles, rotations and figures of eight.
Hoop: made of plastic or wood; rotate the hoop around the hand or body then add rolls, swings, circles, figures of eight, throws, passes through and over the hoop.
Ball: made of rubber or synthetic material, 18 - 20 cm in diameter; rest the ball in the hand then add throws, bounces or rolls.
Clubs: made of wood or synthetic material; use the clubs for rhythmical tapping then add mills and small circles, asymmetric movements, throws and catches.
Ribbon: 6 meters long and probably the most popular event for the spectators; use the ribbon for large, smooth flowing movements to make spirals and circles then add swings, circles and serpents.
Freehand: performances without apparatus; instead the emphasis is on style, technique and execution of dance skills. Freehand is most often seen in lower levels.