Rhythmic Gymnastics

Rhythmic gymnastics (RG) is a culmination of ballet and modern dance, flexibility and musical interpretation. Gymnasts perform floor routines with five hand held apparatus.

Musician and teacher Emile-Jacques Dalcroze (1865-1950) pioneered the first eurhythmics methods. Proving popular in the newly established Soviet Union, Rhythmic Sportive Gymnastics was born in 1946. The first World Championships were held in 1963 with the floor exercise and hoop – ball, clubs, ribbon and rope later followed.


Hoop
Gymnasts move through and over the hoop as it is rolled, rotated and released through a variety of delicate and powerful movements.

Ball
The gymnast and the ball should move in perfect harmony as they roll, bounce and throw the ball with control and precision.

Clubs
Characteristics include small circles, large throws and asymmetric movements requiring exceptional hand eye and psychomotor skills.

Ribbon
Possibly the most recognised rhythmic apparatus, gymnasts create designs in space whilst passing through or over the ribbon.

Rope
A dynamic apparatus where gymnasts perform leaps and turns whilst skipping, rotating, releasing and catching the rope.

Group
Synchronicity is the key as five gymnasts collaborate movements and exchanges of apparatus.

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