What is Calisthenics?
Greek: “kallos” meaning beauty and “sthenos” meaning strength
Calisthenics is a uniquely Australian artistic performance sport. It involves pupils working in a team and learning routines which are performed to music. There are also opportunities to compete individually.
Calisthenics is a dynamic combination of gymnastics, ballet, dance, marching, singing, acting and apparatus work (Clubs and Rods), and helps to develop discipline of mind and body, team work, a healthy competitive spirit and a sense of commitment.
Calisthenics has a strong focus on deportment and presentation, helping participants to develop confidence in movement and performance and to enjoy the euphoria of competing on stage in front of an audience.
There is a strong focus on flexibility, strength and control, grace and poise, expression through both the body and the face and experiencing different forms of dance and movement. Calisthenics promotes team work and friendship and helps to develop coordination, discipline and an appreciation for music, rhythms and melodies of all kinds.
Performances at competitions involve wearing stunning costumes, making the performances very effervescent and exciting both for the participants and the audience. Stage presentation, make-up and hair design also add to the presentation.