The sport with performing at its heart
Calisthenics is a unique Australian sport that combines dancing, singing, gymnastics and technical skills.
Calisthenics develops strong, confident performers through teamwork. Discipline and technique, grace and poise are fostered in a fun and friendly club environment, where families can connect and performers can develop skills, and friendships, that last a lifetime.
Our performers learn skills that inspire them to take centre stage at competitions, and in life.
We help to develop:
- discipline of mind and body
- team work
- a competitive spirit and
- a sense of commitment.
Calisthenics is a dynamic combination of Gymnastics, Dance, Apparatus (Clubs and Rods), Marching, Singing and Acting, all musically choreographed and performed on a stage. The various dance styles and skills ensure the items are entertaining to both watch and perform.
Calisthenics has a strong focus on deportment and presentation, helping participants to develop confidence in movement and performance and to improve deportment and overall fitness. There is a strong focus on flexibility, strength and control, grace and poise, expression through both the body and the face and simply just enjoying different forms of dance and movement.
Aims of Calisthenics
The word ‘calisthenics’ comes from the Greek words ‘kallos’ (meaning ‘beauty’) and ‘sthenos’ (meaning ‘strength’).
Our sport aims to achieve these physical attributes in addition to developing emotional and social development of students through friendship and teamwork.
There are 8000 of participants throughout Australia. Calisthenics has a strong focus on deportment and presentation, helping participants to develop confidence in movement and performance and to enjoy the thrill of competing on stage in front of an audience several times a year. It also helps improve deportment and overall grooming, which continues to help them throughout their lives.
Participants learn to appreciate and interpret different styles of music with different styles of movement and dance. There is a strong focus on flexibility, strength and control, grace and poise, expression through both the body and the face and simply just enjoying different forms of dance and movement.
Calisthenics encompasses several types of dance styles. Team items include a variety of dance styles, depending on the age and skill level of the participants. These routine combine dancing, singing, gymnastics and balletic movements to provide a spectacular and entertaining performance.
Teamwork is important. So is the bonding and the friendships that the students develop.
Calisthenics also offers the opportunities for individual training, allowing the students to compete at competitions and dance eisteddfods. The pinnacle of a solo pathway is the Graceful Girl section of the Royal South Street Competitions.
Students can also select a pathway that involves Cadet training and Coaching.