The name Calisthenics comes
from the Greek words 'kallos'
for beauty and 'sthenos' for
strength. While this is the basic aim of the sport, the social aspect,
and the confidence and self-esteem building of its participants
is considered just as important.
is widely practiced in Australia and is recognised as a fun and
healthy way to keep fit for children of all ages. It is a uniquely
Australian sport, which requires discipline of mind and body, teamwork,
a competitive spirit and a sense of responsibility.
Calisthenics allows participants to:
friendships in a fun atmosphere
skills and techniques
poise, flexibility and dance movement
importance of commitment and teamwork
is performed on a stage and therefore requires detailed choreography
under limited space conditions. In addition to the team events there
are also solo activities known as Graceful Calisthenics Solo, Calisthenics
Solo, and Calisthenics Duos.
The Graceful Solo is designed to enhance the competitor's poise
and grace, flexibility, musical interpretation and dance technique.
The Best Type Solo and Duo sections require the competitor to incorporate
jazz/contemporary dance with gymnastic and strength skills. Thus,
the trained calisthenics competitor has a wide repertoire, but more
importantly has developed self-discipline, self-confidence, poise
and grace, while enjoying a healthy sport under organised conditions.
Song & Dance