Calisthenics Items

CORE ITEMS

FIGURE MARCH:
March is a team item, where team members perform a series of intricate patterns and formations around the stage.The  main focus of a march is correct  deportment, rhythm and precision of each of
the team members. March is set to a piece of music and is very  entertaining for the audience to watch.

FREE EXERCISES:
Free exercises (commonly called  Freearm) are performed by  the team with no apparatus. The flexibility and agility of the pupils  make possible the interesting and varied movements, which involve strong  gymnastic style movements.Younger sections start with simple basic movements that must be correct in detail and uniformity.  As the item progresses through the age groups, it becomes more challenging depending on the girls strength and abilities.

ROD EXERCISES:
Commonly known as ‘rods’, this is a challenging item.  Based upon similar movements to ‘Freearm’ with the added challenge of manipulating a long rod constantly and effortlessly. The rod is made of metal and is approximately 5 –10mm in diameter. The manipulation of  this  simple piece of equipment demonstrates the pinnacles of coordination that the  members of a disciplined team can achieve. Whilst the rod itself is the
focal  point, the use of the body and the legs are also incorporated into the  exercises.

CLUB SWINGING:
Club swinging is a most difficult art. It demands coordination,   concentration and many hours of practice. An accomplished team can execute complex movements as each club swings through a perfect circle on an imaginary plane. The performers must aim to swing as mirror images of one another and again, teamwork is essential. It  requires no special physical attributes, just pure  determination and lots of practise. An excellent performance of club swinging  can hold an audience breath-taken and a single murmur will not be  heard.

AESTHETIC EXERCISES:
The aesthetic section comprises a  series of movements, which are soft and flowing. Music is chosen for its variety  of mood and tempo, but  more particularly to facilitate the flow of the routine  and the expression of
the performers. Movements should be soft and flowing  whilst maintaining poise, strength, and at times demonstrating flexibility.  Arm  and feet positions are  taken from Classical Ballet with a softer feel. Elevated movements are not permitted.

FANCY ITEMS

These  “fancy” items are  rotated between the age groups each year, enabling a greater  variety in the work  performed each year.One fancy item is  performed by our younger age groups, and two fancy items are performed by the  older age groups.

SONG WITH ACTIONS:
Song with Actions is mostly performed in the younger sections.  It involves singing and acting to tell the audience a story.  With stage props and colourful costumes, children enjoy acting out fantasies and make-believe whilst singing their favourite rhymes and songs. Singing is the most important aspect of the item
and  many hours of practise is required to present a tuneful and entertaining item.

SONG & DANCE:
This item  is  predominately seen in the older sections.  Combining singing with modern  dance,  it is important to make sure the theme of the song is carried through to the  style of dance steps, and costume choice.  Equal weight is placed on both the  singing quality and correct dance technique. Overall presentation, facial
expression and style, also play a key role in presenting a successful Song and Dance.

FOLK/CHARACTER DANCE:
Folk/Character  Dance is a display of National Folk Dancing  from all regions of the world.   Correct technique of steps, patterns, authentic costume design and music must be  followed.  Pupils are required to display  character from the region through body  and facial expressions.  Team work and overall entertainment is of  essence.

RHYTHMIC DANCE:
Rhythmic Dance is only  taught in the older sections.  It  requires graceful dancing, strength and poise  as with aesthetic, however elevation is an essential component.Interpretation of a theme is portrayed through the use of  mime, graceful dance, classical music and beautiful costumes. It begins with the  curtain down, lifting to reveal an item that is often compared to a classical  ballet performance.

CALISTHENIC REVUE:
Calisthenic Revue  is a fairly new item, which gives the coach a chance to be creative with  the  choreography and themes. The item  should  be entertaining with lots of variety, energy and enthusiasm. Calisthenic revew can include singing,  dancing, physical work or any other component of  calisthenics. Marks are generated based on technique,  musical choice, entertainment value, theme and variety of  composition.

Solo and Duo