What is Calisthenics?
Calisthenics is an artistic sport that is unique to Australia. Calisthenics is a team based, competitive performing art, taking elements of rhythmic gymnastics & ballet combined with a strong emphasis on theatricality, costume, dance and musical interpretation. A dynamic art form where gymnastics & dance come together and friendships & confidence are fostered.
The word calisthenics comes from the Greek words ‘kallos’ for beauty and ‘thenos’ for strength. Indeed, the components of the sport aim at achieving those physical attributes.
Calisthenics, as we know it today, involves a team of pupils learning routines choreographed to music – each of about three minutes duration – and presenting those routines at competitions. Pupils learn approximately six routines concurrently throughout a year and this is where the diversity of the sport is seen. Children and adults of all ages thrive on the variety and challenges offered in the many facets of Calisthenics.