Rhythmic Gymnastics is the perfect combination of sport and art, linking expressive dance steps with skillful manipulations of the ball, rope, ribbon, hoop or clubs: throw, spin, spiral, roll and catch.
The following apparatus are used in competitive Rhythmic Gymnastics:
Rope – Light and supple, in hemp or synthetic material; use the rope to leap over or skip then add in swings, throws, circles, rotations and figures of eight.
Hoop – made of plastic or wood; rotate the hoop around the hand or body then add rolls, swings, circles, figures of eight, throws, passes through and over the hoop.
Ball – made of rubber or synthetic material, 18 – 20 cms in diameter; rest the ball in the hand then add throws, bounces or rolls.
Batons – made of wood or synthetic material; use the Batons for rhythmical tapping then add mills and small circles, asymmetric movements, throws and catches.
Ribbon – 6 metres long and probably the most popular event for the spectators; use the ribbon for large, smooth flowing movements to make spirals and circles then add swings, circles and serpents.
Freehand – performances without apparatus; instead the emphasis is on style, technique and execution of dance skills. Freehand is most often seen in lower levels.
- Develops posture and confident body movement, for sport and life
- Enhances co-ordination and agility, for body awareness and balance
- Enhances creativity and builds self-confidence
- Increases flexibility and strength and prepares the body for the life’s challenges
- Develops healthy minds and bodies for now and later life