About calisthenics


The different disciplines incorporate elements of dance, gymnastics, ballet, marching, apparatus technique (rods and clubs), acting and singing.

While primarily a team sport, there is also the opportunity to participate in solo and duo competitions with friends.

Your child will learn between 4 and 6 routines concurrently throughout the year and this is where the diversity of the sport is seen.

Figure March

Through marching, the team displays intricate figures and patterns whilst highlighting good deportment and uniformity.

Free Exercise


The team performs a series of strong movements involving flexibility, control and uniformity of movement. Pupils operate with 'free arms' meaning they hold no apparatus.

Rod Exercises


Similar movements to free exercises are performed, with the added complication of manipulating a long rod constantly and quickly throughout the routine.

Club Swinging


This is probably the hardest routine to perform correctly. Teams are required to swing clubs in unison with perfect rhythm and uniformity in a circular action.

Younger age groups may first practice club swinging with lighter flags that are easier to manipulate.

Aesthetic Exercises


Graceful and balletic movements are performed in this item. Teams are expected to interpret music with feeling and softness, as reflected throughout their body and facial expressions.

Fancy item


This is a generic term that covers a range of different dance-type routines. Typically a theme is chosen and the aim of the item is to portray a story to the audience.

The type of fancy item performed is rotated each year and can include folk dance (performing the national dance of a country), song and dance, song and action (combination of singing and free exercise) or stage medley (combination of singing, dance and free exercise).

Inters fancy

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