Joyelle Calisthenics encourages participation within a team, working with other participants to preform to each others strengths and encourage one another.
02. Skill Development
Calisthenics promotes physical development, co-ordination and self-discipline through learning a variety of routines choreographed to music.
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What is calisthenics?
Calisthenics is a unique Australian sport that encourages physical development, co-ordination, team work and self discipline. A variety of routines choreographed to music are performed in a theatre, in front of an audience and an adjudicator. These routines have influence from controlled exercises and gymnastics, marching, singing, simplified ballet, fold and modern dance.
There are many different disciplines or routines that can be taught in Calisthenics. The core items which are taught every year and form the basis of Calisthenics skills are:
Figure March – Develops rhythm, core stability, extension and deportment of the body. It involves a whole team marching together creating intricate patterns.
Clubs – Clubs is one of two apparatus routines. It involves the swinging of clubs in unison with rhythm and uniformity. Clubs are often swung in different directions and doing different movements. (Not performed by Tinies)
Free Exercises – Displays team strength and flexibility. It is a series of movement involving flexibility, strength, control and uniformity performed with no apparatus.
Rods – Similar to Free Exercises but is performed with a long rod. Participants twist, manipulate, and flash the rod to develop the shoulder, arm and wrist while incorporating leg and dance work.
Aesthetic/Rhythmical Aesthetic – A Ballet influenced discipline and is performed with a long flowing dress. The team interprets the music through graceful, flowing body movements.
Fancy Items: Folk Dance, Character/Folk Dance, Song and Dance, Song and Action/Movement, Calisthenic Spectacular, Calisthenic Revue, Rhythmic Interpretation, Dance Rods, Dance Arrangement, Stage Medley. These routines are usually highly costumed and theme based.
Skills, Test & Grading
Calisthenics ACT run the Cali-dance skills program in Term 4 each year. Practice classes through Cali ACT are organised as part of preperation for this, alternatively some clubs offer private classes. The aim of the program is to develop the technical base skills of participants. A small number of lessons are attended and a syllabus of moves and routines are learnt by the girls. The final step is an examination in groups with an adjudicator where the girls are marked on how the syllabus is presented.
Cali-dance skills are important for competitors who are working towards a National selection for solo/duo routines. There are different test and grade levels required for different age groups.
Visit the ACF website for the complete range of syllabus, videos, music tracks and other calisthenics skills resources.
The TEAM competition runs throughout the year with training commencing in February until October. Three competitions are held between June to September to perform the team routines. Teams compete with up to six other clubs from across the ACT for places that range from 5th to 1st. With only three competitions per year it is essential to have a full team on stage. Missing a competition can result in loss of points or disqualification.
The SOLO/DUO competition is another consideration for participants to compete in. Participating in these additional three competitions held between March and May are optional for competitors. There are two types of solos – a graceful, which is ballet based routines; or a calisthenics solo that is a variety of all types of dance with a concentration on strength and flexibility. A duo routine is similar to a calisthenics solo and is performed by two participants.
Nationals is one of the most highly anticipated events in the Calisthenics calendar. Each year Calisthenics ACT holds workshops for participants to be selected for their age group to be part of the ACT Representative Team to compete at Nationals against the other States and Territories. Nationals are held in a different location each year and is a great way to enhance participation skills in calisthenics. Solos and Duo are also preformed at Nationals.
Throughout the year some teams may travel interstate to compete in various competitions around Australia.