Calisthenics encourages physical development, co-ordination, team work and team spirit. It also enhances emotional and social development by supporting pupils to create and maintain strong friendships.
Calisthenics develops an appreciation of music and rhythm, the beauty of line and the excitement of presenting on stage. It teaches self-discipline and strengthens individual confidence, not only on stage but through all aspects of life.
Calisthenics predominately involves a team of pupils, learning dance, gymnastic tricks, technical skills and apparatus technique to create routines that are choreographed to music.
Teams present their routines, in costume at competitions. Students learn up to six routines concurrently throughout the year. Each routine requires varying skills and this is where the diversity of the sport is seen. Routines usually comprise of March, Freearm, Aesthetics, Song & Dance and two apparatus routines using a Rod and a set of Clubs. A different costume is worn for each different routine at competitions.
Calisthenics is a competitive sport. A passionate commitment is required during the year to attend, at the minimum, weekly classes, dress rehearsal, up to 5 competitions in various locations around Victoria and the End of Season Concert.
During the year, there will be Team Bonding activities and at the end of the year, a Presentation Night.