Calisthenics is a uniquely Australian artistic sport. Calisthenics involves a team of participants learning routines choreographed to music, incorporating elements of dance, gymnastics, singing, acting, marching, ballet, apparatus technique and performance skills.
As a sport, Calisthenics improves co-ordination, mobility, balance, strength, flexibility and posture as well as fostering self-esteem and team spirit. As an art, it encourages an appreciation of music rhythm, the celebration of movement and the excitement of performing on stage.
The word Calisthenics comes from the Greek words kallos’ for beauty and thenos’ for strength. There are different levels within Calisthenics: some clubs are recreational and choose to perform only at their end of year concert; other clubs perform during the year at a number of competitions, on stage in costumes.
Calisthenics promotes a healthy body and mind. Being part of a team develops self-discipline, teamwork, commitment, responsibility, self-esteem and lasting friendships. The combination of movement and performance skills provides fitness, co-ordination rhythm, grace, deportment and confidence.