What is Calisthenics?

Calisthenics is one of the fastest growing artistic sports – unique to Australia.

The word calisthenics comes from the Greek words ‘kallos’ for beauty and ‘thenos’ for strength. Indeed, the components of the sport aim at achieving those physical attributes, but the sport also influences the emotional and social development of girls and boys through friendship and teamwork. Calisthenics, as we know it today, involves a team of pupils learning routines choreographed to music – each of about three to four minutes duration – and presenting those routines at competitions. Pupils learn approximately six routines concurrently throughout a year and this is where the diversity of the sport is seen. There are different levels of Calisthenics; some clubs have non-competitive classes, performing only at their annual concert. Other teams compete during the year at a number of competitions, performing on stage in costumes. Queensland also has a State Representative Team that competes at the Australian National Championships.

When are classes?

Each age group will attend class once a week. Please see our Class Times for more information

What about during school holidays?

All Competition groups run during most school holidays and you will be advised of any class cancelation in advance.

What should I/my child wear to class?

Black leotards should be worn at all times. Girls are welcome to wear footless or stirrup tights (to prevent slipping over) and crossovers during winter. Master do not need to wear a leotard however for all age groups it’s important that practice clothes are tight-fitting so that coaches can easily see the girls’ body movements and ensure they are being performed correctly and without risk of injury.

Where and when are competitions held?

Team Competitions are held between August and October each year. Some competitions are held here on the Gold Coast, however the other venues we may need to travel too are Brisbane, Redcliffe, Sunshine Coast and Maryborough (these alternate each year). We enter approx. 3 – 4 comps a year, and you are notified of these dates at the beginning of the year.

What make-up will my daughter/I have to wear?

For competitions, girls wear foundation, lipstick, eyeshadow, eyeliner, Eyelashes and leg tan or tights this does vary between age groups. All younger age groups will go on stage with limited makeup.

Will I have to make costumes and props?

We have a costume coordinator who takes care of this. However, from time to time she may need help so if you are a sewer and would like to help make costumes, then please let it be known when you enrol. If you want to help make props please let us know of your special talents when you enrol so we can be sure to have the best props around. We encourage families to volunteer when possible, creating a family like atmosphere.

What qualifications do the coaches have?

All our coaches are Level 1 qualified, hold First Aid Certificates and Working with Children Checks. We also have Assistant coaches who are currently doing the level 1 course and Cadet coaches who will complete 4 years of hard training before completing their level 1. There is ALWAYS a level 1 coach in class at ALL times.

What do the fees cover? What other costs are there?

Fees vary for each age group. For all fee information please email jenalan69@bigpond.com