Calisthenics is a uniquely Australian sport which helps to develop discipline of mind and body, team work, a competitive spirit and a sense of commitment.
The word calisthenics comes from the Greek words 'kallos' for beauty and 'thenos' for strength.
Calisthenics is a dynamic combination of dance, gymnastics, singing, folk, apparatus manipulation (club & rods) and ballet. Routines are choreographed to music and performed on stage with costumes and lighting. Calisthenics is regarded as a team sport, but participants can also compete in solo and duo sections.
Calisthenics has a strong focus on deportment and presentation, helping participants to develop confidence in movement and performance and to enjoy the thrill of competing on stage in front of an audience.
There is also a strong focus on teamwork, strength and control, grace and poise, expression through both the body and the face and simply just enjoying different forms of dance and movement.
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.