What is Rhythmic Gymnastics:

Rhythmic gymnastics is an Olympic sport that combines elements of ballet, acrobatics, contortion and creative movements to music, while working with ribbons, balls, hoops, ropes and clubs in a highly choreographed dance-and-tumble routine. 

Each movement of a rhythmic gymnastics routine involves a high degree of athletic skill, body and equipment mastery. Physical abilities needed by a rhythmic gymnast include strength, power, flexibility, agility, dexterity and endurance. In the group event, athletes need to develop teamwork, sensitivity, quick adaptation and anticipation, in addition to the aforementioned skills.

Because each piece of apparatus is so different in its composition, the athlete must coordinate very difficult body movements with the apparatus elements.

Endless Benefits of Rhythmic Gymnastics:

  • Develops strength and agility on both sides of the body.

  • Enhances fine motor skill coordination and manual dexterity development by using hand apparatus.

  • Develops gross motor skills by incorporating large body movements such as running, skipping, galloping, jumping, hopping, balancing, turning, and leaping.

  • Develops strength through gross motor skills.

  • Develops hand-eye and foot-eye coordination.

  • Improves flexibility through safely stretching muscle groups prior to static and dynamic activities.

  • Develops a keen sense of balance.

  • Develops grace using various dance movements with music

  • Enhances Psychological and Social Skills

  • Develops social skills in relating with other children while working together in small groups.

  • Develops skills of interacting with adult (teacher), other than patents, in a positive learning setting.

  • Enhances positive self-image through the development verbal and physical skills.

  • Helps gain individuality by the uniqueness of the sport.

  • Builds self-esteem. Cognitive Skills

  • Develops an early sense of rhythm as it introduces different styles of and tempos of music.

  • Develops musicality as it enhances auditory awareness.

  • Develops spatial awareness through movement in a large space.

  • Introduces the concept of levels and speeds.

  • Develops memory retention by teaching various combinations of skills.

  • Develops directional skills and use of patterns though a variety of techniques with equipment.

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