About Calisthenics

Flexibility and CoOrdination
Singing and Drama
Grace and Deportment

What is calisthenics?

Calisthenics is a unique Australian artistic sport that combines:

  • Gymnastics and Apparatus (clubs & rods) performed to music
  • Ballet and Dance (modern & folk)
  • Singing and Drama
  • Marching in formations

Benefits of calisthenics

Some of the many benefits include:

  • Physical development
  • Core Stability
  • Flexibility
  • Strength
  • Deportment
  • Coordination
  • Rhythm and musical appreciation
  • Self-confidence and self-discipline
  • Team spirit
  • Commitment

What to expect at calisthenics

During the year, pupils learn between 4 to 7 different items (depending on age group). Items can include March, Clubs, Freearm, Rods, Aesthetics, Folk/Character Dance, Action Song, and Calisthenic Revue. Each item has its own musical theme and costume.

Routines are performed in a team on stage against other Clubs. Competing clubs are matched by level and age group.

In addition to the various competitions, an Annual Concert is held at the end of the year to showcase all routines learnt to family and friends and for special presentations to be awarded.  All students who have participated during the year at competitions are presented with their competition medals at a special Presentation Night prior to the concert.

Here at Doncaster Calisthenics Club, emphasis is placed on enjoyment of our sport and achieving personal goals, striving to do your best, experiencing the excitement of being part of a team, making new friendships and having fun!


More information about team items

If you are not familiar with the type of items performed at calisthenics, please read all about them here.    Note that not all items described are taught in each age-group and can even vary each year.