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Calisthenics is one of the fastest growing artistic sports – unique to Australia. Calisthenics is a combination of controlled exercises and gymnastics, marching, singing, simplified ballet, folk and modern dance. Working in teams it combines the best aspects of sport and art. Children and Adults of all ages thrive on the variety and challenges offered in the many facets of Calisthenics.
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.

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