Burlo Gymnastics is a year around rhythmic gymnastics club that offers a wide variety of programs. We strive to create well-rounded gymnasts with a strong love of the sport and a drive to succeed. We strongly believe in the principles of team work, discipline and mutual respect for teammates, coaches, and parents. Our program provides training based on Russian and Belarus school of teaching that combines clean elegant lines, beautiful body technique, and unique apparatus handing.
All our coaches are former members of Belarus National Group team and Olympians who specialize in the rhythmic gymnastics training and hold degrees in Child Development, Psychology and Physical Education. They provide the best training you find.
The discipline of rhythmic gymnastics grew out of the ideas of using the body as a form of expressions in the late 19th century, although forms of this elegant gymnastics discipline can be traced right back to ancient Egypt and then to early classic ballet. Various versions of the sport came together in around 1900 in the Swedish School of Rhythmic Gymnastics. The International Gymnastics Federation recognized rhythmic gymnastics as a new discipline in 1961.
Rhythmic gymnastics is a combination of ballet and creative movements performed to music, while working with ribbons, balls, hoops, ropes, and clubs in a choreographed routine. Gymnasts perform jumps, tosses and leaps with different types of apparatus, and are judged n their grace, flexibility, balance, and coordination ability. Individual rhythmic gymnastics was featured as its own event at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, and team competition was added at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
Sometimes called a “free hand” exercise, the floor routine does not feature any apparatus work, but instead emphasizes body difficulties and dance elements. Showcasing leaps, turns, balances, acrobatics and rhythmic steps, the floor routine encourages the proper development of body alignment, flexibility, musicality, and artistry. The floor routine is performed in competition by gymnasts in level 3 to 8 only.
The technical groups for rope are jumps and skips passing into the rope, rotations, throws and catches and small tosses. Handling the apparatus includes swings, circles, figure eights and “sails” made with rope either taut or loose with one or both hands.
The relationship between the gymnast and apparatus is more explosive than in other cases. The rope often appears as a serpent-like attack seizing and winding around the gymnast, but suppleness and agility tinged with elegance always wins out in the end. Rope is a very dynamic apparatus requiring agility, jumping ability and coordination. The rope’s shape throughout the routine should remain well designed, without any curves.
The hoop defines the space. The space is used to the utmost by the gymnast who moves within the circle formed. Handling the hoop requires frequent changes of the grip and good movement coordination. The space of the hoop favors rolls over the body, passages over and through the hoop, rotations around the hand or other parts of the body, throws and walkovers. Handling the apparatus includes swings, circles and figure eights. Hoop is the apparatus offering the greatest variety of movements and technical skills. It must be used on all levels and planes.
Ball is by tradition an elegant and “lyrical” rather than a dynamic apparatus. This means that a more sensuous relationship between the body and the apparatus is required. The ball moves in perfect harmony with the body. Spectacular throws with control and precision in the catches, bouncing and rolling over the body or on the floor are dynamic elements. Handling includes “thrusts”, swings, circles, figure eight or “flip overs”. The ball is the only apparatus where no grip is allowed.
Exercises with the clubs require a highly developed sense of rhythm, maximum psychomotor coordination and precision. The clubs are particularly suited to ambidextrous gymnasts. The gymnast uses clubs to execute mills, small circles, rolls, twists, throws, catches and tapping. Handling includes “thrusts”, figure eights and asymmetric movements. Clubs are a great “hand – game”! Their handling requires rhythmic work, psychomotor coordination and clockwork precision.
The ribbon is long and light and may be thrown in all directions. The movements with the ribbon should be large and freeflowing. Its function is to create designs in space. It flights through air to make images and shapes of every kind. Figures of many different sizes are executed at varying rhythms. Snakes, spirals and throws are essentials of the ribbons flight. The technical groups for ribbon are the “snakes”, spirals, throws and catches, small tosses. Handling includes “thrusts”, swings, circles and figure eights.
In the group event, five athletes work together as one cohesive unit. Group is judged on the ability of the athletes to demonstrate mastery of body and apparatus skills in a synchronized, harmonious manner. A group exercise must include difficulties from the same body movement categories that apply to individual competition and characteristic movements for the apparatus. In addition, the group athletes must execute elements involving both large and small exchanges of equipment. Group athletes are trained to work as a team. The close interaction of five athletes within small area and the many apparatus exchanges that occur during a routine require each athlete to be extremely sensitive to the movements and actions of her teammates. Many routines have been saved by the quick thinking and action of a team member.