Solos at Action

Although Calisthenics is predominantly a team sport, there are solo and duo competitions offered to those that wish to extend their calisthenics experience.

There are three competitions offered in Canberra each year. Participants are generally of the Sub-Junior age or older to compete in the solos offered.

Many of Action’s coaches offer solo and duo training. Participation includes commitment to additional weekly solo classes and at home practice. Costs are involved and include hall hire, coaching fees, costume (hire or production) and competition entry fees.

All competitors must remain actively involved in their Action team throughout the solo competition period, and participation in solos is conditional upon this commitment.

Participation during team competitions is mandatory for entry into solo competitions.

All Action solo participants are encouraged to participate in the Calisthenic Skills Program. Private classes are generally offered at Action, and Cali ACT run an annual skills program to help develop and extend our students’ abilities. See skills for more details.

Prior to the solo competition season commencing each year, Action holds a solo concert as a dress rehearsal for all our interested members. The concert is held in March each year at the Belconnen Community Theatre - all are welcome.

If you or your child is interested in participating in solos, please either directly approach a coach for advice or contact our Head Coach.

Soloists have the option of participating in the following items

Calisthenic Solo

Calisthenic solo is a combination of strong movements involving high levels of flexibility, extension of movement, control and uniformity of rhythm, testing an individual's natural grace and dance stamina, flexibility and timing. It is optional for competitors to use props or apparatus.

Graceful Girl

Graceful girl demonstrates an individual's ability to interpret music through graceful flowing movements, feeling and softness demonstrated through body movements and facial expressions. Graceful items are dance orientated, but also demonstrate extension, strength and flexibility.

Calisthenics Duo

Similar to the Calisthenic solo, two competitors perform together interpreting a theme and often characters. Performers must interact and relate to one another. Often these routines are comical and very enjoyable for the performers and audience.

Representative Teams and National Competitions

The ACF holds a National Calisthenics Championship every year in the July school holidays. This is considered the pinnacle of Calisthenics and Calisthenics ACT endeavours to send teams of each age group to these events.

Each registered Calisthenics ACT participant is offered a chance to trial for the ACT Representative Team. Selections usually take place in September and commence training in Oct/Nov. Nationals generally rotate between the States (WA, SA, VIC, ACT & QLD) – not necessarily in that order. New South Wales is hosting the 2017 National Championships at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in early July.