Calisthenics Items

Calisthenics is one of the fastest growing artistic sports - unique to Australia. Children of all ages thrive on the variety and challenges offered in the many facets of Calisthenics - a combination of controlled exercises and gymnastics, marching, singing, simplified ballet, folk and modern dance.

All items are costumed, choreographed, set to music and presented by our teams on stage at competitions in the ACT (and interstate) and at our club concert.

The Calisthenic core items, which are taught every year and form the basis of Calisthenics skills are: Figure March, Free Exercise, Rods, Club Swinging and Aesthetics.

Figure March

Develops rhythm, core stability, extension and deportment of the body. It involves a team executing intricate patterns on the stage.

Free Exercise

Displays team strength and flexibility. It is a series of movements involving flexibility, strength, control and uniformity performed with no apparatus.


Similar to Free Exercise but is performed with a long rod. Participants twist, manipulate, and flash the rod to develop the shoulder, arm and wrist, whilst incorporating leg and dance work.

Club Swinging

Involves the swinging of wooden clubs in unison with rhythm and uniformity. Clubs are often swung in different directions and doing different movements. (Not performed by Tinies).


A ballet influenced discipline and is performed with a long flowing skirt. The team interprets the music through graceful, flowing body movements and includes facial expression.

The remaining disciplines are Folk/Character Dance, Song and Dance, Song with Actions, Rhythmical Aesthetics, Calisthenic Revue, and Dance Rods. These are called our “Fancy Items” and are usually highly costumed, theme based and favoured by all calisthenics participants. Not all of these items are performed every year or by every age group.