Why rhythmic gymnastics?
RG is one of the most beautiful and precise Olympic Sports & purely feminine discipline.
Based entirely on floor work, it is performed to music using five apparatus: Rope, Hoop, Ball, Clubs and Ribbon. The movements in Rhythmic Gymnastics are elegant, expressive, precise and graceful. Athletes require a full range of flexibility throughout the entire body.
RG has many benefits and developes:
-coordination and concentration
-strong and graceful body
-selfconfidence and self-expression
-sense of rhytm
-precision of movements
How old do you have to be to start RG? What is the latest you can start?
The best age to start RG is 4-6 y/o, you can start recreational rhythmic gymnastics at any age, however considering limited hours, facilities for practicing RG in Mauritius, are oldest girls are 12y/o (2001 UOB)Can my daughter see a class before signing up? Is there any requirements before starting RG?
Yes. We invite all girls to come for an assessment test and to see the lesson, preferably in her age group. Please contact by phone or e-mail to schedule your visit.
I have two daughters of different age, can they be in a class together?
Yes, only if they have little age difference and same level ( to be determined after an assessment test), please check our current schedule with groups arranged by age and level.
Is there a registration fee? How much do I pay per class?
Yes, there is registration fee of 500 Rps, includes assessment test and a club T-shirt, please complete registration form. Registration fee is only due when the girl has been given a place in assigned group, together with her first month fees. Fees for 1 lesson = 250 Rps, fees are charged monthly, beginning of each month (1000 Rps per month if practicing once a week in a 4-week month, 1600 Rps per month if practicing twice a week (only advanced group)
Do we get refund for canceled lessons, can we make up missed lessons?
If the lesson was canceled by the coach (public holiday, closed gymnasium, weather condition etc...)then you will be credited equivalent amount for the next month. Your daughter can make up her missed lesson according to the groups schedule, please contact the coach.
What do we need to bring to our first class?
Practice outfit (leotard or a tight shirt and leggings), hairstyle:hair bun or pony tail, clean bare feet or socks. Strictly no jewelry. Bottle of water. Please make sure your daughter does not eat right before the lesson. It is recommended not to have have any food at least 30-45 min prior the sport activity.
Can parents be present at RG lessons?
Yes, at any lesson for girls practicing in Vacoas Gymnasium: Phoenix Gymnastics Club.
Only during last lesson of the month for girls practicing in North: Etoile du Nord Gymnastics Club ( due to very limited space and no seating arrangement)
Please refrain from interacting with your child or coach during practices. All questions may be asked before or after the class (time permitting).
What is the difference between Artistic Gymnastics and Rhythmic Gymnastics?
Both Rhythmic and Artistic gymnastics are international sports, governed by FIG (Federation International of Gymnastics). Even though the two forms of gymnastics share many similar attributes, they are also very distinct from one another based on events, rules and style. Both sports participate in a standardized level system that ranges from Level 1 to Level 10.
Artistic Gymnastics allows both male and female gymnasts to participate and compete. Men perform in various events that include vault, pommel horse, still rings, parallel bars, high bar and floor. While women compete in vault, balance beam, uneven bars, and floor exercise. Artistic gymnastics focuses mainly on strength, balance, and agility.
Rhythmic Gymnastics routines, on the other hand, are all performed on the floor while using various types of apparatuses by female gymnasts only. All routines are performed to music contrasting to Artistic women’s gymnastics that includes music only on the floor exercise. Rhythmic individual and group events include the following apparatuses: floor, ball, hoop, rope, clubs and ribbon. Rhythmic gymnastics focuses primarily on grace, dance, flexibility, and eye-hand coordination.
When and how to practice?
RG can be practiced all year-round and does not require an expensive equipment like in Artistic Gymnastics. Also it is much more safe sport for women in comparison. All apparatus in RG is hand held. Girls start at 4-6 years of age and become age-eligible to compete at Junior level by the age of 14. RG can be practiced individually or in groups of 5 gymnasts.
Recreational Program is designed to introduce the wonderful world of rhythmic gymnastics to girls ages 4 and up. Training 1 hour per week. Gymnasts will learn and enjoy the unique combination of dance, gymnastics, music and self-expression through the use of hand-held apparatus such as ribbons, balls, hoops and ropes and specially choreographed rhythmic group and solo routines. This program can offer working parents an alternative after school care choice for their daughters. Fulfilling all the safety, care and nurturing aspects that are so important to parents, it also provides an athletic and creative component which promotes fitness and health for their growing bodies.
Formation Program is designed to prepare talented young gymnasts that show the desire and potential needed to succeed in the future at competitive level. Training in this program 1-2 h per week and is focused on more advanced body and apparatus technique and thoroughly prepares gymnasts mentally and physically.These gymnasts are given the opportunity to participate in competitions and shows in a fun and relaxing manner. For ages 5 and up.
Whether pursuing RG for a short fun experience or to explore long term goals as a national/international competitor, all of the girls gain tremendously from their time training and learning about the beautiful sport of Rhythmic Gymnastics with careful guidance, encouragement and expertise of a professional coach.