history of artistry in Artistic Gymnastics

Dance educator, Circus and Gymnastics choreographer Chris Houston put together a research paper for an undergraduate degree titled The Art of the Sport.

Here’s an excerpt:

… A significant area of research that merits further investigation is the exclusion of the women’s compulsory program. This program demanded that the gymnast perform fundamental skills with the highest form of precision possible. These routines distinguished the technically proficient gymnast from the gymnast with poor form and substandard artistry.

The floor routine required exquisite dance technique, superior flexibility, and exceptional acrobatic execution. Each nation brought their own ‘flavor’ in the presentation of these exercises; they tried to stylize the movements to look different from other countries.

The interpretation of the routine allowed each gymnast to demonstrate their unique personality – it encouraged the individual’s artistry.

In 1996, the compulsory program was cut. Since its removal, there has been a gradual decline in the execution of dance …

Download The Art of the Sport as a PDF.

What is artistry?

Click PLAY or watch some of Chris’ work on Vimeo.

Floor – Aly & Simone

#PGChamps day 2 videos

Click PLAY or watch Aly on YouTube. 15.500 (6.6, 8.900)

Click PLAY or watch Simone on YouTube. 15.850 (6.8, 9.050)

Aly is National Champion 2015.

Floor (2 days combined)
1. Alexandra Raisman, Needham, Mass., 31.050
2. Simone Biles, Spring, Texas, 30.750
3. MyKayla Skinner, Gilbert, Ariz., 29.150
3. Bailie Key, Montgomery, Texas, 29.150
5. Maggie Nichols, Little Canada, Minn., 28.700
6. Gabrielle Douglas, Tarzana, Calif., 28.650

Laurie Hernandez – Floor / Bars

You can’t NOT watch Laurie. :-)

Click PLAY or watch her dance on YouTube.

Click PLAY or watch her Bars on YouTube.

How many girls stretch their feet on Tkachev?

Aly Raisman – Floor

Top score day 1 #PGChamps.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

I don’t like the split half.

Wang Yan to Worlds

It’s a safe bet to assume Team China needs this Floor / Vault specialist, who’s also quite good on Beam.

She was very successful at the 2015 Asian Championships.

Click PLAY or watch her Floor on YouTube.

Click PLAY or watch Vault 1 on YouTube.

Click PLAY or watch Vault 2 on YouTube.

Wang competed at the Chinese Nationals in June, qualifying first into the all-around and vault finals, in addition to the balance beam and floor finals. … She earned silver in the all-around final behind Shang Chunsong. …

related – Gymternet – Japan and China’s Big Success at Asian Championships

GuangZhou Green Inflatable Co.

Air Floors are BIG in 2015.

The Sales Manager for GuangZhou Green Inflatable Co. Ltd in China sent me links to their products – GreenInflatable.com.

AIR TRACK ITALIA®, for example, is using them.

Click PLAY or watch gymnasts (of various ability) on YouTube.

Sae Miyakawa 14.950 FX

Asian Championships. Dismounts double double.

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via @theallaround

Looks like Japan is the nation most likely to upset one of the BIG 4 at Worlds 2015.