Aesthetic Gymnastics

IG’s John Crumlish continues his trip through the Baltic countries. This stop: Tallinn, Estonia, where a unique form of gymnastics is thriving in the absence of artistic gymnastics.

Estonia’s artistic gymnastics program disappeared soon after the country earned independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, but Estonian gymnasts are enjoying success in the relative new discipline of aesthetic group gymnastics, said longtime Estonian choreographer and coach Mall Kalve. …

Aesthetic groups consist of six to 10 gymnasts who perform routines from under 3 minutes in length (2:15 to 2:45), without apparatus. Kalve said she hopes an apparatus will be added in the next couple of years to bring an element of risk to performances.

Aesthetic group gymnastics began at the international level in 1996, and the first world championships were held in 2000. Although the discipline was initially most popular in Europe, teams from Asia, South America and North America (specifically Canada) now participate at world championships and World Cup events. …

read more on IG – Estonia’s Gymnasts Shift From Artistic to Aesthetic

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