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Rhythmic Gymnastics

by • October 1, 2014 • 2014, Big Kids, Community, October 2014, Sports, Health & Fitness, Teens and Pre-Teens

Going for Gold and Personal Strength at the Irene School of Rhythmic Gymnastics

Does your child like to dance with ribbons and flutter around like a butterfly?  She just might enjoy rhythmic gymnastics, which blends the beauty of ballet, dance and art with the dynamics of gymnastics – incorporating music, ribbons, ropes, clubs and hoops in a choreographed dance and tumble routine.

Though it has a long history that some say can be traced all the way back to the Egyptians, rhythmic gymnastics started as an independent competitive sport in the early 1950s by the Russians. In 1963 the first rhythmic gymnastics world championship was held in Europe and the 1984 Olympic Games marked the debut of this new discipline within the Olympic gymnastics competition.

What is the difference between Artistic gymnastic versus rhythmic gymnastics? The two forms of gymnastics share many similar attributes, but are also very distinct from one another based on events, rules and style.

Artistic Gymnastics allows both male and female gymnasts to participate and compete. Events for men include the vault, pommel horse, still rings, parallel bars, high bar and floor. Women compete in the vault, balance beam, uneven bars and floor. Artistic gymnastics focuses mainly on strength, balance, and agility.

Rhythmic gymnastics is a women-only event in which gymnasts perform on a floor with a rope, hoop, ball, clubs or ribbon accompanied by music, in individual or group events. Rhythmic gymnastics focuses primarily on grace, dance, flexibility, and coordination.

Rhythmic gymnastics is growing in popularity in the United States because it helps children grow in coordination, balance, good posture, elegance, strength, flexibility, discipline and confidence. One proof of its rising profile is that it made it into Taylor Swift’s recent video for her hit “Shake It Off.” But if you don’t give much weight to Taylor Swift, consider that more and more schools are opening their doors to offer rhythmic gymnastics courses to every type of artist athlete – from those who just checking it out to those who want to train to compete in the Olympics.

The Irene School of Rhythmic Gymnastics was founded in Laguna Hills to introduce to South Orange County to the beauty and athleticism of this emerging sport. The school was started by Anastasia Fomin, Master of Sports of Russia in Rhythmic Gymnastics, and her husband Ed Fomin. Anastasia studied and competed in Russia for eighteen years, and it was her passion and love for the sport that inspired the opening, and drives the growth, of the studio. The school is dedicated to Anastasia’s mother Irene who inspired and encouraged Anastasia to pursue rhythmic gymnastics.

The school’s expertise is in developing young rhythmic gymnasts that want to excel and compete in the Olympic sport. In fact Irene School of Rhythmic Gymnastics (ISRG) student Analiese Dragan was one of twelve girls selected nationally to attend the Rhythmic Youth Elite Squad. Analiese has been training at ISRG for two and half years and is the youngest girl to be selected to attend the Rhythmic Youth Elite Squad camp.

But even for those who don’t necessarily have their sights set on the Olympics, rhythmic gymnastics is an excellent form of exercise, combining athleticism, grace and mental discipline. ISRG offers an all-around physical education to complement to any young child’s physique, development and ability level. Recreational program includes public performances that build self esteem and skills that will last a child her lifetime. Introductory courses are available for children ages six and up who want to explore this captivating sport and art form. They even offer a Mommy & Me program (for three-year-olds and four-year-olds), which is great for moms to learn more about rhythmic gymnastics and get some play time with their child.

The Irene School Of Rhythmic Gymnatics is located at 23252 Del Lago Dr. Unit E In Laguna Hills, CA 92653. For more information visit isrg.us or call the school at 844-TRY-ISRG (879-4774). M

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