What is the training commitment?
*Please note due to COVID-19 restrictions we are currently closed. We will be resuming classes when safe to do so as advised by the Victorian Government.*
Our teams train during Term 1, 2, 3 and 4 (running similar to school terms) from the start February to the end of October. We train weekly and have competitions during the second half of the year. Classes and competitions occur during school holidays. Please click here for class times and info.
What do students need for training?
A black leotard plus close fitting layers for cooler months (leggings, cross over etc)
A water bottle
An aesthetics skirt, pair of clubs and a rod (Tinies only need a rod).
Do I need to buy costumes?
No, performance costumes are hired from the club. Whilst we try to minimise
sewing required, there can be situations where basic hand sewing may be needed
for your daughters' costume. As you aren't required to purchase multiple costumes,
hiring the costumes makes Calisthenics one of the most cost effective performance sports.
What are the items performed?
Different age section perform different routines, below is a list of all routines available to perform;
March – marching to create complex patterning developing spatial awareness, core strength, rhythm and deportment.
Clubs – circular swings with wooden clubs developing fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, multi-tasking and rhythm.
Freearm – a creative series of strength and flexibility movements developing core strength, flexibility and deportment.
Rods – manipulation of a metal rod with movement developing technical skills, hand-eye coordination and multi-tasking.
Aesthetics – graceful movements technically placed and interpreted developing musical appreciation, grace, poise and emotional expression.
Character Dance – a series of dance steps to tell a story developing rhythm, dance, storytelling and acting.
Song with Action – singing with movement and expression developing confidence, vocals, listening, communication and performance skills.
Song and Dance – singing with dance and expression developing dance, vocals, stamina and breathing.
Dance Arrangement – dance and interpretation developing spatial awareness, dance, elevation, expression and performance skills.
Calisthenic Revue – a creative performance to tell a story developing performance skills, acting, creative expression and confidence.
When can I see my child perform?
Our classes are closed to parents so the girls can concentrate on working with their coaches. Our teams hold an open day on the first class of each month and a dress rehearsal in June for parents to see the team progress and how the teams look performing in costume. We also have private facebook groups where coaches post videos of the team for parents to see progression.
What and when are calisthenics competitions?
*Due to COVID-19 restrictions all our teams are recreational in 2020 & we are not holding an end of year concert.*
For competitions our teams perform in full costume, and girls have their hair up in a bun and wear stage makeup. The emphasis is on fun and getting to show off what has been learnt during the first half of the year.
Competitions - held in July, August, September & October (dates released in May). At competitions we compete against other clubs in our divisions, but the emphasis remains on doing our best, and having fun with the team.
End of year Concert - is held on the last weekend of October. This concert is our showcase for family and friends of all the age ranges participating at our club, and is a wonderful opportunity for the whole club to come together as one to perform their successful routines from the year.
How many competitions do the sections do? (To be reviewed for 2021)
Tinies: 2 competitions (2 local competitions)
Subies: 3 competitions (3 local competitions)
Juniors: 4 competitions (3 local competitions & Ballarat)
Inters: 4 competitions (3 local competitions & Ballarat)
Seniors: 4 competitions (3 local competitions & Ballarat)
What training do coaches have?
Our coaches are fully trained and experienced Level 1 coaches, having completed many years of calisthenics training, skill assessments and our state association VCCA training workshops. Coaches must work under an experienced Level 1 coach and be assessed by
an adjudicator prior to taking on a team alone. They all have current Working with Children Checks and a current First Aid certificate.
Our cadets and assistants are usually younger members of the Calisthenics club community, who are still participating and are interested in working with younger teams, and perhaps with a view to becoming a coach one day. These young ladies volunteer their time to act as an assistant or cadet at class.
How much does it cost?
Yearly fees are worked out as an annual amount, which is then invoiced in three equal portions in March, June & September.
Payment plans can be arranged with our treasurer (weekly, monthly etc) and a 10% discount applies if full yearly amount is paid by the 31st March.
Please find information regarding our 2020 fees below;
Calisthenics Victoria CVI yearly registration and insurance is a separate fee paid to CVI - $85.
Heathergene yearly fees (see document below)
There are other small incidental costs upon joining such as Heathergene jacket (club uniform), aesthetic practice skirt & skin colour body suit. These are used for many years and only need to be updated once your child grows significantly.
2020 FEES (PDF for download below)
If you have any more questions, please click here to email us. We endeavour to respond to all emails within a few days.