November 21st, 2014

[ANON POST] What goes on in a typical rhythmic gymnastics class?

Hi! I'm writing a story about rhythmic gymnasts (one of whom is male--chalk that up to artistic license), and so I need to know the typical structure of a rhythmic gymnastics class (e.g. how much time is devoted to stretching, ballet, modern dance, gymnastics, and apparati manipulation; the stuff that is typically taught to beginners; what's taught during the first few weeks of classes; et cetera, et cetera, et cetera) so I can depict the in-story classes accurately. Thanks!

Setting: 2014, on a pentagonal manmade island off the coast of Kyoto Prefecture in Japan.

Search terms: I tried Googling such terms as 'rhythmic gymnastics class', 'rhythmic gymnastics level 1', 'rhythmic gymnastics beginners', and I got what I do know about the sport from its Wikipedia article. There are also YouTube videos of now-retired rhythmic gymnast Alina Kabaeva giving training tips on warmups, ballet, and apparati manipulation (specifically, the ribbon, the clubs, the hoop, and the ball).