"Calisthenics Is Everything"
Top End Calisthenics Club aims to provide a friendly, family orientated environment for all its participants with emphasis on having fun, producing good team work and creating life long friendships.
Our Club remains competitive and strong and is a member of the Northern Territory Calisthenics Association. Top End Calisthenics has a long history of producing championship teams and championship solo graceful and duo performers. Many of our club’s competitors have competed at national championships. We encourage family participation and are extremely proud of our success.
Calisthenics is a uniquely Australian artistic sport. Participants are encouraged from as young as 3 year old to young adult where they have fun and keep fit while learning:
- Aspects of gymnastics
- Simplified ballet
- Singing and acting
- Club swinging
- Rod twisting
Teams learn 6 items each year which are performed on stage at the NT Competitions, usually held in September of each year and at an Annual Family concert. All involve detailed choreography and teamwork.
In May each year there are also solo, duo and graceful competitions where our club has many competitors. Whilst calisthenics is predominantly a female sport we are very pleased to welcome boys.
What is Calisthenics?
Calisthenics is a uniquely Australian sport which helps to develop discipline of mind and body, team work, a competitive spirit and a sense of commitment. The word calisthenics comes from the Greek words 'kallos' for beauty and 'thenos' for strength.
Calisthenics is a dynamic combination of dance, gymnastics, singing, folk, apparatus manipulation (club & rods) and ballet. Routines are choreographed to music and performed on stage with costumes and lighting. Calisthenics is regarded as a team sport, but participants can also compete in solo and duo sections.
Calisthenics has a strong focus on deportment and presentation, helping participants to develop confidence in movement and performance and to enjoy the thrill of competing on stage in front of an audience.
There is also a strong focus on teamwork, strength and control, grace and poise, expression through both the body and the face and simply just enjoying different forms of dance and movement.
Indeed, the components of the sport aim at achieving those physical attributes, but the sport also influences the emotional and social development of girls and boys through friendship and teamwork.
Top End Calisthenics was established in 1982 by Barbara Van Heythuysen, affectionately known as “Miss Barb” to all. Miss Barb introduced calisthenics in Darwin in 1978 and continues her long association with Calisthenics, seeing many changes and providing such a wonderful environment and sport for young children, producing beautiful young ladies. Miss Barb is also now an examiner for skills and has been examining in Darwin and Adelaide.
Calisthenics would not be where it is today without the guidance and support of Miss Barb - thank you Miss Barb!
We welcome you and your family to our Club and look forward to a fantastic year ahead.
GPO Box 4332, Darwin NT 0801